DEXTER— The Dexter Tigers softball team scored seven runs in their final three at bats to overcome a 3-0 deficit, and earn a 7-3 victory over Bucksport on Saturday afternoon.
Bucksport had three hits in the first inning, but was unable to score. Eliza Hosford started the game with an infield single. Emily Hunt hit a single to right field, Hosford was thrown out at the plate on a perfect Dexter relay. Tyler Dupont ripped a double to right center field. The inning ended with runners on second and third.
The Bucks took advantage of a walk, hit batter, and a Dexter error to score one run in the second inning. Madysen Robichaud hit a single that scored Dupont and gave the Bucks a 2-0 lead. Hosford hit a one out single In the fourth inning, she stole second base, advanced to third on a Tigers error, and scored on a wild pitch.
With the score 3-0 and Bucksport pitcher Samantha Goode rolling along through three innings, it looked like it was going to be a tough afternoon for the Tigers.
That all changed in the fourth inning when the Tigers had four hits and two walks to even the score at three. Abbey Jordan, Morgan Gray, and Kolby Kain each had run scoring hits during the inning for Dexter.
“We worked a lot on timing her (Goode) up in practice,”Jordan said. “we got over the initial nerves and we started to time her and we got some good swings on her.”
Michaela White started the fifth inning with a walk. White stole second, advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and scored the go ahead run on a RBI from Jordan.
Dexter put the game away when they scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Gray started the inning with a single. Kain, Skyler Theodore, and Cayla Wyman each had one RBI during the inning.
“Sami (Goode) is a very good pitcher,”Dexter coach Mark Pullen said. “We talked about getting up there and being aggressive, not getting into bad counts.”
Kain added, “we bumped the speed up on the pitching machine, got some swings on her after the nerves were gone.”
When the Tigers took the lead, The pitching duo of Jordan and Kain shut the door on the Bucks lineup. Jordan retired the side in order in the top of the fifth inning. Kain came in and earned the save with two scoreless innings. Most softball coaches do not have the luxury of having two pitchers they can turn to. Pullen has that, and has confidence in the duo when they are in the circle.
“It is extremely important, they are both very good pitchers,”Pullen said. “Both could be number one pitchers on many teams, it is a luxury.”
Jordan (1-1) allowed two earned runs on six hits and three walks, she struck out three. Jordan threw 86 pitches (49 strikes).
“It is really important, because I think Kolby (Kain)and I are equal at pitching,”Jordan said. “I can come in to pitch for her, she can come in and pitch for me and we can get the “W”, it is really good.”
Kain didn’t allow any hits in her two innings in the circle. She walked two and struck out one.
“After so many innings of Abbey (Jordan), they are used to it,”Kain said. “I can come in for a couple of innings, it is different pitcher, different pitches.”
Pullen added, “Kolby (Kain) was very very good, coming in cold and she shut the door.”
Gray and Kain had two hits each for the Tigers. Jordan had two RBI. Macie Melvin, Peyton Watson, Wyman, White (triple), and Jordan had one hit each. Dexter (1-1) is scheduled to host Central on Monday.
Goode (2-1) took the loss for the Bucks. She allowed nine hits, three walks, and seven earned runs. Goode struck out three. Hosford had two hits and three stolen bases from the leadoff spot. Bucksport (2-1) is scheduled to play at Central on Wednesday.