BREWER, Maine — Brewer High School sophomore center fielder Maddy Bailey hadn’t been swinging the bat the way she wanted to. But she broke out of her slump Wednesday.
Bailey, the No. 9 hitter, had her first career three-hit game and also drove in three runs to lead Brewer to an 11-0 victory over the youthful Mt. Blue Cougars at Coffin Field.
Brewer won its second in a row to even its record at 2-2 while Mt. Blue of Farmington fell to 1-2.
Alexa Grindle doubled and singled and Cassie Harvey and Deaven Smith each had two singles and an RBI in the Witches’ 14-hit attack. Kelly Hatt had a triple.
“I had been struggling a little bit earlier this season, but it’s coming along,” said Bailey. “Today, I really focused on watching the ball all the way in before I swung at it.”
“This was the best day she’s had,” said Brewer coach Skip Estes. “She’s seeing the ball better and better. I like her in the nine hole because she winds up leading off a lot of innings.”
Hatt, Grindle and Shelby Colburn combined on a three-hitter.
Each allowed a single. Hatt went the first three innings to pick up the win and Grindle and Colburn each tossed two innings.
They teamed up for 11 strikeouts. Hatt walked a pair. Grindle and Colburn didn’t allow a walk.
The trio also was backed by a solid defensive effort as Brewer made only one error.
“All three pitchers pitched well and we didn’t make many mistakes in the field,” said Estes. “The girls’ intensity was a little better today. They stayed focused and put the bat on the ball.”
“We hit the ball well and took advantage of their errors,” said Brewer shortstop Lindsay Houp.
Mt. Blue made seven errors.
Brewer used a six-run first inning to build a comfortable cushion.
Houp walked to open the first and scored on a throwing error on Hatt’s sacrifice bunt.
Smith grounded a single to left to score Hatt.
Sarah Babin blooped a single into left and, one out later, Morgan Small walked to load the bases.
After another out, Carly Seymour drove in a run with an infield single, a passed ball plated another and Bailey lined a two-run single to right.
Brewer added another run in the second on Hatt’s long triple to left and a wild pitch.
Mt. Blue senior right-hander Lexi Howard settled down nicely after that, allowing just one run over the next three innings before Brewer tacked on three unearned runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Colburn, Harvey and Bailey.
Howard, Mandi Currier and Addie Brinkman had singles for Mt. Blue, which started three sophomores and three freshmen along with two seniors and a junior.
Howard hurled a complete game and just three of the runs off her were earned. She struck out one and walked two.
“She’s a good little pitcher,” said Estes.
Mt. Blue coach Paul Rodrigue was impressed with the Witches.
“They’re solid. They’re a top-four or -five team,” said Rodrigue.