Play-offs begin in baseball, softball

12 years ago

Houlton freshman Howe hits grand slam
    High school baseball and softball teams are playing their last week of the regular season, with some teams preparing for the play-offs.
    The preliminary games begin 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.
    On Monday, Houlton split with host Stearns, with the boys picking up a 13-5 win, while girls lost 14-9.
    In baseball action, the Shires’ Hunter Hanning doubled and singled to drive in two runs.
Houlton Pioneer Times photograph/Gloria Austin
sp-htlsoft-dc1-pt-22THROWS — Marina Cameron of Houlton leaves the circle to field a grounder hit by a Hodgdon batter during last Friday’s game in Hodgdon. The Lady Shires topped Hodgdon, 21-5 in Hodgdon last Friday and defeated Hodgdon in their first match up 36-14 in Houlton. Mikaela Tuttle watches in the background.

    On Saturday, the Shires defeated Stearns, 11-5, behind Hanning, who improved his pitching record to 4-1 with a pointworthy win over Stearns.
    Hanning also had a bases-clearing triple in the seventh inning to go along with a double and single. Gage Hunt and Jimmy Fitzpatrick combined to have five base hits and five stolen bases, while scoring five of Houlton’s runs.
    At Fort Kent on Saturday, Houlton topped Fort Kent 15-1 in the opener behind freshman Dan Howe’s grand slam homerun in the fourth inning. Hunt and Kole Buzzeo had two singles and an RBI apiece, while Ian Bauersfeld doubled and singled to drive in four runs.
    In the second game of the doubleheader in Fort Kent, Houlton won 11-9 behind a three-run home run by Hanning; and a triple and single by Hunt, who also drove in two runs. Jake Drew and Bauersfeld each added two hits.
    Last Friday, the Shiretowners led 8-2, but the Hawks rallied back over the last two innings to take a 9-8 win.
    Hodgdon’s comeback came behind three walks, a hit batter, two strikeouts on wild pitches where runners reached first, an error and three hits.
    “The wheels just really fell off in those two innings and we weren’t able to gather ourselves and settle down,” said Houlton coach Shawn Graham.
     However, the game was won on a play at third base, which allotted Hodgdon the winning run.
    A pop up to third base was caught for the second out, but Houlton’s fielder stepped out of play awarding the runner on third an extra base.
    For Hodgdon, Erik Ryan doubled and singled, while Nick Lunn had a pair of singles and Hudson had an RBI-single in the seventh.
    For Houlton, Howe singled three times and drove in a run while Hanning, Hunt and Drew each had two hits.
    Against Millinocket last Saturday, the game was tied at 8-all after the fourth, but Stearns rallied for a six-run sixth to claim the victory.
    Ashley Rollins doubled twice and drove in six runs, while Taylor Pelkey added three singles and an RBI for Stearns.
    For Houlton, the Lady Shires had built an 8-6 lead after three, but watched it slip away. Jackie Hodgkins singled twice and drove in three runs, while Marina Cameron singled twice to bring in two runs.
    On Saturday, Hodgdon edged Katahdin 11-9 behind a balanced offense of Jonah Sarchfield’s homer and single, along with Harmon’s two doubles and single; Lunn’s two doubles and Drew Gough’s pair of singles.
    For Katahdin, Bill Livezey tripled and singled, while Victor Cloukey and Travis Gallagher each doubled and singled.
    The Hawks held a 6-5 lead through three innings before giving themselves a bit of a cushion after the fifth, 11-5. The Cougars battled back to score four runs in the sixth to make the score closer.
    In softball action, Woodland took an early lead, 8-1 after three, en route to a 14-1 win over Southern Aroostook in Dyer Brook.
Houlton Pioneer Times photograph/Gloria Austin
sp-htlbase-dc9-pt-22LOOSE BALL — Nick Lunn of Hodgdon slides into third base, as Hunter Hanning of Houlton waits for the ball to reach his glove. With the ball still in the air, Lunn was able to reach it safely. The Hawks came back in the last two innings to steal a 9-8 win from the Shiretowners last Friday in Hodgdon.

    Woodland pitcher Whitney Bassett had nine strikeouts, no walks, and gave up one earned run to win the game. Her teammates Kaylin Pinney hit a two-run double, a single, and a sacrifice fly-RBI. Diora Sockabasin hit two singles with an RBI. Taylor Cochran and Mikayla Hamilton each singled.
    For SACS, Kaitlyn Sommers doubled, singled twice and drove in a run, while Shanna Porter doubled. Jess Tucker singled and scored the Warriors’ only run in the third inning.
    In Stacyville, the Katahdin girls scored early and often to take a 19-7 win over visiting Hodgdon.
    Megan Merry doubled twice and singled, while Makayla Patterson collected three singles and Bailey McNally added two singles.
    For Hodgdon, Kim Levesque doubled and singled, while Maya Gardiner doubled.
    Last Friday, the Katahdin Lady Cougars fell to Bangor Christian, 4-2, as the Patriots broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run sixth inning.
    Merry, Ashley Randall, Maryssa McDonald each singled twice, while Patterson doubled.
    Last Thursday, the visiting Greater Houlton Christian Academy Eagles downed Katahdin, 10-7.
    Ethan Holmes and Adam Little each collected three hits, as Holmes doubled and singled twice and Little shot two doubles and a single. Aaron Holmes added a pair of singles.
    For Katahdin, Maverick Elwell had a solo homer and double, while Shey Lane singled twice.
    The game was tied at 3-all after three innings, but the Eagles used a six-run fourth to take the lead for good.
    In Stacyville last Thursday, the East Grand girls topped Katahdin, 4-3.
    Kaitlyn Beaudoin singled twice and threw a six-hitter for East Grand. Allie McEwen and Chelsea Winarski each doubled.
    For Katahdin, Merry and Randall each had a pair of hits.
    At Mars Hill last Thursday, Vicki McIntyre hurled a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts to defeat Southern Aroostook, 24-7.
    Olivia Raymond doubled for SACS.
    McIntyre tripled twice and drove in two runs, while Paige Fletcher singled twice, doubled and brought in two runs. Rachael Grew added a pair of hits.
    Last Wednesday, East Grand blanked visiting Hodgdon 12-0 behind K. Beaudoin’s two doubles and four RBIs. Elisha Farley added three hits and three RBIs. Beaudoin hurled a shutout with 11 strikeouts.
    For Hodgdon, MacKenzie York doubled and Sara Fitzpatrick singled.
    In Dyer Brook last Wednesday, Madawaska’s Katie Cyr had a two-run double and single, while Shannon Blanchette had two singles and two RBIs to lead the Owls to the victory. For SACS, Sable Altvater hit a two-run homerun and Kaitlyn Sommers had an RBI-double and a single.
    Last Wednesday, the Houlton Shiretowners picked up a 5-0 win over Hodgdon in their first game of a two-game series.
    Hanning threw a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts and one walk, given up in the fifth. Hanning led the offense with a triple, double and RBI, while Isaiah Straubel singled and drove in a run.
    Against Caribou last Tuesday, Houlton took a 4-2 win as Gage Hunt singled three time, drove in a run and stole a base. Jimmy Fitzpatrick tripled, stole a base and drove in a run for Houlton, as well.
    The Hodgdon Lady Hawks were defeated 21-7 by visiting Central Aroostook last Tuesday.
    CAHS McIntyre singled twice, while Michaela King collected three base hits.
    For Hodgdon, Fitzpatrick, Levesque and York all tripled.
    Last Tuesday, East Grand split with Shead, as K. Beaudoin led her team with two triples and four RBIs to a 9-5 first-game win. Jayne Cousins and Theresa Cousins each singled. McEwen singled and brought in a run while Farley and Cassidy Wood each drove in a run.
Houlton Pioneer Times photograph/Gloria Austin
sp-htlbase-dc11-pt-22SAFE — Drew Gough of Hodgdon dives into home plate safely during last Friday night’s game against Houlton. Gough knocked the ball out of Jacob Drew’s glove of Houlton on a close play at the plate.

    In the second contest, Shaunna Beaudoin singled for East Grand who lost 3-2.
    At Houlton, the Caribou Vikings toppled their hosts, 15-0. Emily Staples struck out 13 Houlton batters for a perfect five-inning game.
    The Lady Cougars topped Bangor Christian 6-2, as Randall gave up two first-inning runs but clamped down the rest of the way to shut out the Patriots.
    Merry and McNally each singled twice to drive in two runs for Katahdin.
    On the boys’ side, Bangor Christian prevailed 9-3.
    Livezey and Spencer Anderson led Katahdin with two singles and an RBI each.
    The Hawks fell to visiting Central Aroostook 9-4, as Corey Richardson singled and drove in three runs. Derek Rusby singled twice and Dan Brewer added a single and plated a run.
    For Hodgdon, Matt Harmon doubled, singled and drove in a run, while Chris Hudson singled and drove in a run. Tristan Larson added a double.
    The Southern Aroostook Warriors overpowered GHCA, 14-2.
    Dylan Porter led SACS with two homers and a double for four RBIs, while Patrick Goodall blasted a solo homer. Goodall threw a one-hitter over five innings. Joe Frazier added three singles and Vance Gustin two more base hits in the win.
    For GHCA, E. Holmes singled.