Scott's Sports Spot

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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, May 17, 2012
DISHS girls still undefeated

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by Jack Scott

The girls’ softball team beat Bangor Christian 12-1. Sydney Ouzts pitched five innings, giving up four hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. Abby Knowlton pitched the last two innings giving up one hit and no walks.

Despite striking out 13 times, we still managed 14 hits to dominate the game. Amber Jones had two doubles and a single with five RBIs; Janelle Ciomei had a double and two singles with an RBI; Chelsea brown had three singles with two RBIs; Sydney Ouzts had two singles with an RBI; Sarah Boutilier had two singles; Moriah Nutter had two RBI ground outs and Michala Brown had a single.

The girls then beat a stubborn Lee team 4-1 on Coffin Field in Brewer to complete a two-game Saturday. It was a close 2-1 game through five innings, and we scored in the sixth and the seventh for a little breathing room. Sydney Ouzts gave up five hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

We managed eight hits, but they were all singles and were scattered over the seven innings. The only RBI was on a Sydney Ouzts single in the seventh. The other runs were scored on passed balls. We are not disciplined at the plate, and it will catch up to us if we do not start paying attention. In a close game, we need to make the pitcher throw good pitches for us to hit.

Along with Sydney’s single, Janelle Ciomei had two singles and Chelsea Brown, Amber Jones, Moriah Nutter, Julie Hutchins, and Emily Cormier each had a single. What saved us in this game was some good defense. We turned two double plays and threw out a runner at home on a relay in from center field.

The boys’ baseball team lost a close game to Bangor Christian 5-3. Kyle Seile pitched a good game, giving up five hits with three strikeouts and four walks in five innings. Joe Condon pitched the sixth inning. The little things hurt us, as a first inning error and a couple walks ending up costing us runs. We out hit Bangor Christian, but they had the more timely hits.

There was no magic at the end of the game for us this time. We came back with two runs in the sixth to get it close, but we left two men on base and couldn’t get anything going in the seventh. Connor Morey had a double and a single, Nick Trundy a two-run double, and Nathan Davis, Hayden Ciomei, Kyle Seile, and Jake Starkey each with a single.

The boys lost a similar game to Lee Academy at Mansfield Stadium later that day, 7-4. What really killed us in this game were 10 walks and five errors. We out hit Lee 7-4, but those extra 15 base runners were too much.

Connor Morey pitched four innings, giving up three hits with five strikeouts and six walks. Joe Condon gave up two runs in the fifth on one hit and two walks. Sam Grindle pitched the sixth. The strike zone got a little tight on us, and that accounted for the walks more than wild pitching. Again we made the errors at critical times, and we couldn’t compensate for them.

Hayden Ciomei had a double and a single, Connor Morey a double, Joe Condon a two-run single, Sam Grindle and Nick Trundy a single with an RBI, and Kyle Seile a single. It was a day when the breaks and timely good defensive plays went Lee’s way and that made the difference.

The girls are still undefeated at 8-0 and are in seventh place in the standings, though half a point separates fifth through seventh. We have a big double header this weekend with Katahdin, who are in fifth place. We can’t afford not to take this as seriously as we would playoff must-win games. We need to be more disciplined at the plate. How we play there will be a good indicator whether we are ready to repeat last year’s success.

The boys are 4-4 but still at fourth place in the standings, but there are five teams within 1.5 Heal Points. We can’t rest on our laurels if we have any other than our good position, since it is a tight standing. We have lost the last three games in a row. We need to get back our confidence and swagger back and play with a steady focus. The season is halfway over, and we have to start playing better so we have the position and attitude we need for the playoffs, making this weekend’s doubleheader with Katahdin critical to our success.

Esther Adams qualifies for state individual tournament

The rain has wreaked havoc with the tennis schedule and we have played only a couple matches that were supposed to be last week. We went to the Bangor Tennis Club to play two makeup games with Penobscot Valley. Because of time limitation, we only played until a winner was evident.

The girls were without number one player Esther Adams due to a conflict for her, and we lost each match 3-0. In the first match in the singles, Allison Cormier lost 8-4, Sasha Zembrusky lost 8-1, and we forfeited the second doubles.

In the second match, we lost the two singles matches, Kristyn Davis 8-0 and Sasha Zembrusky 8-1, and Mandi Lee/Megan Wood lost the only doubles 8-3.

The boys fared better with Penobscot Valley, losing 4-1 and then 3-2. In the first match single, Ole Bartos lost a close game 8-6, Drew Siebert won 8-2, and Tim Cormier lost a real close match 9-8 by an 8-6 tie breaker. In the doubles, Ivan Zembrusky/Scott Roy lost 8-3 and Doug Heanssler/Andy Turner lost 8-3.

In the second match singles, Ole Bartos won 8-3, Drew Siebert won a close match 8-6, and Tim Cormier lost 8-3. In the doubles, Ivan Zembrusky/Scott Roy lost 8-1 and Doug Heanssler/Andy Turner lost 8-4.

The girls at 1-7 are still in a position to have a playoff game. Along with standout Esther Adams, several girls have been able to improve and get some wins.

The boys at 4-4 are in a tie for fifth place. If they can post a couple more wins, they stand a good chance of hosting a playoff game, quite a feat for a totally new crew this year. Coach Cindi Heanssler has mentioned the consistent play of Drew Siebert and Ole Bartos as one of the biggest factors attributing to our success.

The State Tennis Individual qualifying matches were held last weekend. In the first round of the girls’ matches, Allison Cormier lost 8-3. Esther Adams got a first round bye, won in the second round by default, and then won the qualifying match 6-0, 6-2 to make the next round of the individual competition which will be played on May 25.

For the boys, Drew Siebert won in the first round 8-4, but then lost in the second round 8-1. Tim Cormier and Ole Bartos each had a first round bye. Tim Cormier lost in the second round 8-0 to the overall sixth seed. Ole Bartos won in the second round 8-3, but lost in the qualifying round 6-0, 6-0 to the overall fifth seed.