Vikings stymied by Williams, Bucks in regional semifinalBuckfield pitcher fans 16 batters in winning effort
Buckfield — The Searsport baseball team enjoyed a stellar campaign in its first year in Western Class D as the Vikings clinched the region's third seed and earned a home playoff victory.
However, the Vikings' state championship run came to an end on Saturday, June 14 as they traveled to face No. 2 Buckfield.
Searsport had no answer for Buck hurler Jonah Williams as he stymied the Vikings throughout the game and led the hosts to a highly-competitive 2-0 victory.
Searsport's season ended at 11-7.
Buckfield (11-4) moves on to the Western Class D championship game where they will face No. 4 Wiscasset (9-9) for the title.
In Saturday's semifinal playoff, Buckfield scored one run in the second and sixth innings.
Leading the Vikings at the plate were Eric Phillips (single) and Troy Reynolds (single).
For Buckfield, Tyler Vallee (single), Jared Eastman (double), Owen Bennett (single, run), Jake Kraske (single) and Keenan Stockdale (run) keyed the offense.
Reynolds went the distance on the hill for Searsport, allowing four hits and five walks, with five strikeouts.
Williams tossed a two-hit shutout for Buckfield as he walked two and struck out a whopping 16 batters.
Williams struck out at least two batters in all seven innings, including fanning the side in the second. He also struck out three batters in the fourth inning, though he faced six hitters in that frame.
The Bucks went up 1-0 in the second inning when Stockdale walked, moved to second on a passed ball and later came around to score on a wild pitch.
The hosts added an insurance run in the sixth when Bennett singled, Stockdale was hit by a pitch and Kraske drew a walk to load the bases. Reynolds then issued a bases-loaded walk to Matt Beaucage to force in a run.
Searsport bested No. 6 Vinalhaven-North Haven (3-10) 11-1 in five innings in a quarterfinal playoff game June 12.
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