DEXTER---- Becca Kelley pitched a complete game four hitter to lead the Central Red Devils softball team to a 7-2 victory over the Dexter Tigers in a class C softball game played Friday afternoon at Dexter high school.
The win concluded a successful week for the Red Devils. It started on Monday, when they defeated the two time defending state champion Bucksport Bucks for the second time this season. They traveled to Guilford and got a 17-5 victory over PCHS on Tuesday. Central suffered their first loss of the season on Wednesday at Mattanawcook.
"It has been a long week. We had a lot of games in a row. We had an emotional win on Monday. It is hard to keep the momentum up,"Central coach Durice Washburn said. "Credit to Lincoln (Mattanawcook), they hit the ball where we weren't and when we did hit the ball, we hit it right at them."
Central started quickly against the Tigers. Tiffany Smith led off the game with a single. She came around to score when Natasha Miller ripped a triple to right center. Miller scored on a Tigers error.
Washburn said, "We are trying to score early and keep it rolling."
The Red Devils built their lead to 4-0 by adding one run each in the second and third inning. While the Central bats were rolling, Kelley was doing her thing in the circle.
Kelley allowed only one base runner through the first three innings. For the game, She allowed one earned runs on two walks (both in the last two innings). She struck out four.
"She (Kelley) has thrown a lot of pitches. She has thrown every pitch this week, probably a little fatigue there,"Washburn said. "She is a very hard worker, softball is very important to her. I trust her out there in the circle."
Kelley added, "We have been doing better on our hitting. Our hitting and defense is strong this year. I have to work a little bit on my change-up, my fastball was working well."
Dexter came into the game on a five game winning streak.
"We knew they (Central) were a good team. We just didn't execute early and didn't get enough hits. There were a few times where we hit the ball hard and it was right at them,"Dexter coach Mark Pullen said. "I didn't think we were ready at the start. I need to do a little better job at getting them ready to go."
Abbey Jordan pitched the complete game for the Tigers.
"I was really happy with the way Abbey pitched. I thought her change-up was very good. It kept them off balance,"Pullen said. "They (Central) are very good at the plate."
Smith and Taylor Robichaud finished with two hits each for the Red Devils. Natasha Miller recorded one hit, one run scored, and two RBI before she had to leave the game in the sixth inning due to an apparent leg injury.
The Red Devils had a balanced offensive attack, nine different batters had at least one hit. Konnar Kirlin walked four times. Central (8-1) will travel to Hermon and Bangor Christian next week.
Peyton Watson and Macie Melvin each recorded one RBI for the Tigers. Jordan had one hit and one run scored. Dexter (5-3) will host PCHS and George Stevens next week.