ROCKPORT — Taylor Hall has an affinity for Lincoln Academy pitchers unlike few other opposing batters in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B baseball ranks.
The junior right fielder, who went 4-for-4 earlier in the season during a win over the Eagles, added a double, two singles, three runs scored and two RBIs in four at-bats Wednesday as Camden Hills defeated Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 8-3.
“I’m not really sure, it might just be a coincidence,” said Hall.
Hall’s performance was part of a productive afternoon for the five-through-nine batters in the Camden Hills lineup, who went a combined 10-for-17 at the plate with six runs scored and seven RBIs.
“We’re pretty well balanced in the order,” said Hall. “We usually get a lot of hits from the middle, but today the back of the lineup stepped up.”
In addition to Hall’s three-hit day, Connor Hart and Caleb McFarland each had two RBI singles and Keegan Pieri (2-for-4, two runs scored) and Kyle Olehnik (RBI single, run) also provided evidence of the depth within the Camden Hills attack.
“Hall hit the ball hard all day and Connor Hart really had some great at-bats,” said Camden Hills coach Jeff Hart, no relation to his sophomore infielder. “We put a bunt on with one of his at-bats and he didn’t get it down, and then we had a hit-and-run on the other one and he missed the sign, but Connor just kept battling, he fouled some pitches off and put the ball in play, and that’s what you need to do at that point.”
The Windjammers’ overall 12-hit attack supported the pitching of Adam Carlsen, who scattered four hits over six innings to improve his record to 4-1.
The junior righthander did not allow an earned run while striking out four batters, walking four and throwing 92 pitches — 55 for strikes — before getting seventh-inning relief help from Chris Josselyn.
“I know that we needed to get a win here, so I just focused on trying to get ahead of the batters,” said Carlsen.
The Windjammers (10-4) spotted 9-3 Lincoln Academy a 1-0 first-inning lead when Leeman walked, stole second and went to third on a throwing error before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Alex Cosgrove that involved a diving catch by Camden Hills center fielder Isaac Grindle.
Camden Hills took control with three runs in both the second and third innings.
The Windjammers opened the second with four straight hits, including an RBI single off the top of the left field fence by McFarland just after Hall singled home Adam Landwehr with Camden Hills’ first run.
The lefthanded-hitting Hart then took an outside fastball to the opposite field for an RBI single that plated the final run of the uprising.
Hart, Camden Hills’ No. 9 hitter, faced a two-out situation an inning later and pulled an RBI single to right to cap off a second three-run rally.
“As a nine-hitter I’m thinking to just put the ball in play if I can and hope for something good to happen,” said Hart, who plays second base for Camden Hills when Carlsen pitches and otherwise plays a utility role for the Windjammers.
Hall drove his RBI double to the right-center field gap in the fourth inning after Pieri had reached on a fielder’s choice, then scored when McFarland singled to center.
“It was a fastball on the outside corner,” said Hall of his extra-base hit. “I went with the pitch and drove it.”
Shortstop Brandon Reilly had two singles, one that drove home a fifth-inning run, for Lincoln Academy.