|Calais High School||Bucksport High School|
BREWER, Maine — Big games call for big performances, but the Bucksport softball team made the Class C championship game against Calais look like just another game.
The Golden Bucks defeated Calais 4-0 at Coffin Field Tuesday night, capturing their second straight Eastern Maine title, improving to a perfect 19-0, and handing the Blue Devils their first loss of the season.
Bucksport advanced to Saturday’s 11 a.m. state final at St. Joseph’s College in Standish against the winner of the Western Maine final between Sacopee Valley and Dirigo.
The Bucks were paced by the continued success of starter Cassidy Adams, along with solid contributions from the bottom of the order.
The righthanded Adams, who has started every game this season, scattered six hits and struck out seven en route to the shutout.
Three of Bucksport’s four runs came in the second inning when the Bucks were able to capitalize on two errors.
After back-to-back singles by Deb Wight and Kacie Hurd, the Bucks picked up their first run when Wight came around on a throwing error. Hurd then scored the second run, barely beating out the throw from first base after an Alanna Davis groundout. Brianna Bires capped the inning off with an RBI single.
Bucksport’s Sadie Wight finished the scoring with an RBI single in the fifth.
Shelby Redman and Bailey Blair also had singles for Bucksport.
The Bucks finished with just six hits, but used a combination of speed and contact hitting to pick up their runs.
Calais (18-1) got a hit in six of the seven innings, but were unable to capitalize as only one runner got past second base. The Blue Devils were limited in their attempts at playing small ball and were unable to find the holes in the Bucksport defense.
Meaghan Cavanaugh and Allison Hill each contributed two singles for Calais, while Olivia Smith added a double.