Scott's Sports Spot

Deer Isle & Stonington
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, May 8, 2014
DISHS Girls rock—softball and tennis get wins

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by Jack Scott

The girls softball team won a close game against Sumner 7-6. We survived a shaky start where we found ourselves down 5-3 after three innings. In the sixth inning, trailing 5-4, we combined for three straight singles by Katie Haskell, Ashley Haskell, and Allyson Eaton to lead 7-5. After giving up a run to Sumner in the bottom of the inning, we retired the side in the bottom of the seventh. That inning was highlighted by a good defensive scoop by Whitney Brown and Abby Knowlton striking out their best hitter to end the game.

Abby Knowlton pitched well with 5 strikeouts, giving up 2 walks with 6 hits and we made 4 errors. We had 7 hits but added 12 base runners with walks as we were patient at the plate. Katie Haskell had 3 singles with 2 RBIs, Allyson Eaton 2 singles with 2 RBIs, Ashley Haskell an RBI single, and Natalie Knowlton a single. Both Holli Boyce and Logan Eaton drew 3 walks each.

The boys baseball team lost to Sumner 11-4. This was a much better game than our first game and the score was close back and forth for the first 4-1/2 innings until Sumner scored 4 runs in the fifth inning to stretch their lead. Lucas Oliver had 6 strikeouts in three plus innings pitching and David McManus had 3 strikeouts in two innings.

Pat Duddy and David McManus each had 2 hits for us. Krisford Melanio had 2 walks and stole 3 bases. We are playing better together as a team and need a quick learning curve to get up to speed.

The girls are 2-0 and have a double header with Searsport at home Friday at 2 p.m. We played well under pressure to preserve the win with Sumner. It’s too early to be thinking about Heal Points, but we have made a good start and just need to keep playing with the focus we have shown already.

The boys are looking better and have a game this Thursday at home with Searsport at 4 p.m. After that we have a tough game with George Stevens next Monday. They are always a well coached veteran team, so we will have our hands full there. Improvement is coming and hopefully we will be a better team by the second half of our schedule.

The girls tennis team lost to Orono 4-1 but had much closer matches than before. In the singles, Allison Cormier won 9-7, winning the tiebreaker 7-3, Megan Weed lost 8-6, and Sasha Zembrusky lost 8-6. In the doubles, Jess Trainor/Jordyn Judkins lost 8-3 and Alison Eaton/Veronica Pezaris lost 8-5.

In a double header against Schenck, the girls lost 5-0 but won the second game 3-2. The first match was close for all the matches. In the singles, Allison Cormier lost 9-8, losing the tie breaker 7-2, Megan Weed lost 9-7, and Sasha Zembrusky lost 8-6. In the doubles, Jordyn Judkins/Valerie Rhys lost 8-4 and we forfeited the other doubles match.

In the second game, we turned the tide and won 3-2. In the singles, Allison Cormier won 8-3, Megan Weed lost 8-2, and Sasha Zembrusky lost 8-5. The doubles teams pulled out the win with Jordyn Judkins/Valerie Rhys winning 8-3 and Jess Trainor/Alison Eaton winning a close match 9-7.

The boys tennis team lost to Orono 5-0, but all the matches were close ones. In the singles, Doug Heanssler lost 9-8, losing the tiebreaker 7-4, Andy Turner lost 8-5, and Nick Dunham lost 8-5. In the doubles, Cody Eaton/Matt Duddy lost 8-5 and Justin Eaton/Noah Gillen lost 8-6.

The boys lost two games to Schenck 4-1 and 3-2 and again played much closer. In the first game, in the singles, Doug Heanssler lost 8-6, Andy Turner lost 8-2, and Matt Duddy lost 8-0. In the doubles, Cody Eaton/Nick Dunham lost 8-4 and Paul Zoephal/Justin Eaton won 8-2.

In the second game where we lost 3-2, in the singles, Doug Heanssler lost 8-2, Andy Turner lost 9-7, and Matt Duddy won 8-1. In the doubles, Cody Eaton/Nick Dunham lost 8-6 and Paul Zoephel/Justin Eaton won 8-2. We came very close to getting our first win in this game.

Both tennis teams are playing much improved from the cold weather and early match in April. We have had time to work on our skills. We also are playing teams that are closer to where we are. With the girls pulling out their first win and the boys coming so close to their first win, the improvement has come quickly and we should be competing with the all the teams we play from now on.