TURNER — Leavitt avenged a loss earlier this season with a 4-3 walk-off win over the previously undefeated Buckfield softball team Monday.

Nola Boutaugh ran home from third base on a single by Sam Deblois to score the game-winning run.

“It was amazing. I mean, we just pulled it all together and it’s like magic,” Deblois said of the win. “I mean, (the pressure’s) there, but you kind of have to just tone it down, get in the zone and do what you can.”

Boutaugh was the first hitter for the Hornets (9-2) in the bottom of the seventh. She drew a walk, stole second and third base, then scored easily on Deblois’ hit.

“I was just so excited because we were looking forward to this game for a while,” Boutaugh said. “I mean, Carmen (Crockett) is such a good pitcher, and I struggled to hit off of her, but I’m just so happy take the win home.”

Boutaugh said she’s able to rely on her speed when stealing bases, and knew when to hesitate or take off based on what her coaches told her. Once Deblois’ line drive headed toward shallow left-center field, Boutaugh made her way home.


“First I check with my coach, but when I feel confident, I just put my head down and I go,” Boutaugh said.

Leavitt coach Kevin Leonard said he instructed Deblois to “just find someplace and drive it,” before she stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the seventh.

“And she did,” Leonard said. “Nola was speed all over the bases. She was a little discouraged because she was having a rough night, and so it picked up, everybody got picked up.”

Leonard said Monday’s win was “redemption” for the Class B Hornets, who lost 4-1 to the Class D Bucks (1-7) on April 23. He also noted how strong of a pitcher Carmen Crockett is for the Bucks, and said Monday’s win was a good one for Leavitt with the postseason in the near future.

“They’re a great team, great hitting team, great fielding team,” Deblois said of Buckfield. “So, you just kind of have to get the ball down somewhere. The morale was definitely a lot better this game. This is probably the toughest team we’ve faced so far.”

Deblois said she’s played with Crockett for a while, and that “she has the speed, but also has the movements, so you just have to pick your pitch and go for it.”


Crockett struck out 10 Leavitt batters on Monday. In the team’s matchup last month, she had 17 strikeouts.

Buckfield coach Shawn Prokey said he was proud of how well the Bucks hit the ball, especially early in the game, and that they didn’t dwell on their miscues.

“Overall they played amazing,” Prokey said. “They kept their heads up when they made mistakes. Leavitt’s an amazing team, well-coached, great group of girls. They have a great chance for a state title run.”

Buckfield’s biggest hit of the game was a two-run triple by Chloee Bennett in the top of the third inning that drove in Amelia Hill and Cori Merrill, putting the Bucks ahead 3-1.

“We have an extremely good lineup,” Prokey said.” Everybody in our lineup can produce. It’s one thing that this Buckfield team can do. It was a key hit a big hit — jump up and you hope to keep the lead maintained from there on. Unfortunately, you know, somebody has to lose.”

Prokey agreed with Leonard that this game was a great precursor to the playoffs.


Leonard lauded the performance of pitchers Abby Albert and Hailey Cyr and the Hornets’ defense.

“Defense was solid tonight,” Leonard said. “Just up and down the lineup, they played well tonight. They didn’t crack under any pressure.”

Albert struck out two batters in two innings, and Cyr finished with six in five innings.

Madison Dutil scored two runs for Leavitt, one in the first inning and another in the third. Hailey Turcotte’s fourth-inning run tied the game at 3-3.

Hill scored the game’s first run in the first inning for Buckfield.

Buckfield is back in action on Wednesday at Richmond (5-4) and Leavitt faces Erskine Academy (2-6) on Friday in China.

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