THOMASTON, Maine — Oceanside High School junior righthander Rachel Frye pitched a no-hitter, striking out 11 and walking two, and she was backed by a 15-hit attack as the Mariners blanked Medomak Valley 9-0 in a battle of the top two seeds in the Eastern Maine Class B softball ranks Wednesday.
Oceanside won its eighth straight and improved to 13-1. Medomak Valley of Waldoboro had its 13-game winning streak snapped and is now 13-2 with both losses against the Mariners.
Oceanside won the season-opener 6-1 in Waldoboro on April 18.
The Panthers didn’t hit the ball out of the infield against Frye, who threw 60 strikes among 85 pitches.
Her teammates made just one error behind her and made several nice plays including two in the seventh when third baseman Kennadi Grover made a great tumbling catch on Maria Ennamorati’s bunt in foul territory and first baseman Jill Bradbury reached to her right to snare a scorching line drive off the bat of Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet.
Medomak Valley junior righthander Desiree Benner retired the first six hitters she faced, including five on popups in the infield, but the Mariners scored three in the third and added two more each in the fourth, fifth and sixth.
Hannah Plourde opened the third with an opposite-field line drive single down the right-field line.
One out later, Hannah Hersom belted a long triple over right fielder Bridget Miller’s head to score Plourde.
Hersom scored on Jill Bradbury’s sharp grounder to short and Grover followed with a homer to center field.
Oceanside’s fourth-inning runs were the result of a two-out rally.
Tamra Wallace singled and raced to third on Hersom’s base hit. Hersom stole second and they both scored when Bradbury looped an opposite-field single to left.
Hannah Plourde ripped a two-run single to left in the fifth and Frye’s bloop double to right in the sixth delivered the final two runs.
Natalie Russell had three singles for Oceanside. Hersom tripled and singled, Plourde doubled and singled and Bradbury and Molly Mellor had a pair of singles.