NHIAA D-I Softball Semis: Spaulding, Dover use great pitching to gain final
Dover's pitcher Molly St. Germain against Salem during Division I semifinal play at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett on Tuesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Top-seeded Spaulding of Rochester (19-2) will face third-seeded Dover (16-5) for the championship in a game scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Spaulding scored a run in the second and added four more runs in the fourth, when the Red Raiders sent nine players to the plate. Shannon Colson, Abigail Henderson and Haley White each had two hits for Spaulding. The victory gave Spaulding its first berth in the Division I title game.
“They outhit us tonight,” Alvirne coach Sarah Brisk said. “They came with the bats today and that was the difference.
Dover took advantage of six walks in its victory over Salem. Dover drew four walks in the fourth inning and all four players came around to score.
“Walks haven’t been a problem just for her,” Salem coach Harold Sachs said. “They’ve been a problem for us. They weren’t really making contact, so we were going to give her as many opportunities as we could to work herself out of it. No one really hits her, but after the second walk with the bases loaded that had to be it.”
Kathleen Dawson replaced Towler, but Molly St. Germain greeted Dawson with a three-run triple that increased Dover’s lead to 5-0.
Spaulding beat Dover 6-2 when the teams met during the regular season.