The Searsport softball team fell to Orono 17-2 Friday after the visiting Red Riots grabbed the early momentum with a 10-run first inning.

Sara Bradshaw pitched for the Vikings (0-3) as she allowed six hits and 18 walks, with four strikeouts. Andi Foster threw for the Red Riots and allowed six hits and no walks, with five strikeouts.

Katherine Cotter led Searsport’s offensive efforts as she scored both runs and had a single. Marissa Higgins contributed an RBI-single.

Caleigh Paul had three hits, including a triple. She had a run and seven RBIs. Chloe Paul scored four runs.

Viking coach Thor Gower said his batters were strong and outfielders did well. However, he said the team felt the consequences of having Olivia Quigley, its top pitcher, sidelined with an injury. That means the squad must to deepen its pitching depth.

“I was happy with how we played out in the field. I just wish we could have had a [more experienced] pitcher going for us, but that’s [one] of the things we are going to be working on here in the near future,” he said.

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