Wheelin’ & dealin’

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 Senior Megan Hoague unleashes a blast during the Lakers' game against Burlington on April 20. Colchester won 18-5. (Photo by Colin Flanders)

Senior Megan Hoague unleashes a blast during the Lakers’ game against Burlington on April 20. Colchester won 18-5. (Photo by Colin Flanders)

Colchester’s varsity baseball and softball teams kicked off their 2017 campaigns on a high note, going a combined 7-1 while scoring 48 runs in just six outings.

The Lakers’ softball squad picked off right where it left off last season behind the dynamic duo of juniors Alli Sheets and Riley Magoon.

Colchester put up 17 hits in its 9-5 season-opening victory over CVU behind Sheets’ nine strikeouts en route to her first win.

Sheets also helped her cause from the plate with three hits and two RBIs, while Magoon unleashed four hits and three RBIs. Ella Cole, Megan Hoague and Sam Messier added two hits each.

Ryan Arel fires toward home plate against Burlington on April 20. (Photo by Colin Flanders)

Ryan Arel fires toward home plate against Burlington on April 20. (Photo by Colin Flanders)

Two days later, Magoon stockpiled 19 strikeouts in a complete game win over Burlington, 18-5. Messier dealt three hits with two RBIs, Chloe Bullock went 2-for-2 scoring three runs, and Olivia Brodeur added a pair of hits and RBIs.

Sheets returned to the mound Tuesday, fanning 14 batters through six innings for a 6-3 win.

Meanwhile, the Colchester baseball team sits 3-1 after tight wins over Harwood, Burlington and North Country while falling to CVU.

Facing a 5-1 deficit after four innings, Colchester used an eight-run fifth to surge past host Harwood  9-7 on April 13. Tom Colgrove earned the win from the mound while going 2-for-3 with a homerun. Tom McHugh added two hits.

Last week, the Lakers downed the visiting Seahorses 6-4. Ryan Arel allowed five hits and struck out four during his four innings at the mound to earn the win. Jordan Bell powered Colchester’s offense with three hits and three RBIs.

The Lakers hosted North Country on Tuesday, holding on for an 8-7 decision.

Both teams will hit the road Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. start in St. Johnsbury.