BANGOR, Maine — With two of Eastern Maine Class B’s top pitchers in Mattanawcook’s Tayla Trask and Laura Jordan of John Bapst going at it Friday, the vibe in the blustery air at the Union Street Complex was that the first team to score would likely win.
That team was Trask’s Lynx of Lincoln, as Brooke Hanscom roped a run-scoring double in the fifth inning to give the junior righthander all the support she’d need in a 2-0 victory in which both teams played error-free softball.
Coach Dean Libbey’s MA club won its fifth straight game to improve to 5-1 while John Bapst dips to 0-3.
Morgan Mushero worked a four-pitch walk to lead off the fifth for the Lynx, and after a strikeout, Hanscom ripped the first pitch she saw down the left-field line to score Mushero for what proved to be the game-winning run.
After being stymied on her first two at-bats in which Jordan was jamming her inside, Hanscom made a couple of adjustments in the box and delivered.
“I actually had to change my stance a little bit,” said Hanscom. “I usually pull the ball when I hit so I was trying to even it out a little bit.”
Fittingly, it was an inside fastball from Jordan that Hanscom saw in that situation, and she effectively extended her hands and gave her team the offensive boost it needed.
The Lynx tacked on an insurance run in the sixth, as Trask worked a walk and was pinch-run for by Tia Hardy, who eventually scored on a wild pitch.
With the wind making fly balls an adventure, both pitchers effectively kept the ball down, while Trask, who recorded 10 strikeouts, mixed in a screwball to go with her fastball and changeup.
“I was just trying to be up and down and move it all around,” she said.
Trask, who walked four, didn’t surrender a hit until Tori Huckestein’s fourth-inning single, and although Huckestein moved up to second on a passed ball, Trask would get out of the inning unscathed.
Bapst coach Shannon Whiting was happy her club was able to put together some solid at-bats against Trask, who has been known to strike out a lot of batters.
“I was kind of anxious to see how we were going to hit, and I thought we made some pretty good contact,” Whiting said. “We’ve just got to put the hits together.”
Jordan compiled eight strikeouts in taking the tough-luck loss, and kept the Lynx guessing with an assortment of dropballs.
“She throws well, we had a tough one against them last year, it was a 1-0 ballgame, so we knew that it was going to be tough,” Hanscom said.
Whiting was also happy with her junior righty’s effort.
“I thought she did a nice job, she kept them off balance a little bit,” Whiting said.
Even though the two teams have different records, Friday’s outcome proved there won’t be many easy game in Class B this season.
“There’s a lot of tough teams in our league, especially Old Town, Bapst, I mean, they’re all tough,” Trask said. “There’s not an easy game at all. It’s going to be a tough season.”
MA’s Brooke Kimball was the afternoon’s lone repeat hitter with two singles, while Rianne Gardner and Ashley Crosby also singled for the Lynx.
Bapst’s other hit came on Katie Hammond’s seventh-inning single.