SOFTBALL

Hermon 9 at Old Town 12

April 23, 2013, at 4:30 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Two big scoring bursts in the middle innings gave the Old Town High School softball team enough of a cushion to withstand a Hermon rally in the seventh and post a 12-9 victory Tuesday.

The game was a key early season Class B matchup of two potential Eastern Maine title contenders.

The defending state champion Coyotes were trailing the Hawks 3-1 when they erupted for five runs in the bottom of the third, capped by Brittany Cousins’ bases-loaded single. Two runners scored on the hit and the third came in when the ball was bobbled in center field.

Old Town (2-0) added six more in the fifth inning, highlighted by RBI doubles by Michaela Milton and Susie Outman.

The Hawks (1-1) scored five in the seventh to close the gap, but a backhanded snag of a foul liner by third baseman Outman ended the rally and the game.

Lauren Martin had three singles for Old Town, Leighton had a double and a single and Kelsey Gifford hit two singles. Kendra Hayward earned the win.

Kayli Theberge led the Hawks with a triple, double and single, Shannon Graves had a solo homer in the fourth and a single and Ky Kennedy had a double and two singles.

Theberge and Alessa Oakes were the Hermon pitchers.

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