|Libby Kain delivers a warm up pitch. Kain and the Tigers defeated Penquis 14-0 on Friday afternoon. Photo by Terry Robichaud/Moments n life photography|
Libby Kain pitched five scoreless innings. Kain gave up four hits and two walks. She struck out seven. Those stats sound pretty good but the determined sophomore knows she can do better.
"I didn't do my best, it was OK I guess," Kain said. "We struggled a little defensively and I got my head down and got into a slump."
Kain went to her screwball or curveball each time she needed a big out. The Patriots had two runners on base in four of the five innings. Kain was able to get out each jam without any runs.
"My screwball and curveball were working very well for me tonight," Kain said. "I used those to strike people out."
Coach, Galen Chapman was impressed with the effort of his pitcher. Today was only the second varsity game for Kain.
"I thought Libby pitched a very good game," Chapman said. "She didn't pitch at all last year. This is her first time pitching in two years. This is only her second live game. She only walked two."
The Tigers got on the scoreboard during the bottom of the second inning. Devyn Bell hit a one out single. She advanced to third base on a Penquis error. She came around to score on a grounder from Jordyn Bell.
Dexter added to the lead in the third inning when Eva Wing hit a looping double to left field. Kirstie Mower and Maicee Gustin came into score on the Wing double to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, the Patriots had trouble in the field and the Tigers took advantage. Penquis made seven errors in the inning and all resulted in runs. Harley Ponte had two hits in the inning, including a double that scored three runs. Other highlights during the inning included, Wing hitting a triple that scored a run. Kain had two RBI. Jordyn Bell, Lisa Conway, Ponte and Mower all scored two runs.
Ghapman has a young team that he expects to contend in class C. The Tigers will get to see where they match up in the coming week. The Tigers have games against Central on Tuesday and Orono on Wednesday. Both of those teams are expected to be near the top of the class C standings.
"I feel we are at least in the top three in the league," Chapman said. "The teams that we see we should be in the top three. Orono and Central are above us or we are right there with them. Time will tell because we play Central and Orono on Tuesday and Wednesday. They have good pitching. We are still young. We only have two starting seniors. As long as week growing and improving, we should be there at the end of the year."
The Tigers only needed seven hits to get the victory against Penquis. The offense is something that should improve as they get further into the season.
"I think we are going to do very well offensively," Kain said. "We are awesome defensively as well. We have some really strong hitters once we get further into the season."
Dexter (2-0) will have a busy week coming up. They start off the week by traveling to East Millinocket to take on Schenck. They follow that up with games on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Tigers end the week with a game on Friday at Bangor Christian.
Brooke McLaughlin took the loss on the mound for the Patriots. McLaughlin gave up 14 unearned runs. Penquis (0-2) will next play on Tuesday when they host Stearns.