SCARBOROUGH – When Tom Griffin makes out the lineup for his Scarborough High softball team these days, he feels a little short-changed.

“For the first time in 20 years, I’m really disappointed that I can’t get one or two more kids into the lineup,” said Griffin. “We’ve got great depth. There’s not a weak spot in our lineup.

“But no matter what I do, we’re still going to have a couple of kids on the bench that I’d like to get in.”

Whichever players are in Scarborough’s lineup are doing just fine.

The Red Storm moved to 4-0 Friday afternoon, scoring all their runs in two innings to beat Marshwood 15-5.

Scarborough got seven runs in the first inning and eight in the sixth.

“I guess that shows how explosive we can be,” said Griffin.

The Red Storm have out-scored their opponents 48-6.

“I think we can turn it on when we need to,” said sophomore shortstop/pitcher Mo Hannan, who drove in three runs with three hits.

The Red Storm jumped all over the Hawks (2-2), who didn’t arrive at the field until 3:50 p.m. — 10 minutes before the game was supposed to start. The Maine Turnpike was congested, so the team bus had to go through back roads. The game started 35 minutes late, and the Hawks didn’t seem ready.

“We showed the inexperience of this team,” said Marshwood Coach Renee Caverly. “That first inning was all jitters.”

After Scarborough freshman pitcher Erin Giles, making her first start, struck out the side in the top of the first, Scarborough sent 12 batters to the plate in the bottom of the inning. Hannan drove in one run with a single, Alana Peoples knocked in two with a single, and leadoff hitter Jenn Colpitts had a two-run double. Marissa O’Toole hit a sacrifice fly.

“It’s definitely good to get out like that in the first inning and grab the momentum,” said Colpitts, who had four hits and three RBI.

But Marshwood pitcher Nicole O’Neil settled down, confounding the Red Storm with her change-up. And the Hawks crept back, scoring a run in the third and three in the fourth.

“We took a big step forward,” said Caverly. “That’s a great team, so we’re going to use this as a building step.”

It was 7-4 entering the bottom of the sixth when Scarborough erupted again. Abby Rutt hit a two-run homer over the left-field fence and Colpitts had two hits in the inning.

Giles got her first win, going four innings. She struck out nine — including the first five Hawks — and allowed three hits.

“She’s been sick the last couple of days, but she did OK,” said Griffin.

“You could see the potential she has.”

 

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