Following five straight losses, the Mariner softball team bounced back for their first win to beat Bangor Christian 25-12 on May 14. Natalie Knowlton pitched well with three strikeouts and only six walks. The big story was that we found our bats and also had strong defense with only three errors.
Baleigh Johnson led us with two singles, a double, and a triple for five RBIs, Logan Eaton had three singles and a double for four RBIs, Morgan Shepard had two singles and a home run for four RBIs, Natalie Knowlton had three singles and an RBI, Holli Boyce and Jesslyn Gove each had two singles with two RBIs, Allyson Eaton had two singles and an RBI, and Madison Frazier and Ashley Haskell each had an RBI single.
Two days later, the girls survived a slow start to sweep a double header from Katahdin 9-7 and 11-7. Knowlton pitched well in both games getting 14 strikeouts and four walks in the first game. We trailed 6-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning before our bats came alive and we put eight runs across the plate. We gave up one run in the seventh to secure the win as Katahdin was rattled after their collapse in the sixth inning.
Shepard had two singles and a double with two RBIs, Johnson had two singles and a double with an RBI, Allyson Eaton had a bases-clearing triple in the sixth inning for three RBIs, Boyce had a double and a single, Haskell had an RBI single and Orly Vaughan had a single.
We won the second game 11-7 where Knowlton had eight strikeouts and gave up no walks. Katahdin did manage more hits, but after trailing 3-2, we added runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to lead 11-3. We gave up a few more runs after that but held on for the win with another good defensive game.
Knowlton also did well at the plate with four singles and an RBI, Johnson and Shepard each had a double and two singles for two RBIs, Alison Eaton had two singles and a double for an RBI, Logan Eaton had two singles with an RBI, Vaughan and Boyce each had two singles, and Haskell had an RBI single.
The girls are 3-5 and are in 11th place in the Heal Point standings. It doesn’t matter at this point of the season, really, as we have a lot of games to play. We have seemed to settle down in the field with more confidence, and Natalie Knowlton has found her stride.