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Vikings land: SDHS bats, Keach pitching too much for Cavaliers

Searsport punches ticket to semifinals with convincing 14-4 playoff victory
By Mark Haskell | Jun 06, 2019

Bingham — Going into the playoffs against an unfamiliar opponent often can be a difficult hurdle to clear as the No. 5 Searsport softball team opened its Class D South run with a road game on Wednesday, June 5 against No. 4 Valley.

However, sophomore shortstop Makenzie Alley would not allow doubt to creep into the minds of her teammates.

Alley got the hit parade for the Vikings — which went 14 strong — with a two-run home run as the visitors scored early and often, and bounced the home-standing Cavaliers from the postseason with a convincing 14-4 victory.

With the win, Searsport (9-8) advances to the regional semifinals when it will play at top-ranked Greenville (14-2) on Saturday, June 8 at 1 p.m.

The Vikings and Lakers played twice this season, as the Lakers earned a 3-0 win on May 4 in Greenville and 13-2 victory on May 22 in Searsport.

Valley’s season concluded at 8-5.

"The ladies played really well,” said Viking coach Christin Chase. “Valley is a team that we had never seen before and we were not sure what to expect especially because they had beat Buckfield just prior to playoffs allowing them to move a standing above us.”

However, the Vikings rode the momentum of Alley’s two-run shot in the first inning and never looked back. Alley, the team’s shortstop, also turned a double play in the bottom of the frame that helped keep the Cavaliers off the board in the early going.

“I think she really set the tone for the game and inspired the girls to their best at bat as well as to think of the next play when they received the ball,” said Chase.

In addition to their three-run first, the Vikings added four in the second, three in the fourth and four more in the seventh, while the Cavaliers scored one in the second, two in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Leading the Vikings at the plate Wednesday were Makenzie Alley (double, home run, 3 runs, 2 RBIs), Mikaela Alley (single, 3 doubles, 2 runs, RBI), Samantha Perkins (2 singles, RBI), Jenna Keach (2 singles, 3 RBIs), Abby Stemp (single, 2 doubles, 3 runs, 2 RBIs), Kyla Perkins (run), Sarah Gent (single, run), Jordan Greeley (2 runs), Emma Spiegel (run) and Abby Astbury (2 singles, run).

For the Cavaliers, Jillian Miller (single, run), Jada Ward (single), Emily Collins (single, run, RBI), Logan McDonald (single, run), Cylee Pratt (single), Kennedy Savoy (run) and Kendra Sweet (single, RBI) paced the offense.

Keach pitched for Searsport as she allowed six hits along with eight walks, with 12 strikeouts. Pratt and Brielle Hill pitched for Valley, as the duo allowed five hits and 10 walks, with eight strikeouts.

Chase said Keach continues to be a difference-maker in the pitching circle as she has averaged 11 strikeouts throughout the season.

“We have had a tough season with as many games as we have had to have back-to-back due to [poor] weather and field conditions,” she said. “This season Jenna has grown as a pitcher with more movement and pitches as well as the communication and intensity she keeps on the field.”

The Vikings hope to keep that momentum going Saturday against the top-ranked Lakers.

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