HODGDON, Maine -- April 25, 2022 -- Hodgdon's Marissa Dow delivers a pitch to the plate during Monday's season-opening game against Southern Aroostook. The visiting Warriors were victorious 14-9. (Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times)
HODGDON, Maine — A picturesque April afternoon provided the perfect backdrop for Monday’s season-opening baseball and softball contests between Hodgdon and Southern Aroostook.
On the baseball diamond, Hodgdon rolled to a 9-1 victory over visiting Southern Aroostook of Dyer Brook. Drew Duttweiler earned the win on the mound striking out nine over five innings.
Duttweiler helped his cause with a double and a walk, scoring two runs. He was also hit by a pitch. TJ Fitzpatrick doubled and walked twice for the Hawks.
For Southern Aroostook Trafton Russell singled twice and scored a run while Camden Porter doubled, singled and was walked.
HODGDON, Maine — April 25, 2022 — Hodgdon first baseman Garrett Estabrook makes a leaping catch of a pop fly as Southern Aroostook’s Hunter Burpee races back to the bag during Monday’s season-opening game in Hodgdon. Backing up the play is Hodgdon second baseman Josh McGillicuddy. (Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times)
HODGDON, Maine — April 25, 2022 — Hodgdon’s Drew Duttweiler (right) gets hit by a pitch during Monday’s season-opening game against Southern Aroostook. Waiting for the ball is SA catcher Camden Porter. (Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times)
HODGDON, Maine — April 25, 2022 — Diving back to first base is Hodgdon’s Troy Hipsley (right) as Southern Aroostook first baseman Brennan Burpee awaits the ball during Monday’s season-opener. (Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times)
In the softball game, Southern Aroostook’s Madison Russell pitched the win as the Warriors notched a 14-9 victory over the Hawks. Russell struck out 12 in tossing a complete game, complete game.
Jennah Brooks had two two hits, including a two-out, two-run single. Jayniece Wenzloff added a double with an RBI, and Russell chipped in with a single and drove in a run.
“We took advantage of several walks and HBPs and ran the bases well,” Southern Aroostook coach Paul Sherman said.
Marissa Dow pitched for Hodgdon. Aleyah Matheson had a grand slam and a double, while Dow added two doubles and a single.
HODGDON, Maine — April 25, 2022 — Scampering home on a passed ball is Southern Aroostook’s Maddie Shields (middle) as Hodgdon pitcher Marissa Dow covers the plate. To the left is Hodgdon catcher Aleyah Matheson and SA batter Jayniece Wenzloff (Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times)
HODGDON, Maine — April 25, 2022 — Hodgdon’s Sadie Thompson (right) makes a leaping catch at shortstop as Southern Aroostook baserunner Jordyn Bishop looks on during Monday’s season-opening game. (Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times)
HODGDON, Maine — April 25, 2022 — Watching the ball as it heads to the plate are Hodgdon first baseman Delaney Little (left) and Southern Aroostook baserunner Callie Russell during Monday afternoon’s season-opening game. (Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times)