BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor High School softball team picked up some valuable Heal points Friday as sophomore righthander Alexis Stanhope tossed a three-hitter and junior designated hitter Carly Cosgrove drove in four runs with a triple and two singles to lead the Rams to a sixth-inning 12-0 victory over Oxford Hills.
Bangor, which began the day second in the Eastern Maine Class A standings, improved to 11-2 while fifth-place Oxford Hills of South Paris fell to 8-4.
Stanhope struck out five and walked one and hit a batter while throwing 86 pitches, 58 for strikes.
She retired nine in a row in one stretch.
The Rams capitalized on seven Oxford Hills errors as only one run was earned.
Bangor played errorless ball.
Bangor scored a pair of runs in the second and three more in the third to build a 5-0 lead.
Anna Morris reached on an infield throwing error to open the second and Cosgrove dropped a single into left center with the speedy Morris racing to third. Cosgrove continued on to second.
Jade Baumrind’s bunt scored Morris and Baumrind eventually scored when the Vikings tried unsuccessfully to throw out Cailie Mercier at second after Mercier grounded into a fielder’s choice.
Bangor scored its third-inning runs after the first two hitters were retired.
Stanhope blooped an infield hit between third base and shortstop, taking advantage of the infielders being drawn-in expecting her to slap the ball.
June Candland belted a long double over center fielder Abby Bernier’s head.
Stanhope scored on a dropped popup and Cosgrove followed with a two-run single down the line off third baseman Jordyn Sanborn’s glove.
Bangor added five more in the fifth on pinch-hitter Emily Reilly’s leadoff single, two walks, three errors and Jo Jo Colpritt’s RBI single.
The Rams ended the game due to the 12-run mercy rule in the sixth when Candland singled, Cosgrove hit a run-scoring triple to right and scored on an error.
Candland complemented Cosgrove with a double and a single.
Oxford Hills received singles from the West sisters, Ashley and Crystal, and another from Anna Winslow.