BANGOR, Maine — In a span of just 24 hours, the final remaining undefeated softball teams in Class A were knocked from the unbeaten ranks.
A day after Cheverus of Portland beat Scarborough in the West, Skowhegan exacted some revenge in the East, taking advantage of four Bangor errors while getting a dynamite pitching effort from Becca McCarty to post a 3-0 win over the Rams on a hot, sunny Wednesday.
McCarty had a 1-0 lead before she even threw a pitch, thanks to a single, error, stolen base and wild pitch.
Skowhegan’s Megan Hancock slapped a single to deep third base, just beating out Kim Jordan’s throw, and she went to third on a throwing error on the next batter.
After a strikeout and groundout, Hancock came home when a Sam Bedore changeup hit the plate and rolled to the backstop.
McCarty, who improves to 13-1, kept the Rams off-balance with a heavy diet of offspeed pitches, fastballs and riseballs while her defense committed no errors.
“We capitalized on all the mistakes, and that’s what they did last time, so I guess it goes both ways,” said McCarty.
Bangor beat Skowhegan 4-1 on May 3.
The Rams’ Jade Baumrind drew a leadoff walk in the third, but was picked off first base, and even though Kate Freudenberger singled subsequently, McCarty struck out Mariah Cassum and Jordan to extinguish that threat.
Bangor only had one runner reach third base on the afternoon, and errors led to single Skowhegan runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
“We didn’t hit exceptionally well, we made fielding errors, you have days like that,” said Rams coach Don Stanhope, whose club is now 14-1. “Sam pitched well [but] we didn’t back her up well.”
Skowhegan was simply the better team, he said, and every time Bangor mounted any sort of threat, McCarty would be quick to shut it down.
“There are games where you get outplayed. Skowhegan played a great game, Becca pitched a great game, they were the better team today,” Stanhope said.
The Indians also had some solid at-bats against Bedore. Even though she struck out 10, Skowhegan scattered 10 hits, with Megan Hancock getting three of them from the leadoff spot, including an RBI infield hit in the sixth.
“I think we did a better job making some adjustments a little bit at the plate, I just think our kids were a lot more confident, a lot more relaxed today,” Skowhegan coach Lee Johnson said.
Hancock’s RBI base hit came just one inning after she had struck out swinging.
“[Bedore’s] a great pitcher, the bottom line is when we’re facing a kid like that is to not get down, have a short memory,” Johnson said. “Forget about that last at-bat as quick as you can, move on to the next one.”
Skowhegan pushed across its final run on a single by Whitney Jones, who went to third on an outfield error, and she came in on a Sam Gray grounder to the circle.
McCarty is confident these teams could potentially meet again in an Eastern Maine championship game.
“We’ll definitely be seeing them again,” said McCarty, who noted it was the first time she and her senior classmates had won in Bangor in their high school careers.
Sadie Redman’s fourth-inning double was Bangor’s lone extra-base hit of the day, and she also singled in the seventh. Hannah Lust and Baumrind added base hits.