Searsport starts diamond campaigns, enjoys some successDefending two-time state baseball champs split first two games, softball drops two
Searsport — The regular season officially has started for the Searsport baseball and softball teams, which participated in their first games of the season — and for the entire state — on Saturday, April 15 in a pair of road/water games across Penobscot Bay against host Vinalhaven-North Haven.
The Searsport baseball team — the two-time defending state Class D champions — posted a 10-0 win, while the Searsport softball squad dropped a 12-0 decision in the "Battle of the Vikings.”
Searsport squads also faced Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln on Monday, April 17 and each came up short in their respective home openers.
The following is a recap of all four Searsport contests:
Mattanawcook Academy 11, Searsport 0 (5 inns.)
At Searsport April 17, the Lynx blanked the host Vikings in a mercy rule-shortened contest. Mattanawcook Academy scored one in the first inning, three in the third, one in the fourth and six in the fifth.
Mitchell Philbrook (double) and Isaiah Runci (2 singles) paced Searsport.
Jordan Hanscome (2 singles), Logan Thompson (2 singles), Carter Ward (single, triple) and Jamie Clements (single) led Mattanawcook Academy.
Barrett Grant and Isaiah Runci toed the pitching rubber for Searsport, allowing seven hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. Clements pitched for Mattanawcook Academy, allowing three hits and one walk, with two strikeouts.
Searsport 10, Vinalhaven-North Haven 0
At Vinalhaven April 15, the two-time defending state Class D champs began the campaign with a shutout win over the islanders. Searsport scored two runs in the first inning, two in the second, two in the third and four in the seventh.
Leading the visitors at the plate were Barrett Grant (2 singles, RBI, 2 stolen bases), Ben Powell (2 singles, 4 stolen bases, 2 RBIs), Mitchell Philbrook (single, 4 stolen bases, 2 RBIs), Cameron Watt (RBI, 2 stolen bases), Noah Clark (single, RBI, 2 stolen bases), Steven Perkins (single, RBI) and Isaiah Runci (single, RBI).
Elijah Ames (2 singles) and Joseph Hopkins (single) keyed the hosts.
Barrett Grant, Isaiah Runci and Noah Clark pitched for Searsport, allowing three hits and no walks, with nine strikeouts. Elijah Ames, Tim Farrelly and Mitchell Hopkins pitched for the islanders.
Mattanawcook Academy 9, Searsport 2
At Searsport April 17, the Vikings were bested by seven runs by the visiting Lynx. Searsport scored its runs in the fourth inning, while Mattanawcook Academy scored two in the third, two in the fifth, four in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Leading the Vikings at the dish were Jenna Keach (double, run) and Meghan Grant (single, run).
For the Lynx, Kimberlee Voisine (2 singles, 2 runs), Audrey Tash (3 singles, 2 runs), Aubrey Doyel (single), Landry Irish (double), Katelyn Tolman (double, single, 2 runs), Erica Slomienski (run), Gabrielle Hamm (run), Makayla Farrington (single), Madison Page (2 runs) and Symone Malbaurn (single) paced the offense.
Keach pitched for Searsport, allowing 11 hits and four walks, with eight strikeouts. Haley McLaughlin pitched for Mattanawcook Academy, allowing two hits and one walk, with 15 strikeouts.
Vinalhaven-North Haven 12, Searsport 0 (5 inns.)
At Vinalhaven April 15, the islanders started the regular season with a dominant win over the visitors.
Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes spun a no-hitter in the pitching circle for Vinalhaven-North Haven as she walked three and struck out six in the victory. Mikayla Alley pitched for Searsport.
Leading the islanders at the plate were Hannah Ames (3 runs, 2 singles, double, RBI, 6 stolen bases), Paige Dennison (run, single, RBI, 2 stolen bases), Davis-Oakes (run, single, 2 RBIs, double, 2 stolen bases), Déja Doughty (run), Ashlyn Littlefield (run, 2 RBIs, double, triple), Carolyn Hopkins (run, single, RBI), Marina Davis (run), Amber Shane (run) and Cheyenne Bickford (2 runs, single, double).
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