Hawks roll to victory over Bronco in 8-9-10 softball All-Stars tournament

BANGOR - The Hermon Hawks used a combination of clutch hitting and solid pitching to roll over Bronco Little League 14-2 in a four inning Mercy Rule win on Monday night in an 8-9-10 softball District 3 tournament game at the Bangor West Little League complex.

 Hermon's Mackenzie Gallant puts the ball in play during the 8-9-10 softball District 3 tournamnt in Bangor Monday night. Hermon eliminated Bronco Little League with a 14-2 Mercy Rule win in four innings. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Hermon took the early lead with a 7-run first inning, taking advantage of a number of free passes via the base on balls and some clutch hitting including and RBI single by Mikelle Lane.

The Hawks added one more run in the second inning for an 8-0 lead, as Hermon's Lane kept the Bronco bats silent from inside the circle. Lane dominated the game over the first two innings, striking out five including striking out the side in the second inning.

Hermon pitcher Mikelle Lane delivers a pitch during the second inning of the game. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

The Hawks added six more runs in the top of the third inning, highlighted by a Maddie Tracy run scoring single and a 2-run single by Brynn Susee, for a 14-0 lead.

The Bronco bats were able to take advantage of a struggling Lane in the bottom of the third inning as they plated two runs to stay alive for another inning cutting the score to 14-2 after three innings.

 Bronco's Makayla Shaw takes a look at her coach. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Both teams went scoreless in the fourth inning, giving Hermon the Mercy Rule win. The Hawks improve to 2-1 in the tournament, and move on to play Lincoln on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. The Bronco team is eliminated from the tournament, and finishes with a 1-2 record.

Bronco pitcher Charlotte Tardiff winds up to deliver a pitch in the first inning. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

HERMON (2-1)  7 1 6 0 x x -- 14
BRONCO  (1-2)  0 0 2 0 x x --   2


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