Scott's Sports Spot
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, May 23, 2013
DISHS Softball and baseball teams get wins
by Jack Scott
The girls softball team came back to beat Sumner 11-7. We started slow and trailed 5-2 after four innings. Our bats came alive with six runs in the fifth inning to take the lead. We built up our lead to 11-5 and when Sumner threatened in the seventh by scoring a couple runs, Holli Boyce made a great catch of a line drive in the outfield and easily doubled up a base runner to end the game.
Abby Knowlton pitched well, making a lot of pitches but getting four strikeouts and five walks for the win. We played great defense, making no errors in the field to back her up. Amber Jones had a big night with two home runs and two singles for four RBIs, Shiann Closson two singles and a home run for two RBIs, Michala Brown three singles for an RBI, Chelsea Brown a double and a single, and Morgan Shepard and Ally Eaton each had a single with an RBI.
The girls split a doubleheader with Katahdin, losing the first game 4-3 and taking the second game 5-2. In the first game, Abby Knowlton pitched a great game, giving up seven hits with five strikeouts and only one walk. We only committed one error but made some mental mistakes that hurt us.
We came back with one run in the seventh. Katahdin intentionally walked Amber Jones to load the bases with no outs, but we grounded into a force at the plate, struck out, and flied out to end the game. So close but no cigar! Chelsea Brown had a double and a single with an RBI, Allyson Eaton two singles with an RBI, Shiann Closson two singles, Julie Hutchins a double, and Amber Jones a single.
In the second game, we gave up two runs in the first but shut Katahdin down after that. Abby Knowlton held up well, giving up only three hits with four strikeouts and five walks. Once again we played flawless defense to back her up and hit much better in this game, scoring the go-ahead run in the second inning and then two more in the fourth.
Amber Jones had two doubles and a single with two RBIs, Chelsea Brown three singles, Allyson Eaton two singles with an RBI, Julie Hutchins and Shiann Closson each had two singles, and Morgan Eaton a single with two RBIs.
The boys baseball team beat Sumner 11-4. We jumped on them early, scoring nine runs in the first two innings to take a 9-1 lead. We did pitching by committee, with Sam Grindle pitching the first three innings, giving up two hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Hayden Ciomei pitched the next two innings giving up three hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Connor Morey closed out the last two innings giving up one hit with one walk and five strikeouts.
Hayden Ciomei had three singles with three RBIs, Sam Grindle a double and two singles with an RBI, Nathan Davis and Connor Morey each had two singles with an RBI, David McManus a single with three RBIs, and Alec Eaton, Tyler Robbins, and Jared Gove each had a single.
The boys swept Katahdin in a double header, winning the first game 4-2 and the second game 8-7. In the first game, Connor Morey pitched the entire game giving up 10 hits with 10 strikeouts. We played perfect defense behind him, allowing him to pitch out of trouble.
We scored three runs in the bottom of the first and only allowed Katahdin runs in the third and sixth. We were out hit by Katahdin, but we scored the runs with the hits we had along the with Katahdin errors. Connor Morey led us at the plate with a double and a single, Hayden Ciomei a single with an RBI, and Nathan Davis, Tyler Robbins and David McManus each had a single.
In the second game, both teams scored early and it was 4-4 after three innings. We scored four runs in the fourth to take a big lead, but Katahdin answered with a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning to make it 8-6. They scored one more in the fifth, but Sam Grindle came in to pitch scoreless ball in the last two innings.
Nathan Davis pitched the first two innings giving up four runs on four hits and five walks with two strikeouts. Hayden Ciomei pitched the next two innings giving up three runs on four hits with two strikeouts and a walk before Sam Grindle closed it out.
Sam Grindle led us at the plate with a home run and three singles with two RBIs, Tyler Robbins a double and a single with three RBIs, and David McManus a single. Connor Morey had a sacrifice fly for an RBI and Nathan Davis and Nick Eaton each had a sacrifice bunt.
The girls are 6-2 and have moved up to eighth place. Abby Knowlton pitched well in her first doubleheader attempt and that is important since we have three more in the next week. The girls are playing better defense and the offense is more consistent. Unfortunately we lost the squeaker of a game to Katahdin as this would have gotten us further up the standings. The next week is a marathon for us with a big game with George Stevens to end the season.
The boys have evened their record to 4-4 and have gotten to ninth place. We have played three or four games fewer than the other teams and this has kept us low in the standings. That will end this week (weather permitting) as we will play half our season in eight days.
We are playing much better now that we are playing games. All the double headers this week will test our depth of pitching and we will have a lot of “pitching by committee” if we can get away with it. If we can keep healthy with our small numbers, we should do well enough to bolster our playoff hopes.