April 21, 2018
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‘I’m in a groove’: Gilmore propels Rams to 7-4 softball victory over Brewer

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — Emily Gilmore continued to haunt her former teammates with three hits and three RBIs and Emily Reilly also had three hits and three RBIs along with an impressive relief outing as the Bangor High School Rams beat Brewer for the second time in four days, 7-4, at Coffin Field Monday night.

Bangor improved to 10-3 with its fourth straight win while Brewer fell to 8-5.

After singling in a first-inning run and walking in the third, sophomore right fielder Gilmore erased a 3-2 deficit by scalding a two-out, two-run double off the thigh of third baseman Alexis Getchell in the fourth inning. Reilly followed with her two-run single.

“I’m in a groove now, which is good,” said Gilmore, who had two hits and three RBIs in Friday’s 8-6 win including a two-run double which snapped a 1-1 tie and gave Bangor the lead for good.

“I wasn’t trying to do anything special [in the fourth inning]. I was just trying to get a base hit,” said Gilmore, who played for Brewer last year before transferring to Bangor. “The pitch was inside and I pulled it. But I felt real bad about hitting Alexis.”

“You can always count on [Gilmore] to do something,” said Brewer pitcher Meg Davis, who tossed a complete game and turned in several fielding gems. “I was trying to get the pitch inside to see if I could get her to pop it up. But it didn’t work.”

Reilly then poked an opposite-field single to right center to build the lead to 6-3.

“The ball was outside. I saw it and hit it,” she said.

Lilli Wiseman had triggered the rally by blooping a one-out single to center and Lexie Stanhope reached on a bunt single. Cordelia Stewart walked after fouling off five two-strike pitches and, one out later, Gilmore and Reilly delivered.

Reilly came on to relieve Skylar Cassum at the outset of the fourth inning and was reached for a run on two walks and Emily Tarr’s RBI single.

But Reilly settled down after that and allowed just one hit the rest of the way to pick up her third win in four decisions. She had picked up the save in Friday’s triumph.

“My nerves got the best of me [in the fourth],” said Reilly. “But I took a little jog after the fourth to calm down. I just had to loosen up and breathe and do my thing.”

“I had her run down and touch the fence to get rid of her adrenaline,” explained Bangor head coach Don Stanhope.

Gilmore’s RBI single and Reilly’s run-scoring double staked Bangor to a 2-0 lead in the first but Brewer answered with a three-run, two-out rally in the third.

Kayla Williams walked, Maddy Bailey sliced a double into short right and Meg Davis drove them in with a sharp single to right. Davis moved up on an outfield throwing error and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Bangor added an unearned insurance run in the fifth when Kylie Cunningham reached on an infield error, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on pinch-hitter Alexis Hafford’s ground ball single to center.

“It’s tough coming off the bench but I just focused on getting the bat on the ball. I knew my team needed me,” said Hafford.

Gilmore and Reilly had doubles among their three hits and Stanhope and Wiseman had two singles apiece.

Tarr had two singles and an RBI for Brewer, Bailey had her double and Meg Davis had her two-run base hit.

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