BIDDEFORD – Over the years, the Scarborough High softball team has traveled to Biddeford and lost games Coach Tom Griffin felt his team should have won.

Well, the Red Storm won one Wednesday they probably should have lost.

Scarborough collected only two hits and committed three errors, but won 1-0 because of the dominance of pitcher Mo Hannan, timely hitting by Dominique Burnham and Biddeford’s inability to get a key hit.

Hannan allowed five singles, walked two and struck out 13.

Biddeford (6-3) had opportunities in the first and second innings, with two on and one out. It was the Tigers’ second 1-0 loss in three days and third loss in a row overall.

“It wasn’t our best effort,” said Griffin, “but it’s always tough to play down here. You always know that Biddeford’s going to give you their A game on this field and their crowd is going to be into it. That’s the way it is.

“We’ve lost a couple of games here we should have won and today we won a game I think we probably should have lost. We were outplayed.”

The Red Storm (8-0) won because of Hannan and Burnham, who had their only two hits, including a run-scoring single in the third off Sarah Gilblair.

Gilblair was magnificent again, allowing just the two hits, striking out seven and walking four. One walk led to the only run.

With one out in the third, she walked Lauren Aceto on a full count. Hannan then sacrificed Aceto to second, bringing up Burnham, a power hitter who has been struggling.

On a 2-1 pitch, she drilled a line single to left, bringing in Aceto.

“I was just trying to make good contact,” said Burnham. “I’ve had a hard time making contact this year and that felt pretty good. It’s just good to come here and beat them.”

Biddeford had early chances courtesy of an uncharacteristic shoddy defense by Scarborough.

The Red Storm made three errors in the first two innings.

Biddeford had runners on first and third with one out in the first, but Hannan got a pop out and the pinch runner at first was doubled up.

“That was tough,” said Tigers Coach Leon Paquin. “I waited a couple of pitches to send her (for a stolen base). Then when I did, we get a pop-up.”

In the second, Biddeford had runners on second and third with one out. But Hannan got back-to-back strikeouts.

“They did play tough,” said Hannan.

“The first two innings I was a little rocky, I was a little worried. But as the game went on I knew we could do it. We played better.”

While the Tigers are playing the top teams tough, they haven’t broken through.

“We’re playing hard, we’re playing our usual solid defense, we’re getting good pitching,” said Paquin. “We’re just missing the timely hit. Maybe not having the timely hit, the middle of the year is the time to have it.

“Maybe getting one a little later, one turns into two and two turns into three and we get a little excitement. And if it comes at the (right) time of year, we can play with anybody.”

Staff Writer Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or at:

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