Bucksport softball team wins Class C state title


first_imgPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS1234567891011PreviousNextBREWER — On Wednesday, Bucksport High School pitcher Samantha Goode’s birthday wish came true when her team won the softball Eastern Maine Class C title.“It’s probably the best birthday present ever,” said the 18-year-old on her birthday after the Golden Bucks’ 6-2 win over the top-seeded Mattanawcook Lynx at Coffin Field. “We’re not at the top yet, but we’re going to be.”She was right. Three days later, the Golden Bucks beat the Telstar Rebels 9-4 for their third state championship in four years.But the win didn’t always look so promising for Bucksport, which trailed Telstar 2-0 in the top of the third.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“I knew eventually we’d break it loose,’ said Bucksport coach Mike Carrier. “We had people in scoring position every inning.”In the bottom of the third, three straight two-out hits by Goode, Kim Nason and MaKenzie Smith put the Golden Bucks up 3-2.“We’re the best hitters in the league,” Goode said. “We all contribute, and that’s how we get the job done.”Goode said things clicked for the team when it got adjusted to Telstar pitcher Olivia York.“She was a lot slower than we’ve been seeing,” Goode said. “We were ahead of the ball, so we slowed it down and got on it.”The Golden Bucks then capitalized on Rebel errors in the bottom of the fourth with run-scoring hits by Tyler Dupont, Madysen Robichaud and Emily Hunt as well as a Kim Nason sacrifice fly. The four-run inning extended Bucksport’s lead to 7-2.The Golden Bucks added more cushion to an already comfortable lead in the fifth inning with Darian Jellison’s single, Julie Zavalza’s RBI double and Dupont’s RBI single.Telstar scored two more runs in last inning to make the final score 9-4.Goode struck out eight batters and contributed a double, two singles and an RBI.“I threw a lot of fastballs because they weren’t catching onto it,” Goode said. “I knew I wasn’t going down without a bang.”Also for Bucksport, Nason had three singles, a sacrifice fly and two RBIs, and Smith added two singles and an RBI.“We have no superstars — no one who thinks they’re above anyone else,” Carrier said. “They’re just a big family, and they play very well together.”Bucksport outhit Telstar 16-11. The Golden Bucks ended their season 19-1, and the Rebels dropped to 17-3.“I wouldn’t want to be a part of any other program,” said Goode, a senior who has committed to playing softball for the University of Southern Maine next year. “I wouldn’t want to end my career any other way.”Eastern Maine Class C championship: Bucksport 6, Mattanawcook 2After three scoreless innings, the No. 2-ranked Golden Bucks took the lead over Mattanawcook in the top of the fourth with three runs on three hits and an error.Tyler Dupont singled, and Emily Hunt drew a walk. Two batters later, an errant throw on a ground ball by Samantha Goode allowed her to advance to second while Dupont scored.Kim Nason followed with an RBI single, and Kaylee Grindle added a double to make the score 3-0.Mattanawcook pitcher Courtney McIntyre answered in the bottom of the fifth with a lead-off home run to narrow Bucksport’s lead to 3-1.Bucksport scored two runs in the sixth inning, and Mattanawcook notched one run in the bottom of the sixth. Bucksport scored again in the seventh for the 6-2 win.Goode pitched a three-hitter and recorded a double and an RBI.“Sam did everything I asked of her,” Carrier said. “That young lady is just a great pitcher.” Latest Posts Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016center_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Biolast_img

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