SARANAC — Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, the Saranac softball team saw the top of its order go down 1-2-3.
From there, its offense exploded.
The Chiefs (2-2) scored a combined nine runs in the second, third and fourth innings to defeat Northern Adirondack, 9-1, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference play Thursday.
“We hit a couple balls right at people,” Saranac coach Sam Campbell said. “You have to get adjusted to the pitcher. Fortunately for us, we adjusted and were more patient at the plate. It paid off.”
Kaitlyn Guynup helped the Chiefs get on the board in the bottom of the second inning, hitting a sacrifice fly to center field, which brought home Emma Webster from third.
Then, Taylor Gillette cracked an RBI double, sending home Sydney Adolfo.
Saranac’s relentless offensive attack continued.
Tori Trim and Summer Gillespie hit back-to-back doubles before Brette Campbell’s two-RBI double gave the Chiefs a 4-1 lead after two.
“I got a pitch I was looking for and swung as hard as I could,” Brette Campbell said. “I was just trying to be patient, and then I got a hold of one.”
Trim, who pitched a complete game, allowing one run and three hits on nine strikeouts, helped her own cause at the plate in the fourth frame.
The right-handed junior slugged a three-run home run to left-center field, extending Saranac’s lead to eight runs.
“That’s a good thing,” Sam Campbell said. “She’s been hitting the ball well as of late. Since they got such a late start on the field, we haven’t had a chance to get the fence up. She was able to find the gap with one. On this field (Thursday), that’s a home run.”
After surrendering one run on one hit in the first, Trim retired 18 of her next 20 batters faced. The Bobcats (0-2) struck out seven times in their final 18 outs.