BLUE HILL, Maine — The start of the postseason may be a couple of weeks away, but the Bucksport softball team appears to be in playoff mode already.
The Golden Bucks got a stellar pitching performance from junior righthander Abby Yeo while manufacturing runs soundly with sacrifice bunts en route to a 4-1 victory over Hancock County rival George Stevens Academy Thursday afternoon.
In a contest featuring two of the area’s top pitchers in Yeo and GSA’s Lydia Clapp, runs and hits were going to be at a premium.
Yeo was on fire, as she held the Eagles in check to the tune of one unearned run on one hit while striking out 10 and walking nobody.
“I’ve done better before, but I think I did pretty well today,” said a humble Yeo.
“She did perfect, I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Wonderful job,” Bucksport catcher Emily Lenor said.
After stranding four runners in the first three innings, the Bucks plated three runs in the top of the fourth. India Stewart drove in one with a squeeze bunt to third and Rochelle Pelletier added another with a fielder’s choice on which Meagan Harriman, who had singled, beat out a throw to the plate on a grounder to second.
Lenor contributed to the uprising with a sharp, RBI single to left.
Bucksport, which improved to 10-5 with Tuesday’s home contest against Old Town remaining, plated another run on Harriman’s sacrifice bunt in the fourth.
“We had trouble with [bunts] during the season, but I guess everyone’s really focusing up and understanding this is the time to bear down and everyone’s doing it,” Lenor said.
Clapp pitched well in absorbing the loss for the 11-3 Eagles, overcoming a few illegal pitches in the first inning to finish with nine strikeouts on the afternoon.
“That’s a class team right out there, they’re one of the best teams in Eastern Maine,” said Bucksport coach Mike Carrier. “They only have three losses and two of them were to us, so they’ve played well.”
Yeo kept the Eagles off-balance with an array of fastballs, changeups and curves.
“Abby did everything I asked of her today. Her fastball was hot and every pitch she had was working today and she was putting them where she wanted to,” Carrier said.
The Eagles managed to get a run back in their half of the fourth. Steph Davis reached on an error, went to third on Lexi Wessel’s single and scored on a wild pitch.
Coach Betsy Stevens’ club was hitting the ball fairly hard, but right at Bucksport’s fielders for the most part.
“We’ve kind of been struggling in just hitting it to people instead of hitting the gaps,” said Stevens, whose club came in as the top-ranked team in the Eastern Maine Class C Heal Points.
Mindy Pye and Lenor were the Bucks’ lone repeat hitters. Pye singled twice and scored in the fifth while Lenor finished with two singles and an RBI.