Scott's Sports Spot

Deer Isle & Stonington
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, May 15, 2014
Both DISHS tennis teams get two wins

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DISHS Mariner take second base

Deer Isle-Stonington ball player Pat Duddy slides into second base in a May 2014 game against Searsport, Maine.

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by Jack Scott

The girls softball team lost a double header to Searsport 11-5 and then 13-3 on a day that started out warm and went quickly to cold, rainy, and miserable. The first game was close through 4 innings until Searsport broke out for 4 runs in the fifth to take an 8-4 lead. What sunk us in the first game were 6 errors that allowed Searsport to score.

Abby Knowlton pitched well with 6 strikeouts, giving up 1 walk, and 7 hits. We weren’t effective at the plate as we struck out 12 times and only managed one hit, a single by Logan Eaton. However the Searsport pitcher gave up 7 walks and hit 2 batters which did give us base runners to score our runs.

In the second game, Searsport came out swinging and hit the ball hard, drilling out 13 hits. They scored 4 runs in the third and 6 runs in the fourth. I think the cold rain got to us and we weren’t as sharp in the field as we needed to be. We did get three hits, a single by Logan Eaton and a double and a single by Morgan Shepard for 2 RBIs. We got walked 9 times to give us base runners but could only push 3 runners across the plate in the fifth inning. Abby Knowlton pitched a consistent game with 3 strikeouts and no walks.

The girls lost to George Stevens Academy 12-7. We started off very shaky as GSA scored 4 runs in both the first and second innings before we could score a run. We committed 5 errors in those two innings and that set us back in too deep a hole. We settled down after that and scored 3 runs in the third and 3 in the fifth, but couldn’t get ahead.

Abby Knowlton again was very consistent with 4 strikeouts, giving up 1 walk and 10 hits. We made 7 errors all together and that needs to be addressed as we head into the heart of the season. Morgan Shepard and Natalie Knowlton each had an RBI single and Allyson Eaton had a single. Holli Boyce reached base 3 times with 2 walks and being hit by a pitch.

Boys baseball

The baseball team lost to Searsport 18-5 in 5 innings. Each team scored two runs in the first inning, but a series of balk calls in the second inning put us in a tailspin and Searsport scored 7 runs. Ethan Shepard pitched most of the game and did get 7 strikeouts.

We hit the ball pretty well, with Ethan Shepard hitting a double and a single with 3 RBIs, Dave McManus a double, Krisford Melanio an RBI single, and Pat Duddy and Zach Ladd, each with a single. At this point, hitting is our best feature as we look to improve in the field.

The boys lost to George Stevens in 5 innings 13-2. GSA started off with 7 runs in the first inning and that set the tone for the game. Ethan Shepard pitched the entire game for us and had 5 strikeouts. We did manage some offense which was highlighted by a solo home run by Dave McManus. Dave also had a single, Stuart Bray had a double and a single, and Ethan Shepard and Pat Duddy each had a single.

The girls have a 2-3 record and need to turn things around with better defense. Abby Knowlton has been very consistent pitching but we need to win these games with our play in the field. The better teams have to hit their way on base and we can’t give them too many extra chances with errors.

The boys have yet to win a game but are showing improvement. You have to be patient with them as we figure out where the best place to play the players and we build our skills. We have shown some spark at the plate. All these first four games have been against quality teams and that makes it hard for our learning curve.

Girls tennis

The girls tennis team won a double header with Penobscot Valley, 3-2 and 3-2. In the first game, in the singles, Allison Cormier won 9-7, Megan Weed won 8-5 and Sasha Zembrusky lost 8-2. In the doubles, Jordyn Judkins/Justine Rhys won 8-3 and Jess Trainor/Alison Eaton lost 9-7.

In the second game, in the singles, Allison Cormier won 8-1, Megan Weed won 8-4, and Sasha Zembrusky lost 8-4. In the doubles, Jordyn Judkins/Justine Rhys won 8-5 and Jess Trainor/Sasha Zembrusky lost 8-3.

Boys tennis

The boys tennis team also won their double header with Penobscot Valley 4-1 and 3-2. In the first game, in the singles Doug Heanssler won 8-1, Andy Turner won 8-1, and Matt Duddy lost 8-3. In the doubles, Nick Dunham/Paul Zoephal won 8-2 and Cody Eaton/Justin Eaton won 8-0.

In the second game, in the singles, Doug Heanssler won 8-4, Andy Turner lost 8-6, and Matt Duddy lost 8-2. The doubles team pulled out the win as Nick Dunham/Paul Zoephal won 8-4 and Cody Eaton/Justin Eaton won 8-0.

Both tennis teams have shown improvement and are playing well against the teams that we match up with. The girls are currently in sixth place, well into the playoff picture, and the boys are in ninth. Of course, it is still too early to predict where we will end up. Now that the weather is almost feeling like spring/summer, we have the time to practice our skills and this will help.