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St. Germain, Dover take NHIAA Div. I softball crown

HOOKSETT - Dover junior pitcher Molly St. Germain held top-ranked Spaulding of Rochester to two runs and scored three of her own on offense to lead the Green Wave to an 8-4 win in the NHIAA Division I softball state championship at Southern New Hampshire University Saturday night.

The state title is the first for No. 3 Dover (17-5), which had lost to Spaulding (19-3) 6-2 in the regular season. The Little Green scored in bunches while St. Germain scattered 10 hits over the complete game win, striking out seven. She reached base four times with a walk and three singles.Spaulding tried to climb back into the game in the bottom of the seventh, starting the frame trailing 8-2.

Abigail Henderson singled with one out and Kendall Stanton smacked a home run over the left field fence.

Dover struck for its first two runs in the top of the first inning. St. Germain stroked a one-out base hit into left field and Caroline Schoenbucvher was hit by a pitch. Ashley Deyo singled through the middle to load the bases.

West struck out Emily Schlapak, but a roller to shortstop went through Henderson's legs to score St. Germain and Scheonbucvher for the early 2-0 edge.

The Green Wave doubled the lead to 4-0 with another pair in the third inning. St. Germain once again got it started, leading off with a single up the middle. Schoenbucvher then reached on a bunt single. Deyo flied out to center, but Schlapak drilled a hot shot down the third base line off Haley White's glove and into foul territory, allowing both runners to score.

Spaulding got one run back in the bottom of the third. Madison Provencher led off with a single and Shannon Colson bunted her over to second base. St. Germain induced a groundout from Mackenzie Dias, but Henderson followed with a bloop single into center to score Provencher to make it 4-1.

Dover's bats went back to work in the top of the fourth, adding another three runs to push the lead to 7-1. Sammy Seymour reached on an error and Kristin Boduch and St. Germain walked to load the bases. Scheonbucvher drove a shot into the center-right gap to score all three runs as St. Germain slid under the tag of catcher Dias.

The Red Raiders posted another run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 7-2. Colson was hit by a pitch and moved over when Dias' bunt was fielded cleanly by St. Germain but thrown wide of first base. Stanton walked to load the bases and West helped her own cause with a sacrifice fly to center to score Colson.

Schlapak hit a solo home run to left field in the top of the seventh to make it 8-2.

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