AUBURN — They all looked at the close proximity of the outfield fence and dreamed big.
“We were making bets on who might hit a home run today,” said Edward Little second baseman Melissa Paione. “So we were all going for the fence. This is a shorter field than normal. So me and a couple of others wanted to see who could put it over.”
Nobody did clear the fence Friday at Sweetser Field at Auburn Suburban, but EL hitters certainly made an effort in a 13-1 win over Lewiston. The Red Eddies pounded out 15 hits and even watched Paione nearly clear the fence when she hit a two-run double off the fence in center.
“Oh my gosh, two feet, I was so close,” she said. “Kirsten (Prue) had a wicked good hit, a line drive. I’d say that was almost better than my hit.”
Prue finished with three hits and an RBI. Paione drove in three runs with two hits while Kayla Cummings and Emily Grund also had a pair of hits.
“From top to bottom, we’ve got to hit,” said EL coach Elaine Derosby. “The other day we didn’t hit very well, but we re-focused for two practices on hitting. I think at some point they’ll believe they all can hit. I don’t think some of them truly believe it yet, but I think anybody I put in from one to nine can get the job done.”
EL (6-3) erased a 1-0 deficit with six runs in the bottom of the second. The Red Eddies took advantage of four Lewiston errors and had three hits to build the lead.
“We came out of the blocks real well,” said Lewiston coach Fred Royer. “We got the lead but that inning was followed by some strange plays, a couple passed balls, a couple base hits and a combination of things.”
Lewiston (0-10) got two hits from Michelle Caron, who scored the Blue Devils’ lone run. Tamara Roy hit a sacrifice fly to put Lewiston up 1-0 in the second. EL tied it when Prue scored on a wild pitch and took the lead when Katie Delorme scored on an error. Another miscue allowed Emily Johnson to score before a Megan Hussar double and error plated three runs for a 6-1 lead.
“As a team, we haven’t really had a lot of good hitters,” said Paione. “We’ve always had a strong defense, but this year, I think we’ve actually got a solid hitting crew as well. The lineup is solid all the way through.”
Paione singled in a run in the third. Then in the fourth, Cummings and Prue each scored on errors before Paione’s double off the centerfield fence made it 11-1. Prue triple in a run in the fifth, and Kristen Whittaker singled in one in the sixth.
EL’s pitchers, Miranda Martin and Kayla Nadeau, held Lewiston to four hits. The Red Eddies got some nice plays in the field by Grund and Paione.
“All in all the kids are battling,” said Royer. “We left a lot of runners stranded on base. They made some nice catches on the defensive side. That kept us out of some big innings.”