HERMON, Maine — After dropping the first game of Saturday’s Class B softball doubleheader in frustrating fashion, Hermon used its bats to take out its aggression.
The Caribou Vikings topped Hermon 10-8 in the first game, but the Hawks came back to pound out 13 runs and 12 hits en route to defeating Caribou 13-1 in six innings.
Hermon, the top-ranked team in Eastern Maine Class B, improved to 10-2 while Caribou is now 4-3.
In the first game, the teams traded offensive blows throughout, with the biggest lead being a 10-7 Caribou cushion after six innings.
The Vikings trailed 6-4 entering the top of the fifth, but scored three times in that inning and pushed across three more runs in the sixth to open up their biggest lead of the afternoon.
Rebecca McDougal keyed the three-run fifth with a two-run single, which gave Caribou a 7-6 lead.
Hermon tied it in its half of the fifth on Lauren McLaughlin’s bases-loaded walk, but wound up leaving the sacks juiced, and the hopeful Vikings again took advantage.
Jordan Doucette singled and gave the lead back to Caribou by scoring on a passed ball, while Ashley Doucette plated the final two runs with a single.
Hermon loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth but couldn’t score, and Monica Gallant hit an RBI single in the seventh to bring the Hawks closer, but winning pitcher Emily Staples ended the game with a strikeout.
Brittany Doak had an RBI double, single, run scored and RBI groundout, while McDougal scored two runs for Caribou.
Leadoff hitter Sami Schultz paced Hermon with three hits, including a triple and RBI double, and three runs, while Monica Gallant went 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Shannon Graves added a two-run homer.
In the second game, Hermon ace Debbie Colpitts shut the Vikings down, scattering four hits for one run while striking out seven.
Hermon sewed this one up early with eight second-inning runs as 12 Hawks came to the plate. Colpitts aided her own cause in that frame with a two-run double, while Nicole Ryder plated two runs with a single. Gallant and Kristen Wilcox each added RBI singles.
Hermon scored three more times in the fifth, including an RBI double by Wilcox and RBI single by Lauren McLaughlin, and RBI singles in the sixth from Gabby Bryant and Wilcox forced the 12-run mercy rule.
Jamie Martin drove in Caribou’s lone run with a fifth-inning double.