CVU softball and baseball teams notch season-opening wins

CVU pitcher Hunter Anderson tries to pick off a Rutland baserunner. Photo by Al Frey.

The Champlain Valley Union softball and baseball teams battled snow, rain, and wet fields throughout the beginning of the spring season. You could not tell once they got on the diamond.

The Redhawk softball team got a strong pitching performance from Hattie Roberts to top Rutland 8-7, and the CVU baseball team edged the visiting Raiders 1-0 as both teams opened the regular season with wins on Saturday.

Roberts went all seven innings for CVU (1-0), striking out nine and helping the hosts hold off a late-inning rally from the Raiders.

“It was a great way to start this year; the girls are really hoping to set a new tone,” said CVU softball coach Mike Sullivan. “I think it was a good start.”

Natalie Gagnon went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Josie Sinopoli added three hits.

“We hit the ball pretty well- we ended up with 14 hits,” Sullivan said. “We did enough good stuff to beat them.”

The Redhawks (1-0) baseball team benefited from a complete-game performance from Hunter Anderson, who allowed two hits and struck out three.

Chris O’Brien scored the only run of the game in the second inning, with Jacob Murphy earning the RBI.

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