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Web exclusive, June 10, 2011
Scott's Sport Spot
Both DIS ball teams in playoffs—girls at home

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by Jack Scott

The girls softball team won their last game against rival George Stevens in strong fashion 16-4. We exploded for seven runs in the second inning and capped the game with five runs in the seventh. Sydney Ouzts gave up six hits, with nine strikeouts and two walks. Two of the hits were home runs, but our lead in the game was never threatened.

This was a much better day than the cold rainy day of our first meeting with GSA. The pitching was much better on both sides and we did not commit any errors. The big difference was aggressive base running and our offense, which pounded out 15 hits.

Amber Jones led us with a triple and two singles for two RBIs, Abby Grindle a double and a single for four RBIs, Chelsea Brown a double and a single for three RBIs, Heidi Brewer two singles for an RBI, Julie Hutchins two singles, and Holly Brewer, Sydney Ouzts, Michala Brown, and Emily Cormier, each with a single and an RBI.

The girls end up the season as the second seed with a 14-2 record. We are looking good, playing well in all sections of the game. We are showing our confidence by handling George Stevens and beating them twice in the same season. We also had a good practice game with Orono last week, which we won 11-8.

Coach Terry Siebert feels we have a good team attitude and believe in each other. This adds to our confidence and has us working well together. Coach Siebert is hoping to work Janelle Ciomei back into the lineup as she recovers from a knee injury. He is also doing a lot of batting practice with slow pitching as that is what we will see from most of the county teams.

Our first playoff game is this Thursday at 2:45 p.m. at the high school against East Grand. If we win, we will play again at the high school sometime on Saturday. Call the high school if you need to know the details.

Boys team loses to GSA

The boys baseball team ended their season with a disappointing loss to George Stevens 10-3. We started well, scoring two runs in the first inning, but everything seemed to fall apart in the second when GSA scored seven runs. An error and a misplayed ball started it off and several GSA hits made it worse.

Sam Grindle pitched the first three innings, giving up six hits with one strikeout and no walks. Hayden Ciomei did a very respectable job pitching the last four innings giving up three hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Coach Darren Eaton was pleased with his performance in relief, as we may need him in the playoffs.

We didn’t have much offense, as Oliver Lawson had a double, Joe Condon an RBI single, and Sam Grindle and Jake Starkey each with a single. We didn’t play as well as we could, but that is all behind us now.

We end the season with a 9-7 record and are in fifth place, meaning we will be traveling in the playoffs. Our first game is at Southern Aroostook (it almost was in St. Agatha) on Thursday.

We didn’t end the season as we wanted and are limping into the playoffs after some strong energetic play a week or so ago. Coach Eaton feels we will overcome that as we are getting some good rest after the hectic finish to the regular season.

As long as we play to our potential, we can play with any team in Class D as we already beat the number one team Katahdin once, and almost twice. Coach Eaton feels we feed off our offense, so he has been working on improving the offense in practice.

We have a practice game with Class C powerhouse Penobscot Valley this week, and Coach Eaton is banking on this improving our confidence going into the away game at Southern Aroostook.

We have our work cut out for us, but our deep pitching rotation along with a good offense should give this young team the confidence we need to do well on the road. If we all come ready to play, we should be successful.