THOMASTON, Maine — There wasn’t much of a celebration after Oceanside High School junior righthander Rachel Frye pitched a no-hitter to beat Medomak Valley of Waldoboro 9-0 in a battle of the top two seeds in the Eastern Maine Class B softball ranks Wednesday afternoon.
“We didn’t know it was a no-hitter until after the game,” explained Oceanside senior catcher Jessie Veilleux with a grin.
“I thought the first bunt of the game was a hit but it was just an error. So it’s pretty sweet,” said Frye, who didn’t allow a ball to be hit out of the infield.
The 5-foot-9 Frye struck out 11 and walked two while throwing 85 pitches, 60 for strikes.
Oceanside won its eighth straight and improved to 13-1. Medomak Valley had its 13-game winning streak snapped and is now 13-2 with both losses coming at the hands of the Mariners.
Oceanside won the season-opener 6-1 in Waldoboro on April 18.
Veilleux was backed by a 15-hit attack.
“She pitched real well. She hit her spots,” said Medomak Valley coach Richard Vannah.
“She mixed her pitches up well,” said Medomak Valley junior catcher Maria Ennamorati.
“The warm weather helped a lot,” said Frye, who improved to 11-1. “I warmed up well with Jessie. My best pitch was definitely my fastball. My changeup worked a couple of times. I was pretty happy with how I pitched.”
Her teammates made just two errors, both on the same play, and they made several nice plays including two in the seventh when third baseman Kennadi Grover made a great tumbling catch on Ennamorati’s bunt in foul territory and first baseman Jill Bradbury reached to her right to snare a scorching line drive off the bat of Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet.
The Mariners also turned a double play in the first inning after Ennamorati reached when an error was made on her bunt and she continued to third on a throwing error.
Hendrickson-Belloguet hit a soft liner to Bradbury and she threw to third to double up Ennamorati.
Medomak Valley junior righthander Desiree Benner retired the first six hitters she faced, including five on infield popups, but the Mariners scored three in the third and added two more each in the fourth, fifth and sixth.
Hannah Plourde opened the third with an opposite-field line drive double down the right field line.
One out later, Hannah Hersom belted a long triple over right fielder Bridget Miller’s head to score Plourde.
“It was a fastball and I took it the other way,” said Hersom, who added a single in the fourth.
“This is what I’ve been waiting for all year.”
Hersom scored on Bradbury’s sharp grounder to short and Grover followed with a homer to center field.
Oceanside’s fourth-inning runs were the result of a two-out rally.
Tamra Wallace singled and raced to third on Hersom’s base hit. Hersom stole second and they both scored when Bradbury looped an opposite-field single to left.
“I pretty much just went with the pitch,” said Bradbury.
In the fifth, the Mariners scored a pair of unearned runs on an error, Mellor’s single and Plourde’s sharp two-run line drive single to left
Frye’s bloop double to right in the sixth delivered the final two runs.
Natalie Russell had three singles for Oceanside. Hersom tripled and singled, Plourde doubled and singled and Bradbury and Mellor had a pair of singles.
“They’re our rivals and we were really fired up for the game,” said Bradbury.
“They’re hitting is phenomenal and their defense was great, too,” said Medomak Valley’s Benner. “They’re a good, solid team. They’re the best team we’ve played this year.”
Medomak Valley was playing its third game in three days and Vannah said his team “needed a practice” to prepare for Frye and the Mariners.
“That was the total package,” said Oceanside coach Rusty Worcester. “I was very pleased with the kids. They pitched great, played great defense and hit the ball. Medomak Valley is a notoriously tremendous bunting team so we played Kennadi Grover real shallow at third the whole game.”