MONTPELIER – The Lady Locos of Montpelier jumped out to an early lead on April 16, but Paulding replied with two big innings and nine unanswered runs, holding off a late Montpelier rally in the process to score a 9-6 win on the road.
Wendy Duchene went the distance for Montpelier, and threw zeros at Paulding for five of the regulation seven frames. Those other two, the third and seventh innings, proved to be her undoing as Paulding lit her up for 4 and 5 runs respectively in those innings. Overall, she gave up 9 runs, 8 earned on 15 hits and 3 walks, fanning 4.
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Christina Prather registered a pair of singles and a double for Montpelier, Wendy Duchene and Lauren Dye each had a single and a double, and Regan Steffes and Sydney Houk each had a single and a triple. Haley Suffel had a pair of base hits, and Lesley Clark, Christy Duchene and Marinna Mercer each had a single.
Runs / Hits / Errors
Paulding 9 – 15 – 0
Montpelier 6 – 15 – 3