SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Cosmos softball ran past Fair Haven 10-0, as Springfield is now winners of five in a row after an early offensive explosion and a great pitching performance Wednesday night under the lights.
The Slaters, who were state runner-ups the last two years, had their top pitcher move on to college following last year, now leaving the Cosmos with the edge in the pitching category in the matchup, and perhaps the pitching edge in their entire MVL Division.
Behind the arm of senior hurler Hannah Crosby, the Cosmos have allowed the fewest runs in the MVL ‘B’ Division by over 30 runs. And, Crosby has allowed just seven hits combined in her last four starts.
On Wednesday, Crosby threw a complete-game 2-hitter, striking out 10 and walking just 2.
“That’s getting it done,” said Springfield coach Andy Bladyka. “She’s on a roll right now.”
Crosby did have nice defensive relief behind her to keep the Slaters off the scoreboard Wednesday. Second baseman Jenna Veysey handled a difficult slow roller in the top of the fourth inning as she scooped the ball with her glove and in one motion flipped it over to shortstop Mycah White covering second for the force out. Crosby then struck out the next batter to get out of the inning with a runner on third.
First baseman Julianna Albero-Levings made a nice grab on a foul ball in the fifth, and on the next play, made a nice stretch for a putout.
“I told the girls before the game that we haven’t put together our best game yet in terms of hitting, pitching, and defense,” said Bladyka. “But tonight was a step in that direction.”
On offense, Springfield rallied for five runs in each of the first two innings. Crosby, Albero-Levings, and Mykahla Jasinksi each recorded an RBI in the first, and Ashley Chamberlain had a 2-RBI single.
Crosby led off the bottom of the second with a stand-up inside-the-park home run to deep right centerfield. Arianna Cioffi then blasted a 2-RBI double, followed by base-knocks from Chamberlain and White.
Fair Haven’s Zoey Cole came in on relief with no outs in the second inning, and gave up just one earned run.
The Cosmos improve to 8-2 on the season and 6-0 in the MVL. They will head to Bellows Falls today.
The win was the second over Fair Haven in the last week, as they beat the Slaters at their place 10-4 on May 8.
“When we met them up there, they were 6-2 and we were 5-2,” said Bladyka. “So we’ve pushed them down a few notches while we’ve elevated our own standing.”
Fair Haven falls to 6-4 after the back-to-back losses.