BREWER — Even after Bangor scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to forge ahead, the Brewer softball team kept its spirit up and pieced together a rally of its own, scoring three times in the bottom of the inning to earn a dramatic 6-5 victory at Coffin Field on Friday afternoon.
Amy Curry, who brought the Witches within a run on a fielder’s choice earlier in the inning, scored the game-winner on a throwing error by the Rams’ Sadie Redman, capping a one-out surge that helped coach Skip Estes’ club improve to 2-0 on the season.
“We just tried to keep our heads up and tell ourselves that we had another at-bat,” said Brewer junior second baseman Sarah Babin, who started the rally with a walk.
Bangor, the defending Eastern Maine Class A champion, fell to 1-1.
Babin was erased on a fielder’s choice grounder to shortstop by Lindsay Houp, and Deaven Smith’s line-drive base hit to right put runners on first and second.
After a double steal, Curry lined a 2-1 pitch to second, and Houp scored ahead of the throw.
Smith scored the tying run on a passed ball, and after Morgan Haradon walked on a 3-2 pitch, Redman’s throw back to the circle went over the glove of Bangor pitcher Alexa Stanhope, allowing Curry to score.
“Amy is probably one of the better baserunners I have,” said Estes. “She’s a very smart softball player.”
The Witches jumped to a 3-0 lead earlier in the game, with Curry contributing a solo home run to left while Babin had an RBI single in the third and Emily Cox added an RBI double in the fourth.
Cox, who compiled 12 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings, was cruising along until Carly Cosgrove led off the Bangor sixth with a triple and scored on Kim Jordan’s single to left.
Walks to Redman and Hannah Lust loaded the bases, and Meghan Hope delivered an RBI single before Lust scored on a passed ball to tie the game.
Estes then summoned Haradon, and she fanned Kamdra Prendergast to end the inning.
“We’re lucky to have pitching as deep as we do,” Babin said.
The Rams continued to fight back against Haradon in the seventh, taking a 5-3 lead with a pair of one-out runs.
Annie Guare blooped a single into short center, and Jade Baumrind laid down a bunt in front of the plate that was thrown into right field, allowing Guare to score. Baumrind wound up on third base on the play and scored on a passed ball.
“That team coming back from down 3-0, coming back and taking the lead, that was impressive,” Bangor coach Don Stanhope said. “For a young group like that, that was very impressive.”
Stanhope wasn’t as impressed with some of the mistakes his club made.
“We made a couple of errors in the sixth, we made a couple of errors in the seventh,” he said. “We gave them too many outs in the two biggest innings of the game.”
Four Brewer batters (Babin, Smith, Curry and Cox) had multi-hit games against Bangor righthanders Taylor Lewis and Stanhope, the coach’s daughter.
“I think the fact that it was Bangor, we were just a little more pumped up,” said Babin.
Jordan was Bangor’s lone repeat hitter with two singles.