BUCKSPORT — Mike Carrier has been coaching softball at Bucksport High School for nearly 30 years, and has seen plenty of pitching masterpieces in his time.
But Abby Yeo’s opening-day performance on Tuesday has to be high on the list.
The senior righthander pitched 6 2/3 innings of no-hit ball while walking nobody and striking out 17 as the Golden Bucks opened their season with a 7-0 victory over Mount Desert Island at Wardwell Field.
Yeo was in control right from the start, setting down the first nine Trojans before Shelby O’Neil reached on an error to open the fourth. Jamie McKay broke up the no-hit bid with a two-out single to left in the seventh.
“That was one of Abby’s best performances ever. She had total command of all her pitches,” Carrier said. “She had everything and she could put it basically where she wanted it. She was working the corners very well and she had a couple of nice changeups that she threw and some nice dropballs, too.”
Yeo had outstanding zip on her fastball and took advantage of a big strike zone. She worked the corners with precision and also displayed tricky curveballs and dropballs.
“He (the umpire) was giving me a lot of calls on the outside, so I was working the outside corner a lot and my curveball was pretty good,” said Yeo. “I was really impressed, and with the ‘D’ behind me too.”
Bucksport’s hitting just as solid, as the Golden Bucks pounded out 11 hits. Jen Wight led the charge with a two-run double that sparked a four-run fifth inning that put the game out of reach.
Wight also singled and scored two runs while catcher Mindy Pye had two singles and a run scored. Sadie Wight singled twice (RBI) and scored two runs, Shelby Redman went 3-for-3 with three singles and Deb Wight, Sadie’s sister, added an RBI single.
The Bucks could have had a lot more runs had McKay not made several solid defensive stabs from the circle.
“We hit the ball hard, but unfortunately we hit it right back to the pitcher a lot and she made some great plays,” Carrier said. “That’s where we want to hit the ball is up the middle. She made probably 4-5 outs right up the middle like that.”
Yeo and Pye were completely in sync throughout the game it was almost as if they were playing catch in the back yard.
“I know she could do it because we’ve been practicing a lot and she’s been pitching all winter, so I was pretty confident with her pitching,” said Pye, who played a solid game despite battling illness.
Six different Bucks recorded a hit, which could prove huge in the long run. Bailey Blair, one of their top hitters, is out indefinitely after injuring her foot in a preseason game against Bangor last week.
“There’s a couple freshmen working out there, and they did a good job,” Carrier said. “They’re coming along good.”