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Web exclusive, May 27, 2011
Scott's Sports Spot
DIS Softball and baseball teams get wins; girls tennis gets first win

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by Jack Scott

The girls softball team lost a tight game to Sumner 6-5 in eight innings. We suffered from giving up three unearned runs in the first inning. We came back to tie it up in the fifth and again in the sixth, but we couldn’t get any more runs across to take over.

Sumner is a good hitting team, and we weren’t able to match them at the plate. They also played well in the field. Sydney Ouzts pitched well, giving up eight hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.

We were robbed of a golden opportunity in the fifth when Chelsea Brown ripped a line drive with the bases loaded, but the Sumner pitcher grabbed it and easily doubled up the runner at third to end the inning. The breaks just weren’t there for us.

Heidi Brewer had two singles, and Holly Brewer, Julie Hutchins, and Janelle Ciomei each had a single for our five hits. We played well, but just weren’t able to get the timely hits we needed.

The girls easily handled Katahdin in a double header, 9-1 and 17-9. In the first game, Sydney Ouzts pitched a gem, giving up just one hit with 17 strikeouts and one walk. We hit well, pounding six extra base hits.

Ouzts had a double and a single for three RBIs, Julie Hutchins two triples for three RBIs, Chelsea Brown a double and a triple for two RBIs, Heidi Brewer a double and a single for an RBI, Janelle Ciomei two singles with an RBI, Holly Brewer two singles, Emily Cormier an RBI double, and Abby Grindle an RBI single.

The girls won the second game 17-9. Sydney Ouzts pitched the first five innings, giving up three hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Abby Knowlton came in to finish the last two innings and struggled with control, allowing Katahdin to score most all of their runs. Fortunately we backed her up nine runs in the sixth to give her a cushion.

Once again, we pounded out the hits. Chelsea Brown had a triple and a single for three RBIs, Abby Grindle two doubles for two RBIs, Moriah Nutter a double and a single for two RBIs, Heidi Brewer three singles, Janelle Ciomei and Sydney Ouzts each with two singles for two RBIs, Amber Jones two doubles, Emily Cormier a two-RBI double, Sarah Boutilier two singles with a couple of perfect bunts.

The girls beat a hapless Searsport team 12-0 in five innings. Sydney Ouzts pitched a no hitter with 11 strikeouts and one walk. Searsport had a slow-throwing pitcher and, for the most part, we showed patience at the plate, collecting many walks.

The offense was strong also with Chelsea Brown hitting a triple and a single for four RBIS, Janelle Ciomei a double and two singles, Amber Jones a double and a single for two RBIs, Michala Brown a double, Julie Hutchins a single with two RBIs, and Heidi Brewer a single and an RBI.

The boys baseball team avenged an earlier loss to Sumner, beating them 9-6. Joe Condon pitched the first two-plus innings, giving up five runs on four hits with three strikeouts and six walks. Connor Morey pitched the next three-plus innings, giving up no runs on two hits and three strikeouts and no walks. Sam Grindle finished up the last two innings, giving up one hit with two strikeouts and no walks. The pitching by committee was necessary so we could have all pitchers available for the doubleheader with Katahdin.

We caught up to Sumner in the second to be tied 5-5, and a perfectly executed squeeze bunt by Jake Starkey allowed Hayden Ciomei to score, followed quickly by Oliver Lawson’s heads-up base running to score on the throw to first. This was a pivotal swing in the momentum that we never relinquished.

Oliver Lawson had a triple and two singles for two RBIs, Joe Condon a triple and a double for an RBI, and Nathan Dunham, Sam Grindle, Curtis Weed, and Hayden Ciomei each had a single. Sumner is a scrappy team and this was a good win for us.

The boys split a doubleheader with number one Katahdin, winning 12-4 and losing 1-0 in eight innings. The first game was a masterpiece by Connor Morey, pitching all seven innings, giving up six hits with 12 strikeouts and two walks. We committed four errors, but Connor was able to overcome them by getting timely outs.

Morey was also able to put the game out of reach with a three-run home run in the fourth to give us an 8-3 lead. We also added four more runs in the sixth to put the game on ice. Kyle Seile boosted us in the third inning with an RBI double that chased their pitcher and initially got our offense rolling.

Morey also had an RBI single to give him four RBIs. Kyle Seile also had a two-RBI single, Sam Grindle three singles, Oliver Lawson an RBI single, and Joe Condon and Hayden Ciomei each with a single.

We lost the second game 1-0 in eight innings. We made a few mental mistakes and squandered a few opportunities, but neither we nor Katahdin could capitalize until the eighth. We did manage seven hits, but couldn’t put them together.

Our pitching was good with Joe Condon pitching three innings, giving up one hit with two strikeouts and two walks. Sam Grindle pitched three innings, giving up two hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Hayden Ciomei came in to a pressure-filled seventh, pitching two innings and giving up three hits with one strikeout and one walk. He did well under the pressure and the run he gave up was unearned.

Oliver Lawson had a double and a single and Sam Grindle, Jake Starkey, Connor Morey, Pat Duddy and Hayden Ciomei each had a single. We played Katahdin tough and just didn’t get the break we needed.

The boys beat Searsport 12-5. Brett Gagne pitched the first three innings until he ran into some trouble in the fourth and Hayden Ciomei came in to finish the game. Brett Gagne gave up four hits with three strikeouts and seven walks, while Hayden Ciomei gave up one hit with one strikeout and one walk.

We played well in the field, which helped secure the win. We also hit well, with the lower part of the order contributing as well. Oliver Lawson got the big hit, a grand slam home run, Hayden Ciomei three singles with an RBI, Connor Morey a double and a single for an RBI, Kyle Seile a two-RBI double, Nathan Davis an RBI single, and Jake Starkey and Joe Condon each with a single.

The girls tennis team won their first match, beating Sumner 3-2. We started off well in the singles with Esther Adams winning 8-2, Paige Rollins winning 8-1, and then Alorah Gellerson losing 8-4. In the doubles, Luana Diamante/Kristyn Davis lost 8-0, but we won the second match by forfeit to gain the team win.

The boys tennis team lost a close match to Sumner 3-2. In the singles, Ian Pelletier lost 8-4, Jerry Lin won 8-3, and Gareth Warr won 9-7. As usual, we had to forfeit both the doubles matches to lose the team match.

The boys fielded an even smaller team, losing two games to a strong Stearns team 3-0 each time. In the first game singles, Ian Pelletier lost 8-1 and Jerry Lin lost 8-3. In the second game singles, Ian Pelletier lost 8-1 and Gareth Warr lost 8-0. The other matches were conceded to forfeit by us.

The softball team, at 8-2 and in second place, has a busy week with several important games to maintain their second-place position. Second place means we don’t travel until the regional finals (assuming we win the games at home). We just need to stay focused and keep up our effort. We are doing well in all areas, and the only two games we have lost were by one run and when we didn’t hit as well as usual. It’s all about patience at the plate.

The baseball team, at 6-4 and in seventh place, is doing well, having beaten the number one and four teams. Coach Darren Eaton was pleased with our effort against number one Katahdin, and feels that Class D baseball is wide open. Right now, we are hitting better, but our Achilles heel is our defense. We have six games in eight days, so it will be a challenge to keep our pitching together, as most all the games are point-worthy. It is important to do well to get some home field playoff games and go into the playoffs with confidence.

The tennis teams are progressing, with the girls getting their first win. The boys do what they can, being handicapped by their small numbers. We are building for the next year and hopefully more boys will come forth to strengthen that team.