BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor High School softball team displayed quite a bit of resiliency during its 6-5 nine-inning Eastern Maine Class A quarterfinal win over Skowhegan on Thursday.
The Rams were without head coach Don Stanhope, who was serving a one-game suspension mandated by the Maine Principals’ Association for being ejected from a season-ending 6-1 loss to Cony High of Augusta. The Rams found themselves trailing 1-0 on the game’s second pitch courtesy of a Shelby Obert homer and then watched Skowhegan tie the game with a three-run seventh-inning rally that was capped by a run-scoring pop-fly single that dropped behind pitcher Alexis Stanhope and in front of second baseman Meghan Hope.
But Bangor’s Carly Cosgrove belted a long double to left center to open the ninth and she scored the winning run when Annie Guare lofted a long one-out fly-ball single with the bases loaded.
Cosgrove’s double was followed by a walk to winning pitcher Emily Reilly, a grounder back to the mound that allowed the runners to move up to second and third and an intentional walk to Kamdra Prendergast.
Guare got ahead 3-0 in the count, took a strike, fouled a ball off and then launched her long fly ball to right center beyond the drawn-in outfield.
Bangor, the third seed, is now 12-5 and will entertain seventh seed and archrival Brewer, 11-6, in Saturday’s semifinal.
Sixth seed Skowhegan finished up at 10-7.
Bangor took a 5-1 lead after Obert’s homer to center with a run in the second and four in the third.
Prendergast singled home the second-inning run and added a two-run single in the third. Pinch-hitter Anna Morris and Guare also singled home runs in the third.
Skowhegan got one back in the fifth on Amanda Johnson’s long RBI double to left center.
The Indians tied it in the seventh on Mikayla Toth’s leadoff single, two walks, Anna Lorette’s run-scoring single, an outfield throwing error that produced the fourth run and Makayla Fitzmaurice’s pop- fly infield single.
Cosgrove had a single to go with her double and Prendergast knocked in three runs with two singles. Guare had two singles and two RBIs and freshman Reilly notched the win with one inning of scoreless relief. Stanhope pitched the first eight innings.
The Johnson sisters, Amanda and Taylor, each had a double and a single for Skowhegan and Toth had a pair of base hits.