Patriots drop first game of season
BENNINGTON >> In winning their second straight championship in 2015, the Mount Anthony softball team went 19-1.
The one? Against Pittsfield.
Fast-forward to Thursday and Mount Anthony faced the same fate against the Generals in a 6-2 defeat.
It was the first defeat for the Patriots this season.
"We didn't come out ready to play in the first inning and unfortunately for us that cost us the game," said MAU coach Katie Contrada. "This year we haven't started games out as well as we would like and it's something we have to work on moving forward."
Before most people got the chance to sit down, the Generals took advantage.
Pittsfield's first two hitters reached and then Allie Hunt hit a bullet to the gap in right center for a two run triple, scoring herself on a throwing error on the play to give the Generals an early 3-0 lead.
Later in the inning, with runners on second and third with two outs, Pittsfield added to their lead when Emma Lacey cracked a single up the middle to score two, putting the Patriots into a five run hole.
The Patriots needed to find a way to get back in the game and got one run back in the second when Kori Bow hit a RBI sac fly to scored Lauren Woodcock. Afterward they had two on, but Pittsfield starter Emily Koldys induced a flyout to end the inning.
With the score still 5-1 in the top of the fourth, Hunt again became a thorn in the Patriots' side, getting her third RBI of the day on a sac-fly.
Now down five again, the Patriots responded back in the bottom half, putting runners on the corners with one out.
Jordyn Upright to hit a RBI fielders choice to score the runner from third to cut the lead once again.
The Patriots then had a chance later on in the inning with a runner at third, but had to settle for just one after a strikeout.
The issues with hitting with runners on base continued for the Patriots in the next two innings, as MAU left runners on base in both the fifth and sixth innings.
"I thought even though we lost that we did a lot of good things out there today," Contrada said. "I thought our bats looked good overall. We put the bat on the ball well, just couldn't get that big hit with runners on base and I thought the girls did a great job battling back and playing hard after getting down early."
Woodcock had a team-high two hits in the loss for MAU, while starting pitcher Taylor DiCranian did a good job keeping MAU in the game after the rough first inning, staying in for five innings.
Koldys pitched a complete game in the win, giving up two runs on eight hits and fanning five.
MAU will look to bounce back when they travel to play Bellows Falls on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.