Alvirne Softball Struggles Continue as Broncos Drop Three

The Lady Broncos are in a rather unfamiliar position this season at the Varsity level, as they have struggled out of the gate, dropping their first four contests in the first two weeks while having two games be postponed due to rain, Concord being postponed twice. Alvirne was able to get games in against Portsmouth, Bishop Guertin, and Winnacunnet last week, dropping all three on the road, 9-1, 12-2, and 9-0, respectively.
Ashleigh Ducharme got the ball against the Clippers on Monday, and after her team failed to score in the top half of the first, three Portsmouth singles helped drive in a pair of runs, giving Portsmouth a 2-0 lead early.
The wheels fell off a bit in the bottom of the second, as a leadoff infield single set the tone for Portsmouth, and they were able to put up six runs on four hits, a walk, and an error on the third baseman Avery Willard. Heading into the middle part of the game, it was 8-0 Portsmouth and things didn’t look great for Alvirne.
Portsmouth picked up their ninth and final run of the ballgame in the third after getting a pair of singles to start the inning before allowing the Broncos to get an out via a fielder’s choice. The Clippers loaded the bases before a sac fly got the run in.
Alvirne scored their lone run of the game after Cory Sevigny led off the top of the 6th with a triple and was brought home with a Kenzy Pooler RBI ground out.
Alvirne’s next test was on Wednesday against former manager Dakota Bilodeau and the Bishop Guertin Cardinals. Early on, it seemed to be a pitcher’s duel with both teams being held scoreless in the first inning and a half, but the Cardinals picked up a pair of runs in the bottom of the second to take a 2-0 lead on a two-out RBI single.
Alvirne was able to respond with a run in the top of the third to make it 2-1 before the Cardinals responded with a run of their own to make it 3-1 Bishop Guertin.
The Broncos, once again, cut the lead to a single run going into the bottom of the fifth with the score 3-2 before BG responded with four in the fifth and five in the sixth to take the game 12-2 after the Broncos were retired with relative ease by the Cardinals’ closer.
On Friday, the Broncos travelled to Hampton to play the Winnacunnet Warriors, and quickly fell behind 3-0 in the first, and then 5-0 through two frames.
The two teams remained quiet in the third inning, and then the Warriors put the game on ice in the fifth, adding four more runs to push the game to its 9-0 final.
Alvirne will play three home games this week-Monday against Goffstown, Wednesday against Exeter, and Friday against the Nashua North Titans.

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