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Stanhope pitches Rams to 6-1 victory over Witches

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Bangor's Jade Baumrind catches the last out against Brewer at Bangor on Monday, April 30, 2012. Coming in to help out is Bangor's Meghan Hope.
By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Sophomore right-hander Alexis Stanhope didn’t strike out anybody in her complete-game five-hit 6-1 win over archrival Brewer on Monday afternoon.

She didn’t have to.

The economical Stanhope, who didn’t walk anyone and had just two three-ball counts, threw 59 strikes among her 80 pitches and her teammates turned in several gems while playing errorless ball behind her.

Stanhope improved to 4-0.

“My changeup finally worked and I was able to hit my spots with my curve,” said Stanhope. “I was very pleased. Annie [Guare] did a great job catching and the team definitely had my back [defensively] as they’ve had all season.”

“She had a mean changeup,” said Brewer senior catcher Sarah Babin. “You could recognize it but it was in the right spot and we got antsy and couldn’t lay off it.”

Babin said Stanhope wasn’t overpowering but “she had good spins and threw good pitches and that made up for the lack of speed.”

Senior first baseman Kristen Hennigan and senior center fielder Jade Baumrind paced the Bangor attack with two hits apiece.

Hennigan doubled twice and drove in a run and Baumrind had two singles and two runs batted in as Bangor improved to 4-1.

Brewer fell to 2-3.

Bangor scored a pair of first-inning runs and broke the game open with four third-inning runs.

Cailee Mercier opened the first with a line-drive single to right and moved to second on Stanhope’s bunt single.

Following a wild pitch, a walk and an out, Carly Cosgrove hit a high fly-ball single to center to score Mercier and Baumrind’s bunt single delivered courtesy runner Jodi Fahey.

“We’ve been working on [bunting] a lot,” said Baumrind.

Brewer cut the lead in half in the second on Alexa Grindle’s leadoff infield single and Morgan Small’s ringing double to left center. But Stanhope retired the next three hitters.

The Rams answered in the third.

June Candland grounded a single to center and scored when Hennigan rifled a double to right center.

“I don’t know what kind of pitch it was. I watched it come in and swung,” said Hennigan.

Cosgrove reached on an infield error and Baumrind knocked in a run with an infield single that slipped under the glove of pitcher Alexa Grindle.

“We’ve been working on making solid contact and driving the ball up the middle,” said Baumrind.

Hannah Colpritt followed with a sacrifice bunt to deliver Cosgrove and the speedy Baumrind, who had stolen second, also raced around to score on the play on a Brewer throw.

Baumrind had made the play of the game in the sixth inning when she ranged far to her right to make a running catch on Lindsay Houp’s fly ball.

“They’ve been working with us on keeping our glove down and running to the ball first and then putting the glove out,” said Baumrind.

Running with the glove elevated slows the outfielder down.

Hennigan made a nice lunging snare of a little popup by Small in the seventh and turned it into a double play.

Shortstop Colpritt made a couple of nice plays on line drives and third baseman Kamdra Prendergast handled a couple of sharply-hit grounders impressively.

“We hit the ball well. They made some great plays today,” said Brewer coach Skip Estes. “They outplayed us.”

Junior righty Grindle pitched well in defeat. She went the distance for Brewer, allowing nine hits and four earned runs. She struck out seven and walked one. She retired 10 of the last 12 hitters she faced.

“This is a very good win,” said Bangor coach Don Stanhope. “Brewer is always tough.”

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