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by Jack Scott
Ouzts pitches one-hitter
The Island girls softball team avenged an earlier loss by beating Lee, 8-0. Sydney Ouzts pitched a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts and one walk. Nothing happened until we put seven runs across in the third inning. We also did not make an error, allowing Lee only two base runners.
Moriah Nutter had a double and a single for three RBIs, Holly Brewer, two singles for three RBIs, Michala Brown and Chelsea Brown each had a double and an RBI, Sydney Ouzts, an RBI single, and Heidi Brewer and Amber Jones, a single each.
The girls blanked Bangor Christian, 10-0. Sydney Ouzts gave up three hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Once again, we had a good defense with only one error.
Sydney Ouzts had three singles with three RBIs, Chelsea Brown, a double and a single for two RBIs, Julie Hutchins and Abby Grindle each had two singles and an RBI, and Heidi Brewer, Emily Cormier, and Sarah Boutilier each had an RBI single.
The girls swept a double header from Jonesport, winning 18-8 and 13-3. In the first game, Sydney Ouzts had trouble with the layout of the mound, finding it very awkward to step down with the pitch. Jonesport scored four runs in the first where she gave up five walks and a hit batter.
After the mound was reconfigured, she settled down, giving up five hits, only two more walks and nine strikeouts. We scored seven runs in the second to take the lead. Jonesport scored four more runs in the fifth to close the gap, but we scored six runs in the seventh to open it back up.
Sydney Ouzts was perfect at the plate with six singles and two RBIs, Chelsea Brown, three singles for four RBIs, Julie Hutchins, a double and a single for two RBIs, Heidi Brewer a double and a single for an RBI, Michala Brown, two singles and two RBIs, Holly Brewer, a double for two RBIs, Amber Jones, a single for two RBIs, Emily Cormier, two singles, and Abby Grindle, an RBI single.
We won the second game, 13-3, in much less dramatic fashion. Sydney Ouzts gave up five hits with 12 strikeouts and three walks. With only one error, we didn’t allow so many runs.
Moriah Nutter had the big hit with a triple in the first inning with the bases loaded for three RBIs, Chelsea Brown, a triple and two singles for three RBIs, Julie Hutchins, three singles for an RBI, Sydney Ouzts, a single for two RBIs, Sarah Boutilier, two singles, Amber Jones, Michala Brown, and Heidi Brewer, each with an RBI single, and Rebecca Nutter, a single.
The girls then easily beat Searsport, 20-0, in five innings. Sydney Ouzts cruised, giving up three hits with 11 strikeouts and two walks. Coach Terry Siebert used the younger players and he mentioned a great defensive effort from Katie Haskell with the catch of a fly ball and then grabbing the ground ball to end the inning.
Chelsea Brown led the attack with a double and two singles for four RBIs, Julie Hutchins, three singles for three RBIs, Abby Grindle, two singles for four RBIs, Amber Jones, a double and a triple for an RBI, Sydney Ouzts and Sarah Boutilier, each with two singles for two RBIs, Holly Brewer, two singles for an RBI, and Michala Brown and Heidi Brewer, each with an RBI single.
Boys baseball gets “big win”
The boys baseball team got a big win against Lee, 5-4. Sam Grindle pitched the entire game, giving up four hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. Three of the four hits were home runs, however. It was a windy day and the balls were flying around in the wind.
It was a close game all around, but Kyle Seile became the hero by hitting a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to give the lead and Sam Grindle made it stick. I think that Lee was in shock and couldn’t recover. We also played flawless defense to help Sam out.
Joe Condon hit a solo home run and a single, Hayden Ciomei an RBI double and a single, and Connor Morey and Oliver Lawson each had a single.
The boys won a close game against Bangor Christian, 11-9. Connor Morey started off pitching for three innings, giving up two runs on two hits and three strikeouts and no walks. Joe Condon came in, but injured his arm on a play around first base. Kyle Seile came in to relieve him, but the damage was done with six runs in the fifth inning to give BC an 8-5 lead.
We came back with six runs in the sixth to take back the lead and Connor Morey came back to pitch the seventh to preserve the victory. He won the game, but it made him ineligible to pitch against Jonesport.
Joe Condon had two singles for three RBIs, Hayden Ciomei, two singles for two RBIs, Sam Grindle a triple, Oliver Lawson an RBI single, and Connor Morey and Kyle Seile each with a single.
The boys split a double header with Jonesport, winning the first game, 12-3, and losing the second, 6-3. Sam Grindle pitched the first game, giving up seven hits with six strikeouts and three walks. He was able to get it done and got out of trouble when he had to.
We broke open a close 3-3 game with four runs in the fourth and padded the lead in the sixth and seventh. In this game, we hit the ball well. Joe Condon had a double and two singles for two RBIs, Connor Morey, three singles for an RBI, Kyle Seile, two singles for three RBIs, Jake Starkey, Hayden Ciomei, and Oliver Lawson each had two singles, and Tyler Robbins, a single.
We lost the second game to Jonesport, 6-3. Brett Gagne pitched the first three innings, giving up five hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Hayden Ciomei went the rest of the way giving up five hits with three strikeouts and four walks. Each pitcher gave up three runs.
We didn’t hit well and didn’t capitalize when we did, and in this game we needed to. Hayden Ciomei had a double and a single for an RBI, Connor Morey, an RBI single, Oliver Lawson, a double, and Kyle Seile and Tyler Robbins each had a single.
The boys lost a close game to Searsport, 3-2. Kyle Seile pitched into the fourth giving up four hits with one strikeout and two walks. Connor Morey came in but the third run scored on a passed ball and we were not able to push any more runs in. Coach Darren Eaton was pleased with the pitching effort of Kyle Seile as we have had so many games in the last week; we needed to use players who have not been pitching very much.
We scored our two runs in the first inning, but couldn’t do anything more. We didn’t have any errors and we played on a field where the grass was exceptionally long, slowing down ground balls. The big difference is we weren’t aggressive at the plate, and it cost us. Joe Condon had a double, and Sam Grindle, Hayden Ciomei, and Oliver Lawson each had a single.
Tennis teams persevere
The girls tennis team lost several close matches to end the season. We lost to Washington Academy, 3-2. In the singles, Esther Adams won, 8-1, Paige Rollins won, 8-5, and Luana Diamante lost, 8-5. In the doubles, Kristyn Davis/Sasha Zembrusky lost, 8-0, and Kelsey Quinn/Asia Eaton lost, 8-0.
The girls lost the second match to WA, 4-1. In the singles, Esther Adams won, 8-3, Paige Rollins lost, 8-3, and Luana Diamante lost, 8-6. In the doubles, Kelsey Quinn/Sasha Zembrusky lost, 8-0, and Amy Bolton/Asia Eaton lost, 8-0.
The girls lost to Lee Academy, 3-2. In the singles, Esther Adams won, 8-0, Paige Rollins won, 8-0, and Luana Diamante lost, 8-3. In the doubles, Kristyn Davis/Sasha Zembrusky lost, 8-2, and Kelsey Quinn/Asia Eaton lost, 8-0.
The girls lost the second match to Lee by the same 3-2 score. In the singles, Esther Adams won, 8-1, Paige Rollins won, 8-4, and Luana Diamante lost, 8-4. In the doubles, Amy Bolton/Sasha Zembrusky lost, 8-2 and Kristyn Davis/Asia Eaton lost, 8-2.
The girls lost to Stearns, 3-2. In the singles, we won the first singles by default, Paige Rollins lost, 8-3, and Luana Diamante lost, 9-7. In the doubles, Kristyn Davis/Amy Bolton lost, 8-0, and we won the second doubles by default.
We lost the second match to Stearns 3-2. In the singles, we won the first singles by default, Paige Rollins lost 8-6, and Luana Diamante lost 8-5. In the doubles, each team won a match by default.
The boys tennis team lost two matches to Washington Academy, both by the score of 3-2. In the first match singles, Ian Pelletier lost, 8-3, Jerry Lin won, 8-3, and Gareth Warr won, 8-1. We forfeited both doubles matches. In the second game singles, Ian Pelletier lost a very close match, 9-7, Jerry Lin won, 8-0, and Gareth Warr won, 8-3. As usual, we forfeited both doubles matches.
The boys lost two matches to Lee Academy. We lost the first match, 4-1. In the singles, Ian Pelletier lost, 8-0, Jerry Lin won, 8-1, and Gareth Warr lost a close match, 9-8 (6). We lost the doubles by forfeit. In the second match, we lost, 5-0. In the singles, Ian Pelletier lost, 8-5, Jerry Lin lost, 8-5, Gareth Warr lost, 8-3, and we lost the doubles by forfeit.
The girls softball team is 13-2 and has crept into first place. To stay there, we will have to beat George Stevens this week, but either way, we won’t have to travel until the finals, assuming we win. We are playing well at the right time, as we are hitting on all cylinders in pitching, offense, and defense. We’ve been getting a lot of publicity in the Bangor paper so we won’t be sneaking up on anybody this year.
The boys are in fifth place at 8-5. We lost a couple of games last week due to injuries and a weak offense at the wrong time. Our pitching was stretched thin with so many games, but we could have overcome it if we had maintained a more aggressive offense. Unless we beat George Stevens, we will be traveling for the playoffs. This team has plenty of talent, but we can’t afford to be lackadaisical in any of the areas of pitching, offense and defense if we are to do well in the post-season. We are a strong team when everybody comes ready to play.
The tennis teams have progressed well despite their lack of victories. The girls have developed well, losing many close games, and need to bolster their doubles teams. The boys did well for having one hand tied behind their back with no doubles teams at all.