OLD TOWN, Maine — Old Town junior pitcher Rachel Martin picked up her fifth win of the young season on Monday, but it was her bat that played a more prominent role.
Martin’s long single to left in the eighth inning drove in Karah Hussey with the winning run as the Coyotes survived a game-tying five-run seventh inning rally by Mount Desert Island to post an 8-7 triumph.
Old Town improved to 6-0 while MDI fell to 4-1. It was Old Town’s second straight eight-inning win over a previously unbeaten team as the Coyotes beat Hermon 4-0 on Friday.
Hussey opened the eighth by pulling a double deep down the left-field line and Martin launched right-hander Haley Littlefield’s 0-2 pitch over left fielder Avalon Kerley’s head to deliver Hussey. It was her team-high 11th run-batted in of the season.
“I was just trying to hit the ball over the infield to move [Hussey] over,” said Martin, whose single was her fourth hit of the game.
Martin said Littlefield had a good curve that she kept on the outer half of the plate to the right-handed hitters, “but that one seemed to be more over the plate, and I knew I had to swing at anything close.”
Hussey had also hit a curve for her double, but it was over the inner half of the plate.
“And I like them a little below my waist and that’s where it was,” said Hussey, whose double was her first extra-base hit of the season after 11 singles, including two earlier in the game.
“I think I missed my spots [on the two doubles],” said Littlefield.
Old Town coach Jenn Plourde said she contemplated having Martin bunt “but she has hit probably the best I’ve ever seen her lately.”
Martin is now hitting .636.
Martin appeared on her way to a comfortable pitching victory when she took a 7-2 lead into the seventh.
But the determined Trojans rallied dramatically.
Shelby O’Neil opened the seventh with her fourth hit of the day, a resounding double to left center.
Consecutive singles by Sierra Myrick, Molly Carroll (RBI) and Kerley (RBI) sliced the lead to 7-4 and, one out later, Ali Bierman had an RBI grounder on which an error was committed.
She stole second and scored the tying run when Deandra Kanu lined a sharp two-run single to left center.
One out later, Cassidy Parady singled for the sixth hit of the inning.
With runners on second and third, O’Neil was walked intentionally and Martin induced a soft liner to short to end the rally.
“They were all good hits. They have very good hitters,” said Martin.
“We really fought back, but unfortunately, they got that big hit in the eighth,” said O’Neil.
“Old Town’s a good hitting team,” said Littlefield.
MDI took a 2-0 lead when O’Neil singled in the third and eventually scored on Kerley’s fielder’s choice and O’Neil doubled in the fifth and scored on another Kerley fielder’s choice.
But Old Town took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth on a walk, a sacrifice, a wild pitch, an error, Hussey’s infield single, Martin’s line-drive single, an RBI fielder’s choice by Meaghan Leighton and a bases-loaded walk.
Old Town added four more in the sixth with two outs as Hussey had an RBI single, Martin singled, Leighton had a two-run base hit and Kayla Madden contributed an RBI double.
Martin and Hussey were Old Town’s only repeat hitters and Leighton had three RBIs.
O’Neil’s four hits, including two doubles, paced MDI’s 11-hit attack. Myrick had two singles and Kerley and Kanu combined for five RBIs.