MIDDLEBURY — The battery for the Northridge High School girls softball team did their job both on defense and on offense in a 16-1 NLC win over the visiting Goshen Redskins Wednesday evening.
Senior pitcher Haley Nixon hurled the first three innings, allowing two hits while striking our nine and walking two. Senior Brooke Maes went the final two innings, giving up a run on four hits, but it was senior catcher Taylor Long that energized the offense. The dependable backstop reached base in all four of her trips to the plate with two doubles, a single and a walk. She drove in five runs.
“We were all focused before the game,” Long said “We try to approach every game thinking it is going to be a close one, because the farther we go in the state tourney we know we are going to run into some close games.”
The Raiders took control early on scoring six runs in the first inning.
“We have been playing well,” Northridge coach Bo O’Dell said. “The nice thing is we are getting contributions from all parts of the lineup. One night it might be the top of the order, the next the middle and then the bottom. And nights like this we are getting them from all the way through the lineup.”
Northridge added five move runs in the second inning. Senior Brianne O’Dell blasted a two-run homer, her fifth round tripper of the season.
“We did not come ready to play,” Goshen coach Cassi McCormack said. “We had a great practice on Tuesday, but we couldn’t carry that through to the game tonight.”
Nixon recorded all nine of the outs in her three frames via the strikeout to improve her record to 13-1 on the season.
“Haley throws hard,” McCormack said. “She has a good curve, which is why we talked to the girls about jumping on the first straight pitch she threw. If you go after that pitch you are more likely to have success.”