OLD TOWN, Maine — With two of Eastern Maine Class B’s top pitchers on their “A” game, all it was going to take was a couple of key hits.
As it turns out, Hermon sophomore lefthander Debbie Colpitts delivered one of them, while Jaimie Beers came through with the other.
Colpitts pitched a two-hit shutout while Beers singled her in with the only run of the game in the top of the sixth inning as the Hawks edged Old Town 1-0 on a sun-splashed Tuesday afternoon at the Old Town softball field.
Colpitts (8-1) earned a double when her drive toward the left-center field gap glanced off the tip of Hilary Campbell’s glove. After Erin Arnold sacrificed her to third with a bunt down the third-base line, Beers deposited an 0-2 riseball through the hole into left.
“I’m a victim of high pitches most of the time,” Beers admitted, “but I think the team did awesome hitting, we stepped it up at the end.”
Colpitts and Old Town counterpart Hannah Morin were effective right from the start, with Morin keeping the Hawks off-balance with her changeup and Colpitts doing the same to the Coyotes with a blend of fastballs and risers.
“Both pitchers pitched very well. I’ve said this all along, every team has a good pitcher,” said Old Town coach Lester Cowan. “If they’re on, they’re on, and both pitchers were on tonight.”
The 10-1 Hawks, who catapulted to second in the recent Heal point ranks thanks to Saturday’s win over previously undefeated and top-ranked Mattanawcook Academy, played flawless defense behind Colpitts.
“That’s one thing that a pitcher would love to have is a defense that could back you up and I have that,” said Colpitts, who walked two and struck out nine.
She allowed only two harmless singles, induced a double-play in the sixth after a leadoff walk and snared a hard liner from Sarah Wilcox to end that inning while Colpitts generated five ground-ball outs.
“That’s one thing that we talked about; the last time we played Old Town we had five errors,” Hermon coach Stephanie Biberstein said. “That was a goal that we set for ourselves today, that we were going to come out with no errors.”
Morin, who recently returned to the circle after a knee injury, took the tough-luck loss (4-1) while not walking anybody and fanning seven.
“She pitched a whale of a game,” Cowan said.
Beers added, “Hannah Morin has some great movement and her change is sick.”
With the Hawks getting healthy, all their pieces seem to be coming together as the season heads into the homestretch.
“[Today] was very much of a confidence booster. We did awesome. We worked great as a team like we always do,” said Beers.
Sami Schultz was the game’s lone multiple hitter, as the Hermon second baseman doubled in the second and singled in the fifth.
Amy Singer and Morin each singled for the Coyotes.