LEWISTON — With each hitless game, the frustration increased for Brooke Reynolds.
The Edward Little first baseman would come up empty at the plate and feel disappointment.
"It was frustrating," said Reynolds. "I got mad."
That wasn't the case Monday afternoon. Just after her Red Eddies escaped a Lewiston threat in the fourth, Reynolds delivered a two-run hit that doubled the lead. EL never looked back in a 7-2 win over the Blue Devils.
"I felt like I haven't done a lot the whole season for my team," said Reynolds. "So I wanted to do it for my team."
Reynolds' first hit was just an example of the kind of offense the Red Eddies have been producing as of late. EL has been focusing on quality swings and have been seeing results. EL (3-6) produced 11 hits Monday.
"We spend 45 minutes hitting every practice," said EL coach Elaine Derosby. "Saturday against (unbeaten) Erskine, we had nine hits. We talk about line drive hits. Doubles and triples won't win games but if you put three, four five line drive singles together, you're going to score some runs. The last three games we've done that."
Melissa Paione had three hits for EL while Kory Norcross, Ashlee Arnold and Danny Rock each had a pair. Arnold, Rock and Norcross all drove in two runs while Kelsey Butcher also plated one.
"We're a good team, and we're coming together as a team," said Reynolds. "We're all hitting, and I think we're going to have a good rest of the season."
Norcross held Lewiston to three hits but the Blue Devils drew eight walks and reached base on a couple EL errors. Lewiston stranded nine runners.
"We got runners on," said Lewiston co-coach Molly Leopin. "We're just not getting the big hits that push us over the edge. We just scoring a couple runs a game. It's tough to win games like that."
Michelle Milia pitched a solid outing for Lewiston (0-8). The Blue Devils got some nice plays in the field from Megan Mathon as short and Erica Lemieux in center. EL's defense got some sparkling plays from Arnold at short, Hannah Smith in center and Kennedy Hubbard behind the plate.
EL broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the third on four hits. Norcross singled in a run. Then Arnold followed with a two-run triple.
Lewiston answered back in the bottom of the inning with its two runs. A Cleo Miller single and error in the outfield allowed Megan Girouard to score. Then Miller scored on an error in the infield to make it 3-2.
EL made it 4-2 in the fourth when a Butcher bunt scored Reynolds. Lewiston had a chance to cut into the lead in the bottom of the inning. The Blue Devils got runners on with an error and a walk with no outs. EL catcher Kennedy Hubbard then picked a runner off third. Then Norcross struck out the next two batters to escape the threat.
"It's a huge momentum swing," said Leopin. "Any time that happens, you've got to really dig in and battle back. We talk about that all the time. When the momentum swings to the other side, we've got to really did in and battle back."
In the top of the fifth, Paione singled and Rock walked. With two outs, Reynolds doubled for the 6-2 lead. Rock delivered a double in the seventh that allowed Paione to score her third run of the game.
"We're building confidence," said Derosby. "We started off the season rough. Going into preseason, we had some high expectations even though we started one senior and two juniors and we're really young. We're starting to put it together. They believe in the things we've been working on. "