Scott's Sports Spot
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, June 19, 2014
DISHS Girls going to Eastern Maine finals
by Jack Scott
The girls softball team won their preliminary playoff game with Machias 12-9. The score was back and forth as we led 7-3 after the top of the fourth but were trailing 8-7 after 5 innings. We took charge with 3 runs in the sixth and 2 runs in the seventh, and Abby Knowlton shut down Machias with two strikeouts in the bottom of the seventh. Once again, we showed that we don’t give up when we are down and this time came back for the victory.
Abby Knowlton got 10 strikeouts giving up 8 hits and an uncharacteristic 7 walks. We hit well as Ashley Haskell led us with a triple and a double for 3 RBIs, Morgan Shepard a double and a single for 2 RBIs, Allyson Eaton a triple and a single for an RBI, Holli Boyce 2 singles with 2 RBIs, Nicole Nolan and Abby Knowlton each with 2 singles and an RBI, Logan Eaton a triple, Katie Haskell a single with an RBI, and Whitney Brown a single.
Riding that momentum, the girls stunned number two, previously undefeated Penobscot Valley, beating them 5-1. According to coach Terry Siebert, the keys to this victory were superb defense from most everyone, consistent pitching, and scoring first. With all the pressure on PVHS, we led 2-1 through five innings when the PVHS pitcher came unglued and the first five batters got on base with 2 walks, 2 hit batsmen, and an error. I think the pressure just got to her and we rattled their composure. We scored three runs, and Abby Knowlton shut them down for the win.
Abby Knowlton had 4 strikeouts, but the key was giving up only 4 hits and one walk. After PVHS scored their one run in the third inning, Abby Knowlton pitched well and we were strong in the field. Coach Siebert mentioned we made several outstanding plays in the field. This was sweet revenge for the Eastern Maine game two years ago, and I know Sydney Ouzts was all smiles when this one was over. We had nothing to lose, and we played one of our best games of the year.
Morgan Shepard had another big game with a triple and 2 singles with 2 RBIs, Allyson Eaton had 2 singles with an RBI, and Logan Eaton, Whitney Brown, and Ashley Haskell each had a single. Katie Haskell and Natalie Knowlton each had an RBI walk.
Continuing with their role as the Comeback Kids, the girls scored 4 runs in the top of the seventh to defeat #3 Washburn 10-7. Unlike the PVHS game, our defense was not so strong, but we compensated for that with our offense. Abby Knowlton had a solid game, giving up 9 hits with 5 strikeouts and 4 walks. Because of our 5 errors, only 4 runs were earned.
Against the slow pitching from Washburn, it took 4 innings before we adjusted and started to connect. We trailed 3-0 before we scored 4 runs in the fifth inning. It went back and forth until we scored 4 runs in the seventh and shut them down in the bottom of the inning for the big win.
Abby Knowlton helped herself with a monster day at the plate, smashing a 3-run home run in the fifth and a 3-run double in the seventh. Allyson Eaton had a double and 2 singles for 2 RBIs, Ashley Haskell had a double and 2 singles with an RBI, Morgan Shepard had 3 singles with an RBI, Logan Eaton and Natalie Knowlton each had 2 singles, and Whitney Brown and Holli Boyce each had a single.
After an up and down season, we have played well and kept our composure, playing hard right until the end of the game, no matter what the score. This never-say-die attitude will help us tackle the number one team, Limestone, in the finals this Wednesday.