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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:50 am

MDI: Fresh start for softball team

... " All of our players have played before, and we have a lot of good talent on the team,” said Jamey Lewis, who is in her second year as the Trojans’ head coach.

So far this preseason, Lewis has been working mostly on hitting with the team.

“My focal point this year is hitting and getting the bat around the ball,” she said. “We need to get better at hitting the ball.”

Autumn Jones, who had been the JV softball coach, and Margie Phelps will assist this spring.

Another aspect the team has been working on is defensive plays in the infield.

“We’ve been going over certain plays they are going to all need to know from bunting to covering first and second base,” said Lewis.

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Re: Previews:

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:34 am

PPH preview:

For Biddeford’s Brook Davis, hitting is just part of the fun in playing softball
The Tigers' junior catcher will be leading a young team attempting to defend its Class A state championship.

... “This game, softball, I’ve played it for a long time,” she said. “It is so much fun for me. I don’t get nervous. I go up to the plate thinking I’m going to have so much fun, I’m going to hit, I’m going to help my team out. I don’t get too, too nervous out there.”

It shows. Davis has become one of the state’s most feared hitters. In two years, she has 18 home runs (11 last year), 67 RBI and 63 runs scored. She hit .577 as a freshman and .633 as a sophomore.

The question this year – with only three starters returning for Biddeford – is whether anyone will actually pitch to her.

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Re: Previews:

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:38 am

PPH Softball Preview: 10 teams to Watch

1. Scarborough: Tom Griffin calls this one of the deepest teams he’s ever had, which is saying a lot considering Scarborough is loaded every year. The Red Storm have to replace their entire infield, but return all three pitchers from last year (UMaine-bound Lilly Volk, Saint Anselm-bound Abbie Murrell and junior Chloe Griffin) as well as catcher Hannah Ricker, who hit .516 and didn’t commit an error. Shortstop Laura Powell and outfielder Lindsey Kelley head a strong junior class that will keep Scarborough atop the field. And they can all hit.

2. Windham:
3. Thornton Academy:
4. Wells:
5. Oceanside:
6. Massabesic:
7. Biddeford:
8. Greely:
9. Medomak Valley:
10. Fryeburg Academy:

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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:45 am

PPH Softball Preview: 25 players to watch

Stephanie Aceto, South Portland senior, pitcher: Aceto batted .312 for the Red Riots last year while also serving as the team’s No. 1 pitcher, winning five games.

Mackenzie Aleva, Noble junior, shortstop:
Lacey Bean, Massabesic sophomore, outfielder:
Morgan Boyle, Portland senior, shortstop:
Mackenzie Buzzell, Fryeburg Academy senior, center field:
Anya Chase, Wells junior, pitcher:
Liz Cole, Lake Region senior, left field:
Brook Davis, Biddeford junior, catcher:
Reilly Eddy, Traip Academy junior, pitcher/second base:
Hope Faulkingham, Morse senior, shortstop:
Sydney Giroux, Deering senior, outfield/catcher:
Lindsey Gregoire, Kennebunk junior, first base/outfield:
Chloe Griffin, Scarborough junior, pitcher/outfielder:
Julia Harrod, York senior, center field:
Chloe Jones, Oceanside sophomore, pitcher:
Alexa Koenig, Freeport sophomore, third base:
Camryn LaPierre, Westbrook junior, shortstop:
Grace McGouldrick, Gorham junior, pitcher/shortstop:
Kortney McKenna, Lincoln Academy junior, pitcher:
Olivia Mora, Windham senior, first base:
Cate Ralph, Yarmouth junior, catcher:
Jessie Robicheaw, Cape Elizabeth sophomore, pitcher:
Lydia Simmons, Medomak Valley sophomore, first base:
Ally Tillotson, Cheverus/NYA senior, catcher/outfielder:
Lilly Volk, Scarborough senior, pitcher/outfielder:


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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:50 am

Bucksport looks to continue softball dynasty in 2017

...“They know the drill,” Carrier says. “We’ve been doing this for a long time. It’s all about the timing and fundamentals.”

Bucksport is a sports town, and softball is one of the reasons why. The Golden Bucks boast seven state championships overall and have won three state titles and five regional titles since 2011. Under Carrier, who coached the Golden Bucks to their 2006, 2012, 2013 and 2015 state championships, the Golden Bucks have amassed a 423-71 record.

Carrier is quick to deflect the team’s success to the system the Golden Bucks have had in place over the years. Bucksport’s youth program has helped the team produce strong players for years, and the passion and knowledge for the game the program produces has his players ready for the varsity level as soon as they reach the high school ranks.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:04 am

KVAC B SOFTBALL PREVIEW: NOKOMIS, WINSLOW READY FOR SEASON
Warriors come of age, while Black Raiders reload.

If there’s a team in Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B that appears ready to take the next step, it would be Nokomis Regional High School.

A huge contingent of returning players, including a strong nucleus of juniors who helped the Warriors finish fifth in B North last season, return to lead a potentially dangerous club.

“It’s amazing what one year can do,” Nokomis coach J.D. McLellan said. “They’ve really grown up in a year. Last year, they were on the bench joking around a lot and having a good time. This year, they’ve come in and been all business. They’ve matured.”

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:08 am

KVAC A softball preview: Parity should be name of the game this spring
Several teams hope to emulate Skowheghan's success.

... “I think we’re going to see a very competitive league,” said Skowhegan coach Lee Johnson, whose team surprised everyone last spring with a run from the sixth seed to the regional championship. “I don’t think anybody is going to be the dominant team. I think there’s a lot of teams that are right in the middle of the mix that can beat anybody on any given day.”

The Indians should know. After finishing the regular season 9-7, they rolled all the way to the state title game with a team comprised almost entirely of sophomores in key positions. Sydney Ames and Ashley Alward give Skowhegan a strong 1-2 pitching punch, while Ames batted nearly .500 as a freshman last year.

Messalonskee may have suffered more graduation losses than any other team, but first-year head coach Samantha Moore said the team’s expectations remain the same after winning the 2015 state championship and running through the 2016 regular season undefeated.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:21 am

Class D softball preview: Richmond aims for 5th straight title
Bobcats return on heels of 70-game winning streak.

Senior pitcher Meranda Martin was a bit of a surprise when she shut down her opponent in the state title game her freshman year. She’s no longer a surprise. Since that time Martin and her teammates have won two more Class D state championship and are the odds-on favorites to win the school’s fifth straight this spring.

Martin has never lost a game at Richnond which is currently riding a state-record 70-game win streak. On one hand she cherishes the streak and on the other puts it into perspective.

“It does mean a lot,” she said. “Not many people get to experience that in their high school careers. What matters most is if we’re having fun and trying our hardest to win another state championship.

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Re: Previews:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:48 am

SJ Softball Previews:

Winthrop softball 2017 preview
Coach: Chuck Gurney (third year) Class: C South; Conference: MVC Returning athletes: Seniors — Kayleigh Oberg (C), Molly Glaser (OF), Matti Rice (2B), Amber Raymond (3B); Sophomores — Layne Audet (P), Hann...
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... ew/2108241

Dirigo softball 2017 preview
Coach: Scott Underhill (first year) Class: C South; Conference: MVC Returning athletes: Seniors — Maddie DeGroot (1B), Nicole Whitman (C), Amber Ferris (2B/SS), Becca Dailey (OF/P); Sophomore —...
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... ew/2107395

Telstar softball 2017 preview
Coach: Jim Lunney (29th year) Class: C South; Conference: MVC Returning athlete: Senior — Natasha Hart (OF). Key losses: Olivia York, Becca Howard, Haley Peterson, Ashley Savage, Lisa Gammon, Blair Stevens, Dharma Damon...
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... ew/2108226

Buckfield softball 2017 preview
Coach: Sandy Albert (fourth year) Class: D South; Conference: East West Conference Returning athletes: Seniors — Kali Litchfield, Abby Shields, Abby Fogg; Juniors — Mickenzi Chretien, Mack...
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... ew/2107366

St. Dominic Academy softball 2017 preview
Coach: Amy Jones (second year) Class: C South; Conference: WMC Returning athletes: Seniors — Allie Veinote (C/P/SS), Sarah Clark (1B), Rhiannon Hersey (P/C); Juniors — Jasmyne Thornton (ut...
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... ew/2108201

Spruce Mountain softball 2017 preview
Coach: Clint Brooks (fourth year) Class: B South; Conference: KVAC Returning athletes: Senior — Alex Bessey (P); Juniors — Hailee Perkins (3B), Allison Acritelli (CF); Sophomore — Ju...
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... ew/2108183


Poland softball 2017 preview
Coaches: Kayla Vannah and Katrina Seeley (first year) Class: B South; Conference: WMC Returning athletes: Seniors — Bryce Adams (OF), Allison Kelly (C), Jess Pratt (IF), Madi Simard (1B), Tori Tibbetts (P/IF), Sarah Walto...
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... ew/2108156

Mt. Abram softball 2017 preview
Coach: Bridget Blood (first year) Class: C South; Conference: MVC Returning athletes: I have six returning juniors this year. Juniors — Chenoa Savage (3B), Abby Holland (SS), Emma Berube (2B), Kaci Presby...
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... ew/2109364

Oxford Hills softball 2017 preview
Coach: Cindy Goddard (29th year) Class: A North; Conference: KVAC Returning athletes: Seniors — Cora Hooker (P/OF), Jenna Silver (OF), Erin Morton (1B), Anna Piirainen (C), Allyssa Morin (OF), ...
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... ew/2108116

Rangeley softball 2017 preview
Coach: Chip Smith (third year) Class: D South; Conference: East West Conference Returning athletes: Seniors — Natalie Brooks, Celia Philbrick, Haley Morrell; Juniors — Sydney Royce, Natasha Haley.
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... ew/2109209

Oak Hill softball 2017 preview
Coach: Allyson Collins (sixth year) Class: B South; Conference: MVC Returning athletes: Seniors — Emma Hlister (C), Hannah Nadeau (2B), Charlotte Waterman (CF/P); Sophomores — Abby Nadeau (3B/C...
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... ew/2108011

Mt. Blue softball 2017 preview
Coach: Ron Smith (second year) Class: A North; Conference: KVAC Returning athletes: Seniors — Kayleigh Fontaine (OF), Kasadie Barker (IF), Taylor Burke (P/IF); Junior — Samantha Ellis (OF); Sop...
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... ew/2107560
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Re: Previews:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:57 am

SJ: The mighty a mystery in Class B South

..."I think that people shouldn't look at last year," Seeley said.

That seems like a good starting point when trying to break down the region.

Yes, the elite teams often come from the Western Maine Conference, but many of those perennial contenders have question marks. Local teams — hailing from three different conferences, including the WMC — can all say the same thing.

Poland enters the season with plenty of questions to answer, but that's just fine, according to the Knights.

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