High school baseball

Business as usual: Searsport makes quick work of Forest Hills, Buckfield

Three-time defending state Class D champion Vikings move on to reginal final June 13
By Mark Haskell | Jun 08, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell Searsport's Daegan Moody tosses a pitch against Forest Hills on June 6 in a high school baseball game. The host Vikings beat the Tigers 13-0 in five innings in a Class D South quarterfinal playoff game.

Searsport — Small ball and speed on the bases — as it has been in the past and current — has been the name of the game for the top-ranked Searsport baseball team.

That trend continued for the three-time defending state Class D champions in their two regional home playoff games, a quarterfinal clash with No. 8 Forest Hills of Jackman on Wednesday, June 6 and a semifinal contest with No. 4 Buckfield on Friday, June 8 at Lloyd F. Rainey Field.

The talented Vikings made quick work of the Tigers (5-9) and Bucks (11-7), beating both in five innings. Searsport downed Forest Hills 13-0 and Buckfield 12-2.

With that, the Vikings (12-6) punched their ticket to another berth in the regional championship game, where they will play No. 2 Richmond (16-1, a 3-1 semifinal winner over No. 3 Greenville, 14-4) on Wednesday, June 13 at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph's College in Standish.

During the regular season, Searsport did not play Richmond, but did lose 13-1 to Greenville. The Vikings also did not play the Tigers or Bucks during the regular season.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

Searsport 12, Buckfield 2 (5 inns.)

At Searsport June 8, the Vikings punched their ticket to their fourth straight regional title game with a semifinal walkoff win over the Bucks. Searsport scored five in the second, three in the fourth and walked off with the victory with a four-run fifth. Buckfield pushed its two runs across in the third.

Leading the Vikings at the plate were Daegan Moody (3 runs, 2 stolen bases), Ben Powell (4 singles, 3 runs, 5 RBIs), Colby Snow (3 singles, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases, 2 RBIs), Charlie Spiegel (2 singles, 2 RBIs), Liam MacMillan (run, stolen base), George Dakin (single, run), Kaden Harriman (run), Connor Kneeland (stolen base) and Isaiah Runci (run, stolen base).

For the Bucks, Shane St. Pierre (single), Ethan Jackson (2 singles, run), Zach Grover (single, run, stolen base), Cole Merrill (single) and Kaleb Harvey (single) paced the offense.

Charlie Spiegel went the distance on the hill for Searsport, allowing six hits and one walk, with seven strikeouts. Rick Kraske pitcked for Buckfield, allowing 10 hits and six walks, with two strikeouts.

Searsport 12, Forest Hills 0 (5 inns.)

Against Forest Hills, the Vikings were led at the plate by Daegan Moody (double, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, stolen base), Ben Powell (double, run, 2 RBIs, stolen base), Colby Snow (2 runs, stolen base, RBI), Charlie Spiegel (double, single, 3 RBIs, run, stolen base), Liam MacMillan (2 runs, 2 stolen bases), George Dakin (single, stolen base), Kaden Harriman (run, stolen base), Gabe Kneeland (single, run, stolen base) and Connor Kneeland (2 singles, 3 runs, stolen base, RBI).

For the Tigers, Carson Veilleux (single, stolen base), Caleb Lacasse (single), Hunter Cuddy (single), Jack Hoyt (single) and David Lessard (stolen base) paced the offense.

Searsport implemented an interesting strategy for Wednesday’s quarterfinal at the mound, using five pitchers — one per inning — over the course of the contest. Thus, Spiegel, Isaiah Runci, Moody, Connor Kneeland and Powell combined for a four-hit shutout with the quintet walking one batter and striking out seven.

Lacasse pitched most of the way for Forest Hills, giving way late in the fourth inning to Veilleux after Lacasse reached his pitch count. The duo allowed eight hits, walked seven and hit two batters, along with four strikeouts.

The Vikings jumped out of the gate quickly when Moody drew a walk, stole second base and moved to third on a passed ball before he scored on an error. Spiegel followed suit with an RBI-single — to plate Snow — before he came in to score on a passed ball.

MacMillan reached on an error, moved to second on a balk and took third on a wild pitch. He was caught in a momentary pickle between third base and the plate, but scampered home on a fielding error to put the hosts up 4-0 in the first.

The runs continued to pile up for Searsport in the second when Connor Kneeland singled, stole second base and motored to third on an error before scoring on a sacrifice bunt by Moody. Powell then reached on a walk and after Snow reached via being hit by a pitch, Spiegel plated both with a two-run double as the Viking advantage swelled to seven runs.

Moody got in on the action in the third frame with a two-run double and scored on an double by Powell to give Searsport a 10-run lead.

Forest Hills at Searsport baseball
Searsport hosts Forest Hills on June 6 in high school baseball. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Searsport's Daegan Moody, right, and coach Mel Grant. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Colby Snow. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Colby Snow. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Daegan Moody. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Liam MacMillan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Liam MacMillan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's George Dakin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's George Dakin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Liam MacMillan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Kaden Harriman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Kaden Harriman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaiah Runci. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Ben Powell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Connor Kneeland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's George Dakin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaiah Runci. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaiah Runci. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Ben Powell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Ben Powell, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaias Therio. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaias Therio. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Isaias Therio, right, and Forest Hills' Hunter Cuddy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Connor Kneeland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Cody Reynolds. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Searsport's Liam MacMillan, left, and Forest Hills' Brandon Gilbo. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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Mark Haskell
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.

Mark loves iced coffee, cargo shorts, spending time with friends and family and suffers no longer after his beloved Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn, his sons Beckett and Austin and daughter Lila.

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