Lyman softball is on a roll

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., Apr. 24, 2012
Chelsey Hussey warms up before an April 21 game against Wheeler.
Chelsey Hussey warms up before an April 21 game against Wheeler.

This year, the Lyman Memorial High School girls’ softball team is playing home games in a facility that has been completely transformed, thanks to the senior project of team member Tori Lussier. All Lyman students are expected to complete a project before graduation, and Lussier chose to focus on her school’s athletic facilities.

“I got donations from companies,” said Lussier. “They donated money. Some of them donated supplies.” The result is a new facility featuring refurbished fencing, rebuilt dugouts and a refurbished infield.

On April 21, the Bulldogs took to their new digs to take on Wheeler High School. Their 2-1 win continued a winning streak which stretched to five after the Bulldogs wiped out New London on April 23 (final score 13-5). With an overall record of 5-2 thus far, the Bulldogs are well on the way to reaching their goal of making it into post-season play. They’d like to go one further and win some games in the post-season, after being knocked out in round one last year. “We’d like to get there and win at least one,” said head coach Gary Hoyt. “Win it all would be even better,” he added with a laugh. Hoyt is assisted by Ron Vigue.

With 11 returning players, including five four-year starters (six seniors total) and three ECC All-Stars, the Bulldogs have the experience to do it. According to Lussier, the team is improving offensively game by game. And their ability to keep each other positive and focus on working as a team is one of their assets, according to the players.

The seniors on this year’s Lyman Memorial High School softball team are Haley McCall, Tori Lussier, Emily Vigue, Morgan Meese, Rachal Conley and Rachel Robtoy.

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