ORONO, Maine — The Bucksport High School softball team won the Eastern Maine Class B championship a year ago and the undefeated Bucks took another step toward sewing up the top seed for the Eastern C playoffs on Wednesday night.
Junior righthander Cassidy Adams scattered six hits over six innings, Bailey Blair tripled twice and drove in three runs and Sadie Wight doubled twice and knocked in a pair of runs as Bucksport beat Orono 16-3 at the University of Maine’s Kessock Field.
The game was called after six innings due to the 12-run mercy rule.
The game pitted the No. 1 team in the Heal points standings against the No. 2 Red Riots.
The Bucks jumped out to an 8-0 lead after two innings en route to the triumph.
The Bucks are now 11-0 while Orono fell to 9-3 and had its six-game winning streak snapped.
Orono’s last loss was to Bucksport, 4-1, on April 30.
Adams struck out 10, walked one and threw 95 pitches, 71 for strikes.
“Getting that 8-0 lead gave us a lot of confidence,” said Adams, who said she felt she threw pretty well.
“A lot of my pitches were working. My curves and changeups worked well as did my drops,” she said.
Adams entered the game with an 0.25 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 55 innings. She had allowed 24 hits, walked just four and limited opponents to a .124 batting average.
“She was definitely one of the better pitchers we faced,” said Orono catcher Chloe Douglass, who went 1-for-3 with a single.
The Bucks scored four runs in the first, second, fifth and sixth innings.
The first-inning runs off junior starter Jillian Woodward were all unearned.
Woodward has replaced ace senior righthander Andi Foster, who had surgery Tuesday at Bangor’s Eastern Maine Medical Center to remove her thyroid gland, cancer cells on the right side of her neck and lymph nodes.
Foster, who was with her teammates in the dugout, said the surgery was successful.
Blair and Wight drew two-out walks in that first-inning uprising and Blair scored on an infield error. A wild pitch enabled Wight to score, and Deb Wight and Jen Wight followed with RBI singles.
In the second inning, Mindy Pye and Shelby Redman drew one-out walks, Pye scored on an infield error, Sadie Wight doubled home Redman, and Kacie Hurd followed with a two-run double.
Katie Smith belted a two-run double for Orono in the fourth, but Bucksport answered in the fifth as Blair’s RBI triple and Wight’s run-scoring double keyed the rally.
Blair’s second triple came in the sixth and chased home a pair of runs.
“We just played good defense and hit the ball real well at times,” said Blair. “We knew they were going to be tough but I had confidence in my team the whole time.”
Bucksport coach Mike Carrier said it was a good win.
“Orono’s a tough team, a good hitting team,” said Carrier.
Bucksport has now outscored its opponents 171-8 and the Bucks have scored 11 or more runs in eight games.
“We’ve been really coming on strong with our bats,” said Carrier.
Deb Wight had two singles for the winners.
Smith doubled twice for Orono and had two RBIs, and Hannah Francis doubled and singled.
“Bucksport is a real good team. They executed well,” said Orono co-coach Kristen Espling. “They came here to get the job done and that’s what they did.”
Sadie Wight left the game in the fifth inning after pulling a hamstring muscle, and Bucks catcher Mindy Pye, who took a foul ball off the mask early in the game, was taken to a local hospital with a possible concussion.