OLD TOWN, Maine — With two of his best hitters away on a senior class trip to New York City, Old Town softball coach Lester Cowan knew his Coyotes would have to win with smallball Saturday.
Not only did they do that, but Hannah Morin pitched perhaps her best game of the spring.
Micayla Hussey scored what proved to be the game-winning run on a sixth-inning error while Morin pitched a one-hitter as Old Town earned a 2-0 victory over John Bapst in a Class B clash.
Morin, a junior righthander, was comfortable in the circle right from the outset, as she retired the first 10 Crusader batters while finishing the afternoon with no walks and eight strikeouts.
Her perfect game bid was foiled in the top of the fourth when Tori Huckestein dumped a two-out single into shallow center field on an 0-2 pitch.
Morin’s counterpart, John Bapst sophomore Laura Jordan, pitched a whale of a game herself, striking out six in a two-hit effort.
With one out in the Old Town sixth, Hussey laid down a perfect bunt in front of the plate and beat it out by about half a step. She then took second on a stolen base and third on a passed ball while Singer reached on a fielding error, allowing Hussey to score.
Amy Cossar gave the 9-5 Coyotes some insurance with a sacrifice bunt RBI.
Morin used a wide array of pitches to keep the Crusaders off-balance, including a knuckle-changeup.
She was the only other Coyote to record a hit against Bapst’s Jordan with a fourth-inning double.
The Crusaders, who upset Hermon earlier this week, fall to 3-9.