SOUTH PARIS – It was simply one of those days where nothing went right for the Oxford Hills softball team.

One mistake compounded another Tuesday as Brunswick erased an early deficit and broke things open with eight runs in the fifth inning for a 12-1 victory.

“I’m really disappointed,” said Oxford Hills coach Cindy Goddard, whose team played nine games in Florida last week. “We made a lot of errors – errors that we don’t normally make. (Pitching and defense) are things we count on. We know we’re not a great hitting team. So we know we need our pitching and defense to be solid. If not …”

The Vikings committed five errors, and Brunswick pounded out eight hits against Oxford Hills pitching, which also gave up four walks and hit two batters. McKell Barnes led the Dragons (2-0) with two hits and two RBIs.

Brunswick’s senior hurler Jess Timmreck allowed just two hits, both in the first inning, and struck out 10 Vikings.

“That’s what I expect of her,” said Brunswick coach Stacey Sevelowitz. “I know she has it in her. She knows she has it in her. She’s actually playing with a pulled hip flexor. We wrapped her up, and she pushed through.”

Oxford Hills got its lone run in the first inning with a leadoff single by Diann Ramsey and a two-out double by Mindy Rugg. The Vikings didn’t get another runner on base the rest of the game.

“We’re struggling with that,” said Goddard of the team’s offense. “This is the same group. With a little maturity, we hope they can be a little more aggressive at the plate. They can hit in the cage, but they have to do it in a game. They have to be confident when they get in the batter’s box that they can hit.”

The offense was just part of the Vikings’ (1-1) woes. The Dragons got four runs off starter Sam Dolloff through the first four innings. A Haley Clark single and error plated one in the third. Barnes followed with a triple. In the fourth, Mardi Artis scored on an error, and Estela Jacobs scored on a wild pitch.

Oxford Hills brought in Jen Jurczak in the fifth, but she struggled to find the strike zone. Dolloff came back in, but the Dragons produced eight runs on three hits, two errors, four walks and a hit batter.

“Our pitching still hasn’t been on yet,” said Goddard. “We didn’t pitch that great down in Florida. They’ve got to be almost right on for us to do anything.”


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