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Warriors double up Keene in 16-8 victory

KEENE VALLEY - The Willsboro girls got the most out of their seven hits and built an insurmountable lead against the Beavers in MVAC softball May 8.

Codia Holland fanned five and walked three in seven innings for the Warriors, holding off a would-be rally by Keene.

Holland started things off with two early hits, including an RBI double in the second inning that lifted Willsboro to a 5-0 lead. The Beavers would answer with three runs in the bottom of the second.

Seven errors and three consecutive walks by Keene helped the Warriors score nine runs in the third inning, jumping out to a 14-3 lead.

Emma Nye relieved Amanda Boyle late in the third, limiting Willsboro to just two runs on three hits the rest of the game. The damage had already been done, however.

The Beavers looked ready to mount a comeback in the fifth inning as a single by Caitlyn Reynolds and a triple by Courtney Collette each drove in runs. Holland got the strikeout to end the inning, however, and Willsboro would allow just two more on base the rest of the way.

Jade Sayward had a good defensive game behind the plate for Willsboro, tagging out two players at home and catching one runner trying to steal second.

Reynolds was the only Keene player with multiple hits. Anna Kowanko added a double for the Beavers.

Chelsea Lindsay had two hits in her first start for the Warriors, as did Marion James.

"We hit the ball well," said Willsboro head coach David Lee. "We might not have played as well in the field, but that's something we'll keep working on."

Willsboro improved to 7-1 with the win. The Beavers fell to 5-3.

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