HERMON — Old Town High School junior shortstop Mikayla Richards came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the first inning of Tuesday’s Eastern Maine Class B showdown between the Coyotes and Hermon, and she wasn’t going to waste any time taking pitches.

Richards belted a long bases-clearing double to left center on the first pitch she saw from Hermon left-hander Karli Theberge, and that was all senior right-hander Rachel Martin needed as the Coyotes beat the Hawks 4-1.

Diminutive righthander Martin pitched a four-hit gem, striking out 15 and walking just one.

Old Town, the 2012 state champ, improved to 8-0 while defending state titlist Hermon fell to 2-1.

Old Town won both regular season meetings a year ago before Hermon upset the Coyotes 6-4 in an Eastern B semifinal.

“I like to go after the first pitch, and it was right down the middle,” said Richards.

“I left it over the middle of the plate. I didn’t hit my spot,” said Theberge.

“That was timely hitting for sure,” said Old Town coach Jenn Plourde. “Karli is a good pitcher who likes to throw first-pitch strikes so we tell the girls to attack.”

Theberge finished with a five-hit complete game, striking out six and walking one. All of the runs off her were unearned.

Her performance came two days after she spent four hours in the emergency room at Bangor’s Eastern Maine Medical Center because of an illness.

“I did the best I could. The defense behind me was amazing,” she said.

“She pitched very well. She had us off-balance a lot,” said Old Town senior left fielder Lauren Martin, Rachel’s twin sister.

Old Town’s decisive first-inning rally began when Rachel Martin lofted a two-out single into short right center field. Kayla Madden grounded a sharp single to left before Theberge mishandled Lauren Gasaway’s grounder for an error.

“I didn’t field it well,” said Theberge. “It took a bad hop, but I got my glove on it. I should have had it.”

Richards followed with her double.

The 5-foot-2 Martin threw a fastball, curve and changeup en route to her seventh win of the season.

“I threw all right. I just took it one pitch at a time,” said Martin. “My fastball usually works, and I was keeping my curve on the outside corner [against righthanded hitters]. And the girls made the plays behind me.”

“She had a good curve. It had a lot of movement. She’s a very good pitcher,” said Hermon sophomore catcher Hailey Perry, who ruined Martin’s shutout bid by belting her second homer of the season to right center to open the seventh.

Perry also doubled.

“Rachel was locked in to say the least,” said Plourde. “That’s the best I’ve seen her pitch so far this season. And the defense responded when they needed to.”

Theberge collected Hermon’s first hit with one out in the fourth inning, a line drive opposite field single to left. Perry belted a two-out double to left but Martin got a strikeout to end the threat.

Lauren Martin provided her sister with some insurance in the seventh when she lined an opposite-field triple down the right-field line to score Gasaway, who had reached on an infield error.

“I just tried to look for my pitch because I knew it could turn out to be a one-run game,’” said Lauren Martin, who also had a double in the second inning.