Norton's varsity softball got off to a great start to the new season Thursday, domineering Stoughton 9-1.
Jackie Dunne, a sophomore at , pitched a complete game victory giving up four hits and three walks while striking out three. Junior Marisa Dole (3-4), junior Maggie Morris (2-3), sophomore Ashley Cibotti (2-3) and sophomore Kathy Remick (2-3) led the 12 hit attack for Norton.
Things were off to a rough start for Stoughton as the right fielder and second baseman collided in the first inning, sending Jaqueline Kuhn off the field in an ambulance for a possible concussion.
Stoughton tried to rally in the bottom of the fifth inning, however, with #9 sliding in to home for a run. That would be the only run earned for the Knights.
"I thought we played a complete game using our speed and small ball game to produce runs," said Norton head coach Brian Clemmey. "Defense was solid."
In fact, senior catcher Caisey Calabro threw out two runners stealing. Clemmey also noted that junior Christen Cavanaugh (second base) and Meg Brown (third base) had a good game.
Norton will travel to Medfield Thursday in their Tri-Valley League opener 3:45 p.m. Stoughton will take on Foxborough in a home game 3:30 p.m. April 3.