High school baseball and softball

Vikings best Howlers in state title rematch; Lions fall by one run

Searsport softball, Belfast squads come up short in May 16 action
By Staff | May 17, 2017

The Searsport and Belfast baseball and softball teams were in action on Tuesday, May 16, a day which saw the Viking baseball team prevail in a rematch of the 2016 state Class D championship game.

The Viking baseball team posted a 9-1 road win over Penobscot Valley of Howland, while the Viking softball squad fell 5-0.

The Lion squads also fell to Gardiner in home contests as the baseball team was edged 11-10, while the softball squad dropped a 12-1 decision to the Tigers.

The following is a recap of reported results:

Baseball

Searsport 9, Penobscot Valley 1

At Howland May 16, the Vikings swung to their eighth win as they bested the Howlers in a rematch of last year’s state Class D championship game. Searsport scored five runs in the fifth inning, two in the sixth, one in the first and one in the third. Penobscot Valley’s lone run came in the fourth.

Leading Searsport at the plate was Barrett Grant (single, double, 2 runs), Mitchell Philbrook (2 singles, run), Liam MacMillan (single) and Colby Snow (single).

Reece Carter and John Littlefield singled for Penobscot Valley, which returned only four starters from last year’s team.

Grant, Charlie Spiegel and Ben Powell pitched for Searsport, allowing two hits and one walk, with 14 strikeouts.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class D South, Searsport (8-2, 35.7632 points) is second, while Richmond (9-1, 46.4621 points) is first in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Gardiner 11, Belfast 10

At Belfast May 16, the Tigers edged the host Lions. Belfast scored four runs in the first inning, one in the second, three in the third and one in the fifth and sixth, while Gardiner scored four in the second and third innings, two in the fourth and one in the sixth.

Leading the Lions at the plate were Skylar Perkins (run), Derrick Tyler (2 hits, 2 runs), Garrett Hamlin (3 hits, 2 RBIs), Zach Dyer (run), Grey Dinsmore (3 hits, 3 runs), Tristan Roberts (2 hits, 2 runs, 3 RBIs), Dakota Payson (2 hits 3 RBIs, run), Alex Newcomb (hit, RBI) and Tyler Bartlett (hit).

For the Tigers, Isaiah Magee (hit, RBI), Logan Porter (run, RBI), Hunter Chasse (2 hits, 3 RBIs), Ryan Kelley (2 hits, run), Marc Cloutier (3 runs), Sam Jermyn (2 hits, 2 runs, RBI), Nick Pooler (2 hits, 2 runs, RBI), and Alec Shorey (3 hits, 2 runs, 3 RBIs) paced the offense.

Dinsmore, Roberts, Perkins, Zac Sheafe and Garrett Hamlin pitched for Belfast, allowing 12 hits and seven walks, with three strikeouts. Chasse and Porter pitched for Gardiner, allowing 14 hits and five walks, with three strikeouts.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Belfast (4-6, 14.8438 points) is 13th, while Nokomis of Newport (9-1, 58.5156 points) is first in the 18-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Softball

Penobscot Valley 5, Searsport 0

At Howland May 16, the Howlers blanked the visiting Vikings. Penobscot Valley scored four runs in the first inning and one in the fifth.

Arianna Stemp singled for the lone hit for the Vikings.

The Howlers were paced at the plate by Alexis Ireland (2 singles, run), Erynn Williams (single, run), Kortney McKechnie (2 singles, run), Lyndsay McKechnie (2 singles, 2 runs), Elizabeth McKinnon (single) and Leine McKechnie (single).

Jenna Keach pitched for Searsport, allowing nine hits and four walks, with nine strikeouts. McKechnie pitched for Penobscot Valley, allowing one hit and six walks, with 10 strikeouts.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class D South, Searsport (5-5, 15.1497 points) is sixth, while Richmond (10-0, 64.3012 points) is first in the nine-team region. The top six teams qualify for the playoffs.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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