Since losing its first two games of the season, Mount Anthony is on a tear, having won 11 games in a row, including a win over rival Brattleboro last week.
“Basically we have good pitching on the mound and good defense behind her,” said MAU coach Katie Contrada. “Our bats have come alive, Our kids are executing offensively and defenisively.”
Led by sophomore pitcher Baylee Ports, who has been in the circle for all of the 11 wins, and sophomore catcher Julie Elwell, the Patriots have rebounded from a 4-12 record last season to a 11-2 record so far this year.
“She just gets in there in throws, she has been working all winter and all fall for this,” Contrada said. “Julie Elwell, her catcher catches her all year, so they have been working hard. A lot of credit goes to them for working hard in the offseason.”
Makayla Farrara and lead-off hitter Kate Goodell have been leading the offense for a team that may surprise some teams come playoff time.
“I expect them to work hard, we take it one game at a time, one pitch at time. We’re ready for anybody,” Contrada said.
Turning it around?
With just three returning players — and only one at the same position as last season — BFA-St. Albans needed some time to insert some new players into the lineup.
After the team lost its first two games of the season, the Comets won their next four and have earned wins in seven of the last nine games. Now sitting at 7-4, coach Bert Berthiaume is starting to see his young team find its game.
“We had a lot of new faces in new places,” Berthiaume said. “We never set goals, our focus is on proving that we are better in May than we were in April, then better in June than we were in May. It’s good for them that their hard work is starting to pay off.”
For a program that has not had a losing season since 1987 and has appeared in the Division I title game the last two years, the early season struggles might have signaled a down year. But the Comets look to be turning around and have upset potential written all over them for the postseason.