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by Jack Scott
The girls softball team beat Searsport 15-1 in five innings. Sydney Ouzts started the season with a strong outing, getting 11 strikeouts, with two hits and one walk. The only run scored was unearned on a throwing error. We did commit three errors, but played well overall for the season opener.
We had a good day at the plate against slow pitching, which we sometimes have had problems hitting. We banged out 17 hits overall. Amber Jones had two singles and a double for two RBIs, Julie Hutchins three singles and two RBIs, Janelle Ciomei a double and a triple and an RBI, Chelsea Brown a single and a double and an RBI, Haley Brewer and Michala Brown, each two singles and an RBI, Emily Cormier and Sarah Boutilier, each a single and two RBIs, and Sydney Ouzts a single and a RBI.
The boys baseball team beat Searsport 7-4 despite missing three starters who were not here for the vacation week. Hayden Ciomei pitched 4-1/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits, four strikeouts, and eight walks. Kyle Seile came in relief to pitch 2-2/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits, two strikeouts and one walk. Coach Darren Eaton mentioned that many of the walks by Hayden Ciomei was pitching away from their two power hitters, limiting the damage they could have done.
The action started in the fourth inning when Kevin Melanio looped a two-out bases-loaded single to score two runs and three errors later, on the same play, we had two more runs in. Searsport came back in the next couple innings with four runs, but Joe Condon had a sacrifice fly in the fifth to keep the lead to 5-4. In the seventh, he gave us a cushion by crushing a two-run home run.
We hit the ball well for early in the season. Besides Joe Condon’s big hit and Kevin Melanio’s game-changing single, Hayden Ciomei had a double and two singles, Jake Starkey and Tyler Robbins each had two singles, and Nick Trundy, Nick Eaton and Curtis Farrin each had a single.
Coach Eaton was very pleased with the win as we played without Sam Grindle, Connor Morey and Nathan Davis. We had many role players starting and many players playing in different positions. We had only one throwing error. Eaton was happy to see the younger players do so well and we kept our composure when Searsport rallied to make it a close game at the end until the seventh.
Both ball teams start out on the right foot. The schedule will get pretty intense very soon, so we will need to be ready as the weather is looking more typical for this time of year, and that can wreak havoc with the schedule as it is.
Despite having to forfeit one of the doubles matches for lack of players, the girls tennis team played well in a double loss to Lee academy. We lost the first match 4-1. In the singles, Esther Adams won 8-3, Allison Cormier lost 8-4, and Sasha Zembrusky lost 8-3. Mandy Lee/Megan Weed lost 8-3 in the only doubles match.
We lost the second match 3-2 in a very close contest. In the singles, Esther Adams won 8-2, Allison Cormier lost 8-6, and Sasha Zembrusky lost 8-6. Mandy Lee/Kristin Davis won 8-1 in the only doubles match.
The boys tennis team won both their matches with Lee Academy by a score of 4-1. In the first match singles, Ole Bartos won 8-0, Drew Siebert won 8-5, and Tim Cormier won 8-2. In the doubles, Scott Roy/Ivan Zembrusky lost 8-5 and Andy Turner/Doug Heanssler won 8-1.
In the second match singles, Ole Bartos won 8-0, Drew Siebert won 8-5, and Tim Cormier won 8-1. In the doubles, Scott Roy/Ivan Zembrusky lost 8-4 and Andy Turner/Doug Heanssler won 9-7.
This is a positive start for both tennis teams as we have mostly untested players. We should only get better as we play more matches and the newer players get more time to improve.