RUMFORD —The Telstar Rebels had to stay on their toes the entire softball game as a stubborn Mountain Valley wouldn’t not let up Wednesday afternoon.
Victoria Forkus’s two-run triple highlighted a six-run sixth inning as the Lady Rebels needed everything in a 10-5 win against scrappy Mountain Valley.
Telstar (9-1) entered the game with high expectations because it was the first outing to get back on track after losing 2-1 at Dirigo last Friday.
“You can call it what you want, but this was an ugly win,” said Telstar coach Jim Lunney, referring to the six errors. “Except for that one big inning, we certainly didn’t do a good job.”
The Rebels sent 12 batters to the plate in the sixth and scored their six runs on four hits. Hannah Morin and Tasha Farnum each reached on bleeders and Forkus tripled to the right-center field gap. Forkus, Autum Berry, Sarah Averill and Lyndsey Merrill each scored.
“All those runs came with two outs,” Mountain Valley coach Brian Mills said. “A lot of those (batted balls) were pop-ups, but we made our share of (miscues). I thought Brooke Dolloff came in and did a good job of shutting them down. But the kids never quit.”
Class B Mountain Valley (3-6) had scored a run in the fourth when pinch runner Abby Day came home on an RBI-double by Hannah LaPointe. Prior to then, Telstar pitcher Kayla Merrill had only allowed a single by Courtney Carlson in the first inning.
The Falcons made things interesting by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Delaney Paterson led off with a single and raced home when Carlton’s single was misplayed. Two more reached safely and scored on LaPointe’s single.
“We didn’t have many chances until (seventh),” Mills said. “We had kept the (score) early on until (sixth). Our pinch hitters came through for us in the end.”
Mountain Valley was resourceful as pitcher Lindsay Gallant held the Rebel batters at bay. The senior right-hander allowed four runs through three innings, but it could have been more if not for stranding the bases loaded in each inning. Tasha Farnum scored on a Forkus’ RBI-single in the second inning, while Kayla Merrill, Nicena Walker and Hannah Morin each scored unearned runs in the third.
“Mountain Valley kept battling and I told them so,” Lunney said. “Kayla (Merrill) had pitched OK, but the Mountain Valley (batters) put the ball in play and laid off the high pitches. We have an important game with Jay on Friday and we both have one loss, so it could decide the Northern Division.”