Dexter, ME— Bailey Blair hit one over the fence in the first inning. That would of been enough runs for Cassidy Adams but the Bucksport Bucks did not stop there.
Blair went 4-5 with four RBI and Adams pitched a two hitter to lead the Bucks to a 12-0 victory over the Dexter Tigers in a class C softball game played on Thursday afternoon.
After Libby Kain retired the first two batters in the top of the first inning, Blair came up and drilled a 1-0 pitch over the left center field wall.
Blair had three doubles in the first meeting against the Tigers. The Bucks won that game 8-2 on May 12th. According to Bucksport coach Michael Carrier that gave Blair even more confidence coming into Thursday’s game.
“When we played at Bucksport, Bailey (Blair) hit the ball so hard off that young lady,” Carrier said. “She had so much confidence. We knew she was going to do a good job. She is a great hitter anyway.”
Blair added, “It was a little high, in the strike zone. One that I like so I hit it.”
While the Bucks were doing their thing on offense, Adams was doing her thing in the circle. She allowed only two singles and two walks. Adams struck out six. She only had to throw 71 pitches, 47 strikes in the complete game effort as the Tigers were swinging early in counts.
“My change was working really well today. I threw a few drops. They were working well also,”Adams said. “Having good control helps especially if they hit. Having good control I do not have to throw a lot of pitches.so I do not need to get tired.”
The Adams change up had the Dexter hitters off balance all afternoon. She was throwing it at any count to any hitter. That and her ability to pound the strike zone made for a difficult day for coach Dave Pepin’s group of Tigers.
“She (Adams) is super. She throws hard, she has a great change up and she throws strikes. She pounds the zone,” Pepin said. “She has a great defense behind her.”
Carrier added, “Cassidy Adams is one of the best, if not the best spot pitcher around.”
The Bucks have every reason to be over confident. They have outscored their opponent by an amazing 220-9 through the first 14 games this season. This group is not looking past anyone and are taking it one game at a time.
“We are pretty confident but we are not looking past anyone,” Blair said. “We are just taking it one game at a time and doing the best we can.”
Blair was not the only force in the Bucks lineup. The top three hitters in the lineup including Blair went 8-15 with seven RBI. Mindy Pye went 2-5 with three runs scored and one RBI. Shelby Redman went 2-5 with two RBI.
Pye, Redman, Jennifer Wight, Sadie Wight and Taylor Gauvin join Blair as seniors on coach Carrier’s roster. The Bucks were the 2011 Eastern Maine champions in class B. They dropped down to class C due to enrollment. That is not something Carrier and his team were thrilled about.
“My seniors are just great players. They have been working really hard since they were like 10 years old to get here,” Carrier said. “We wanted to play (class) B and we couldn’t. In preseason we played a lot of (class) B teams and (class) A teams. We haven’t lost yet.”
Jennifer Wight had two hits and two RBI for the Bucks. Kacie Hurd reached base two times and scored two runs. Bucksport (14-0) will host George Stevens on Monday, May 28th.
The Tigers are in good shape for a number three seed in the upcoming MPA class C tournament. They could lock down that with a victory in their regular season finale.The Tigers made five errors and Pepin knows that will have to change going forward.
“As I told them this is a season not just a game. If someone said you would be playing next Wednesday for a chance to be a three seed, get a bye and a home game. I would take that,” Pepin said. “We are in good shape. We control our own destiny.
“We need to let this one go.We have a lot of things to work on. They (Bucksport) are a good team but we didn’t come to play. I like my team and I like our chances. I like to get another shot at them.”
Kain and Maicee Gustin each had one hit for the Tigers. Gustin and Harley Ponte each had one walk. Dexter (11-4) will finish the regular season with a game at Piscataquis community high school (PCHS) on Wednesday, May 30th.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E L
Bucksport 1, 1, 2, 2, 5, 0 1, 12, 14, 1, 7
Dexter 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 5, 4
WP: Adams LP: Kain
Adams and Pye
Kain and Ponte