CUMBERLAND — Cape Elizabeth’s hitters made the right adjustment at the right time Wednesday to roll to a 12-3 softball victory against Greely in a Western Maine Conference game.
The Capers (9-0) broke open a tight game by scoring five runs in the fifth inning to move atop the Western Class B Heal point standings.
“They were working the outside and we made some adjustments to combat that,” Cape Elizabeth Coach Joe Henrikson said. “My kids can hit. It’s one through nine, too. It’s not just the top of the order.”
“I knew they were pitching outside so I crowded the plate and waited on my pitch,” said Tess Haller, who belted two two-run homers. “I knew (the ball) was going to be floating around. I didn’t know where it was going to be so I waited for a pitch to drive.”
The score was 1-1 after four innings.
The Capers opened the scoring in the fourth on three walks and Hannah Satterly’s sacrifice fly. The Rangers (7-2) tied it when Mykaela Twitchell led off the bottom of the inning with a triple and scored on the second of three singles by Charlotte Benoit.
Haller snapped the tie by sending a towering drive over the center-field fence after Elise Fathers singled to lead off the fifth.
“I was just looking for a pitch to hit,” Haller said. “I didn’t honestly think it was going to go out. I thought it just going to be a popup. I guess the speed of the pitcher – she’s really fast – just helped the ball go a long way.”
Haller’s first homer came off starting pitcher Miranda Moore, a right-hander. She also homered in the seventh off Kaylee Cimino, a left-hander.
Between them, Moore and Cimino walked 12 but Greely Coach Jessica Brady said that wasn’t the difference in the game.
“We struggled a little bit pitching but I don’t think that was definitely the make-or-break thing in this game,” she said. “When we put the ball over the plate, they hit it.”
Greely totaled 13 hits off Cape pitchers Kate Rabasca, a right-hander, and Anna Goldstein, a left-hander, but couldn’t seem to get a hit when it needed one the most.
“We had runners in scoring position almost every inning and didn’t hit,” Brady said. “That was the difference. They hit when they needed to and we didn’t.”
The Cape Elizabeth pitchers gave up one walk.
“Our pitchers are great,” Haller said. “They just stay calm in situations. When there’s runners on base all the time, they just stay calm and throw strikes.”
“They both pound the strike zone and usually the defense is strong,” Henrikson said.
Rabasca, who had a double and a single, and Satterly each drove in two runs for the Capers.
Sarah Felkel singled three times for the Rangers, the reigning Western Class B champions.