Patriots' offense firing on all cylinders in run-rule win

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BENNINGTON — One of the reasons that the Mount Anthony softball team has been so dominant in recent years is the team's attention to detail.

Little things like taking the extra base, smart baserunning and good at-bats give MAU the edge.

That was on full display on Monday against Rutland as the Patriots scored 15 runs in the first two innings of a 16-0 run-rule victory over the Raiders.

"Our offense is really fun to watch," said MAU coach Katie Contrada. "They've been working hard all year and at the plate it totally shows. They are getting up there with confidence, relaxed and having fun."

Mount Anthony scored five runs on no hits in the first inning, taking advantage of a handful of Rutland errors. In the second, Rachael Jones, Keana Gauthier and Cat Worthington all started the frame with hits before Jamie Boyle crushed a pitch over the center field wall for a 9-0 lead.

Emilie O'Brien and Taylor Dicranian kept the line moving with hits and then Kaity O'Brien drove in a pair of runs with a two-run double to up the lead to 12-0. Erin Farrell and Kaidin Gauthier had hits at the bottom of the lineup and then Worthington blasted a homer for a 15-0 lead.

"It's contagious. We get one good hit and everyone else knows they can get it," Contrada said. "I'm happy to see them get hits like that."

In the inning, all nine MAU batters had hits — Worthington had two — and all scored runs.

"No one is going up trying to hit a homer," Contrada said. "They have a mindset to just get a hit and when they are, good things happen."

Emilie O'Brien went 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Kaity O'Brien had a pair of hits. Worthington scored four of the 16 runs.

On the other side, senior pitcher Taylor Dicranian was on top of her game. She pitched all five innings, allowing only two hits, no walks and struck out 12. She had at least two strikeouts in every inning and struck out the side in the third and the fifth.

The only hits were a lead-off single in the second by Mariah Crossman and a single with one out in the fourth by Delaney Courcelle.

"She was a serious presence today and owned it out there," Contrada said. "Her pitches were working, she kept the hitters off balance and Jamie called a great game behind the plate. The battery is so fun to watch and it's awesome to see Taylor pitch like that."

Mount Anthony is 10-1 on the year and has three more games this week, traveling to Drury on Wednesday and Burr and Burton on Friday before hosting a big game against Brattleboro on Saturday at 10 a.m.

"You get to a point in the season where you're ready to play, so it's the right time to have a bunch of games," Contrada said. "This is where the summer tournaments come into play, they usually play four or five games in a weekend. I'm looking forward to this week."


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