GORHAM — Julia Gaudette pitched a six-hitter and Grace McGouldrick went 4 for 4 to lead Gorham to an 8-2 softball win over Bonny Eagle on opening day for both teams Friday afternoon at Robie Field.

Gaudette was staked to an early lead and was in control throughout. She struck out four and didn’t issue a walk.

“We were thinking that maybe the fifth or sixth (inning) she might get tired, but she looked good, she looked strong,” said Gorham Coach Steve Martin.

“I didn’t have an exact game plan, (except) to know that I had the team (backing me up). I felt pretty good,” said Gaudette.

McGouldrick was a catalyst for the Rams. She scored twice, stole a base and drove in a run.

With Gorham leading 2-0, Bonny Eagle scored in the top of the third on an RBI double by Amber Randall. But Gorham responded in the bottom of the inning, getting three runs on four straight hits by their 1-4 hitters – McGouldrick, Lindsey Wilcox, Noelle DiBiase and Amber Cavarretta.

“It was good with that (part of the) order coming up,” said Martin. “It’s unlike in years past when we’ve struggled. The last couple of years we started off 0-4, 0-5 because of our schedule. It’s good to get a win.”

“They hit the ball hard and they hit the ball where we weren’t,” said Bonny Eagle Coach Brett Levin. “We hit the ball, unfortunately we just hit it right to them. You have days like that, that’s all there is to it. That’s what makes it a fun game.”

Wilcox went 2 for 4 with three RBI, and DiBiase drove in two runs. Gaudette also chipped in with a pair of hits.

“For the last three or four years we’ve been 6-10 (or 7-9). We just hope to turn that record around,” said Martin. “We have a young team and they’re going to be exciting to watch. This was a great team win.”

Journey Barnes, a freshman, hit an RBI double in the seventh inning for Bonny Eagle.

“First game, lot of good takeaways from it, lots more growth,” said Levin. “There are things to work on, but it’s early in the season. It’s only Game 1, so we have 15 more.

“We have a nice team. We’re going to be competitive. We’re not going to go 15-1, but we’re going to be competitive and we’re going to give everyone a run for their money. Each game, it’s going to progressively get better for us.”

Gorham plays Monday at Scarborough, a perennial Class A powerhouse that began its season with a 26-0 win over South Portland.

“We’ve had some rough games against them, but I think we can do really good this year against them,” said Gaudette.