TURNER – It was an inning that began badly and only got worse for the Leavitt Hornets.

Lewiston scored six runs in the second inning Wednesday and built a commanding eight-run lead in an 8-2 victory.

After getting two runs in the first inning, the Blue Devils took advantage of a horrendous second inning in which Leavitt gave up two hits, two hit batters and committed three errors.

“It was a pretty disastrous second inning,” said Leavit coach Pete Higgins. “That was the name of the game. We didn’t help ourselves at all. That’s kind of been what’s happening to us. We play okay and then we have one bad play, and it’s like a snowball going down hill.”

It was an inning Leavitt couldn’t recover from. Lewiston produced a solid effort in its fourth win in five games.

Maria Labbe had two hits and drove in a pair of runs while pitcher Danielle Willey had two hits, one RBI and scattered six hits.

“Danielle’s found her groove in the last five games,” said Lewiston coach Fred Royer. “She’s pitching a good ballgame.”

Leavitt (3-4) got two hits and an RBI from Caroline Bochtler. The Hornets also got some nice plays in the outfield from Kat Rothe and catcher Liz Sabine threw out three runners trying to steal.

Even though the Hornets played six solid innings, the second inning was enough to prove costly.

“You take that inning away, and we play okay,” said Higgins.

Lewiston (4-4) took a 2-0 lead in the first when Labbe singled up the middle to score Carley Denis. Labbe later scored on a sacrifice fly by Sam Morency.

In the second, with one out, Erica Morin and Michelle Caron each were hit by Brittany Gurney pitches. Leavitt proceeded to unravel. Morin scored on an error. Caron followed with a run on a Robyn Kennedy fielder’s choice to first. Labbe followed with another RBI single for a 5-0 lead.

“Maria loves softball, and she produced some good RBI singles today,” said Royer. “She’s just a great kid.”

Willey then singled in Kennedy, and Labbe scored on an error in the outfield. Willey came around and made it 8-0 on an error on a Morency grounder.

“I think our team, especially with a lot of young kids, we build off what other people do,” said Willey. “If some of us get hits, it gives so much confidence to the next people at bat.”

Leavitt struggled to mount much of a comeback. Willey held the Hornets to just three hits through the first five innings.

“We got a hit with two outs or we couldn’t get the lead runner on,” said Higgins. “Those types of things aren’t good for catching up.”

Leavitt got one back in the third when Bochtler doubled in Brittany Nelson. Then in the sixth, Bochtler doubled again and scored on a Jen Knowles single.

“I didn’t let the big hits get to me,” said Willey. “We had a nice lead. I just wanted to get the outs after that.”


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