Searsport squads, Belfast softball cement victoriesViking softball ends long losing streak, bests Mariners
At the start of the year, the Searsport softball team had but one victory to show for its efforts over the past three years.
At the end of the day on Friday, May 9, the Vikings had more than doubled that victory total on the heels of a pair of wins over host Deer Isle-Stonington.
In a doubleheader, Searsport earned an 11-5 win in game one and a 13-3 win in game two. The contests saw the Vikings not only have the bats working, but receive a pair of strong performances in the pitching circle from Brittany Ward.
The two wins shot the Vikings into the midst of the Western Class D playoff chase.
“I am so proud of our team,” said first-year coach Cynthia Dehm. “They were focused and competitive throughout both games. Brittany Ward pitched two fantastic games and had a strong defense to back her up on every play. “
Dehm said to “plan on seeing many more wins from the Lady Vikings this season.”
Prior to this season, Searsport had gone 1-47 the past three seasons, with its most recent previous win coming in 2012.
The Searsport baseball team also earned a win over Jonesport-Beals the same day, while the Belfast softball squad bested Waterville in five innings that day.
The following is a recap of recently-reported results:
Searsport 11, Deer Isle-Stonington 5
At Stonington May 9, the Vikings broke into the win column for the second time in three years as they bested the host Mariners.
Searsport scored one run in the first inning, two in the third, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and sixth innings and one in the seventh. Deer Isle-Stonington scored one run in the first, three in the fourth and one in the sixth.
Leading Searsport at the plate were Ward (2 singles, double, 2 runs), Melinda Ogden (double, 3 singles, 2 runs), Libby Lane (3 singles, 2 runs), Brianna Boyle (single, run), Alicen Brooks (2 singles, run), Karigen Coffin (2 singles, run), Anna Bucklin (2 singles, run) and Jaci Harriman (2 singles, run).
For Deer Isle-Stonington, Katie Haskell (home run, single), Morgan Shepard (double) and Logan Eaton (single) paced the offense.
Ward pitched for Searsport, allowing four hits and four walks, with 11 strikeouts. Abby Knowlton pitched for Jonesport Beals, scattering 19 hits and no walks, with one strikeout.
Searsport 13, Deer Isle-Stonington 3
At Stonington May 9, the Vikings prevailed in their second game of the day with a 10-run decision over the Mariners. Searsport scored one run in the first inning, four in the third, six in the fourth and two in the fifth. DI-S scored all three of its runs in the fifth inning.
Leading Searsport at the plate were Ward (3 singles, 4 runs), Ogden (triple, double, 3 runs), Lane (2 singles, 2 runs), Boyle (double, 2 runs), Brooks (triple, single, run), Ivy Blake (single) and Briana Grant (single, run).
For Deer Isle-Stonington, Allyson Eaton (2 singles, run), Eaton (double) and Natalie Knowlton (single) paced the offense.
Ward pitched for Searsport, allowing four hits and six walks, with three strikeouts. Knowlton pitched for Deer Isle-Stonington, allowing 12 hits and no walks, with four strikeouts.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Searsport (2-4, 4.9107 points) is third, while Richmond (5-0, 12.4171 points) is first in the nine-team region. The top six teams qualify for the playoffs.
Belfast 14, Waterville 1 (5 inns.)
At Belfast May 9, the Lions handled the visiting Purple Panthers with ease and surged to victory via the mercy rule. Belfast scored four runs in the fourth inning, one in the third, four in the fourth and five in the fifth. Waterville scored its lone run in the fourth inning.
Leading the Lion offense were Kelci Faulkingham (4 singles, 4 runs), Casey Thayer (single, 2 runs), Breann Cummings (single, 2 runs), Mariah Sturgis (single, run, RBI), Ashley Littlefield (single, RBI), Ayla Skidgel (single, RBI), Anna Simmons (single, RBI, run), Paige Pray-Smith (single, run) and Hannah Nichols (2 singles, 2 runs).
For Waterville, Hannah Allen (double, run), Kait Spaulding (single), Maddie Clowes (single) and Ariel Roy (single) paced the offense.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (4-3, 11.3672 points) is 10th, while Old Town (7-0, 26.2109 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Searsport 11, Jonesport-Beals 0 (5 inns.)
At Jonesport May 9, the Vikings were never challenged against the host Royals and prevailed in a mercy-rule-shortened game. The visitors scored three runs in the first, seven more in the third and one in the fourth.
Leading Searsport at the plate were Jake Powell (2 doubles, single, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), Mitchell Philbrook (single, 2 RBIs, run), Troy Reynolds (2 walks, 2 runs), Eric Phillips (2 walks, run), Barrett Grant (walk, RBI, 2 runs), Kyle Moore (walk, 2 RBIs), Kyle Grant (single, walk, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), Matt Barlow (2 walks, RBI, run) and Jay Burkard (run).
C.J. Carver singled for the lone hit for Jonesport-Beals.
Powell and Philbrook combined to toss the one-hitter for the Vikings, walking three and striking out eight.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Searsport (3-3, 3.8895 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top seven teams qualify for the playoffs.
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He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn, his sons Beckett and Austin and daughter Lila.
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