GM softball beats Woodstock to end season 14-1 Chieftains top seeded in post season tournament

By Shawn Cunningham
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Junior Erika Knockenhauer held the Wasps scoreless through five innings. Photos by Shawn Cunningham

The Green Mountain girls softball team ended its season at the top of Division 3 with a stinging 15-0 “mercy rule” win against the Woodstock Wasps.

The win gave the Chieftains a record of 14 wins and 1 loss on the season outscoring opponents 184 to 58.

Junior Erika Knockenhauer pitched a three-hitter striking out seven in five innings.

The Chieftains’ offense was also formidable with seniors Lexi White and Noelle Gignoux, juniors Annie Lamson and Erika Knockenhauer and freshman Tierney O’Brien each contributing two hits.

Catcher Maddie Wilson connects with a pitch

The game was stopped at the end of five innings in accordance with the “mercy rule,” which applies when one team has scored so many runs that the lead is considered insurmountable.

The post-season tournament will begin with games on Tuesday May 29, but the Chieftains drew a bye and will play their first game on 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 1 against the winner of the Windsor (5-11) v. Northfield (3-11) game played on Tuesday.

The winner of that game will face either Leland & Gray or Bellows Free Academy in the semi-finals on Tuesday June 5 at 4:30 p.m.

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  1. A reader who left only a first name asked why we “choose” not to cover boys sports. We sent him an email explaining our situation, but the address was bogus. At that point we would usually delete the comment and get on with the day, but since I took time to write an answer to the comment, we decided to print it here.

    Hi John,

    We have tried and tried to find a person to cover all sports. Nobody seems to be available. We have advertised for a sportswriter – zip.

    We are a very small shop covering a lot with very few people. But we try to stretch where we can. We have tried to get scores and wrap ups after games from coaches, but that didn’t work out as well as we hoped. We had students cover some boys and girls basketball a few years back, but it was difficult for them to be at every game and – with schoolwork – to turn a story around to fit deadlines.

    Consequently, we try to cover the sports that people seem to want to read about and in this situation and last fall’s girls soccer, we had a flood of requests for coverage from parents. Some of them even supplied photos and game descriptions for away games we could not attend.

    We have covered individual milestones of local athletes (Cooper McCoy, Maci Prescott, Joe Epler, Brianna Luman, Charlie Macko)as we become aware of them.

    If you have any suggestions or would like to begin a career in sports journalism yourself, we are all ears. Thanks.