COLCHESTER — Stellar defense and May Gratton’s strong pitching effort led BFA-St. Albans to its fourth softball victory without a loss this spring, a 9-2 decision over host Colchester on Tuesday.

Gratton allowed eight hits and three walks, but struck out seven and got outstanding support in the field to leave most of the Laker runners on base.

The Comets jumped to a 3-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first inning and another in the second. An error and a walk put runners on second and third for Meghan Connor, who lined a single to the fence to plate BFA’s first two runs. In the second, Caitlyn Dasaro doubled, stole third, and scored on an overthrow to give the Comets a 3-0 lead.

Colchester got a run back in the bottom of the third and had the bases loaded, but Gratton handled a comebacker for a force out to end the threat. In the fourth, the Lakers’ leadoff batter got to second base with no outs, and she headed for the plate on what appeared to be a bloop single into short left-center. But Dasaro came racing in for the catch, and doubled the runner off second.

Avery Daudelin closed out the game with two more great plays in the outfield with catches to rob Lakers of extra-base hits.

By then, the Comet lead was not in as much danger thanks to two runs in the fifth inning and four in the seventh.

The Lakers followed up this loss with a pair of wins over North Country and South Burlington to improve to a 5-3 record overall.