Hugh Bowden

Bucksport Falls to Fryeburg

Hugh Bowden
Shelby Redman of the Bucksport Lady Bucks ends up with her face almost in the dirt after being tagged out while trying to advance to third base.

STANDISH — Base-running mistakes, a couple of costly errors and a freshman Fryeburg Academy pitcher who retired the last nine batters she faced left the Bucksport Lady Bucks on the wrong end of a 5-2 score in Saturday’s State Class B Softball Championship at St. Joseph’s College.

The Lady Bucks had the undefeated Raiders on the ropes in the first inning but couldn’t capitalize.

Mindy Pye drew a lead-off walk from lefthander Sarah Harriman and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Shelby Redman.

Pye was cut down on a throw from Fryeburg catcher Carla Tripp when she tried to steal third base.

The Lady Bucks then loaded the bases when Abby Yeo reached on an error, Sadie Wight walked and Andie Lawford singled, but the threat went by the boards when Jen Wight grounded into a force at third.

The Raiders wasted no time in taking the lead, jumping on senior righthander Abby Yeo and the Lady Bucks for three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Tripp led off with a bunt single and scored on Maddie Pearson’s line drive triple over the head of centerfielder Andie Lawford.

Yeo then hit Maggie McConkey with a pitch before striking out Ashley Watkins.

With Pearson still at third, McConkey stole second uncontested and Charlotte Lewis then walked on a wild pitch that allowed Pearson to score.

Lewis stole second and McConkey scored the third run of the inning when catcher Mindy Pye’s throw when past second base and into the outfield.

Yeo then struck out Harriman and Michelle Rascoe but the damage was done.

The Lady Bucks came up with their only runs in the top of the third.

Pye led off with a double, Redman walked and Pye scored when Rascoe, the Fryeburg shortstop, mishandled a grounder by Yeo.

But Redman was thrown out as she tried to get to third base

Debbie Wight was inserted as a  courtesy runner for Yeo and went to third on an infield single by Sadie Wight.

Lawford then bunted for a single, scoring Debbie Wight, with Sadie Wight moving to third on the play.

But Harriman then fielded a bunt by Jen Wight and fired the ball to McConkey at third to pick off Sadie Wight, who had gone partway down the line toward the plate on the bunt.

Kacie Hurd then grounded into a force play to end the inning.

The Lady Bucks put two runners on base in the fourth inning on a single by Bailey Blair and a walk to Redman but failed to score.

The Raiders completed their scoring in the bottom of the inning on a single by Lewis, a walk to Harriman and a two-run single by Brianna Pelkie.

Both pitchers went the distance, each of them allowing five hits.

Harriman struck out five batters and walked four, and Yeo had seven strikeouts and walked just two.

“We were nervous when we first started, and it showed,” said Bucksport coach Mike Carrier. “We settled down pretty good, but then they got some good hits. They’re a good team.

“We didn’t get the timely hits,” he added, “and we made a few mistakes.”

Those mistakes came at the wrong time, acknowledged the coach. “That’s the nature of high school softball,” he said.

The Lady Bucks, who entered post-season play ranked third in Eastern Maine, finished with a record of 16-3.

The Raiders, who won state titles in 2008 and 2009, completed a perfect 20-0 season.

For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.

Hugh Bowden

Hugh Bowden

Executive Editor
Hugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American's editorial department. When he's not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected]
Hugh Bowden

Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all)