|Bucksport High School||Dirigo High School|
STANDISH, Maine — Bucksport High School went through its Class C softball competition like a buzz saw during the 2012 season.
Things didn’t come quite as easily Saturday against Dirigo High of Dixfield, but the Golden Bucks still put the finishing touches on a perfect season.
Cassidy Adams pitched a two-hit shutout and Bucksport scored two unearned runs in the fifth inning to pull out a 2-0 victory over the Cougars to claim the Class C state championshiop on Bailey Field at Saint Joseph’s College.
Coach Mike Carrier’s undefeated squad closed out the season with a 20-0 record, winning its first state title since earning the Class B crown in 2006. It was the Bucks’ fifth softball championship in eight tries.
Bucksport had reached the Class B title game in 2011 but lost 5-2 to Fryeburg Academy.
Dirigo, coached by former George Stevens Academy standout Sara Haney, finished up at 13-7 while making the program’s first state championship appearance.
Adams, a junior righthander, dominated throughout with her hard-throwing style and pinpoint control. She allowed only two singles to Mariah Larsen, one of which was a bunt, and struck out six without issuing a walk.
The Golden Bucks collected eight hits against Dirigo’s Alyssa Wade, but managed only a pair of two-out runs in the fifth inning. Kacie Hurd singled twice and knocked in a run to lead the Bucksport offense.
Wade, who returned recently after missing several weeks with a biceps injury, struck out one and walked two.
Bucksport broke the scoreless tie when Shelby Redman stroked a one-out single to left, advanced on a groundout and took third on a wild pitch. Sadie Wight worked a walk and stole second.
That brought up Hurd, who hit a slow roller along the third-base line that was ruled a base hit when she beat third baseman Gretchen Bradbury’s throw to first. First baseman Ambyr Wilson came off the bag firing the throw high and wide of home plate, allowing both runs to score.
Dirigo had only one baserunner until Larsen beat out a bunt single down the first-base line with one out in the fifth. She reached second on a wild pitch, but was left strande