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by Jack Scott
The tennis teams were rained out on a miserable cold rainy day that definitely was not good for tennis. We don’t have much time to practice, as we have three matches this week, though there is rain in the forecast.
The girls’ softball team beat Bangor Christian, 13-1, in five innings. We played an excellent game all around. Sydney Ouzts pitched well with four strikeouts and no walks, giving up only two hits. We had excellent defense, making many outstanding plays in the field with only two errors. One allowed the run in the first inning, and the second was quickly erased when Ouzts snared a line drive and doubled the runner off first.
We had lots of offense against a good BC pitcher, getting 13 hits with four runs in the third and six runs in the fourth. Janelle Ciomei had a single, double, and triple with two RBIs, Abby Grindle, a double and two singles with two RBIs, Amber Jones, a triple and a double with an RBI, Michala Brown, two singles and two RBIs, Julie Hutchins and Sarah Boutilier, each with an RBI single, and Chelsea Brown, a single.
For the beginning of the season, I thought we looked very cohesive. We ran aggressively on the bases, made many good plays in the field, and had some big hits from the plate. Bangor Christian is a good team. We have this week off and then face a tough schedule next week, with games against Sumner, Lee, and George Stevens. This will really show where we are at against strong teams.
I spoke too soon on last week’s article, assuming that Joel Scott was the assistant coach this year. That job is being done by Bennett Morey. Sorry about that, Bennett.
The boys won a drama-filled game against Bangor Christian, 5-4. Connor Morey pitched the first four innings, giving up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and four walks. Sam Grindle came in to pitch in the fifth, giving up a solo home run as the only hit, with two strikeouts and one walk.
This was a tight game all the way as we built a 4-0 lead and BC came back to make it 4-3 in the third. BC tied it on the home run in the fifth, but then Hayden Ciomei hit a clutch two-out single to drive in Morey for what proved to be the winning run.
Grindle did well to pitch his way out of trouble in the seventh when an error and a misplay gave BC a couple of extra outs. With runners on second and third and one out, he got a strikeout and a roller back to the mound to end the game.
We only managed four hits, but we made them count as each hit drove in a run. Grindle had two singles with two RBIs, Alec Peasley smacked a timely two-RBI single, and Hayden Ciomei had his game winner for an RBI.
Although we didn’t play with the fire we need to, this was a game where we did what we had to when the game was on the line. BC is a decent team and they played hard. We can expect this from most teams, as we have the target of being a team to beat. There will be no flying under the radar this year. We will need to put forth good effort against most teams if we are going to have a good record.