BANGOR — The Bucksport High School girls softball team wanted to redeem itself after an 8-3 loss to Hermon on Saturday.
And they rode the right arm of senior Abby Yeo to do so on Monday.
Yeo fired a seven-hitter, striking out 13 and walking two, and junior second baseman Sadie Wight singled to trigger a three-run rally in the fourth inning and doubled home a fifth-inning run as the Golden Bucks beat John Bapst 9-3.
The score was misleading because it was a 4-2 game through six innings before the Crusader defense fell apart in the seventh resulting in five unearned runs.
“We were pretty bummed about our loss on Saturday,” said Yeo. “It feels good to bounce back and win this game.”
Yeo allowed just two singles and struck out 11 through the first five innings before John Bapst (1-1) reached her for five hits and all three runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
“My curve was working today and I was also throwing a lot of fastballs,” said Yeo, who will attend Maine Maritime Academy in Castine in the fall. “I hit my spots well. I work really well with my catcher (Mindy Pye).”
She threw 108 pitches, 69 for strikes.
“She’s tough. She has really good movement on the ball. That’s what gets you,” said John Bapst pitcher Laura Jordan, who pitched well in defeat. “Her rise ball and changeup are really good.”
The teams were scoreless through three innings but Wight opened the fourth with a stinging line drive single to left.
Wight tried to race all the way to third on a wild pitch and was able to reach safely after John Bapst botched a rundown between second and third.
She scored on her sister Deb’s grounder to short as she beat the throw home.
Kacie Hurd lined an opposite-field single to right and when the ball was misplayed in right field, Wight came around to score and Hurd wound up on third.
Hurd eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Bucksport (3-1) made it 4-0 in the fifth when Shelby Redman dropped a single into right and scored on Sadie Wight’s line drive double to left-center.
Wight said both of her hits came off “fastballs in just about the same spot.”
John Bapst strung together a two-out rally in the sixth on a walk to Sierra Pierce, her stolen base, Jordan’s RBI ground-ball single up the middle and Katie Hammond’s RBI double over the head and off the glove of center fielder Deb Wight.
Bucksport put the game away with five runs in the seventh on Brianna Bires’ infield single, three infield errors, two fielder’s choices on which no outs were recorded and Hurd’s sacrifice fly which represented the only ball hit out of the infield in the inning.
Kennedy Gilmore singled in a seventh-inning run for John Bapst.
Redman and Sadie Wight had two hits each for Bucksport while Hammond and Molly Joyce each had two hits for John Bapst.
Jordan allowed seven hits with nine strikeouts and two walks. Just two of the nine runs off her were earned.
“She pitched well. She’s a good pitcher,” said Sadie Wight.