Nashua South softball stuns Alvirne

Chris Pantazis photo Nashua South third baseman Alexis Roberge throws the ball across the diamond during her team’s game at Alvirne on Wednesday.

HUDSON – On paper, there certainly seemed to be every reason to believe the Alvirne softball squad would beat Nashua South in Hudson on Wednesday.

But on the diamond, the struggling South side put forth its finest performance of the season in ending a 10-game losing streak with a superb 5-3 win over the host Broncos, who are battling to bag a Division I tournament berth.

Coach Kevin Handy’s Purple Panthers stepped into the Wednesday contest with a 1-11 record and that deeply-lamentable losing skid rolling. And Alvirne mentor April Eringis’ crew walked in at 6-8, perched right on the dividing line between making and missing the post-season. So a Broncos’ win was as needed as it seemed to be predictable.

However, South had other ideas and ended up busting a 3-2 deficit with a three-run seventh inning to make it 5-3, which was where it would wind up.

The Panthers snagged a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first inning when Alvirne standout pitcher Kiara Chase struggled with her control, hitting two of the first three batters. Both eventually scored.

Alvirne answered with one run on two hits in the bottom half of that frame, including a run-plating single by Alexis Charbonneau, to make it a 2-1 contest.

Pitchers Chase and South’s Liz Thibeault and their defenses then reigned supreme over the next 41/2 scoreless innings before the Broncos snagged their first and only lead of the day in the

bottom of the sixth. They scored twice on two hits, with Charbonneau thumping a two-run single to put her side up 3-2.

But with its back and against the wall and its 11th consecutive defeat seemingly in the offing, the Nashuans scored three times with two outs in the top of the seventh to take the lead for good.

Chloe Kelble-Goforth, who rapped a one-out single, scored on a wild pitch to make it a 3-3 game. And moments later Natalie Ward laced a single which plated teammates Sarah Picard and Alissa Escobales to make the score 5-3.

Alvirne got one more hit off of winning pitcher Thibeault in the bottom of the seventh, but didn’t come close to the comeback it needed.

Thibeault struck out six batters and walked three while allowing just five hits. Her offense supported her with nine hits, with Picard and Thibeault each smacking two.