Coupled with its win over Foxcroft Academy Monday, the Searsport baseball squad continued its strong start to the campaign Wednesday with a second victory against a tough opponent as the host Vikings bested defending state Class D champion Deer Isle-Stonington 11-7.

With its quick start, Searsport (2-0) is first in Eastern Class C with 1.7969 Heal Points. The Mariners start the campaign 0-1.

“We had some clutch hits,” said SDHS coach Dave Pepin. “We took advantage of their [lack of] defense in the field. They made five errors and we made them pay for it. We put the ball in play and made them field it and played a little better than they did.”

Wednesday’s game pitted two of the state’s top programs against one another. Searsport won Eastern Class C titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and state crowns in 2006 and 2008. Deer Isle-Stonington captured state Class D crowns in 2005, 2007 and 2009.

Searsport ended Wednesday’s game with 11 runs on eight hits and committed one fielding miscue. The Mariners had seven runs on four hits and made five errors.

For the host Vikings, Evan Kingsbury pitched three innings and allowed no hits and three walks, with four strikeouts. Rocky Faunce worked the final four innings, giving up four hits and six walks, with five strikeouts.

For Deer Isle-Stonington, A. Peasley and S. Grindle combined to go the distance on the hill, as they allowed eight hits and three walks, with four strikeouts.

Josiah Brazier (2 singles, RBI, run), Kingsbury (single, RBI, 3 runs) and Faunce (single, RBI, run) led the offense, while Jacob Allenwood (2 runs) and Buddy Ellis (2 runs) and Allen Connor (run) and Zach Beaudry (run) also contributed.

For the Mariners, C. Morey (single, double, RBI, 2 runs) and H. Ciomel (2 singles, RBI) led and J. Lymburner, J. Connor, S. Grindle, J. Starkey and J. Boyce each contributed with a run.

Wednesday’s victory made it two in a row for the Vikings as they make their way into what promises to be another strong season.

“We got a huge win on a team that most people picked to be number one or two in Class C,” Pepin said of the Vikings’ victory over Foxcroft Academy. “That was a really big win and then, of course, this [win over the Mariners] was the defending state champs in [Class] D, which has 14 out of 15 kids [returning].”

Due to an injured pitcher and it being their opening game, the Mariners might not have been playing their top game. Peasley was taken out of the game in the first inning and Grindle took his place.

However, coach Pepin said despite the change in pitcher, his offense simply played well against the Mariners’ defense. He said that Grindle “pitched well. I mean, his defense behind him didn’t play well and we put the ball in play. Tip your hat to him, he put the ball over the plate, but you [have to] tip your hat to our own players for putting the ball in play.”

Looking to the future, though, Pepin said the next meeting against Deer Isle-Stonington will be even more difficult once the Mariners get into full swing. “I’m sure they will be ready for us when we play down there later on in the season,” he said.

Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at fritz@villagesoup.com.