BREWER — The Brewer High School softball team has shown the ability to overcome deficits this season and Friday night was no exception.
But a 14-year-old freshman righthander from Messalonskee High School in Oakland, Kai Smith, turned in a remarkable performance and her batterymate, Alyssa Eugley, doubled and scored the winning run on an error in the 11th inning as the Eagles upset the previously-undefeated Witches 7-6 in a scintillating thriller at Coffin Field.
Messalonskee won its fifth straight in the game which had several plot twists and improved to 12-3. Brewer fell to 14-1.
Brewer erased a 5-3 deficit with two runs in the bottom of the seventh and overcame a 6-5 deficit with a run in the bottom of the ninth.
In both instances, the Witches tied it with a two-out single as Emily Cox capped the seventh-inning rally with a pop-fly single into shallow left and Morgan Haradon rifled a base hit to center in the ninth.
But Eugley opened the 11th by ripping a liner over left fielder Kelcey Simpson’s head for a lead-off double and she scored when the throw across from first to third on Tatiana Vogel’s grounder to short sailed high.
“I hadn’t had a hit all game and I knew I needed to get one there,” said Eugley, who had been 0-for-5 and lashed Haradon’s 0-2 fastball on a line over Simpson’s head.
“I was surprised. It was an 0-2 count and she threw me one right down the middle,” said Eugley, who then broke for third after shortstop Lindsay Houp made her throw to first baseman Morgan Small.
Small’s throw was a little high and wide.
Brewer tried to rally again in the bottom of the 11th as Houp grounded a leadoff single to center and, two outs later, she moved into scoring position when Amy Curry singled off pitcher Smith’s glove.
Haradon, who had doubled, singled, lined out, walked and been hit by a pitch in her previous five at-bats, fell behind 0-2 but worked a full count and fouled off five 3-2 pitches before fouling out to first baseman Tatiana Vogel.
“I was stressed,” said Smith, who pitches with a facemask at the request of her parents, Tim and Sue. “Every time I’d get two outs, I’d have to face (Haradon).”
Haradon fouled out on the 151st pitch thrown by Smith.
Smith threw 105 strikes among her 151 pitches.
“She was good. She had good speed and placed the ball well,” said Haradon, who absorbed the loss in relief of Cox.
“I pulled through at the end,” said Smith. “At the beginning, I didn’t think I was on. But as the game went on, I got better.”
She said she wasn’t tired.
“I ate a lot before the game,” she smiled.
“She was phenomenal. She did a great job as a freshman,” said Messalonskee coach Leo Bouchard, who had a 100-degree temperature and the stomach flu.
Brewer took a 2-0 lead in the first as Haradon’s RBI doubled capped the rally.
Small singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch in the second but Hannah Jalette singled home a fourth-inning run and Messalonskee scored four in the fifth behind RBI singles by Vogel and Jalette and Jess Sucy’s run-scoring fielder’s choice.
But Brewer rallied in the seventh as Houp and Sarah Babin started the rally with back-to-back singles and they came around to score on an infield error and Cox’s clutch two-out single.
Sucy tripled home Vogel in the ninth but Brewer answered on Deaven Smith’s double and Haradon’s base hit.
Vogel and Alei Collier had three hits apiece for Messalonskee and Bri Warren, Jalette and Emily York had two each.
Houp had three hits for Brewer with Smith, Haradon and Small contributing two each.
“It was a fantastic game. I liked the way our girls kept battling back,” said Brewer coach Skip Estes.