Presque Isle tops in jr. softball

14 years ago

    PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – In the championship game of the Aroostook County Junior Girls Softball Tournament, held Thursday, Presque Isle bested Limestone, 7-1.

    In the match up with Limestone, who had beaten Ashland in the semifinal round, Presque Isle held on to a slim 2-1 lead after three innings before posting three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth inning to put the game away.
Presque Isle, which topped Fort Fairfield in the semis, struggled early with the gloves in the title game, but played well on the defensive side over the final few innings. Olivia Hudson pitched her best game of the day by striking out six, walking two and not allowing a hit through four innings. Kelsey Gilson came in and struck out three batters and walked two to complete the no-hitter.
Limestone played very well in the championship, but could not get its offense going against Presque Isle, which also won the Maine Potato Blossom Festival tournament two weeks earlier. Limestone played strong defensively and forced Presque Isle to earn every run it scored.
Washburn, Madawaska, Caribou and Houlton were other teams in the tournament.
In the Presque Isle in-house league, the Thunder jumped out to an early lead and held on for the 10-9 win over the Mudcats. Kalie Ward scored three times followed by Jessica Cameron, Brittany Wilson, and Lee Ireland with two runs each. Cameron and Wilson each provided a hit. Defensively, both teams played very well, committing one error each. The Mudcats received two runs from both Emma Kinney and Alexis Bell. Hailey Cameron and Samantha Plummer-Morgan also provided a hit each.
The Rockhounds downed the shorthanded Mudcats, 9-5. Emily Colligan, Taylor Williams and Hailey Cameron provided one hit each for the Mudcats. Alexis Bell, Matteah Michaud, Williams, Cameron and Colligan each scored a run. Olivia Hudson spun a three-hitter for the Rockhounds while striking out three batters and walking three. Kelsey Gilson came on in the fifth inning and only surrendered one run over the final two innings. Megan Seward and Gilson both hit home runs, while Amy Seeley and Cameo Madore each added a hit.
The Thunder mustered five runs in the top of the fifth inning, then held the Rockhounds scoreless in the bottom of the inning to salvage the tie. This game was a back and forth affair. The Rockhounds were led offensively by Megan Seward, who hit two home runs and had five runs batted in. Tori Harvath and Grace Braley provided a double each to help the offense. Amy Seeley, Olivia Hudson, Bailee Robichaud and Emma O’Connell all scored twice. The Thunder took advantage of several walks and timely hits to stay close in this game. Jessica Cameron and Megan McKnight both hit well, providing two hits each. Megan McKnight took the mound in the fifth inning and held the Rockhounds scoreless.
The Thunder held on for a 12-11 victory over the Mudcats. Jessica Cameron and Megan McKnight led the way with two hits, followed by Shelby Shaw, and Brittany Wilson with a hit each. Taylor Williams and Emily Colligan provided the offensive punch with two hits each.
Alexis Bell pitched very well striking out six and only allowing six hits. Jordi Legassie made the play of the day by grabbing a ground ball, stepping on second for one out then throwing to first to complete the double play.
The playoffs wrap up this week, with the championship game set for 6 p.m. Thursday.