BANGOR — Timing at the plate was an issue for the Bangor softball team early in Friday afternoon’s Class A crossover matchup with Brunswick.
But the Rams eventually figured out Dragons’ righthanders Jen Wenzler and Laura Blier, erupting for four fourth-inning runs en route to an 8-3 victory.
“One thing that’s different about this team this year is it takes a couple good hits to get everyone going,” said senior designated hitter Hannah Lust, who drove in what proved to be the tying run with an RBI single up the middle. “We were just trying to get everyone in the dugout excited about it and getting everyone up and ready to hit the ball.”
Bangor, which improved to 5-2, found itself trailing a 1-7 Brunswick squad in the top of the third, thanks to a Wenzler double, RBI single by Kailyn LeBlanc and a fielder’s choice RBI by Rachel Moroney.
After getting one back in the bottom of the inning on June Candland’s run-scoring double, Rams’ righthander Taylor Lewis (4-1) wiggled out of a first-and-third, one-out jam and allowed Bangor’s bats to get going.
“One thing she’s been working very hard on is pitching through the game, making adjustments batter to batter,” Bangor coach Don Stanhope said.
Sadie Redman led off the Rams’ fourth with a triple to left, and Lust drove her in one pitch later, while Lewis and Kristen Henigan hit consecutive RBI doubles to put the Rams ahead for good.
Jade Baumrind drove in a run with a perfectly-placed bunt single down the first-base line, while Alyssa Howard added an RBI double later in the game.
“It takes one hit to get going and everyone was stepping up and doing their job,” said Lust, who added a triple and scored a run.
Wenzler, who gave way to Blier after Lewis’ double in the fourth, was busting the Rams inside early, and on a day where the wind was blowing in from center, that led to a lot of fly-ball outs.
“I think we were just getting adjusted to her pitches, she’s a little slower than what we’ve been seeing recently,” said Redman.
Brunswick was certainly better than its record showed, as the Dragons were aggressive at the plate against Lewis.
“They came up here for a purpose, they were going to play, and they made some plays,” Stanhope said. “They hit a couple of really nice hard-hit balls. Both pitchers kept them in the game.”
After Brunswick’s fourth-inning threat, Lewis settled down to some degree and retired eight batters in a row at one point.
“She had some moments tonight where she really, really pitched well, pitched like a senior,” Stanhope said.
The Rams also showed some versatility offensively, with eight players recording at least one hit, while Henigan, Baumrind and Lust had two hits apiece.
“We’re very balanced and the great part about that is the kids are eating it up,” Stanhope said. “They’re enjoying the fact that when we sub that person goes in and takes great pride in their success.”
Moroney drove in two runs for Brunswick.