BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor softball team’s mantra all season long has been “win today,” and not looking ahead on the schedule.
The Rams took care of business Monday afternoon with a 15-hit attack, dispatching Hampden Academy 13-0 in six innings to improve to 11-0.
Hampden is now 4-7.
Bangor senior righthander Sam Bedore allowed only four singles in six innings while striking out 14 and walking nobody, but it was Bangor’s offense that took center stage, as 10 different Rams recorded at least one hit.
That onslaught was led by Kim Jordan’s 3-for-4 performance with a triple, RBI and three runs scored. Hannah Lust went 2-for-3 with an RBI double, Megan Doucette was 2-for-4 with two RBI singles and Sadie Redman hit two RBI singles.
“We practice hitting in pressure situations every time we get a chance to practice, and it’s one of those things if they’re feeling it, it just seems to keep building and building,” Bangor coach Don Stanhope said.
The Rams posted three first-inning runs on an RBI single by Redman and an RBI double from Eliza Estabrook while Mariah Cassum scored the other run on a passed ball.
Redman singled in her other run in the third while the Rams put up four more in the fourth, another in the fifth and five in the sixth to force the 12-run rule. June Candland’s two-run double ended the game.
“We can all play, we can all hit, we all work hard at practice, so it doesn’t really matter who’s in,” said Jordan.
Hitting is something the Rams have improved on throughout the season.
“We hit probably at least half of practice. We’re in the cage [and] Taylor [Lewis] pitches live to us,” Redman said.
It showed Monday, as the Rams were set down in order only once all afternoon and players made key contributions off the bench.
That included Candland with her two-run double, Stephanie Comstock contributing an RBI bunt single and scoring two runs and Annie Guare collecting a base hit and a run.
“Even though the score didn’t say it, Hampden played very well today,” Stanhope said. “The subs got in and it was still pressure situations and the subs had some great at-bats with two outs and they ran the bases very well.”
The Rams are taking their “win today” approach to heart every time they take the field.
“They’re confident but they’re not cocky and they come to work every day,” Stanhope said. “They still come with the same enthusiasm to practice as they did the first day we showed up in the gym.”
“We’re all pumped and we’re all bringing everything every day, and we just love what we do,” Redman added.
Ashley Danforth, Lenora Shannon, Kayla Clewley and Sarah Lamberton each recorded a single for Hampden.
Bangor’s defense did not commit any errors.