Central High School of East Corinth traveled to Searsport to play ball on a sunny Wednesday afternoon and much to the host Vikings’ dismay, the visiting Red Devils rode away with two wins.

Central rolled to a 12-2 victory in the softball game, while the baseball contest proved a much more competitive affair, with the Red Devils winning 7-6.

Baseball

In a closely played game, Central handed Searsport its second loss of the season.

Coach Dave Pepin said that his team hit well, but could not overcome the Red Devils in Wednesday’s contest.

“We hit the ball, we [just] had no luck,” he said. “We hit the ball hard all night. We just could not get a break.”

He said that he would have liked to have seen stronger pitching and will try to work on that for the next game.

He also added that his team was down a few players and several freshmen stepped in to fill the void. Overall, Pepin said he was very pleased with the performance of the underclassmen.

Rocky Faunce pitched four innings for Searsport before giving way to Evan Kingsbury. Faunce gave up one hit and five walks with three strikeouts, while Kingsbury allowed two hits and six walks with three strikeouts. He also hit two batters.

Cody Caruso pitched for Central over the first five innings and was replaced by J. Weymouth. Combined, the two hurlers gave up nine hits and three walks with two strikeouts and 2 hit batters.

Each team made three errors.

Offensively, for Searsport, Zack Beaudry (2 singles, run), Jake Allenwood (2 singles, run), Allen Connor (2 singles, run), Josiah Brazier (RBI double, 2 runs), Darrin Harriman (run), Shane Seekins (RBI single), and Alex Carroll (single, sacrifice fly).

For Central, David Lord (single) and Zach Kirlin (single), M. Melanson (single, run), Weymouth (2 runs), C. Caruso (2 runs), B. White (run), and A. Bell (run).

Two hit batters, a sacrifice by Brandon Buzzell and two wild pitches by Searsport broke a 5-5 tie in Central’s favor in the seventh inning to give the visitors the win. Central scored two runs in the top of the seventh and the Vikings could answer with only one in the bottom of the frame.

Searsport scored two runs in the fifth inning, three in the sixth and one in the seventh. Central scored one in the first inning, two in the fifth, two in the sixth and two in the seventh.

The Vikings (3-2-1, 12.4023 Heal Points) are third in Eastern Class C and Central (3-4, 5.6641 points) seventh. Stearns of Millinocket (6-0, 20.0837 points) is the top team in the region.

Softball

This game pitted the top and bottom teams in Eastern Class C. Winless Searsport took on unbeaten Central at home and could not withstand the Red Devil’s pressure in the 12-2 game.

Searsport (0-6, no points) is 12th and Central (7-0, 19.1797 points) first in Eastern Class C.

Olivia Quigley pitched for the Vikings and allowed 15 hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. Amber Conroy worked from the pitching circle for Central and allowed nine hits and no walks, with two strikeouts.

Central had one error and Searsport four fielding miscues.

For the Vikings, Katherine Cotter (single), Marisa Higgins (run), Sara Bradshaw (run, single) and Quigley (single) contributed to the offense.

Michelle Ferrie and Roberta Trafton led the Red Devil offense as Ferrie had four runs and a single and Trafton two singles, an RBI and a run. Jocelyn Portman (2 runs, single), Kaitlynn Stymiest (triple), Alix Rudzinski (run), Scarlett Stevens (run), Sam Blanchard (single, 2 runs) and Amber Conroy (run) also contributed.

Searsport scored its two runs in the first inning. Central tallied two runs in the first inning, one in the second, there in the fifth, one in the sixth and five in the seventh.

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