There is no hiding the fact that a large portion of the Oceanside softball team's success rests on the shoulders — make that the right arm — of the squad's standout pitcher Rachel Frye.

The reigning Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B player of the year has made a mockery of hitters for the past three seasons and is off to another fine start during her senior season.

What some may not know is outside of a starlet in the middle of the diamond, Frye also wields a mighty bat, which was on display Friday afternoon, April 26 as the Mariners (5-0) hosted rival Camden Hills (2-2) in an early-season league showdown.

Frye tossed a one-hit shutout and also homered and doubled in Oceanside's 12-0 mercy-rule win in five innings over the Windjammers.

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Also contributing to the Mariner offense were Brooke Dugan (single, 2 runs), Kennadi Grover (double, single, run, 2 RBIs), Molly Mellor (single, run), Hannah Plourde (single, run), Ari Curtis (single, run, RBI), Emma Davis (single, RBI, run), Maggie Drinkwater (2 singles, 2 RBIs, run) and Alexis Davis (triple, run).

For Camden Hills, Amy Haynes (single) had the team's lone hit.

Frye walked none and stuck out nine batters from the pitching circle.

Through five games, Frye has allowed only seven hits, five of which came in the team's season-opening win against Nokomis of Newport, a regional finalist a year ago.

Hannah Corney and Juliana Haynes pitched for Camden Hills, scattering 12 hits and two walks, with two strikeouts.

“We knew we were going to have our hands full today,” said Camden Hills coach Marty Messer. “Oceanside's a good team, they're well coached [and] Rachel's probably the best pitcher in the state. Our girls hung in there for a couple innings and then we had that one bad inning. We left the ball over the plate and they just hit the ball hard.”

Friday's loss was the first time in Messer's coaching tenure his team has lost via the mercy rule.

“We've talked about that once in a while, but it finally happened,” said Messer. “So we'll just pick up and move on.”

Veteran Oceanside coach Rusty Worcester has preached patience at the plate to his players this season. A mantra that has been paying off in the early part of the spring campaign.

“We've been practicing on being patient at the plate and not just swinging at the motion,” said Worcester. “Some of our girls have real quick hands and we're striking out by swinging too early. We're telling the girls to sit back and wait, see the ball then hit it. And I thought they did a real good job with it today.”

The Mariners struck first in the bottom of the first inning when Frye and Grover rapped back-to-back doubles, the latter of which plated Frye to put the hosts up 1-0.

Oceanside then put the game out of reach with a seven-run third inning, with five of the seven tallies coming with two outs.

Dugan drew a walk before Frye socked a two-run home run over the left-center field fence to put Oceanside ahead 3-0. After Grover and Mellor were retired, the Mariners strung together five straight hits, including RBI-singles by Curtis, Davis and Drinkwater, along with an RBI-triple by Alexis Davis, who later scored on an error.

The home run was Frye's second of the young season.

Worcester chalked up Frye's sudden power surge mostly to better conditioning.

“I think they just get stronger as they get older,” said Worcester. “And she didn't play basketball this year so I think she worked out some more and exercised and I think it was good for her body.”

“I've always had [the power], but over the years I've learned to wait [and be patient]," Frye said. "I've always been really antsy at the plate wanting to get out on the ball as soon as it crosses the plate, but with these pitchers being slower, I can't do that because they'll just go foul every single time. So in practice we've been working on waiting for it and staying back.”

The Mariners scored three more times in the fourth inning and won on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning by Grover, who plated Dugan.

Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@courierpublicationsllc.com