The girls’ softball team won a pitcher’s duel against East Grand 1-0 and advanced, once again, to the Eastern Maine finals on Wednesday, June 13, against Penobscot Valley at 7 p.m. in Brewer. (Results will not be available by press time, but continued coverage will take place in our next issue.) Coach Terry Siebert said it was the shortest game we have had all year and that the East Grand pitcher was the best we have seen.
Most games we have played are described with a barrage of hits and RBIs, but in this game we had only two hits and luckily we placed them in the same inning. Both pitchers carried a no hitter into the sixth. With two outs, Sydney Ouzts slapped a single through the infield. Katie Haskell, inserted as a courtesy runner, stole second, and was running when Chelsea Brown hit a slow grounder to shortstop. Chelsea beat the throw to first for an RBI single since Coach Siebert had Katie Haskell not miss a step as she rounded third and sped for home. East Grand was caught off guard and there wasn’t even a play at the plate.
Sydney Ouzts made it stick with strong pitching in the last two innings. Overall she gave up one hit with 13 strikeouts and no walks. The East Grand pitcher only walked one, so there were very few base runners on either side. This was the first low-scoring game we have been in all year and we passed the test with flying colors. With the offense not there, both Ouzts and the defense withstood the pressure.
We face another strong pitcher on Wednesday, so we will need to be strong in the field for that game as well. If we play our usual game behind Ouzts’ pitching, we should do well.
Previously the girls had traveled up to Central Aroostook to beat them 9-5. CA was ready for fast pitching and hit Ouzts hard and early to lead 3-1 after the first and 4-1 after three innings. We came back with 3 runs in the fourth inning to tie up the game. Amber Jones had a double with the bases loaded scoring everybody in the fifth to give us the lead for good. Each team scored a run in the seventh, but our four-run lead held up for the win.
Central Aroostook hit the ball hard as Ouzts gave up nine hits, with five strikeouts and one walk. That is the most hits she has allowed to a team all year. We only managed eight hits but were patient at the plate, drawing 13 walks, giving us many base runners. Chelsea Brown had three singles with four RBIs, Sydney Ouzts had two singles with an RBI, Amber Jones had an RBI to go with her big three-RBI double, and Janelle Ciomei and Sarah Boutilier each had a single with several walks.
We did well again to come back from trailing 4-1 in this game. This is the adversity we had not dealt with during the regular season and we are holding up well in the post season so far.