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Cougars advance to semis with win over Woodland

STACYVILLE, Maine — A strong pitching performance from Katahdin junior Lily Cullen lifted the top-ranked Cougars of Stacyville to a 9-5 Class D North quarterfinal victory over No. 9 Woodland Thursday afternoon.

Cullen twirled a complete game, striking out 10 Woodland batters, and also ripped two doubles at the plate to help her cause.

“The girls had a few early playoff jitters, but played through them,” Katahdin coach Justin Stevens said. “They played well, kept battling the entire game and never gave up once.”

Katahdin (14-1 overall) advances to Saturday’s semifinal contest against No. 4 Stearns (14-3) of Millinocket. Stearns defeated No. 5 Ashland, 7-6, Thursday in the quarterfinals. That game will be played at 3:15 p.m.

Collectively, the Cougars bashed 11 hits in the game with Emma McNally adding two doubles, Kayla Parsons (2 singles), Erin Lake, Makayla Hartsgrove and Jordyn Gardner each with a double, and Lindsay Drew and Shelby Lewis each with a single.

For Woodland (7-9 overall), Sadie Smith struck out two inside the pitching circle. Belle Moody and Dani Poole each had a triple, while Kenzie Campbell, Smith, Emily Curtis and Courtney Francis each had a single.

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