Lynx top Trojans to earn 10th win
Trask strikes out eight to key MA
LINCOLN, Maine — His team took a few innings to get in a groove, but Mattanawcook Academy softball coach Dean Libbey had plenty of things to be happy about Tuesday afternoon.
After trailing 1-0 early, the Lynx scored 10 runs in the final four innings to pull away for a 10-1 victory over Mount Desert Island in a Class B matchup.
The Trojans’ Jamie McKay lined the first pitch of the game into right-center field for a double and she scored on Kendra Bryer’s sacrifice bunt, but MA ace Tayla Trask didn’t allow another run after that. She scattered five hits, struck out eight and walked nobody while the Lynx made just one error behind her.
“Our defense was awesome tonight. We were a little shaky in the beginning but we really pulled it through,” said Trask, who improved to 10-2.
MDI is now 1-8.
The Lynx took the lead for good in the bottom of the third with a couple of two-out runs.
Rianne Gardner took advantage of a second chance after MDI catcher Traci Norwood dropped a foul popup, and with runners on first and third, Trask lined a single to left. Ashley Crosby’s single to the shortstop hole gave Mattanawcook the lead.
Brooke Kimball plated two more Lynx runs with a single in the fourth, Brooke Hanscom doubled in a run in the fifth and Amanda Gulesian drover in another with a sixth-inning single.
“We kind of hung around until the fourth inning until we started to get a level of concentration. We were hitting the ball, we were taking some walks and we started playing defense,” Libbey said.
The Lynx grew more patient at the plate as the game wore on against MDI righthander McKay, and Mattanawcook worked five walks against reliever Allysa Young in its four-run sixth inning.
“I think we settled in a little bit, we’ve been a little shaken as a team the last couple games and I think we finally settled down,” Hanscom said.
Trask, who is averaging more than 10 strikeouts per outing, generated most of her outs via ground balls. The Trojans did a solid job of making contact.
“They swung the bat well, Ellsworth swung the bat well, Old Town swung the bat well, so they all go up there swinging,” Trask said.
Trask also mixed up her pitches.
“She pitched a great game, pitched everything — fastballs, dropballs, changeups — she does it all,” said catcher Amanda Gulesian.
The Lynx also came through with clutch hits when they needed them.
“I think we did in the later innings. We had a couple baserunners on and we had a couple of nice line drives, and we were able to score a couple runs at a time,” Libbey said.
Hanscom went 2-for-3 with a run, RBI and two stole bases from the leadoff spot while Morgan Russell doubled and scored four runs from the No. 9 hole.
Emily Walton was MDI’s lone repeat hitter with a couple of singles while Becca Edgecomb and Norwood contributed a base hit apiece.