Rams stick to business, cruise past Broncos

Posted May 27, 2009, at 3:45 a.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — Even though the season is in its homestretch and every game is vital as teams are battling for playoff positioning, the Bangor softball team is taking a businesslike, Bill Belichick-like approach and not thinking about Heal points.
The Rams took another step in earning the top spot in Eastern Maine Class A, as Sam Bedore tossed her 10th shutout of the spring with a one-hitter as Bangor posted a 12-0 victory over Hampden Academy Tuesday night.
After a shaky first inning by her standards in which Bedore hit the first batter of the game and walked another on a 3-2 pitch, the junior righthander was in complete command, allowing only two baserunners the rest of the way while compiling 12 strikeouts.
“I think the first inning I was just too worried about overpowering them, and I just realized over the innings that I really had confidence in my defense, and I started placing the ball in spots where I felt comfortable placing them,” said Bedore, whose Rams improved to 12-2 with road contests against Messalonskee of Oakland and Morse of Bath remaining on the schedule.
Hampden fell to 3-11.
Bangor scored single runs in the first and second innings and two more in the third, but it could’ve been a lot more, as Hampden’s fielders turned in a couple of fine defensive plays, turning inning-ending double-plays in the second and fifth, the first coming with the bases loaded.
But the Rams widened their margin with five runs in the sixth and three in the seventh.
Coach Don Stanhope got balanced production out of his offense, with four players scoring at least two runs and four driving in a run apiece.
“It’s nice to have a game where we can all work together and everyone on the team can do something,” said junior catcher Jeri Cosgrove, who drove in a run with a seventh-inning double.
Stephanie Comstock plated a sixth-inning run with a sacrifice fly to left while Nicole Stairs drove in another with a single during that uprising.
The big blow in the sixth came when Cosgrove reached on an error with the bases loaded, and all three Bangor runners scored to open the floodgates.
The Rams turned in some fine defensive plays themselves, including a sliding stab in foul ground by third baseman Erin Dean and a nice sliding catch from left fielder Kate Freudenberger on a sinking liner.
“That spills over to the whole team and allows Sam to really pitch with confidence,” said Stanhope, whose club holds the top spot in the Heal point ranks.
Bangor boasted numerous leaders offensively: Stairs went 4-for-4 with a triple, RBI and run scored; Sadie Redman doubled in a run in the third and singled and scored in the sixth; Kim Jordan had a couple of singles and run scored while freshman Jade Baumrind, who courtesy runs for Cosgrove, scored a couple runs.
“We had some good at bats we were focused tonight on really extending the at bat,” Stanhope said.
While Bedore has posted shutouts in all but two of Bangor’s victories and has five no-hitters to her credit, those efforts certainly haven’t been solo.
“I definitely can’t take all the credit for that, my defense definitely has my back,” she said. “They definitely saved my butt a couple times [tonight].”
Brittany Luetjen’s fourth-inning single was Hampden’s lone hit.

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