BREWER — Cassidy Adams doesn’t know what it’s like to lose, having won all 40 decisions for the Bucksport softball team in her career.

Cassidy Adams turned in a spectacular performance Saturday to help Bucksport win its second consecutive Class C state title with a 7-0 defeat of Madison.

“We were the defending state champs and we didn’t want to lose it,” Adams said. “We wanted to stay undefeated.”

The Golden Bucks (20-0) did just that, using the arm of Adams and a four-run third inning to stay undefeated since joining Class C two years ago,

Adams struck out eight and scattered six hits. She threw 92 pitches, including 72 for strikes.

Junior catcher Alanna Davis had a key two-run single in the third and Debbie Wight went 2 for 4 with two RBIs to pace the Bucks.

“We just played our game and did what we do,” Bucksport coach Michael Carrier said. “We played every playoff game without an error and we got the hits when we needed them.”

Cristie Vicneire went 3 for 3 with two doubles and Emily McKenney pitched well, striking out six, for Madison (19-1).

Erika Parker went 2 for 3 and Aly LeBlanc singled as well for Madison.

“We put the ball in play but we couldn’t string anything together,” Madison coach Al Veneziano said. “We needed to have that happen and we didn’t. Their first two hitters are really quick and they got some bunts down.”

The Bucks broke open a scoreless game with four runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Leadoff hitter Andie Crawford ignited the rally with a well-placed bunt single in front of the plate to the third base side. Brianna Bires followed with a slap single to left before Kacie Hurd reached on an error to load the bases with nobody out.

Wight then smacked an RBI and Davis belted a McKenney fastball for a two-run single to the gap in left-center.

“Once we start hitting, it gets contagious,” Adams said.

Kim Nason added an RBI single and Bucksport had a comfortable 4-0 lead.

“We tried to stay positive,” McKenney said, “and we knew four runs wasn’t a whole lot. It was still early in the game so we still thought we had a chance.”

Adams thought otherwise.

The hard-throwing senior — who walked just four batters all season — used a rise and a curveball to keep Madison guessing. She fell behind in the count to just three hitters and escaped trouble in a few innings.

Adams allowed consecutive singles with two outs in the fourth inning to Parker and LeBlanc, but quelled the rally with a popup.

Vicneire led off the fifth with a double and advanced to third with one out. However, Adams stranded her there with a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.

“I felt pretty good out there,” she said. “I had my pitches working.”

Added Carrier: “When she has everything working, she is awfully tough to hit.”

Bucksport scored a run in the fifth on a fielder’s choice and then added two more in the sixth, one an RBI single from Hurd, to break the game open.

“It was hard once we got down,” McKenney said. “But we had a great season. We had a good run.”
Added Veneziano: “We played hard and we didn’t quit. It’s how we’ve played all season.”

Bill Stewart — 621-5640
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