High school baseball

Back where they belong, Spiegel-led Vikings surge to another championship game

Searsport, with three recent state titles under its belt, in regional final for fifth straight year
By Mark Haskell | Jun 09, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Searsport's Isaiah Runci, left, and George Dakin, back, along with Greenville's Nick Caiazzo, front, and Camden Harmon on June 8 in high school baseball. The umpire is Chris Barstow. The host Vikings beat the Lakers 10-0 in six innings in a Class D South semifinal playoff game.

Searsport — Following the Class D South semifinal playoff game between top-ranked Searsport and No. 4 Greenville on Saturday, June 8, Viking coach John Frye was complimentary of Laker starting pitcher Camden Harmon.

“They’ve lived on his arm all year long and he’s done one hell of a job.,” the veteran Viking coach said. “He easily could have been pitcher of the year [in our conference].”

Unfortunately for the Lakers, they were given the unenviable task of trying to solve senior Viking hurler — and Penobscot Valley Conference player and pitcher of the year — Charlie Spiegel.

Watch video and see more photos below.

And Spiegel did not do the Lakers any favors Saturday afternoon as he struck out the first eight batters, while his teammates rode that momentum late in the game to the tune of a five-run sixth inning and walked off with a 10-0, six-inning victory.

With the win, Searsport (13-4), which earned a bye to the semifinals by virtue of its No. 1 seed, advances to the Class D South championship game, where it will face No. 2 Richmond (11-5) on Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m. (moved back a half hour from original time due to inclement weather) at St. Joseph’s College in Standish.

For the Vikings, who won back-to-back-to-back state titles 2015-2017, it will be their fifth straight regional championship appearance.

The Vikings lost to the Bobcats 14-6 in last year’s regional championship.

The teams did not face each other during the regular season. Richmond beat No. 3 Buckfield (9-7) 14-2 in five innings in the semifinals.

Greenville, which beat No. 5 Forest Hills of Jackman 22-3 and also split with the Vikings in the regular season (13-2 loss, 5-1 win), saw its campaign conclude at 11-7.

On Saturday, Spiegel tossed a 62-pitch gem and was pulled after five innings as he yielded no hits and walked two, while striking out 13 of the 18 batters he faced.

Josh Wright tossed the final frame in relief, allowing one hit.

“I knew that I had to lead by example and just come out with a lot of energy,” said Spiegel. “This team has a lot of younger guys and they look up to the captains, so when we come out with a lot of energy, they bring their ‘A’ game. Everybody stepped up and everybody did their job.”

“Charlie was dominant from the first pitch to the 62nd pitch he threw,” said Frye. “He never let up, he worked his curveball in.”

Harmon, who finished second in the PVC in the pitcher-of-the-year voting, went five innings on the mound for Greenville, while Jay Owens worked the sixth. The duo combined to allow five hits, seven walks, three hit batters and one crucial balked the ended the game in a walkoff for the Vikings. Harmon and Owens also struck out a combined 10 batters for the Lakers.

“The Harmon kid is their ace and he shut us down last game,” said Frye. “We just couldn’t come up with a big hit when they beat us 5-1 here at home. But once we got runners on [today], it just kept going and going and we knew if we could put the ball in play we’d have a good chance [to win].”

Leading the Vikings at the dish were Daegan Moody (single, stolen base, 2 runs), Isaiah Runci (2 singles, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases), Spiegel (run, stolen base), Colby Snow (run), Wright (run), Aaron Wiley (run), Kaden Harriman (double), Dylan O’Brien (run), Cody Reynolds (single) and Isaias Therio (run).

For the Lakers, Caleb Snell singled for the lone hit.

In addition to their five-run sixth inning, Searsport also scored one in the first and third stanzas along with a three-run fourth.

Searsport scored early after Moody was hit by a pitch, stole second base and came in on an error and doubled its lead in the third when Runci legged out an infield single, stole second base and moved to third after a Spiegel walk and Snow was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Runci came across the plate on a passed ball to make the score 2-0.

Searsport opened the game in the fourth, which began when Wiley drew a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Reynolds.

Moody narrowly reached on an infield bunt single, while Runci was hit by a pitch moments later to load the bases for the Vikings.

Spiegel plated Runci on a fielder’s choice, while a second run came in moments later on an error to give the hosts a five-run lead.

The Vikings were aided by four walks in the sixth inning by Greenville pitching, while O’Brien crossed the plate after Owens was called for a balk, which proved the game-ending run for Searsport.

Now, the Vikings turn their focus to the Bobcats. And if Spiegel’s feelings are any indication, they will be ready come Tuesday.

“We’re going to want it that much more than them,” said Spiegel. “They’re coming in looking at us as the favorites, but I think that they’re underestimating us a little bit. They had people scouting us here and I saw some of the younger guys step up today. If the top part of the order does their job and we all bring our ‘A’ game like the bottom part of the order did today ... they’re not going to know what hit them.”

“I went down and watched them play early in the year,” said Frye. “They’re very young, they’re aggressive [and] they’re still Richmond. Very fast on the bases, good pitching, well-coached. But we’ve been waiting all year to get another chance at them from last year and I think our guys will be ready.”

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Searsport hosts Greenville on June 8 in high school baseball. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Josh Wright, right, and Colby Snow. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's George Dakin, left, and Charlie Spiegel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Colby Snow, middle, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Josh Wright. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Cody Reynolds. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel, front, and Josh Wright. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Daegan Moody. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaiah Runci, right, and Greenville catcher Nick Caiazzo. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaiah Runci, right, and Greenville catcher Nick Caiazzo. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaiah Runci, right, as well as Greenville's Camden Harmon, middle, and Caleb Snell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaiah Runci. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaiah Runci, right, and Greenville's A.J. Burns. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaiah Runci, right, and Greenville's A.J. Burns. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaiah Runci, right, and Greenville's A.J. Burns. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaiah Runci, right, and Greenville's A.J. Burns. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaiah Runci, left, and Greenville's Chris Caiazzo. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's George Dakin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaiah Runci, middle, and George Dakin, back, along with Greenville's Nick Caiazzo, left, and Camden Harmon. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaiah Runci, middle, and George Dakin, back, along with Greenville's Nick Caiazzo, left, and Camden Harmon. The umpire is Chris Barstow. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaiah Runci, middle, and George Dakin, back, along with Greenville's Nick Caiazzo, left, and Camden Harmon. The umpire is Chris Barstow. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Josh Wright. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel, left, and coach Mel Grant. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Josh Wright. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Aaron Wiley, middle, along with Greenville's Camden Harmon, left, and A.J. Burns. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Aaron Wiley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Aaron Wiley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel, left, and Greenville's A.J. Burns. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel, left, and Greenville's A.J. Burns. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's George Dakin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's George Dakin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Colby Snow. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Kaden Harriman, left, and Gabe Kneeland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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