FALMOUTH — Sophomore pitcher Julia Treadwell was almost perfect to lead Falmouth to a 17-0 victory against winless Freeport in a Western Maine Conference softball game Friday.
Treadwell didn’t give up a hit and walked just two batters in a game that ended after the top of the fifth inning because of the 10-run rule.
“I knew I had a good defense behind me, if needed, and I just wanted to go out and throw strikes,” she said.
Treadwell, who struck out 10 of the 17 batters she faced, did a good job keeping the ball down in the strike zone.
“She was throwing good strikes and her drop ball was working real well,” freshman catcher Maddie Rouhanna said. “She was consistent.”
Treadwell carried a perfect game into the fourth inning before issuing a one-out walk to Jess Perry. She also walked Bailey Karnes with one out in the fifth.
At one point, Treadwell struck out five straight hitters.
“Julie throws the ball well,” Falmouth Coach Ray Fox said. “She hits the spots.”
“I’ve been trying to change speeds,” Treadwell said. “My change-up was a little shaky today.”
The Yachtsmen (2-1) collected only eight hits off two Freeport pitchers, Hannah Ray and Brianna Bellefleur, but took advantage of five errors, three wild pitches, a passed ball, two hit batsmen and seven walks to open up their commanding lead.
“(Treadwell) was tough but we weren’t ready to play,” Freeport Coach Mike Perry said. “Error. Error. Error.”
Falmouth sent 11 batters to the plate in each of the third and fourth innings.
Jessica Collins lined a run-producing double down the left-field line in the first inning to help stake the Yachtsmen to a 3-0 lead.
Krysia Lesniak, who had three runs batted in, slammed a two-run triple in the seven-run fourth. Treadwell singled twice and drove in two runs. Miranda Carver and Emily Beaulieu also were credited with an RBI.
The Falcons (0-3) didn’t hit the ball out of the infield off Treadwell.
In the second inning, Nicole Perry fouled off six of 12 pitches before becoming Freeport’s third strikeout victim of the game.
E.B. Wiest led off the fourth with a sharp shot to the right side of the infield, but Katie Greene made a great play to keep her off the bases.
Falmouth is playing its first season in Western Class A after finishing 9-7 and advancing to the Western Class B quarterfinals last season. Its schedule is made up entirely of Class B teams, so every win is precious.
“The goal right now is to come out here and have fun,” Fox said. “Good things will happen if they do that and they’re loose.”