OLD TOWN, Maine — Senior Rachel Martin pitched a complete game and sophomore Lauren Gasaway hit a two-run single to break the game open in the bottom of the third to lead the Coyotes over Mount Desert Island 6-2 in high school softball action Monday.
After sophomore Darcy Kanu scored on an error in the top of the first to give MDI a 1-0 lead, Martin settled down nicely, allowing four hits over seven innings and striking out nine batters while only walking two.
“I think if all our pitchers come out strong, it’s going to be a great day for us,” said Old Town head coach Jessica Plourde.
After being silent for the first two innings, Old Town’s offense came alive in the later innings while also taking advantage of MDI errors.
“We started out extremely slow,” Plourde said. “I was kind of worried about that going in because MDI is a good team.”
The Coyotes tied the game in the top of the second after junior Mikayla Richards reached on an infield throwing error, which allowed Lauren Gasaway to score. The score remained 1-1 until the bottom of the third when Gasaway did even more damage, singling to center field to score two.
“We battled you know, we hung in there,” said MDI head coach Bruce Walls. “We didn’t give it up, but we had too many errors.”
Old Town (7-0) would tack on another run in the inning after Martin scored on an infield error, pushing the lead to 4-1 after the third. The Coyotes would score a run in the fourth and sixth inning to give Martin a comfortable cushion.
“We started to see the ball more towards the end of the game and reading [MDI pitcher Haley Littlefield’s] pitches, and understanding to go with the pitch,” Plourde said.
MDI threatened to make the game close in the top of the fifth after loading the bases with a one out, but Martin struck out the next two batters, ending MDI’s chance of a rally.
“There were two or three errors that’s going to sink you every time,” Walls said. “Especially a team like that, I mean they don’t make mistakes to let you back in the game. We made too many mistakes in one inning, that’s been our downfall this year.”
The Trojans (2-5) scored a run in the top of the seventh on a fielder’s choice by Molly Carroll which scored Darcy Canu, but Martin then induced a groundout to end the game.
Senior Littlefield pitched a complete game for MDI, giving up six runs on seven hits while striking out two.
Both teams are back in action on Wednesday as MDI hosts John Bapst of Bangor and Old Town hosts Ellsworth.