High school baseball and softball

Eight Viking diamond athletes honored as PVC all-conference

Grant top player, Spiegel pitcher of year
By Staff | Jul 03, 2017

Searsport — The Penobscot Valley Conference unveiled its Class D all-conference selections, which proved positive news for members of the Searsport baseball and softball teams.

The Waldo County squads had four members selected for first team or honorable mention, as two Vikings nabbed the conference’s highest individual honors.

On the baseball side, Barrett Grant, Charlie Spiegel, Mitchell Philbrook and Ben Powell secured first-team all-conference honors.

For his play, Grant was named PVC player of the year, while Spiegel was tabbed as the league's pitcher of the year.

On the softball side, Jenna Keach and Mikaela Alley nabbed first-team all-conference honors, while Meghan Grant and Audrey Walker were honorable mentions.

The following is a breakdown of statistics for each player:


Grant — At the plate, Grant sported a .516 batting average, with 11 doubles, 20 RBIs, 32 runs, had a .603 on-base percentage, struck out only four times and swiped a whopping 53 bases on 55 attempts. From the catcher position, he threw out nine runners and had only one passed ball. He also was a finalist for the the Dr. John W. Winkin 2017 Mr. Maine Baseball award

Spiegel — On the mound in the regular season, Spiegel was 10-0 and and gave up only two earned runs, allowed 18 hits in 49 innings pitched and struck out 70 against only 21 walks. At the plate, he batted .353, with 18 RBIs, 14 runs, 20 stolen bases, seven doubles, six walks and a .478 OBP.

Powell — At the plate, Powell had a .383 batting average, with 18 RBIs, 19 runs, 32 stolen bases and three doubles. On the mound — where he became the team’s closer midseason — he went 1-1 in 19 innings of work (one start) and recorded seven saves. In the field at third base, he had only one error and 19 putouts.

Philbrook — At the plate, Philbrook led the team in hits with 33 (17 doubles), had a .606 batting average, drew 13 walks (4 intentional) and was 39-of-39 in stolen-base attempts in the regular season. He also hit a walk-off homerun — the only home run of the season for Searsport — to lift the Vikings to their third straight state Class D championship.


Keach — At the plate, Keach had 19 hits (15 singles, 3 doubles, triple), 17 runs scored, four RBIs with a .404 batting average. In the pitching circle, Keach pitched 19 games and had a 4.65 earned run average. She struck out 152 batters, walked 54 and hit 15. In the field, she had an 86 fielding percentage and recorded 47 putouts.

Alley — At the plate, Alley had 16 hits (11 singles, 5 doubles), eight RBIs, 11 runs with a .356 batting average. In the field, Alley had an 87 fielding percentage and recorded 40 putouts.

Grant — At the plate, Grant had 18 hits (15 singles, 2 doubles, triple), five RBIs, 23 runs with a .383 batting average. In the field, Grant had a 74 fielding percentage, 11 putouts, three assists and was part of a triple play turned for the Vikings.

Walker — At the plate, Walker had 17 hits (11 singles, 6 doubles), seven RBIs, 11 runs scored and a .321 batting average. In the field, Walker had an 80 fielding percentage, recorded 34 putouts and had five assists.

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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.

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