AUGUSTA — When you’re facing Messalonskee pitcher Kirsten Pelletier, mistakes must be kept to a minimum.

The senior pitcher is just too smart, too fast and too tough to hit. The Cony softball team found that out for the second time in eight days Tuesday night as Pelletier held them to two hits in a 3-0 win.

The game ended the regular season for both teams. The defending Class A state champ Eagles finished unbeaten at 15-0-1 and enter the Class A North playoffs as the top seed. Cony finished 11-5 and will be seeded fifth in Class A North.

“It feels good,” Pelletier said of the unbeaten regular season. “The goal is what we accomplished last year and the whole team is committed to that goal.”

Cony senior Skyler Watson held the Eagles to four hits and all their runs were unearned, due to five errors. On run was all they needed, though, as Pelletier was in control from start to finish. She finished with nine strikeouts to run her season total to 194, 50 more than a year ago.

“She was on again tonight,” Messalonskee coach Leo Bouchard said. “These kids have seen other how many times? Taylor (Easler) called a very good game and KP responded very well. Her command has really improved a lot this year.”

The Eagles scored a run in the third inning when Katelyn Pino led off with a walk. Mackenzie Charest bunted her to second then Sierra McLellan followed with another bunt that fell in for a hit, McLellan stole second and the throw was dropped, allowing Pino to score.

“That was supposed to be a cutoff,” Cony coach Rocky Gaslin. Said. “They missed the cutoff plus she didn’t catch the ball.”

Watson escaped a bases loaded jam in the inning as she got Pelletier on a come-backer to the mound and Hannah Duperry on a fly ball, but the damage was done. Madison Charest singled with two out in the fifth and took third on an outfield error, then scored on an infield error to make it 2-0.

Pelletier ran into a little trouble in the sixth when Kasidy Turgeon led off with a hit and took second on a throwing error. Watson bunted her to third but with two chances, the Rams couldn’t score as Delaney Keithley fouled out on a bunt attempt and Autumn Sudsbury grounded out to the mound. The Rams moved up in the batter’s box to offset Pelletier’s pitch variety but she kept hitting the corners high and low.

“She was definitely on with all of her pitches,” Easler said. “They’ve got a lot of good hitters so we just try to keep it inside or high. Just something they’re not expecting.”

The Eagles added a run in the third as Charest reached on an error, took third on a second error and later scored on a wild pitch.

The Eagles finished unbeaten in the regular season for the first time since 2006 and are better prepared for another playoff run than they were a year ago, according to Bouchard.


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