High school baseball and softball

After final losses to Lynx, Vikings eye glittery diamond playoff gems

Searsport squads set sights on postseason success
By Staff | Jun 02, 2018
Photo by: Zack Miller Searsport's Makenzie Alley makes a beautiful lunging catch in the outfield against Mattanawcook Academy on May 30 in a high school softball game. The visiting Lynx of Lincoln beat the Vikings 7-1.

Searsport — The final regular-season games for the Searsport baseball and softball teams did not go exactly as planned or hoped, but now the Vikings turn their attention to the postseason — and, perhaps, as history has shown, long playoff runs.

Viking fans know that can happen because the SDHS baseball team is the three-time defending state Class D champion

The end of the month of May brought with it the end of the regular season for the Vikings.

The Vikings had two final regular-season home games against Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln on Wednesday, May 30, before the “win-or-go-home” mentality sets in, but the Lynx proved to be too quick for Searsport, as the visitors took both games, 6-3 in baseball and 7-1 in softball.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

The Lynx baseball team brought home three runs in the top of the eighth inning to down the Vikings in extra innings, after Searsport tied the game in the bottom of the sixth.

Despite the losses, the Vikings head to the playoffs in Class D South — and will host early postseason games.

In the final Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class D South baseball, Searsport (10-6, 118.5156 points) finished first in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

The Vikings will host No. 8 Forest Hills of Jackman (5-8) on Wednesday, June 6 at 3 p.m. in a quarterfinal playoff game. Searsport did not play the Tigers during the regular season.

In the final Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class D South softball, Searsport (8-8, 75.7500 points) finished fourth, while Greenville (15-1, 146.6183 points) finished first in the 10-team region. The top seven teams qualify for the playoffs.

The Vikings will host No. 5 Vinalhaven-North Haven (7-5) on Tuesday, June 5 at 1 p.m. in a quarterfinal playoff game. Searsport did not play the islanders during the regular season.

The following is a recap of both contests.

Baseball

Mattanawcook Academy 6, Searsport 3 (8 inns.)

The Lynx pounced first, and last, in the game to outlast the Vikings on Searsport's home diamond.

Mattanawcook Academy scored two runs in the third inning, one in the six and three in the eighth. Searsport plated one in the third inning, one in the fourth and one in the sixth.

Leading the Vikings at the plate were Connor Kneeland (triple, double, RBI, run), George Dakin (2 singles, RBI, run), Ben Powell (single), Colby Snow (single) and Charlie Spiegel (run).

For Mattanawcook Academy, Cody Hanscom (double, RBI, run), Logan Thompson (double), Max Woodman (run), Bailey Markie (single, run), Brayden Pepin (single, run), Corbet Arnold (double, 3 RBIs), Spencer Johnstone (single, RBI, run) and Jackson Weatherbee (RBI) had strong showings offensively.

Spiegel (2 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings) and Ben Powell (3 runs on 3 hits, 3 strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings) pitched for the Vikings.

Corbett Arnold (2 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts in 4 innings), Pepin (run on 3 hits, 4 walks, strikeout in 3 innings) and Hanscom (strikeout in an inning) pitched for the Lynx.

Softball

Mattanawcook Academy 7, Searsport 1

Mattanawcook Academy registered six hits and committed one error in the contest, while Searsport tallied two hits and committed four errors. The hosts scored their lone run in the first inning, when Jenna Keach rapped a double, stole third base and came home on a throwing error.

Leading the Vikings at the plate were Keach (double, run) and Mikaela Alley (single).

For Mattanawcook Academy, Kimberlee Voisine (single, 2 doubles, run), Katelyn Tolman (2 singles), Kourtney Thurlow (single, run), Lindsey Gelfuso (run), Haley McLaughlin (run) and Gabrielle Hamm (run) had strong showings at the plate.

Keach (7 runs on six hits, 6 strikeouts, 2 hit batters in 7 innings) worked the circle for Searsport. McLaughlin (run on 2 hits, 16 strikeouts in 6 innings) pitched for the visitors.

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

Mattanawcook Academt at Searsport baseball
Searsport hosts Mattanawcook Academy on May 30 in high school baseball. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Mattanawcook Academt at Searsport softball
Searsport hosts Mattanawcook Academy on May 30 in high school softball. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Jenna Keach, middle, and a Mattanawcook Academy runner. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Abby Stemp. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Jenna Keach. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Mikaela Alley. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Mikaela Alley. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Arianna Stemp. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Audrey Walker. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Makenna Woodward. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Makenna Woodward. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Makenna Woodward. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Ashten Wells. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Ashten Wells. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Ashten Wells. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Abby Stemp. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Jenna Keach. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Jenna Keach. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Colby Snow, left, and Isaias Therio. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Colby Snow, left, and Isaiah Runci. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Isaiah Runci. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport coach John Frye. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Kaden Harriman. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Connor Kneeland. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Connor Kneeland. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Connor Kneeland. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Isaiah Runci. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Daegan Moody. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Ben Powell. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
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