BUCKFIELD – Buckfield coach Chuck Williams would be the first to admit his team hasn’t been consistent at the plate.
In Saturday’s baseball doubleheader against Forest Hills, his squad capitalized on Tiger miscues to win the opener 5-3 and pounded out 14 hits in the 14-0 nightcap to sweep the twinbill.
“We’re not hitting the baseball as good as we can,” said Willliams. “We’re looking for a lot more consistency as far as the offense goes.”
The Bucks (10-1) certainly had the bats firing in the second game. Justin Woodcock had an RBI double in the second inning to put the Bucks up 3-0. In the Bucks’ eight-run third, he and pitcher Dan Danforth delivered back-to-back two-run singles. A few batters later, Jamie Henderson chased starter Sam Holbrook (2-2) with an RBI single to left.
The offensive explosion was a change from the opener after Tiger pitchers Jeff Mulhall and Justin Felker combined to strike out 10 Buck batters.
“We didn’t think we were going to play today,” said Henderson after four days of rain had dropped onto the Buckfield diamond. “It took us a while to get mentally ready. We’ve won a lot of close games this year, but we haven’t got our bats going yet.”
The Tigers (4-5) didn’t help themselves in the field. Over the course of the day, they committed eight errors. Five of the runs in the second game came across on a passed ball or wild pitch. That’s not exactly the way a coach wants to see his team play behind his pitcher.
“We have a tendency to fall asleep if things don’t go well for us,” said Forest Hills coach Mike LeBlanc.
While the Bucks were scoring almost at will, the Tigers were kept off the base paths by Danforth (3-0). The right-hander didn’t walk a batter and yielded just a single to Mulhall in his five innings.
“(Our) pitching staff has done very well,” said Williams. “”They don’t walk very many and they spot the ball well. That’s a big benefit.”
Henderson (4-1) kept the Tigers at bay in the opener until they scratched for three runs in the top of the seventh. Infield safeties by Stephen Achey and Tim Gilboe helped ignite the rally. A two-base infield throwing error and an RBI double by Holbrook put the Tigers within two runs, but Felker lined out to third to end the game.
Henderson and Dillon Emery both had RBI singles to account for two runs in the first game with the other three runs directly coming off Tiger errors.