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Fort Fairfield tips Fort Kent

Sport: Baseball  Posted: April 30th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

From the Bangor Daily News Staff

FORT FAIRFIELD — Josh Churchill singled twice, scored once run and singled home another run to lead the Fort Fairfield Tigers to a 2-1 high school baseball win over Fort Kent Wednesday.

Austin Dufour also scored for Fort Fairfield and picked up the pitching victory with three innings of relief.

Austin Bixler earned the save with a scoreless seventh inning. He walked the leadoff batter, who then stole second and went to third on a passed ball before being picked off by Bixler to end the threat.

Alex Michaud had both of Fort Kent’s hits, including an RBI single.

Jared Soucy pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts for the Warriors.

Fort Kent (0-1) 000 100 0 — 1 2 1

Fort Fairfield (1-1) 101 000 x — 2 4 3

Soucy and Michaud; Towle, Dufour (4), Bixler (7) and Bixler, Towle (7)


Frye's no-hitter lifts Bucs; coach notches 100th win

Sport: Softball  Posted: April 29th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Joseph Cyr
Village NetMedia Sports Reporter

RUMFORD (April 28): If Monday's season-opening win over host Mountain Valley is any indication, the Georges Valley softball squad will not likely give up its state Class C crown without a fight.

Two-time defending state champion Georges Valley (1-0) dominated the host Falcons of Rumford, scoring early and often en route to a 15-0, five-inning win. Buccaneer junior hurler Danielle Frye picked up the fifth no-hitter of her career, allowing no walks with 10 strikeouts.

Interestingly enough, on the same day that Frye twirled her no-hitter, her younger sister Rachel accomplished the same feat. Rachel Frye plays for Thomaston Grammar School.

With the win, Georges Valley is riding a 21-game, regular-season win streak over the past three seasons. The last time Georges Valley lost a regular-season contest was May 17, 2007 — a 10-4 loss to Mt. Abram of Strong.

Factor in the postseason, but excluding the two Mountain Valley Conference championships that the Bucs played in, and Georges Valley boasts an impressive 29-game win streak.

The victory was also significant in that it marked the 100th career win for coach Rusty Worcester with the Buccaneers.

Lindsey Gallant took the pitching loss for the Falcons, pitching 4 2/3 innings. Megan Maifield pitched two-thirds of an inning.

Hitters for Georges Valley were Jessie Veilleux (double, single, 3 RBIs), Frye (double, single, 2 RBIs), Kaitlyn Rich (double, single, 4 RBIs), Jill Bradbury (triple, single, 2 RBIs), Erin Judkins (double, 2 RBIs), Liz Hall (single, 2 RBIs) and Dani Leavitt (single, RBI).

"I was very impressed with Danielle [Frye] today," coach Worcester said. "The ball exploded out of her hand and she really had pin-point control."

Mountain Valley had one batter, MacKenzie Patterson, reach on error, but she was thrown out trying to steal third base, according to coach Worcester.

Georges Valley committed one error in the field, while Mountain Valley had two fielding miscues.

John Bapst, Central to play softball in pink

Sport: Softball  Posted: April 29th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Joni Averill
Bangor Daily News Staff

Members of John Bapst Memorial High School’s softball team and coach Shannon Whiting are hoping for a good turnout for their game with Central High School of Corinth at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at Union Street Recreation Park in Bangor.

For this particular regular-season contest, Whiting said her team will wear pink T-shirts they have made for their Pink Softball Game to benefit the Kay Yow Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Cancer Fund.

And, she added, pink T-shirts also will be given to members of the CHS team for this game, which will feature honorary coaches Diane Rollins of Central and Dodie Saucier of Orono throwing out the first pitch.

According to information provided by John Bapst, “the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund is a 501c(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.”

Donations for the Kay Yow WBCA Cancer Fund will be collected at the game and presented to the foundation in the names of the John Bapst and Central softball teams.

Richmond falls to newcomer

Sport: Baseball  Posted: April 29th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Staff Writer
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

RICHMOND -- The Rangeley baseball team lost an ace when hard-throwing lefty Luke Hammond transferred to Deering after last season. But the defending Class D state champs picked up another this season when junior Pat Anthony came in from Carrabassett Valley Academy.

Anthony struck out 12 and allowed three hits Tuesday to lead the Lakers to a 2-1 win over rival Richmond. Rangeley is 3-0, Richmond is 1-1.

"The rivalry's new to me, but it's important," Anthony said of the win.

The teams have played in the last three Western D regional title games -- Rangeley has won the last two -- and there's a good chance they'll meet again this year. Tuesday's game had a little of everything, but it was dominated by good pitching.

Bernier makes the most of opportunity

Sport: Baseball  Posted: April 29th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ernie Clark
BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — Mattanawcook Academy baseball coach Dave Hainer has been reluctant to use Lance Bernier on the mound, not because he can’t pitch but because of his value defensively in the outfield.

But the junior righthander got his first chance to throw in a regular-season game since the 2007 season Tuesday, and rewarded his coach with a complete effort buoyed by strong infield defense as the Lynx defeated Bucksport 10-3 in a Class B matchup at Alumni Field.

Tigers teather 'Hounds Smith throws 2-hittter as Jay wallops Lisbon

Sport: Softball  Posted: April 28th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Kalle Oakes  ,  Staff Writer

LISBON - So much went right for the Jay softball team Monday afternoon that the Tigers probably wish they could bottle up one or two highlights for some other blustery day in the Mountain Valley Conference.

From a brilliant pitching performance to a double play to x-ray vision around the strike zone to a three-run home run, Jay enjoyed every moment of a 13-0 trouncing of Lisbon.

Falcons flatten Bucs

Sport: Baseball  Posted: April 28th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Bob McPhee  ,  Staff Writer

RUMFORD - The Mountain Valley Falcons' offense proved to be effective and they received contributions from every player on their roster in a season-opening baseball game Monday afternoon.

Alex Gagnon had three hits and three runs batted in, and Brady Fergola hit a towering three-run homer en route to a 14-3 win against Georges Valley at sun-drenched Hosmer Field. The contest was halted after five innings when the 10-run mercy rule was implemented.

Yarmouth holds off Cape Elizabeth in season-opening lacrosse showdown

Sport: Lacrosse (Boys)  Posted: April 28th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Michael Hoffer 

YARMOUTH— Whenever the Yarmouth and Cape Elizabeth boys' lacrosse teams square off, it feels like the postseason.

Monday night, however, on the Clippers home turf, the perennial powerhouses reminded everyone that it was their first game of the year, as turnovers and penalties were prevalent.

But down the stretch, both squads showed glimpses of why they expect to be playing for all the marbles in June and ultimately Yarmouth took advantage of more man-up situations and got a stellar game from junior Cam Woodworth in his debut in goal as it held on for an 8-6 victory.

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Bangorís Bedore breezes

Sport: Softball  Posted: April 28th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ryan McLaughlin
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — If the first three games are any indication, Sam Bedore is going to be extremely tough to score off this softball season.

The Bangor High junior righthander brought her “A” game to the table Monday afternoon, allowing only two harmless singles while striking out 12 and walking nobody as her Rams cruised past Nokomis of Newport 9-0 in their home opener on a windy but sunny afternoon.

Bedore had the Warriors off balance right from the outset, mixing in an effective curveball with her overpowering fastball while painting the corners precisely.

Belcher and Downey sign as free agents

Sport: Football  Posted: April 27th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By JENN MENENDEZ, Staff Writer

Two more University of Maine football players will have an opportunity to make it to the NFL.

Just hours after the NFL draft ended Sunday night, defensive end/linebacker Jovan Belcher agreed to a free-agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs and linebacker Andrew Downey agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions.

The pair are the latest in a string of Black Bears who have gotten a chance to play in the NFL.

"This is getting to be a regular occurring event," said Maine Coach Jack Cosgrove. "I think (NFL teams) recognize the blue collarness, the hard-working characteristics that show up in our players. ... The phone starts ringing here as soon as the draft is over."

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Deering coach, former major leaguer Ladd named to Maine Baseball Hall of Fame

Sport: Baseball  Posted: April 27th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Michael Hoffer

New Deering baseball coach Mike Coutts and former major leaguer Pete Ladd are two of the 12 new inductees to the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame, The Forecaster learned Friday morning.

Coutts, of Scarborough, was a co-captain on the 1981 University of Maine squad that went to the College World Series. He was later a head coach for his alma mater and coached in the Cape Cod League and in Alaska. Coutts is the co-owner (along with former major leaguer Mike Bordick, his brother-in-law) of Frozen Ropes Training Center in Portland. Coutts replaced Mike D'Andrea as Rams' coach this season.

Pete Ladd, of South Portland, is another inductee. Ladd pitched in all or part of six seasons in the majors leagues between 1979 and 1986. Ladd is best remembered for retiring Hall of Famer Rod Carew with two outs and the tying run on base in the top of the ninth inning of the deciding Game Five of the 1982 American League Championship Series, giving the Milwaukee Brewers their first and only pennant.

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South Portland edges Portland in season-opening softball clash

Sport: Softball  Posted: April 27th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Michael Hoffer

Both the Portland and South Portland softball teams found plenty to be encouraged about in their season-opening showdown Saturday.

The Red Riots, one of the top contenders in recent years, hosted a Bulldogs team looking to return to glory. South Portland would give new coach Ralph Aceto his first victory, but it didn't come easily. While senior pitcher Lauren Tuttle was superb, her teammates couldn't produce any offense until an a risk on the basepaths in the bottom of the sixth inning led to an unearned run. Tuttle slammed the door in the seventh and the Red Riots spoiled Dee Regan's first game as Portland's new coach, 1-0.

John Bapst pitchers shut down PI íCats

Sport: Baseball  Posted: April 27th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ernie Clark
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The bats may have still been in early-season mode Saturday, but the John Bapst baseball team got pitching performances right out of a postseason run to sweep Presque Isle 6-4, 6-2 in a Class B doubleheader Saturday at the Winkin Baseball Complex.

Sophomore righthander Chris Hammond pitched a five-hitter in the second game, while junior righty Jason McBurnie threw five innings of shutout relief in the opener as coach Shane Graham’s Crusaders improved their record to 3-0.



Pfeiffer signs State Champion (James Morse)

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: April 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Misenheimer, NC -- Pfeiffer head basketball coach Dave Davis announces the first signing of the spring in 6'2" state champion James Morse of Arundel, Maine. Morse led Thorton Academy to the state championship, while averaging 17.3 points per game, shooting 52 percent from the field, 86 percent at the free throw line and 43 percent from three-point range from the point guard spot.

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Bailey to step down as Colby softball coach

Sport: Softball  Posted: April 24th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Staff Writer Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

WATERVILLE -- Dick Bailey had been thinking about retiring from coaching for a couple years. But he didn't make that decision until last month, when his Colby College softball team went 10-0 during a trip to Florida.

"I came back from Florida, and even though we were very successful down there, I was just tired," Bailey said. "There's no reason why I should be because Stacey Sullivan and Candice (Parent) were doing most of the work. They run the drills. They run the practices and everything else. So there's no reason to be (tired) other than the fact that I'm old.

"So I decided, 'Aw, the hell with it. It's time to step aside, go fish, or whatever you do when you're 74 years old.' "

Bailey, who has a 195-74-3 record in 13 years at Colby, will step down after the season. The blunt, confident former Marine lieutenant colonel will coach his last game against St. Joseph's College on May 2.

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