BANGOR, Maine — If the first three games are any indication, Sam Bedore is going to be extremely tough to score off this softball season.
The Bangor High junior righthander brought her “A” game to the table Monday afternoon, allowing only two harmless singles while striking out 12 and walking nobody as her Rams cruised past Nokomis of Newport 9-0 in their home opener on a windy but sunny afternoon.
Bedore had the Warriors off balance right from the outset, mixing in an effective curveball with her overpowering fastball while painting the corners precisely.
“I think I did a good job on that for the most part,” said Bedore, who has yet to yield an earned run yet this spring for the 2-1 Rams.
Bedore threw 61 of her 93 pitches for strikes while Nokomis never advanced a runner past second base.
“She was moving the ball around the strike zone well, changing speeds well,” said Bangor coach Don Stanhope. “That’s our goal, [to] not let hitters get into a rhythm against her.”
While Bedore had the Warriors’ hitters off balance, the free-swinging Rams put the game away early, producing five runs in the second inning and two apiece in the third and fifth innings.
Nokomis starter Jessica Kent-Webber was one strike away from holding Bangor to one run in the second, but Erin Dean slapped a 3-2 fastball into right-center field to plate a pair of runs.
“We were definitely putting the bat on the ball,” said Rams junior outfielder Kate Freudenberger, who scored two runs.
Dean led the Bangor offense with three hits — all singles — while Bedore aided her own cause with an RBI single while Jeri Cosgrove picked up a couple of hits and scored a run.
After the Rams jumped on the Warriors early, Bedore settled into a groove and cruised on home.
“One of our main goals is to get out to a great start [and] not be one of those teams that has to catch up,” Freudenberger said. “That’s one of our goals, [to] get out there and swing away.”
As excellent as Bedore was, Cosgrove was calling a sound game behind the plate, as Bedore’s pitches were moving well throughout the strike zone and she was attacking the corners.
“Jeri Cosgrove [is] doing a fantastic job catching, she’s really working her game as far as owning corners of the plate,” Stanhope said.
After a rain-plagued April vacation week in which the Rams played two games on the road, the team was revved up for its home opener.
“The girls were just ready to go today. They got out of school, were here early. The seniors had all the gear out before it was even time to have the gear out,” Stanhope said.
Bangor’s defense was also flawless behind Bedore, not committing an error.
Megan Doucette and Nicole Stairs each added RBIs on sacrifice flies while Stairs singled and scored the game’s first run in the second. Eliza Estabrook singled in the game’s first run, walked and scored three runs.
Heidi Wyman had a single and stolen base while Marissa Shaw also singled for 0-2 Nokomis.