Scott's Sports Spot

Deer Isle & Stonington
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, June 12, 2014
DISHS Girls in playoffs after close loss

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by Jack Scott

The girls softball team lost a close game to George Stevens 9-8. We took four innings to get our offense started, and trailing 4-0, we scored 3 runs in the fifth inning. George Stevens came back with 5 runs in the sixth inning, but we fought back, scoring 5 runs in the top of the seventh. The final out was a hard line drive hit by Logan Eaton that the second baseman was able to grab. If that hit went past her, 2 runs would have scored, and we would have had the lead. This was a solid effort by us, but we came up just a little short.

Abby Knowlton pitched well, 3 strikeouts and 1 walk with GSA getting 12 hits. We made a couple errors early, but they didn’t hurt us that much. Whitney Brown had a single and 3 RBIs, Abby Knowlton and Natalie Knowlton each had a single with an RBI, and Allyson Eaton, Logan Eaton, and Ashley Haskell each had a single. We showed our resolve in fighting back from a 9-3 deficit in the last inning.

The boys baseball team lost their last game to George Stevens 11-1. As fate would have it, D J McManus pitched the first inning and gave up 5 unearned runs. Errors cost us right from the start and we did what we could, but GSA is a well balanced Class C team. Lucas Oliver came into pitch after the first inning. Ethan Shepard had a single and a double at the plate.

The girls have a 9-5 record and end up in 10th place. We will travel to Machias for a preliminary playoff game. We are playing well, so we have a good chance of coming home with a win.

The boys end up with a 3-11 season and not making the playoffs. Overall, it is good we were able to pull it together as a team to get the wins. In the beginning of the season, there were mostly unknowns and so many players who hadn’t played at the varsity level at all. Most apparent was the lack of the mental knowledge that comes from playing experience and knowing what to do in the many different situations.

Looking ahead, we have a core of players returning who can match up with freshmen coming in to build a stronger team. It will still be a building year next year and hopefully some of the players can get some experience with summer baseball so we will start off next year’s season in better shape. We will need leadership from the players who return to help make that happen. The good news this year is that we did field a team and were able to get some wins. Things had been looking pretty bleak at the end of last season and it did workout better.

Both tennis teams lose in playoffs

The girls tennis team lost a close preliminary round match to Schenck 4-1. The score does not seem that close, but two of the matches were very close. In the singles, Allison Cormier lost 8-8, 7-5; Megan Weed lost 8-3, and Sasha Zembrusky lost 8-3. In the doubles, Jordyn Judkins/Justine Rhys lost 9-7 and Jess Trainor/Alison Eaton won by forfeit.

The boys tennis team’s hopes were steamrolled by a powerhouse George Stevens team as we lost 5-0 in the quarterfinal game. For the second year in a row, we have hosted a preliminary game and won, but the next match up is usually against a top Class C team, which is beyond us at this point.

In the singles, Doug Heanssler lost 6-0, 6-0; Andy Turner lost 6-2, 6-2; and Matt Duddy lost 6-2, 6-1. In the doubles, Nick Dunham/Paul Zoephel lost 6-1, 6-0 and Cody Eaton/Justin Eaton lost 6-1, 6-2.

Both tennis teams had a good season, and the girls will return many of their players for next year. The boys will graduate the two top singles players and another of the doubles players, giving the rest of the team a chance to prove themselves next year. A key for both teams will be summer play to improve our skills.