Estes earns 100th career softball win as Brewer’s 20-hit attack subdues Lawrence

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff
Posted April 19, 2013, at 6:43 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Brewer High School softball coach Harry “Skip” Estes earned his 100th career win Friday afternoon and his Witches made sure there wasn’t much drama involved.

The Witches unleashed a 20-hit attack and cruised to a 19-0 victory over Lawrence of Fairfield in a game that was called after 4 1/2 innings due to the mercy rule.

“The kids are hitting pretty well right now,” said Estes, whose Witches have scored 48 runs in their first two wins.

“We’ve just been working on making contact and it showed today,” said senior pitcher Alexa Grindle, who had a pair of singles and threw three perfect innings to pick up the win.

Chelsea King pitched the final two innings, allowing two hits.

“We hit it where they weren’t. That’s our motto,” said senior third baseman Cassie Harvey, who had a double and two singles and drove in four runs.

“They found the gaps,” said Lawrence senior catcher Allison Blaisdell.

“They’re a good-hitting team,” said Lawrence senior left fielder Randa Tardy. “And we didn’t come ready to play.”

The Witches scored five first-inning runs, all with two outs, and added six more in the second to break the game open. Four of the five first-inning runs were unearned.

Grindle drew a one-out walk in the first and courtesy runner Sydney Birch scored when freshman right fielder Emily Gilmore ripped a two-out triple to right.

Harvey reached on an infield error to score Gilmore and extend the inning.

Sam Pellegrino doubled to center to send Harvey to third.

King belted a two-run double to right-center and Delaney Davis followed with an RBI single.

Lindsay Houp triggered the second-inning rally with a ground ball single to center, and Grindle followed with a bunt single that enabled Houp to motor around to third.

Morgan Small hit a sacrifice fly and Gilmore rifled a double down the left field line to score courtesy runner Birch.

“This is the best-case scenario,” said Gilmore about her first varsity game at Coffin Field. “I try not to think, I just react.”

Gilmore already has two homers, two triples and a double in her first two varsity games.

Harvey’s RBI single chased starting pitcher Sierra Jackson, and reliever Sara Martin was greeted by Pellegrino’s RBI triple.

Courtesy runner Kayla Williams scored on a wild pitch and Davis tripled before Maddy Bailey singled her home.

Brewer added eight more runs in the third.

In addition to Harvey, Brewer also received three hits apiece from Davis and Houp.

Davis had two singles to go with her triple and had an RBI, and Houp had three singles and an RBI.

Gilmore and Pellegrino each tripled and doubled. Gilmore had two RBIs and Pellegrino had one. King doubled, singled and had three RBIs. Bailey had two singles and two RBIs, while Grindle had two singles and an RBI.

Blaisdell doubled for Lawrence (0-2) off reliever King in the fourth and Abby King singled in the fifth.

Estes, who is in his eighth season, is now 100-34.

“I didn’t think I’d ever get [100 wins],” said the 52-year-old Estes. “I didn’t know I’d coach that long. I’ve got a few more years left in me. I’ve had some very good teams over the years.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/19/sports/estes-earns-100th-career-softball-win-as-brewers-20-hit-attack-subdues-lawrence/ printed on April 16, 2014