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Scott's Sports Spot
by Jack Scott
The girls beat George Stevens Academy 14-2 in six innings. Sydney Ouzts pitched, giving up 2 hits with 9 strikeouts, 2 walks and one earned run. We did commit 3 errors, but they weren’t plays that hurt us. We hit well, but also showed discipline at the plate with many walks.
Janelle Ciomei had a monster day with her bat, hitting an over-the-fence home run, a triple and a double for 5 RBIs; Sarah Boutilier had 2 singles with 4 RBIs; Sydney Ouzts had a double and a single, along with 2 walks; Haley Brewer had a single with 2 RBIs; Julie Hutchins, Emily Cormier, and Michala Brown each had an RBI single; and Chelsea Brown and Amber Jones each had a single.
The boys exorcised their demons by beating GSA 6-4. It was a close game through 3 innings, but we scored 2 runs in the fourth on a single by Sam Grindle, giving us a 4-2 lead that we never surrendered. GSA scored a run in the fifth, but we came back with 2 runs in the seventh to give us some breathing room. We loaded the bases, and then a walk, and a steal home by Connor Morey gave us the runs.
Sam Grindle got the win with 5 innings pitched, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits, 2 strikeouts and 2 walks. Connor Morey pitched the last two innings, giving up 1 run on 2 hits, 2 strikeouts and 1 walk. Sam Grindle had 3 singles with 2 RBIs; Nathan Davis had a double and a single; Connor Morey had 2 singles with an RBI; Joe Condon had an RBI singles with 2 walks; and Hayden Ciomei and Jake Starkey each had a single.
The girls finished the regular season at 16-0, but only managed to be in fifth place. Because softball has fewer teams than baseball, we do not have a preliminary game but will travel to Central Aroostook on Wednesday, June 6, for the quarterfinal game, weather permitting. We really haven’t been battle-tested this year but we have experience under fire from last year, and Sydney Ouzts has been very consistent over the season. The offense has been showing more discipline at the plate and this means more walks and better pitches to hit.
We can’t be over confident, as many of the teams have good defense. The pitching we will see will be better than some of what we have faced, but nowhere near overpowering. We need a chip on our shoulder for not getting the credit for our perfect season and take the bus ride in stride. If we just play our game we should be fine.
The boys’ win over GSA momentarily put us in fourth, with a 12-4 record, but Bangor Christian managed to sneak past us in the end by less than a Heal Point. We won a preliminary game with Katahdin on June 5 and next will go to Bangor Christian for the quarterfinal game on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
We ended the regular season with an eight-game winning streak. However, we didn’t dominate in many of the wins, being closer than they should have been. The good news is that we found a way to win even when we played poorly. The win over GSA gives us confidence to take on anyone. Coach Darren Eaton feels we haven’t played our best game yet, and he is hoping we will bring it now during the playoffs.