Hoboes get first win of season

Laurel Hill softball

Lauren Gordon takes a swing for Laurel Hill on Tuesday in the first inning of the Hobo win over Paxton.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:12 PM.

LAUREL HILL — Sixth grader Maddie Varnum turned in an impressive performance in the pitching circle for Laurel Hill School softball team on Tuesday against District 1-1A rival Paxton.

Varnum made her first varsity start one that she will remember for years to come as she struck out five Bobcat batters and gave up just four hits and two earned runs as the Hoboes picked up their first win of the season with a 7-4 victory.

In a season marred by injuries Hobo coach Scott Varnum, Maddie's father, was just happy to see his team come out on top.

"As many injuries as we have had our girls could have been like an ostrich and stuck their heads in the dirt but they have played through it and behind us," he said. We've made some changes and brought some JV kids up and we are just trying to get in their mindset we are playing for the last one.

"We have won two district championships in a row and we are rebuilding. We lost Kasey Harrison and we lost Lauren Poole last year and we are just trying to find our way so to speak. I'm just proud of the kids that they stayed behind each other."

The Hoboes (1-5, 1-4) drew first blood scoring three runs in the first and one more in the fourth.

Lead off batter Lauren Gordon was in the middle of the quick start as she reached on an error and later scored on a Bobcat error.

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