BREWER — Tuesday night’s Eastern Maine Class C softball championship game went from a laugher to a nail-biter in about 10 minutes, but George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill held onto its lead and pulled out a 9-6 victory over Woodland at Coffin Field.
Stevie Theoharidis went 3-for-4 with three singles and an RBI, and Richelle Kane had two singles and two RBIs to provide the winning margin for the Eagles, who take a 14-5 record into Saturday’s 11 a.m. state championship game at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish. The Eagles will take on West champ Telstar of Bethel.
GSA’s Lydia Clapp (14-5) pitched a five-hitter while striking out 11 batters and walking four.
Woodland ace Shelby Bassett (13-5) took the loss despite going the distance, allowing eight hits and four walks while striking out six batters.
“I expected us to score today,” said GSA coach Betsy Stevens. “We’re a good fastball hitting team. We have a hard time with slower pitchers and we were able to be pretty successful with our aggressive approach against their pitcher.”
The winning run, which looked more like added insurance in the fourth inning, came via Anna Clapp’s one-out sacrifice fly that capped a two-run inning on two hits and a walk.
The Eagles would add two more runs in the sixth via back-to-back singles by Mindy Carter and Theoharidis, a one-out RBI groundout by Anna Clapp, and an RBI single by Kane.
Ashley Laking spurred a five-run rally in the seventh with a two-run homer, her second round-tripper of the season, with one out. Bassett also contributed with a two-run double to left center.
The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning without a single hit as they took advantage of three walks and one costly error for two unearned runs.
The Eagles scored twice in both the third and fourth innings.
Overall, five of GSA’s nine runs were unearned.