BANGOR — Hampden Academy righthander Kristi Melanson had frustrated the Bangor High School softball team through four innings, limiting them to four hits while stranding five baserunners. Two Bangor runners were thrown out at the plate while trying to score on a delayed steal as Melanson gunned them down.
But the Rams erupted for five runs in the fifth inning behind Kim Jordan’s run-scoring triple, Hannah Lust’s RBI double and Kami Prendergast’s two-run single and went on to post a 6-1 triumph.
Bangor improved to 2-1 while Hampden Academy fell to 0-3.
“Once one person gets a hit, it seems like the rest of the team gets going,” said Lust. “We did that today. It worked out well.”
Jade Baumrind started the rally by drawing a leadoff walk
One out later, Jordan walloped a long triple to left-center off Melanson to deliver Baumrind with the tying run.
Another out later, Lust rifled the first pitch over center fielder Ashley Havlin’s head for a tie-breaking double.
“It was a fastball. It was a good pitch to hit,” said Lust.
“It was down the pipe and up in the strike zone and she connected really well with it,” said Melanson.
“You have to commend her for making good contact,” said Hampden Academy catcher Sarah Lamberton.
Two wild pitches allowed pinch runner Kristen Hennigan to score and then Meagan Hope walked.
Taylor Lewis reached on an infield error to extend the inning and Prendergast capped the rally with a two-run single to right-center.
“I knew I had to get the runners in to get us a good lead,” said Prendergast. “She threw me an outside fastball and that’s my favorite pitch (to hit).”
“My pitches weren’t exactly going where I wanted them to in that inning and they capitalized,” said Melanson.
A walk, singles by Jordan and Sadie Redman and Lust’s sacrifice fly produced an insurance run in the sixth.
Lewis pitched a three hitter with two strikeouts and no walks. She threw 59 strikes among her 84 pitches and her mates played errorless defense behind her.
“I pretty much hit most of my spots and all of my pitches were working for me,” said Lewis, who threw a fastball, curve, changeup and riseball and retired the last 10 hitters she faced.
“She was good,” said HA first baseman Olivia Plaisted. “We’ve seen faster pitchers and that stumped us a bit.”
Hampden took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on one-out singles by Nicole MacDougall and Kayla Clewley, a double steal and Chelsea Covey’s sacrifice fly.
Jordan went 4-for-4 for Bangor with a triple and three singles. She drove in a run and scored one and she also turned in a number of dazzling plays from her shortstop position. Redman had two singles and Lust had two RBIs with her double and sacrifice fly. Carly Cosgrove had a pinch-hit triple for the second straight game.
MacDougall had two base hits for Hampden and Melanson pitched well in defeat, allowing nine hits over six innings with five strikeouts and two walks. Two of the runs were unearned.
“They capitalized on a couple of our mistakes and got some timely hits,” said HA coach Rodney Wells. “They made some great plays. They were fantastic in the field.”