NHIAA Softball: Lavallee does it all for Central
MANCHESTER — Sarah Lavallee made a sizable contribution to the Manchester Central softball team's 2-0 triumph over Londonderry on Friday.
Not only did Lavallee pitch a complete game and strike out a career-high 14 batters, she also collected two of Central's five hits and drove in a run to help her team raise its Division I record to 5-1.
"They're a final four team just because of her," Londonderry coach Wayne MacDougall said. "When you have a pitcher who's that good she makes the whole team step up. I knew if we got a couple runs we were going to be lucky."
Lavallee, who will pitch at Southern New Hampshire University next season, struck out the side in the first, third and fourth innings. She held Londonderry to two hits and struck out at least two batters in six of the seven innings.
"I felt like I was getting more push off the (rubber)," Lavallee said. "I think I threw one of my better games today."
Central entered Friday's contest trailing only unbeaten Timberlane of Plaistow and Salem in the Division I standings.
The loss dropped Londonderry's record to 2-3.
Sophomore first baseman Kindred St. Germain had two hits and scored both Central runs. Lavallee doubled in St. Germain in the third, and Colleen O'Hara's single scored Germain in the fifth.
Leah Hunt pitched all six innings for the Lancers. Hunt, who is expected to play in the outfield for St. Anselm College next season, struck out four and walked one.
Londonderry's two hits were Brooke Tulley's single in the fifth, and a Sam Harris single in the seventh. Taylor Wood (walk) and Colleen Lewis (error) were Londonderry's only other baserunners.
MacDougall called Lavallee the best pitcher in Division I.
"She definitely had a little more power today, which was good to see," Central coach Josh Borges said. "She's been able to keep us in every game. She also had two solid hits, so it's really coming together for her right now."