CASTINE — The Husson Eagles collected 25 hits and scored 21 runs in a two game sweep of the Lady Mariners on Wednesday night in North Atlantic Conference action at Ritchie Field. Husson won the first game 14-6 and took the night cap 7-2 en route to their 12th NAC win of the year.
In the first game, Dorothy Cameron (So. Plainfield, NJ) collected two hits, three runs, and three RBI’s, leading the Husson Eagles to 14-6 victory over MMA.
The Lady Mariners (19-2, 10-1 NAC) got the scoring started in the second inning, plating a run on a passed ball, which allowed Nicole Poland (Damariscotta) to cross the plate. Nicole Poland got the inning started with a one out double to left center field. Poland then advanced to third base on a McKenzie Burke (Wells) single to left, putting runners at the corners. After a MMA strikeout, Poland scored on a passed ball which also allowed Burke to advance to second base. Casey McCloskey (Howland) then walked which put runners on first and second. Megan Russell (Peru) followed up with an RBI single to left scoring Burke to give MMA the 2-0 lead. Leah Jackson (Dedham) then followed with an RBI single down the left field line scoring McCloskey to give MMA the 3-0 advantage. Husson got out of the inning with any further damage when Husson pitcher Kody Lyon (Dalton, NH) struck out Mallery Stanley stranding runners at second and third.
Husson (20-13, 11-0 NAC) answered with four runs their own in the top of the third. Aimee Mortensen (Biddeford) started the rally with a single to left and with one out, Courtney Hill (Calais) singled to shortstop. Cassie Berry (Newcastle) then hit one back to the mound, but a McKenzie Burke throwing error allowed Mortensen to score and leave runners at second and third. Megan Richard (Wilton) then singled to left driving in Hill to inch the Eagles closer at 3-2. Brianna Webster (Belfast) proceeded to hit a ground ball back to the pitcher, but the ball got away from the first baseman on the throw, allowing another run to score and tie the game at 3-3. The Eagles capped off the inning, scoring their fourth run, on a sacrifice fly by Lona Sargent (Sullivan), which plated Cassie Berry.
In the top of the 8th Kealy Chipman (Bellows Falls, NY) began the inning at second base and scored on a Hilary Bemis ground ball to second base to give the Spartans the 3-2 lead.
The Eagles struck again in the top of the fourth scoring their fifth run of the game on an RBI single to center off the bat of Dorothy Cameron (So. Plainfield, NJ). Diann Ramsey (Otisfield) scored on the hit giving the Eagles the 5-3 lead.
The Eagles pushed the lead to 6-3 in the 5th inning on a sac fly from Diann Ramsey scoring Megan Richard. The run came after consecutive hits from Richard and Sargent. Husson added to their lead in the 6th when Sarah Risser (Brewer) reached on an error and then Courtney Hill singled to put runners at the corners. Risser proceeded to score on a fielder’s choice giving Husson the 7-3 lead and put the game out of reach. Husson tacked on four more runs in the inning and took an 11-3 lead into the bottom of the 6th.
The Lady Mariners added a run in the bottom of the 6th on a home run by McKenzie Burke to inch MMA closer at 11-4. Husson answered with three more runs in the 7th after two more MMA errors followed up by a solo home run from Cassie Berry pushing the lead back up to 14-4.
MMA added two more runs in the bottom of the 7th on a two run home run off the bat of Mallery Stanley (Standish) to close the scoring at 14-6 Husson.
Leah Jackson picked up three hits along with one run and one RBI while Mallery Stanley led MMA with two RBI’s. McKenzie Burke (Wells) had a rough outing for MMA giving up 16 hits and 11 earned runs while falling to 9-2 on the season.
Megan Richard collected three hits for Husson while Diann Ramsey collected two RBI’s. Kody Lyon earned the win for Husson pitching 6 2/3 innings giving up eight hits and five earned runs while striking out eight MMA batters.
In the second game, Aimee Mortensen went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI’s as the Husson Eagles improved to 12-0 in NAC play and took over sole possession of first place.
Husson (21-13, 12-0 NAC) got the scoring started in the top of the first when Diann Ramsey hit a sacrifice fly that scored Dorothy Cameron, giving Husson the 1-0 lead. In the top of the second inning, the Eagles loaded the bases with nobody out before Cameron knocked a base hit to right field scoring Nicole Sargent for Husson’s second run. After an unassisted double play by the Lady Mariners, Cassie Berry ripped a double off the left field fence scoring two more runs, propelling Husson to a 4-0 lead.
The Eagles scored two more in the 3rd on a two run homer by Aimee Mortensen to increase the lead to 6-0 and then tacked on another run in the 4th to take the 7-0 lead.
MMA (19-3, 10-2) answered with a run in the bottom of the 4th with an RBI ground out by Nicole Poland, which plated Kayla Higgins (Sullivan) for the Lady Mariner’s first run of the game. The Lady Mariners scored their second run of the game in the bottom of the 6th on another RBI ground out by Nicole Poland to inch closer at 7-2 but the scoring would end there and the Husson Eagles completed the sweep of the Lady Mariners.
McKenzie Burke led the Lady Mariners with three hits while Nicole Poland collected MMA’s only two RBI’s. Casey McCloskey dropped to 10-1 on the season, giving up just nine hits and seven earned runs which included seven walks over seven innings of work.
Dorothy Cameron led the Eagles with three hits and two runs while Nicole Sargent (Sullivan) picked up the win. Sargent threw six innings of five hit ball while allowing just the two earned runs.