OLD TOWN, Maine — With the go-ahead run at third base and one out in the seventh inning, Hermon High School sophomore first baseman Sydney Addessi knew she had to find a way to deliver the run in their Eastern Maine Class B softball semifinal with Old Town.
And she did.
The lefthanded-hitting Addessi fell behind 0-2 in the count before hitting an opposite-field sacrifice fly off a 1-2 pitch as the third-seeded Hawks avenged their only two regular season losses with a 6-4 victory over the second-seeded Coyotes on Saturday.
Shaniah Haskell followed with a sharp single off the shortstop’s glove to produce an insurance run.
Hermon improved to 16-2 and will now face the winner of Monday’s semifinal between top seed Gardiner, 17-0, and fourth seed Nokomis of Newport, 16-1, in Wednesday’s 3 p.m. EM Class B title game at Coffin Field in Brewer.
“I couldn’t strike out,” said Addessi. “I needed to get the ball in play so that we could score the run. [Old Town pitcher Rachel Martin)] threw me a changeup and I hit it.”
“She got a hold of it. There’s nothing you can do when that happens,” said Martin.
Haskell said she needed to do something for her pitcher, Karli Theberge, who wound up throwing a complete game and hitting a solo homer and a double.
Theberge was walked intentionally before Haskell delivered.
“Karli had done so much. I had to step up and help,” said Haskell.
Second baseman Claire Petersen, hitting for the first time in the game, started the seventh-inning rally by fouling off four 3-2 pitches and drawing a leadoff walk.
“I haven’t hit well all season but I knew I needed to get on base,” said Petersen.
Hailey Perry reached on a perfectly placed bunt single and Allessa Oakes hit into 4-6 fielder’s choice before Addessi hit her sacrifice fly and Haskell singled.
Sophomore lefty Theberge struck out one and walked one while allowing seven hits. Three of the runs were earned.
“All [six] of my pitches were working but it really was my defense behind me that kept us in the game,” said Theberge.
“Her movement on the ball was excellent,” said catcher Haskell.
Old Town jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on Brittany Cousins’ ringing double to left, a run-producing throwing error by Haskell, a sacrifice and Meaghan Leighton’s RBI groundout.
Theberge whacked a long double to left in the second and eventually scored on a passed ball but Old Town restored its two-run lead in the third when Cousins reached on a bunt single, her sixth consecutive hit in the playoffs, and wound up scoring on Martin’s two-out infield single.
Theberge picked on Martin’s first pitch again in the fourth and ripped a line drive homer to center to cut the lead to 3-2.
“She threw first-pitch strikes so I tried to get on top of it,” said Theberge.
Hermon took its first lead in the fifth with a pair of two-out runs.
Katie Kivler hit a one-out single and Oakes followed with a two-out base hit before Addessi dropped a game-tying pop fly single into left center to score Kivler. Oakes then scored on an infield error.
Old Town tied it in the bottom of the fifth when Michaela Milton singled, moved to third on a passed ball and a wild pitch and scored on Cousins’ sacrifice bunt.
Cousins doubled and singled and Martin singled twice for Old Town.
Martin, the Penobscot Valley Conference Class B Player and Pitcher of the Year, tossed an eight-hit complete game with four strikeouts and two walks.
“I didn’t throw my best. I didn’t have as much pop on the ball as I usually do and didn’t hit my spots either,” said Martin, who wound up an exceptional season with a 13-1 pitching record. “It’s hard to beat a team three times. They made the plays and got the hits. They deserved to win.”