BREWER – We’re about a month away from the high school softball playoffs and class favorites have started to establish themselves. In Class B, it’s not perennial power Old Town, instead, it’s Brewer.
“I knew coming into the season defensively and offensively we could play with anybody but it was how my pitching staff matured was going to be I think the difference,” Witches head coach Skip Estes said.
The Witches pitching staff has blossomed into one of the most feared staffs in eastern Maine and its anchored by junior Libby Hewes.
“Her spin pitches are very very good, she’s tripled her strikeouts from last year. I think she’s one of the top pitchers in our division,” Estes said.
Through 10 games this season Hewes has only given up a handful of earned runs thanks to pinpoint accuracy.
“I think that what I bring to the circle is a lot of confidence. I don’t have an incredible amount of speed so I use my spots and my pitches to really deliver that for myself,” Hewes said.
“I think we all kinda get, I don’t know how to say it, a safe feeling when Libby is in the circle,” center fielder Emily Lord said.
Brewer’s move from Class A to B across most sports has often been chronicled. Sometimes when a team moves down people assume a competition drop off, but Brewer sees it differently.
“Class B has some very good competition just as well as Class A I think that moving to Class B we could have a better chance at going farther because we haven’t seen these teams,” third baseman MJ Sellars said.
That was the case in Brewer’s meeting with Old Town a few weeks ago as Hewes led the Witches to a 3-0 win over Coyotes ace McKenna Smith, one of, if not the best pitcher in the state.
“I think the team went in a little nervous. I think it was one of the better games we’ve played in three years,” Estes said.
“It was a very emotional game we definitely had to stay focused and keep our heads,” Hewes said.
With that win Brewer, the new kids on the block, made it clear that it’s not playing around when it comes to a state title.
“If we keep playing the way that we’re playing and we keep our attitudes the way they are and our mentality we will be in that state game,” Hewes said.