BANGOR, Maine — Emily Gilmore was one of the Brewer High School softball team’s leading hitters a year ago before transferring to Bangor High this past fall.
After facing her former teammates in soccer and basketball, she squared off against them in softball for the first time Friday afternoon and played a pivotal role in leading the Rams to a wild 8-6 victory.
Sophomore Gilmore rifled a two-out, two-run double that one-hopped the fence to break a 1-1 tie in the third inning and added a run-scoring infield single in a four-run fifth-inning rally as Bangor built an 8-1 lead before surviving a furious Brewer rally.
Bangor improved to 9-3 in notching its third straight victory while Brewer had its five-game winning streak snapped and is now 8-4.
The teams will play again at 7 p.m. Monday in Brewer.
“It felt really weird looking at them from right field,” said Gilmore. “I’m not used to that. I’ll never get used to it.
“I definitely wanted to win and do well,” added Gilmore. “It was really fun. It was a good day. I felt a lot more comfortable at the plate after my first at-bat.”
Bangor trailed 1-0 entering the third but Kylie Cunningham walked, moved to second when Lexie Stanhope’s tailing line drive ticked off the glove of the Brewer shortstop for a single and scored on Cordelia Stewart’s sharp ground-ball single to center.
Gilmore then ripped her two-out double to left center off a 1-2 pitch delivered by Meg Davis.
“It was an outside fastball,” said Gilmore.
“[Gilmore] had an awesome hit,” said Brewer junior catcher Sam Pellegrino. “We knew she could hit. It didn’t come as a surprise.”
Singles by Emily Reilly and Kelsey Pendergast and Cunningham’s RBI groundout made it 4-1 in the fourth and Bangor added four off reliever Ally Chapman in the fifth thanks to five consecutive singles by Sydni Cosgrove, Stewart, Gilmore (RBI), Skylar Cassum (RBI) and Reilly (RBI) and a run-producing fielder’s choice by Cunningham.
But the Witches chased starter and winner Cassum with four runs in the sixth on singles by Anna Chute, Delaney Davis, Emily Tarr, Maddy Bailey (RBI), Meg Davis (RBI) and Sam Pellegrino (two RBIs) along with Kayla Williams’ sacrifice fly.
Reilly came on to get the final out with a strikeout and held the Witches to a run in the seventh to notch the save.
“I was a little nervous but not much because I knew my defense had my back,” said Reilly, who received a nice backhanded play from third baseman Pendergast to register the first out of the seventh. “I threw screwballs, drops and fastballs. I like to spin the ball.”
“Emily is really tough-minded and can come into any spot. Nothing fazes her,” said Bangor coach Don Stanhope.
“She threw well,” said Brewer senior center fielder Bailey.
Stewart paced the Rams with four singles and her team-high 17th RBI.
“I was just ready,” said Stewart. “We’ve been working a lot on making contact and squaring the ball up.”
Gilmore, Stanhope and Reilly had two hits apiece with Gilmore collecting three RBIs and Reilly knocking in one. Cunningham had two RBIs.
Pellegrino’s double, two singles and three RBIs paced the Witches, who had scored 60 runs during their five-game winning streak. Chute and Delaney Davis had two singles each and Williams had a single and sacrifice fly.
“It was a good game,” said Bailey. “Bangor always hits well and so do we. Our games with them are always close.”
“Our girls could have packed it in but they fought back,” said Brewer coach Skip Estes.
“We don’t give up. We keep battling,” said Pellegrino.