HERMON, Maine — It may not have been the prettiest of efforts, but the Hermon softball team still found a way to win.
The Hawks scored twice in the first inning and four more times in the third while pitchers Jessie Devou, Debbie Colpitts and Sami Schultz made those runs stand up as they earned a 6-5 Class B victory over Old Town Saturday morning.
Hermon (6-1) parlayed a pair of walks, a hit, an error and a wild pitch into its first-inning runs while Jaimie Beers and McKayla Bates each hit two-run singles in the Hawks’ third-inning uprising.
That was enough to back Colpitts, who pitched four innings of relief of starter Devou to earn the victory, scattering two runs on three hits while striking out four and walking one.
Schultz pitched around a first-and-second, two-out jam to earn the save.
Old Town (4-2) got three runs back in its half of the second, with Micayla Hussey’s double to left scoring the go-ahead run at the time.
The Coyotes strung together a rally against Colpitts in the fourth after Hermon took a 6-3 lead in the third, with Whitney Leland doubling and scoring on a wild pitch and Hussey, who had singled, coming around on a hard double by Hannah Morin down the right-field line.
McKayla Gastia settled down later on in the game for Old Town, allowing no hits and just two walks after the third.
But the Coyotes left the tying run on second in the seventh, as Schultz, a freshman, struck out Amy Cossar to end it.
Beers led Hermon with a pair of singles and two runs batted in while Ashley Thayer reached base all four times up — three times on walks and once on an error — and scored two runs. Lily Barry singled and scored in the third.
Hussey and Morin led Old Town offensively, each going 2-for-4 while Cossar and Amy Singer each singled and scored in the second.