BANGOR, Maine — On a cold day that featured morning snow showers, Bangor senior pitcher Sam Bedore warmed things up with the heat from her fastballs.
She enjoyed her finest pitching performance of the young season, fashioning a two-hitter while striking out nine and walking nobody as the Rams methodically defeated Messalonskee of Oakland 5-0 on a chilly, windy Thursday.
Bedore retired the first nine hitters, seven on strikeouts, and didn’t surrender a hit until Alyssa Eugley’s infield single in the top of the fifth inning.
“I just hit my spots, that’s what you’ve got to do,” said Bedore. “I feel I’m progressively improving, focusing on hitting my spots.”
The 4-0 Rams took a 1-0 first-inning lead as Kim Jordan reached on an error and eventually scored on Hannah Lust’s groundout to shortstop.
Lust drove in her second run of the afternoon in the third with a sharp single to center, while Sadie Redman doubled and scored on a wild pitch earlier in that frame.
“We have a pretty strong offense, we’ve just got to string the [hits] together and that’s what we did, and it worked out,” said Lust.
Bangor’s final two runs came on Kate Freudenberger’s fourth-inning sacrifice fly to shallow left-center and Megan Doucette’s line-drive RBI single to left in the sixth.
Messalonskee (1-3) got a solid effort in the circle from Bri Garland, who did a good job of keeping the ball down and forcing the hard-hitting Rams to keep the ball on the ground and find holes in the Eagles’ infield.
“Coach said either lay off them, make them bring it up or hit them, [so] we attacked,” said Lust.
Bangor coach Don Stanhope said Bedore did an outstanding job of painting the corners and mixing in an effective curveball.
“She had some real pop on her ball. Her curveball was breaking considerably,” he said.
The Rams’ offense had to make a few adjustments against Garland, who scattered four runs on five hits in absorbing the loss.
“She was throwing a lot of low ones that the umpire was obviously calling [strikes] so we had to adjust and hit that low one,” Bedore said.
Bangor got some solid offensive balance, with seven players recording one hit apiece. Eliza Estabrook singled and scored in the fourth while Jade Baumrind, Bedore and Mariah Cassum contributed a base hit apiece.
Senior catcher Jeri Cosgrove returned to action for the first time since taking a foul tip off her throwing (left) hand against Brewer on April 21.
The bone in Cosgrove’s hand is bruised, and she played in the flex position Thursday, as she wants to play and not miss her senior year.
“Obviously, I want it to heal and feel better, but there’s a point where you can deal with pain and I guess I’ve got to do that,” Cosgrove said. “I’ve been icing and I’ve been doing some exercises with grips and stuff.”