Scarborough defeats Skowhegan for title

Posted June 24, 2009, at 11:30 p.m.

BREWER — The Scarborough Red Storm rallied from an early 1-0 deficit with three unearned runs in the middle innings and went on to defeat Skowhegan 3-1 at Coffin Field on Wednesday evening to win their second Class A softball state championship in three years.

Scarborough, which also defeated Skowhegan 2-0 in the 2007 state final, finished its season with a 19-1 record, while Skowhegan is 18-2.

Freshman Mo Hannan, who pitched three consecutive shutouts during the Western A tournament, earned the win with a complete-game four-hitter.

She struck out nine batters and walked no one in outdueling Skowhegan junior Becca McCarty, who scattered five hits and did not allow an earned run while striking out five and walking no one.

This contest, originally scheduled for Saturday but postponed that day as well as Monday and Tuesday due to inclement weather, finally was staged under clearing skies — with the help of an estimated 3½ tons of drying agent put down on the dirt infield throughout the day.

Skowhegan took the early lead, with Anna Lorrette hitting a two-out single to center in the bottom of the first inning and scoring the Indians’ lone run on an opposite-field triple to right by Sam Gray.

Coach Lee Johnson’s club also got off to a quick start defensively, with shortstop Whitney Jones throwing out a Scarborough runner at the plate in the first inning, and then a perfect relay throw by Jones gunning down Bri Manusco at home in the second as Manusco was trying to stretch a triple to left into an inside-the-park home run.

But while Skowhegan’s bats were being subdued by Hannan, Scarborough made enough contact to force the Indians’ defense to make plays — and five errors were too much for the Eastern Maine champions to overcome.

Scarborough scored a controversial run in the top of the fourth to tie the game. Hannan hit a two-out single to center, stole second, and then headed to third on Abbey Pelletier’s grounder to shortstop.

Hannan, Jones and the ball all arrived at the same place at about the same time, with Jones screened on the play and the ball ultimately bouncing between her legs and into left field, enabling Hannan to score.

Johnson appealed for an interference call, but the play stood and the game was deadlocked at 1-1.

Scarborough took the lead an inning later. Heather Carrier reached on a dropped popup and scored the go-ahead run when Reegan Brackett’s bunt was thrown down the right-field line.

Brackett reached third base on the play and then beat the throw home on a fielder’s choice grounder by Catie Funk.

Skowhegan’s Megan Hancock was the game’s lone repeat hitter with two singles.

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