High school softball

First-inning surge helps Bucks oust Vikings from postseason

By Staff | Jun 12, 2017

Buckfield — The sixth-seeded Searsport softball team — the last squad to qualify for the playoffs in Class D South — essentially played with house money as it hit the road to face No. 3 Buckfield on Wednesday, June 7 in the quarterfinals.

But the Bucks’ talents — particular at the plate — were on display early and often as they took a comfortable first-inning lead and never looked back en route to a 9-2 victory.

With the win, Buckfield advanced to face No. 2 Greenville on Saturday, June 10. Greenville won that game 7-6.

Searsport’s season wrapped at 7-10.

On Wednesday, Buckfield plated five runs in the first inning, added another in the second, two more in the third and one in the fifth. Searsport scored one in the third and fifth innings.

The first five batters of the game reached and eventually crossed the plate for Buckfield, compounded by a pair of Searsport errors in the frame.

“I think my girls played very well against Buckfield,” said Searsport coach Christin Chase. “They were just slow getting started in the first inning, which is what killed us.”

Leading the Vikings at the plate were Ashten Wells (single, 2 runs), Chari Guzman (double, single, run), Mikaela Alley (single), Makenna Woodward (single) and Arianna Stemp (single).

For the Bucks, Kali Litchfield (single, run), Cassidy Hart (double, 2 singles, 2 runs), Hannah Shields (triple, run), Caroline Trimm (run), Kathryn Henderson (single), Abigail Shields (2 runs), Abigail Fogg (2 singles, run), Mackenzie Richardson (single) and Déja Bennett (double, run) paced the offense.

Jenna Keach pitched for the Vikings, allowing 10 hits and two walks, with eight strikeouts. Abigail Shields pitched for the Bucks, allowing six hits and five walks, with six strikeouts.

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