June 14, 2013

Softball Roundup: Richmond set for a rematch

Kennebec Journal

STANDISH - Jamie Plummer pitched a perfect game Thursday, allowing one ball out of the infield, as top-ranked Richmond defeated second-seeded Greenville 12-0 in a five-inning Western Class D softball final at St. Joseph's College.

SATURDAY'S SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

CLASS A: Scarborough (18-1) vs. Skowhegan (14-5), noon at Cony High, Augusta

CLASS B: Greely (15-4) vs. Oceanside (18-1), 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's College, Standish

CLASS C: Madison (19-0) vs. Bucksport (19-0), noon at Brewer High

CLASS D: Richmond (16-0) vs. Penobscot Valley (18-1), 3 p.m. at St. Joseph's College, Standish

"It's kind of surreal to think about," Plummer said. "We just wanted to win and we did."

Richmond (16-0) will have a rematch with Penobscot Valley of Howland (18-1) in the state final Saturday at St. Joseph's. Penobscot Valley defeated the Bobcats 4-2 in last year's state final.

"Unbelievable," Richmond Coach Rick Coughlin said. "A perfect game in a Western final is quite a feat. She's come on so strong. Every game she's just pitched better and better. She's just been incredible."

Richmond would have been fine even had Plummer been off her game because it was aggressive and confident at the plate. Richmond had 11 hits and drew four walks after totaling 11 runs in two games against Greenville pitcher Molly Foley earlier this season.

"Our other games, we didn't really hit good off of her," Richmond first baseman Kelsie Obi said. "But when we came here, we hit great off of her. Her windup's fast so that's what we focused on in our previous games. But today we realized that we can hit her if we just don't focus on her windup."

Obi, Noell Acord, Payton Johnson and Brianna Snedeker each had two hits, and Andrea Meagher added a double and two walks. Coughlin credited taking regular batting practice against a former Richmond standout, Leandra Martin, for the offense.

"Since the last Buckfield game she's been pitching to us every day except for weekends," Coughlin said. "It's helped us immensely. You can see the confidence, just going down there and being ready to hit the ball, right down through the order."

Greenville hit one ball out of the infield and that was when Jasmine Senatus opened the game with a fly to right. After the Lakers went down in order, Richmond went up 2-0 on an RBI triple by Snedeker and Obi's RBI bunt single.

The Bobcats tacked on a run in the second and six in the third. Johnson had the key hit, a two-run double down the right-field line.

Greenville's innings were over so quickly, Plummer threw only six pitches in the second, seven in the third, eight in the fourth and seven in the fifth. She finished with three strikeouts and 42 pitches.

"Today, me and Chika (Obi, Richmond's catcher), we really worked on using the corners to try to get them to reach or to hit it up inside," Plummer said, "and I think it was successful."

After Greenville went down in the fifth, the Bobcats needed only one run to clinch the perfect game. They got it when Johnson singled, stole second, moved to third on an error and came home on Obi's groundout.

Richmond will again face Penobscot Valley pitcher Kayla Dube on Saturday. Dube struck out 14 in last year's final.

"You don't win many games that way," Coughlin said. "They've only got to make seven more outs. Hopefully, I think the way we're hitting and playing, we can give them a good game.

SKOWHEGAN 2, BANGOR 0: The fourth-seeded Indians (14-5) rode the one-hit pitching of Kaitlyn Therriault to beat seventh-ranked Bangor (12-7) in the Eastern Class A final at Augusta.

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