CORINTH — Central High School softball co-head coach Durice Washburn had just watched her team run into a Hermon High School team that was coming off a rare two-game losing streak and had scored just one run in those two losses.

“They came in on a mission and we were on the receiving end,” said Washburn after the defending state Class B champs thumped her Red Devils 19-0 in five innings.

“We ran into a very hot team today. They swung the bats well. Some days, that’s just the way it goes,” said Washburn.

Hermon entered the game coming off losses to Old Town (4-1) and Foxcroft Academy (1-0).

The Hawks scored three times in the first inning and erupted for 11 second-inning runs to sew up their third win in five games. They added two in the third and three in the fourth.

Class C Central fell to 4-3.

Hermon unleashed a 14-hit attack and all but one starter had at least one hit.

Sophomore catcher Hailey Perry paced the Hawks with a two-run homer and two singles and she drove in four runs. Winning pitcher Karli Theberge doubled and singled and knocked in three runs and Sydney Addessi delivered three runs with a double, single and sacrifice fly.

Lexey MacManus and Kylie Kennedy each had two singles. MacManus had three RBIs.

Claire Petersen collected four RBIs with a bases-clearing double and a bases-loaded walk.

“We needed to lay off some bad pitches and take our time up at the plate today and we definitely did that,” said lefty Theberge, who tossed a tidy two-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks.

She threw 67 pitches, 48 for strikes.

“I thought I threw pretty well today. [Perry] called the pitches and did a great job,” said Theberge, a junior.

“She’s real good,” said Central designated player-left fielder Logan Reardon. “She’s the best pitcher we’ve faced this year. She throws a lot of different pitches.”

Hermon took a 3-0 lead in the first on four walks and Theberge’s run-scoring infield hit.

Theberge’s two-run double into the gap in left center field followed by Perry’s third homer of the season, a two-run blast to right center, highlighted the 11-run second inning. Perry also had an RBI single in the inning and MacManus had her two singles in the second including a two-run base hit to center.

“It wasn’t that we didn’t have confidence but we just needed to get each other going,” said Perry. “We went out there thinking, ‘Let’s get out of this [slump].’”

“It was definitely a confidence booster,” said Theberge, who is still feeling the effects of an illness that landed her in the emergency room at Bangor’s Eastern Maine Medical Center on Sunday night.

“I haven’t been feeling that great but my teammates have been picking me up. It’s really nice,” she said.

Konnar Kirlin’s sharp single off the third baseman’s glove in the fourth and Tasha Miller’s line drive single to center in the fifth were Central’s only hits.