Power surge: Patriots score 19 in rout over Otters

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BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony offense was running on all cylinders for Senior Day, pounding out 19 runs and 17 hits in a 19-0 rout over Otter Valley in five innings.

The Patriots hit four homers, their most in a game this season. Rachael Jones connected in the second inning, while Kaidin Gauthier crushed one in the 10-run third. Jamie Boyle and Taylor Dicranian hit the other long balls.

"We try to get up there and have good at bats and hit the ball hard, that's when good things happen," said Mount Anthony coach Katie Contrada, who won her 98th career game. "I'm proud to see those kids hit home runs, it was impressive, but everyone did well at the plate today. It's fun to coach a team like this."

Boyle was the leading hitter, going 4-for-4 with the homer, double and two singles.

"She had a really solid hit to start [in the first inning] and that helps everyone to relax," Contrada said.

Otter Valley starter Meghan Hallett got the first two outs to start the bottom of the first inning, but the Patriots still scored three times. Cat Worthington walked, Boyle singled and Emilie O'Brien cracked a two-run double to the base of the fence in left. Dicranian drove in the third run with a double to left.

"We knew Otter Valley has a good defense, they weren't going to make a lot of mistakes," Contrada said. "We said this is good prep for the postseason, we wanted to come out and take good cuts."

In the second inning, Mount Anthony scored three more times. It started with a perfect bunt from Keana Gauthier and was followed by four straight hits, including an RBI double from Kaity O'Brien, the two-run bomb from the freshman Jones and singles by Worthington and Boyle.

"The thing about Rachael, she's a total gamer," Contrada said. "She's ready to throw down, she's just a blast to watch play the game because she's a tough kid and plays bigger than she is."

Mount Anthony put the game away in the third, scoring 10 runs as they sent 14 hitters to the plate. Dicranian started the inning with a walk and Marleigh Greene hit an RBI single to make it 7-0. Kaidin Gauthier got to third after an error by the Otter Valley right fielder and the Patriots pounced on the miscue, with Keana Gauthier cracking an RBI single to go up 8-0. Jones, Boyle and Emilie O'Brien all had hits before the big blow, a two-run blast from Kaidin Gauthier to make it 16-0.

"The coaches talk about getting ready in the on deck circle and having the right mindset," said Kaidin Gauthier. "I try to take it one pitch at a time, if you're lucky, it can go far. I got a low inside pitch, I usually don't hit those, so I was surprised when I [hit the home run]."

In the bottom of the fourth, MAU finished the game with two more homers.

The beneficiary of all that offense was Dicranian, who threw a five-inning, one-hit shutout, the only hit a swinging bunt by Gabby Poalino that none of the infielders could make a play on. Overall, she walked one and struck out seven

On Senior Day, Mount Anthony honored Greene. She went 1-for-3 with a single and two runs scored and an RBI.

"She's a great leader and captain for our team," Contrada said. "These kids wanted to come out and win it for her today, she's such a great girl. The girls came ready to play today."

Mount Anthony is 12-1 and has three away games left: Monday against Taconic, at Rutland and at Drury to finish the regular season


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