HERMON, Maine — After a somewhat frustrating afternoon in which the Hermon softball team stranded 10 runners in dropping the first game of Saturday’s Class B doubleheader to Caribou, Deb Colpitts and her teammates refocused for the second game.
Colpitts flashed both the leather and the bat in the nightcap, scattering one run on four hits with eight strikeouts in the circle while going 2-for-3 with three runs score and two RBIs as the Hawks took game two 13-1 in six innings.
Caribou won game one 10-8.
“We all came into the room at the high school and we were just focused,” said Colpitts, who ran her pitching record to 8-1 for Hermon (8-2). “We needed to get some hits. We needed to get ahead so we could get the second game down.”
Caribou (4-3) picked up a pointworthy victory by edging the Hawks in the opener, and a split was Vikings’ head coach Ryan Deprey’s goal.
“They were very high at the end of the [first] game. Any time we play anyone from downstate, we’re looking to get splits,” said Deprey. “These guys play year-round and they’re very good but if we can salvage a split we’re happy.”
In the opener, Caribou trailed 6-4 entering the top of the fifth, but plated three runs to take a 7-6 lead. Two scored on on a Rebecca McDougal double.
Hermon fought back to tie it in the bottom of the frame on Lauren McLaughlin’s bases-loaded walk, but coach Stephanie Biberstein’s Hawks wound up leaving the bases loaded in that inning and in the sixth.
“We’ve had some confidence issues with a lot of our younger kids and going back to the first game I think that was a factor,” said Biberstein.
The Vikes took the lead for good with a three-run uprising in the sixth, with Jordyn Doucette singling and scoring on a passed ball. Ashley Doucette drove in the final two runs with a single.
“Ashley Doucette is one of the better hitters in Eastern Maine. We’ve played Bapst, Hermon, Presque Isle, Old Town, and I’ll take her at the plate anytime,” Deprey said.
Hermon got a run back in the seventh on a Monica Gallant single, but couldn’t get any more than that.
Emily Staples earned the victory in relief for Caribou after Doucette, a slingshot-style pitcher, had the Hawks hitting numerous fly balls with the Vikings’ outfielders shifted over toward left field.
“That’s a tough thing to do, to be honest,” Biberstein said. “You get used to kind of a certain tempo of a pitcher and we tried to get our kids to close their stances and take it to that right side, where it was wide open.”
The Hawks’ Shannon Graves did that in the third, lacing a two-run, inside-the-park home run down the right-field line.
Sami Schultz was Hermon’s top hitter in game one with an RBI double, a single, a triple and three runs scored. Gallant had an RBI double and two RBI singles.
Brittany Doak went 2-for-4 for Caribou with an RBI double and a run-scoring groundout.
In the second game Colpitts, who didn’t pitch in the opener since she was attending her sister’s college graduation, kept the Vikings off balance throughout.
Her offense backed her up with an eight-run outburst in the second, with Colpitts driving in two of them with a double. Gallant and Kristen Wilcox each drove in runs with singles and Nicole Ryder contributed a two-run base hit.
Hermon added three more in the fourth on an RBI double by Wilcox, an RBI single from McLaughlin and Graves’ fielder’s choice RBI.
Caribou got its only run in the fifth on Jamie Martin’s RBI double, and the Hawks forced the mercy rule with three sixth-inning runs, including back-to-back RBI singles by Gabby Bryant and Wilcox.
“We just wanted to make good, solid contact and get ahead so we could do what we could do,” said Colpitts, who compiled eight strikeouts.