Vikes hand Ponies first loss of season

11 years ago
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    Matt Milliard of the Vikings runs past first base as PI pitcher Saul Nunez tries to make a play during last Tuesday’s game at CHS. Caribou won, 4-0.

By Kevin Sjoberg
Sports Reporter

    The Caribou Vikings knocked off the team that had been the only undefeated one remaining in the Eastern Maine Class B ranks, and came close to beating them in the other half of Saturday’s doubleheader as well.

    Caribou used a masterful pitching performance by Matt Curry in a 4-0 win over Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft in the second game of a twinbill.
    Curry tossed a five-hit shutout, striking out four and walking only one over his seven innings of work.
    Mike Selander and Curry were also Caribou’s offensive leaders with two hits each, while Matt Milliard scored a pair of runs and also singled.
    In the first game, the Ponies came from behind by scoring three times in the bottom of the sixth for a 5-4 triumph.
    Caribou had trailed 2-1 after five, but scored three times courtesy of a two-out, bases-clearing double off the bat of Matt Frost.
    Dean Walker had three hits in support of hard-luck losing pitcher Sean Sadler, who yielded seven hits and did not walk a batter over his six innings. Matt Manter added a pair of hits and scored twice for the Vikes, who own a 7-5 record with single games remaining against Houlton (at home today) and at Presque Isle (Wednesday, May 29) along with a home doubleheader against Ellsworth Saturday.
    The win over Foxcroft moved Caribou into ninth place in Eastern Maine Class B. The Vikes had also shut out Presque Isle at home last Tuesday, 4-0. Sadler tossed a three-hitter and Walker had a double and a single and scored twice.
    The Caribou softball team was able to sweep the Ponies Saturday by scores of 8-2 and 19-4. Still, the team finds itself in 16th place in the rankings with its 5-5 record, with only the top 13 squads moving into the post-season.

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    Caribou catcher Kristin Plante catches a pop up during last Tuesday’s game against PI.

    During the weekend doubleheader, the Vikings dominated a Foxcroft team that has won only once all season. Kelsie Espling had an inside-the-park homer and a single and drove in three runs as Jordyn Doucette notched the pitching victory.
    In game two, Victoria Bouchard banged out four hits, including a pair of doubles, and had six RBIs to key Caribou at the plate. Winning pitcher Amber Bonewicz had three hits and knocked in three, while Espling had two more hits and added four RBIs.
    Last Tuesday, the Vikes were beaten at home by Presque Isle, 13-7. The Wildcats put together five-run rallies in both the fifth and seventh innings to earn the victory. Liza Buck’s two-run homer in the first got PI going. Jillian Flynn had three single and Carly Bell also had three hits for the winners.
    Bouchard hit a two-run homer and also doubled to spearhead the Vikes’ offense. Doucette and Kristin Plante both singled twice.
    The Limestone-MSSM Eagles moved into the No. 1 position in the EM Class D softball standings after besting Fort Fairfield, Wisdom and East Grand to remain undefeated.
    In the 17-2 win over the Tigers last Wednesday, the Eagles outhit FF, 14-2, with Melissa Cantafio and Ellyzabeth Bencivenga leading the way with three each. Limestone-MSSM put seven runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back.
    Alexis Coiley and Abbey Player had the hits for the Tigers.
    The schools’ baseball teams also met, with FF earning a big 8-5 win. Austin Bernier was the winning pitcher, while his cousin, Chris Bernier, suffered his first loss. The Tigers (8-3) outscored the Eagles (8-3) over the final four innings, 8-1, to capture the come-from-behind victory.
    Tyler Churchill and Nate Guimond had two hits each for Fort, while Chris Bernier’s two hits and three RBIs paced Limestone-MSSM.