East Grand to play Shead; Katahdin girls’ season ends

12 years ago

    The Katahdin Lady Cougars lost a close decision in their play-off game against Shead in Eastport on Monday, 4-3.
    The game was tied at 2-all when Katahdin scored a run in the top of the fourth to take the lead. They held Shead scoreless until the bottom of the seventh when the Tigers’ Randi DeWitt banged a two-out, two-run double to steal the win.
    DeWitt also singled to back her cause on the mound and was supported by Arika Mitchell who drove in a run and Jenny Cushman who singled.
    The Shead Tigers will travel to Danforth on Thursday to face the top-seeded Class D East Grand. The teams split on the season in a doubleheader, with East Grand taking the opening win, 9-5, and falling in the second contest, 3-2.
    “They are a good team and we are somewhat evenly matched,” said East Grand coach Shawn Beaudoin.  “It’s anybody’s game on any given day.”
    In the last couple of years, the Lady Vikings haven’t been able to make it past the first round of the playoffs due to their inexperience.
    “We are still that way, actually,” said Beaudoin. “The girls are excited and they are much more confident about [their chances in the playoffs] this year.”
    Kaitlyn Beaudoin is the team’s lone senior, but coach Beaudoin recognizes it takes more than his girls, who anchor the team — Shaunna catching and Kaitlyn pitching — to have reached the top position and put together a solid play-off run.
    “Our core group has played well throughout the season,” he said. “The core group is what guides the team.”
    The core group consists of his daughter, Shaunna, along with Jayne Cousins, Elisha Farley and Allie McEwen.
    “Jayne’s sister, Theresa, is also doing quite well,” he added. “We also have four freshmen playing.”
    The key for East Grand to win lies in their hitting.
    “We need to hit and not hit at them,” Beaudoin said indicating that is what happened in their last meeting with Shead. “Our defense is much better than last year, and our hitting is just starting to come around for us the way I like to have it.”
    Overall, the East Grand girls are playing cohesive ball.
    “The attitude is much different this year,” said coach Beaudoin. “I am pleased with all of them. We have a lot of girls returning next year, so this is something they should continue in the years to come. They feel like they will keep going. They don’t feel like tomorrow is their last day.”