The Wolverines rallied for four runs in the seventh inning and held on defensively to defeat Mt. Valley 16-13 in high school softball actio at Rumford May 8. The win, the first one this season for Wiscasset Middle High School, moved the team from ninth place in the Class D south standings to number 7. Rumford is a Class B high school.
“Jay Bailey, the assistant coach and I were very proud of our girls and we told them so after the game,” Wolverine Coach Gordon Campbell told the Wiscasset Newspaper.
“We’ve been saying all season be patient at the plate and the hits will come and this time they did.
“What made it more special is we had a good showing of parents there rooting for us. That was really appreciated,” added the coach.
Senior Sydnie Thayer started and pitched the whole game for Wiscasset. She helped her own cause too by driving in three runs with a pair of singles and a double.
“It was her second complete game of the season only this time she got the win,” the coach continued.
Catcher Farah Casey worked behind the plate the whole game. She knocked in three runs with a triple, double and single. She also drew a base-on-balls in the pivotal seventh inning and scored a much needed insurance run.
“Farah had a solid game for us defensively. She made three put-outs behind the plate,” said Campbell.
Ellie Pratt was another standout for Wiscasset with base hits in the third and seventh innings. She also made a big defensive play in the final inning tagging out Mt. Valley’s Gabbie Gallant at third base following a heads-up throw from shortstop Kelsey Jones.
Jones reached base three times on two walks and a fielder’s choice and scored three runs. Other repeat hitters for the Wolverines included Makayla Bailey who singled in the second and fourth innings and scored two runs. Joanna Collins had a pair of base hits, too. She walked and scored in the seventh inning.
Brianna Orr walked three times and scored twice. Latisha Wright drew a base-on-balls in the seventh and scored. She also made a nice catch at second base for the team.The Falcons went up 2-0 in the first inning. Leigh Carrier led off with a triple and scored the team’s first run. She singled twice more. Wiscasset tied the game in the second but the hosts scored two more runs in the home half of the inning. The Falcons added two more in the third regaining the lead after the Wolverines put three runs on the scoreboard.
The Wolverines scored five runs in the fourth and added a run in the fifth to take an 11-6 lead. In the same inning Mt. Valley rallied and scored six runs. Saydie Garbarini and Courtney Carrier each doubled and drove in runs for the Falcons.
Both teams added solo runs in the sixth, Mt. Valley holding a 13-12 lead and setting the stage for the Wolverine rally in the seventh. Thayer finished with three strikeouts, and seven walks. Courtney Carrier was the pitcher of record for the Falcons who fell to 0-6 in the Mountain Valley Conference.