AUBURN — Four games in four days has made a pretty hectic schedule for the Edward Little softball team this week, but the wins keep coming.
The Red Eddies won their third game of the week and fifth in their last six games with an 11-5 win over Lewiston Thursday. EL opened up an 11-0 lead at Auburn Suburban before holding off a late Lewiston rally.
“This is game No. four,” said EL coach Elaine Derosby. “We’ve had three playoff teams and a rivalry game. So we’ve had to stay motivated.”
In addition to the Blue Devils, EL beat Mt. Ararat and Oxford Hills this week and dropped a 1-0 decision to Erskine.
“We’ve beat some good teams, and we’re still waiting to get our complete lineup together,” said Derosby, whose team has battled injury, rustiness and illness. “We’re still battling sickness.”
EL slowly built a 5-0 lead over the first four innings and then broke things open with six runs in the fifth.
“We got our first inning nerves out of the way,” said outfielder Kristen Whittaker. “Then we were ready and were more focused.”
Whittaker had two hits, drove in a run and scored twice to lead EL (8-6). Ashlee Arnold had two hits and an RBI while Emily Schario scored twice and had two hits.
Miranda Martin held Lewiston to just one hit through the first five innings. Lewiston got all five of its runs with two hits and an EL error in the sixth. Maegan Mathon had two hits for Lewiston (3-11) while Erica Brochu doubled in a pair. Kourtney Bartlett also drove in a run.
“Maegan Mathon hit the ball well,” said Lewiston coach Fred Royer. “She’s a freshman and had two hits. She really sparked us. Sophomore Erica Brochu doubled in two runs. It’s nice to see those young kids support the seniors.”
It was a tight game through the first three innings. EL got the first run on a Whittaker fielder’s choice in the second. A Kory Norcross fielder’s choice in the third made it 2-0.
In the fourth, EL bumped it up to 5-0. Arnold singled in a run and later scored on an error. Whittaker scored on a wild pitch.
EL followed that up with the big fifth inning. Kennedy Hubbard and Emily Johnson each singled in runs. Danny Rock was hit by a pitch to drive in another. After Johnson scored on a wild pitch, Kelsey Butcher’s sacrifice fly made it 10-0. Rock then scored on an error.
“At the beginning, we lost three games and then we beat those good teams,” said Whittaker, whose team started the year 0-2 and lost three of its first seven games. “That gave us some confidence. We still have stuff to work on, but we’re going to be ready.”
Lewiston made things interest in the sixth with five runs. Bartlett had an RBI single. Another run scored on an error. Then Brochu doubled in two before Kati Dumais scored on a wild pitch.
“Both teams started out with good defense in the first couple of innings,” said Royer. “EL capitalized on some nice base hits. I’m really happy with how our team battled back and scored those run and put some pressure on them.”
With wins over Cony and Oxford Hills, the Red Eddies are finishing strong and hope to be at their best by tourney time.
“We’re still a work in progress,” said Derosby. “We know we’re in the playoffs. So we’re just trying to proceed. We’ve talked about home field advantage, but we’ve been on the road anyway. So it doesn’t matter. We knew we’re in. Whoever we get, we’ve seen before and competed with them.”