HERMON — Even though the Hermon softball team was lacking the offensive punch it has showcased early in the season, Deb Colpitts delivered the right remedy Tuesday afternoon.
The senior lefthander fashioned a five-hitter while striking out eight and walking just one as the defending Class B state champions posted a 4-0 victory over Old Town.
“I went in and just tried what I normally do pitching,” said Colpitts. “My stuff was working for me and I was doing what I could do.”
Old Town, which fell to 1-3, never mounted any serious threats against Colpitts, and the Coyotes’ best chance came in the sixth when Emily Trembley and McKayla Gastia stroked consecutive base hits, but Colpitts got the next two batters to fly out and retired the side in order in the seventh.
“She and (catcher) McKayla Bates have been working together for four years now so they know what pitches that they want to call,” said Biberstein.
Colpitts scored the only run she would need in the first, as she led off the game with a singled to the shortstop hole and scored on Shannon Graves’ line-drive single to center.
The Hawks plated two more runs in the second and one more in the fifth, with Colpitts driving in one on a groundout and Ashley Thayer another on a bases-loaded walk.
Hermon was limited to five hits, however, as Gastia pitched well in the loss for the Coyotes.
“We knew this was going to be a tough game, Old Town has always been a very good team, and we’ve always taken them very seriously,” Colpitts said.
While the Hawks did leave seven runners on base, they were flawless with the gloves, and have committed only two errors in their first four contests.
“I’ve been pretty proud of our team defense so far this year,” Biberstein said. “They bunted a lot on us, and I was pleased with how we handled the bunt.”
Hermon had several chances to break it open, leaving two runners on base in the first inning and the bases loaded in the fifth, while Sami Schultz was gunned down at the plate on a Gabby Bryant base hit in the first.
“It was a good opportunity to challenge them, they ended up making a good play on her,” Biberstein said. “We did leave too many runners on, we did not hit very well today, I was kind of disappointed with our hitting.”
Hermon’s No. 9 hitter Katie Reynosa was the game’s lone repeat hitter, collecting two singles while scoring a run while Megan Whitney walked and scored on Colpitts’ groundout in the second.
Micayla Hussey, Ashley England and Annie Cashion had the other three hits for Old Town, all singles. Gastia gave up three earned runs on five hits while striking out four and walking four.