BUCKSPORT, Maine — Based on the number of batters she has struck out this year, it would be understandable if people think Bucksport softball pitcher Cassidy Adams’ first name begins with a “K”.
That was especially true Thursday afternoon when Adams struck out 19 Dexter Tigers in a 2-0 victory by the Golden Bucks, the most she has struck out in a game at Bucksport.
“I knew I had quite a few,” said the Bucksport senior, “but I didn’t realize it was that many.”
And keeping those batters off the base paths was a key element for the Bucks, who were having their own off day at the plate.
“It was kinda crazy,” said Adams. “We were popping up a lot.”
She said she was one of them.
“It’s frustrating to pop up all the time,” Adams said.
Bucksport coach Mike Carrier gave a lot of credit to the Tigers, who held the defending Class C state champion Bucks to a single run in each of the first two innings.
“They played good defense. They made the plays,” he said.
Adams said the Dexter outfielders were playing deep, too, in order not to let any well-hit balls go over their heads.
“Anything in front of them was a pretty easy play,” said Adams. “They were prepared.”
Adams didn’t just strike out people. She only gave up one hit, a single by Lauren Crane, and didn’t walk anyone.
“All her pitches were working,” said Carrier. “It’s not very often that every pitch is working [for any pitcher].
“Everything I called, she threw it right where I wanted it.”
“I usually feel like I can put it anywhere he asks,” said Adams.
Carrier also thinks Adams is throwing harder now than she was at the beginning of the season.
Adams doesn’t think so, but she said she is trying hard to keep the Bucks undefeated this year.
“[Catcher] Alanna [Davis] thought I was throwing harder,” said Adams. “I just want to keep the season undefeated.”
Oceanside High School senior pitcher Rachel Frye left Thursday’s game against Lincoln Academy of Newcastle in the first inning after experiencing stiffness in her arm.
“It was precautionary,” said Jim Leonard, the athletic director for Oceanside, which is based in Rockland and Thomaston.
“She was having trouble with tightness in warmups,” said Leonard.
It was something that flared up quickly, probably due to the wet, cold weather, said Leonard.
He expects that it will pass just as quickly.
Frye completed only a third of an inning and walked a batter before departing in favor of sophomore Paige Tyler, who went the final 6 2/3 innings in the Mariners’ 11-3 victory at Thomaston.