BUCKSPORT, Maine — In a tough 2-0 loss to Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln earlier this week, the Bucksport softball team wasn’t getting the offensive breaks it needed, despite having two situations with runners on second and third and no outs.
The Golden Bucks put together strings of timely hits Thursday afternoon, as five different players drove in at least one run while Sarah Sutherland put together a solid pitching performance and Bucksport posted an 11-1 Class B win over Ellsworth on a sunny, windy day at Wardwell Field.
Senior catcher Emily Lenor set the tone for Bucksport’s afternoon right out of the gate, working a five-pitch walk in the bottom of the first inning that started a flurry in which the Bucks took a 2-0 lead without the benefit of a hit.
Lenor went to second on a wild pitch and later scored on an error.
“That’s our objective every game, get the runs on the board,” said Lenor, who walked three times and scored three runs out of the leadoff spot.
Bucksport jumped all over the Eagles in the last of the fourth, sending nine batters to the plate and pushing across five runs for a comfortable 7-0 lead.
Megan Panaro drove in the first run with a line-drive double down the left-field line while Shelby Redman (single) and Bailey Blair (sacrifice fly) plated runs with Rochelle Pelletier driving in the last two with a hard single to left.
“It’s the timely hitting, and like I said we hit the ball when we had people on base at Lincoln but right at [fielders],” said Bucksport coach Mike Carrier, whose club improves to 3-1.
“We were the ones that were getting them through today.”
Sutherland, a junior righthander, had 0-3 Ellsworth off balance right from the start, moving her fastball through the strike zone and mixing in an effective dropball which helped produce nine strikeouts.
She didn’t walk a batter while throwing 96 pitches.
“Sarah’s fastball was moving all over the place, it probably had something to do with the wind, but she naturally has a little bit of a dip on her ball anyway,” Carrier said. “When she threw the dropball, it just broke right into the ground and they couldn’t lay off it.”
Sutherland has been sharing the pitching duties with sophomore Abby Yeo so far this spring, and has come through nicely so far, having won both of her starts.
“She does a great job, it’s nice to have someone that can come in so Abby doesn’t have to pitch every game and do a great job like Sarah did today,” said Lenor.
Sutherland also benefited from a stingy Bucks defense that committed just one error.
“Defensively we’ve been very, very good this year,” Carrier said. “I think that’s the thing I like [most] about us right now.”
The Bucks put together another big inning in the sixth, batting around once again and scoring four runs this time, with Kaitlynn Williams and India Stewart each driving in two with singles.
Redman was the game’s lone repeat hitter, finishing 3-for-4 with three singles, an RBI and a run scored.
Anna Seavey singled and scored on an error in the sixth for Ellsworth and Lily Cooper tripled in the third.