Playoffs right around the corner

12 years ago

The high school baseball and softball playoffs are just around the corner, with the preliminary games being played Tuesday, June 5, followed by the quarterfinals on Thursday, June 7 and the semifinals on Saturday, June 9.
The regional baseball finals will be on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 12-13, with state games played on Saturday, June 16.
    In Class C, the top 11 teams qualify for postseason, while in Class D, the top 13 baseball teams move into the playoffs, while in softball it remains the top 11.
In the most recent baseball Heal Point standings, Houlton is in the No. 8 position with a 4-3 record, behind top-seeded Orono (9-4); Dexter (9-4); Calais (11-0); Bucksport (9-3); Stearns (8-4); Lee Academy (7-6) and George Stevens Academy (7-5). Rounding out the top 11 teams are No. 9 Mattanawcook Academy (7-4); Fort Kent (4-8) and Madawaska (7-5).
In Class D, Central Aroostook is atop of the bracket with a 9-2-1 record, followed by No. 2 Southern Aroostook (8-3); Hodgdon (7-3) and No. 4 Deer Isle-Stonington (7-4). Finishing No. 5-13 are Bangor Christian (11-2); Shead (9-4); Woodland (7-5); Katahdin (5-4); Limestone/MSSM (8-4); Fort Fairfield (5-6); Washburn (3-6-1); Wisdom (5-5) and Jonesport-Beals (3-7).
On Monday, the Hodgdon Hawks were defeated 2-1 by visiting Shead. The Hawks opened the game with a 1-0 lead until the Tigers tied the score in the fifth and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth.
Shead’s Tom Collins pitched a complete game, with 12 strikeouts.
For Hodgdon, the Hawks used three pitchers Nick Lunn, Tyler Sherman  and Drew Gough to finish. They were backed offensively by Matt Harmon who hit an RBI-single and Erik Ryan who singled.
At Limestone, the host Eagles broke a 2-2 tie after the first to take a 9-2 lead in the third. But, GHCA battled back for a five-run fourth inning to cut into the lead. The Eagles trailed Limestone/MSSM 10-8 after four-and-a-half innings, as the northern Eagles finished the game in the bottom of the sixth by scoring eight runs.
Ethan Holmes led GHCA with three hits to drive in two runs, while Jake Long and Aaron Holmes each stroked a run-scoring single.
In Saturday baseball action, the Katahdin Cougars fell to visiting Deer-Isle Stonington, 18-4. The Mariners built an 8-2 lead after the second inning and broke the game open with an eight-run fourth inning.
Bill Livezey doubled and singled to lead Katahdin, while Spencer Anderson singled twice.
Last Friday in Mars Hill, the Southern Aroostook Warriors split with the CAHS Panthers, taking the opener 15-3, but falling in the second game, 10-4.
Dylan Porter, Parker Walker and Kaleb Burpee paced SACS’ offense with two singles apiece. Vance Gustin picked up the win, striking out five and scattering four hits.
For CAHS, Brendan York singled and doubled.
In the second game, York and Dan Brewer each posted a solo homer for the Panthers. Brewer took the win, with seven strikeouts.
For SACS, Gustin singled and doubled, while Burpee had two hits.
In last Tuesday’s action, the Cougars of Stacyville edged visiting Greater Houlton Christian Academy, 7-6.
Jesse McNally smacked a homer and double to drive in three runs for Katahdin’s offense, while Shey Lane singled and doubled. Anderson singled twice and drove in two runs for the winners. Jordan Russell earned the win, pitching a complete game.
For GHCA, Russell Socoby collected three singles, while Ethan Holmes belted a single and double.
In the recent softball Heal Point standings, the Houlton Lady Shires (3-5) are hanging on in the No. 11 position, with 11 teams qualifying for postseason.
Sitting as the top seed in Class C softball is Bucksport (12-0), followed by Calais (11-0); Dexter (10-3); Orono (9-4); Central of East Corinth (7-6); Mattanawcook Academy (9-2);  Stearns (6-6); Narraguagus (7-4); Madawaska (6-5) and No. 10 PCHS (8-5).
The East Grand Lady Vikings (8-1) are ranked second in Class D softball behind No. 1 Limestone/MSSM, with a record of 10-2. Third through 11 placement is as follows: Penobscot Valley (10-1); CAHS (8-4); Ashland (5-6); Woodland (6-6); Deer-Isle Stonington (11-0);  Southern Aroostook (6-4); Katahdin (4-5); Fort Fairfield (3-7) and Wisdom (3-6).
In last Thursday’s softball action, Central Aroostook’s Michaela King hit a three-run triple, a single and a sacrifice fly as the Lady Panthers powered by their hosts, 23-8.
Whitney Klein and Shannon Todd each added two singles with two RBIs, while Paige Garrison and Kayla Cushman each ripped RBI doubles.
For Southern Aroostook, Katie Goodall, Jillian Diaferio and Jessica Tucker singled .
Visiting Deer-Isle Stonington swept a doubleheader Saturday against Katahdin.
In the opener, the Mariners’ right-hander Sydney Ouzts allowed only two runs to pick up a 15-2 victory. Bailey McNally and Stephanie Redmond each singled twice for Katahdin.
In the second game, McNally singled twice, but the Lady Cougars were blanked 10-0.