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Castonguay has Ramblers' number

Sport: Baseball  Posted: June 12th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Randy Whitehouse , Staff Writer
Friday, June 12, 2009 05:00 am

LIVERMORE FALLS - Going into Thursday's Western Class C quarterfinal, Livermore Falls was worried that Winthrop had seen too much of starting pitcher Derek Castonguay over the past year.

The Ramblers would probably agree that they've seen more than enough of him, too.

Castonguay beat No. 5 Winthrop for the third time in a year with a four-hit complete game and sent the fourth-seeded Andies to the semifinals with a 7-1 win.

Livermore Falls will face St. Dom's, the team it beat in last year's regional final, at noon on Saturday in Auburn.

Catcher Willie Brown had three hits and Josh Tainter two to lead the Andies (14-4). Winthrop finished at 12-4.

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Bears go 10 innings to get win

Sport: Softball  Posted: June 12th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Staff Writer Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel 06/12/2009

READFIELD -- With the game on the line, Maranacook junior Brynna Bedard was trembling. A few seconds later, she was the hero.

"I was stressed, shaking," Bedard said. "I had full count, so it was kind of like, 'This is it. I gotta hit it or it's going into another inning.' I don't even remember it. It just happened."

What Bedard couldn't remember was her line drive through the middle, scoring Amanda Laporte with the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the top-seeded Black Bears a 4-3 victory in a Western B softball quarterfinal Thursday afternoon.

Maranacook (16-1) survived to host No. 5 seed Gray-New Gloucester in the semifinals at 10 a.m. Saturday. Greely, the No. 8 seed, ended its season 10-8.

With the score tied 3-3, Laporte reached first on a one-out error and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ally Kennedy. Bedard lined a shot to center field, where Greely's Victoria Pisini fielded the ball and made a strong throw to the plate. Greely catcher Kayla Sampson received the throw behind the plate, and Laporte slid under her desperate tag.

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Messalonskee keeps dream season alive

Sport: Baseball  Posted: June 12th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Staff Writer Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel 06/12/2009

OAKLAND -- This has been a season of milestones for the Messalonskee High School baseball team. The Eagles have the most wins in a season and their highest seed in the playoffs.

With Thursday's 13-3 win against No. 8 Oxford Hills, the top-seeded Eagles made sure the best baseball season in school history isn't over yet.

Now 13-4, Messalonskee will host No. 4 Bangor (14-3) in the Eastern Class A semifinals on Saturday. The Vikings ended their season 11-7. It's the first time Messalonskee has advanced this far in the playoffs.

"We've been playing really good baseball this year," Messalonskee third baseman Nick Booth said. "We haven't had many good seasons in the past, and we stepped it up this year."

Messalonskee's big inning -- a five-run fourth -- almost didn't happen.

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Run continues on

Sport: Softball  Posted: June 12th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Staff Writer Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel 06/12/2009

GARDINER -- Gardiner junior Ashley Abbott wasn't sure she would be available for her team's playoff run for two reasons. First, she suffered a concussion three weeks ago, and second, the Tigers' playoff chances appeared in doubt.

Both Abbott and the Tigers recovered just in time, though, and Thursday she delivered a key double to help Gardiner beat Belfast 7-4 in an Eastern Maine Class B quarterfinal game.

The victory puts the 11th-seeded Tigers (8-10) into Saturday's semifinal against conference rival Erskine in South China. Gardiner lost twice to Erskine during the regular season but it's a comfort having Abbott back in the lineup at third base.

"It's horrible just sitting there and watching them when you know you can be a big player out there and help them make the plays," Abbott said.

The Tigers broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. They loaded the bases on an error and singles from Chelsea Striker and Cassie Snell, and Abbott followed with a ground-rule double over the fence in left. Snell scored on a wild pitch and Abbott came home on a base hit from freshman Jenna Moore, who also doubled twice and drove in three runs.

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Chadwick tough in longest outing

Sport: Baseball  Posted: June 12th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Staff Writer Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel 06/12/2009

GARDINER -- Gardiner coach Jim Palmer hasn't counted on Forrest Chadwick, the pitcher, nearly all season. But he's leaning on the junior right-hander as the Tigers open defense of their Class B baseball title.

Chadwick, who was recently cleared to pitch after rehabilitating a biceps injury, was impressive Thursday as Gardiner downed Caribou 8-0 in an Eastern Maine Class B quarterfinal game.

The top-seeded Tigers (16-2) host No. 4 Bucksport in a semifinal game Saturday while No. 8 Caribou finishes at 13-5.

Chadwick scattered five hits, walked one and struck out eight in his longest stint of the season. He left with two out in the seventh inning after his pitch count hit 99.

"It feels good, actually," Chadwick said of his arm. "It's the first time I've gone six, so I'm pleased how it feels."

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Rams walk off with victory

Sport: Baseball  Posted: June 12th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Staff Writer Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel 06/12/2009

AUGUSTA -- The Cony and Brewer high school baseball teams played on and on and on in a tension-filled Eastern A quarterfinal game Thursday afternoon.

And when it was over, the drama came to a screeching halt thanks to a fastball that was a bit off the mark.

Mike Poulin drew a full-count walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Rams past the Witches 4-3 at Morton Field.

The No. 3 Rams (14-5) advanced to play No. 2 Edward Little (13-4) in a regional semifinal game at noon Saturday in Auburn.

"This was our toughest game by far," said Cony junior pitcher Ryan Minoty, who threw four scoreless innings in relief of Eric Lee to earn the victory. "They are the toughest team we've faced by far. It was a long game."

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Bangorís Bedore blanks Red Eddies

Sport: Softball  Posted: June 12th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Rams advance to semi vs. Skowhegan
By Ryan McLaughlin
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — In the heat of the postseason, sometimes it’s best to stay somewhat relaxed.

Inside, the Bangor softball team was fired up for Thursday’s Class A quarterfinal with Edward Little, but outside, the Rams were calm and focused as they swatted ball after ball during batting practice.

Junior righthander Sam Bedore harnessed that focus in the circle, as she pitched her 13th shutout of the spring to lead the third-ranked Rams into Saturday’s semifinal with a 3-0 victory over the sixth-seeded Red Eddies from Auburn.

The 15-2 Rams earned a trip to Skowhegan to face the No. 2 Indians, with whom they split in the regular season.

Edward Little ends its campaign 12-6.

Bedore set the tone right off the bat, retiring the first five batters via the strikeout while finishing with 16 in pitching a two-hitter.

“I was able to move my ball around more today than the Skowhegan game,” said Bedore, referring to a 6-3 setback to the Indians in last week’s KVAC semifinal game. “Today was a good confidence booster for me.”

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Rams rally past Mount Ararat

Sport: Baseball  Posted: June 12th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Bangor on the road for semi
By Ernie Clark
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The 6-4-3 double play is a much more routine part of pro baseball than it is in the high school ranks.

But in the high school setting it’s much more likely to be a game changer — as it was Thursday when fourth-ranked Bangor used just such a defensive stand as the catalyst for a come-from-behind 4-2 Eastern A quarterfinal victory over No. 5 Mount Ararat of Topsham at Mansfield Stadium.

Already leading 2-1, Mount Ararat loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fifth, a threat that prompted Bangor coach Jeff Fahey to replace starting pitcher Jordan Clarke with senior righthander Darren Casey-Covell.

“Bases loaded is probably a pitcher’s worst nightmare,” said Casey-Covell. “I was just coming in trying to throw strikes, keep it low and get a ground ball. That’s all I was hoping for, really.”

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Ellsworth rolls to victory

Sport: Baseball  Posted: June 12th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Folmer, Carter lead offense; Waterville up next
By Larry Mahoney
BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine – One of the signs of a good baseball team is its ability to score two-out runs.

The second-seeded Ellsworth High School Eagles scored eight two-out runs en route to a 12-2 win over No. 10 Rockland in their Eastern Maine Class B quarterfinal Thursday.

The game was called in the bottom of the fifth due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Ellsworth, 14-3, will entertain No. 3 Waterville, 15-3, in Saturday’s semifinal. Rockland wound up 10-8.

The Eagles pounded out 12 hits with Brad Folmer and Jordan Carter collecting three apiece. Folmer had a triple among his hits and had two RBIs and Carter knocked in one run.

“We had a good week all week,” explained Folmer. “We had a scrimmage against GSA [Class C top seed George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill] and hit the ball [well] there. Every practice we kept hitting the ball good and it carried over.”

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Dodge powers Panthers past Ponies in playoff action

Sport: Softball  Posted: June 11th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Ron Hawkes

It was cold, drizzling rain, a little foggy and overall miserable weather to be playing softball by anyone's standards. However none of that seemed to matter to the No. 8 Medomak Valley girls as they pounded out 17 runs to send visiting Foxcroft Academy home to pack it in for another season with a 17-0 win in a mercy rule game.

Medomak Valley (13-4) will now plan on a trip to Lincoln Thursday to face off against No. 1 Mattanawcook Academy (14-2) in a scheduled 4 p.m. game. The Ponies finish the season at 10-7.

Kayla Vannah and Kayla Santheson combined on a two hitter in the circle for the Panthers allowing no runs on the two hits and no walks while striking out eight.

Kelsey Boss pitched for the Ponies allowing 17 runs, 13 earned runs on eight hits and seven walks while striking out five.

Tessa Dodge led the offense with (2 home runs, 3 runs, 4 RBIs), Mallory Conary had (triple, single, 2 runs, 5 RBIs),Vannah (2 singles, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) and Rachel Keefe (2 singles, two runs).

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Skowhegan on to semis

Sport: Softball  Posted: June 11th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Staff Writer Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel 06/11/2009

SKOWHEGAN -- It took an inning for Becca McCarty to get into a rhythm.

Once she did, the Skowhegan Area High School junior pitcher had Mt. Blue off balance the rest of the day.

McCarty shook off a wild first inning to lead the Indians past the Cougars 13-1 in an Eastern A quarterfinal game Wednesday that was called after six innings because of the 10-run rule.

Skowhegan (18-1) will host the winner today's game between Bangor and Edward Little in a semifinal game Saturday.

"We weren't focused in the beginning," McCarty said. "I figured I needed to go out and get it done."

And that's just what she did.

After walking a batter and hitting another in a sloppy first inning, McCarty settled into a groove and watched her offense spring to life. She struck out 11, including 10 in the final four innings.

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Mt. Blue knocked out of playoffs by Freeport

Sport: Lacrosse (Boys)  Posted: June 11th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Correspondent Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel 06/11/2009

FARMINGTON -- Alex Thompson scored a career-high nine goals to lift Freeport High School to an upset over Mt. Blue, handing the Cougars their first loss of the season, 14-9 in an Eastern Maine Class B quarterfinal Wednesday.

"I usually don't look to score, I look to feed first," Thompson said. "My teammates did a lot of the work for me. I was getting good looks."

No. 7 Freeport improves to 6-7 and advances to play the winner of today's Gardiner vs. North Yarmouth Academy game in the semifinals on Saturday. No. 2 Mt. Blue ends the season at 13-1.

Freeport took the lead just 10 seconds into the game on a goal by Thompson and found the back of the net on their next three possessions to take a 4-0 lead with 9 minutes, 38 seconds left in the first quarter.

"We knew we were the underdog and wanted to start off strong," Thompson said. "We thought we kind of had it but they bounced back."

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Mariners pick Flaherty in 28th round of draft

Sport: Baseball  Posted: June 11th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Deering's Regan Flaherty is the first Mainer chosen in the 2009 amateur draft.
By PAUL BETIT, Staff Writer June 11, 2009

PORTLAND — Regan Flaherty was at home talking to his mother when he heard the news Wednesday afternoon.

The audio of the second day of Major League Baseball's amateur draft was streaming in the background and he heard the announcer say: "Regan Flaherty, the younger brother of Chicago Cubs prospect Ryan Flaherty, has been selected by the Seattle Mariners."

Flaherty was chosen by Seattle in the 28th round on the second day of the three-day draft, the first player from Maine.

"I couldn't believe it when I heard my name called," said Flaherty, a senior at Deering High and the youngest son of University of Southern Maine baseball coach Ed Flaherty. "It was like deja vu. I saw my brother drafted last year and it's always been one of my goals."

"It's tremendous," said Ed Flaherty, who was in New Hampshire on a scouting trip when his son called him with the news. "I know it's something he's always wanted.

"(The Mariners have) been in contact with us a few times. They called just the other day to see what his signability was."

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Portland walks off with win

Sport: Baseball  Posted: June 11th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By TOM CHARD, Staff Writer June 11, 2009

PORTLAND — Adam Gould's single capped a two-run bottom of the ninth to give eighth-seeded Portland a 5-4 extra-inning victory against ninth-ranked Biddeford in a Western Class A preliminary-round baseball game Wednesday at Hadlock Field.

The victory sent the Bulldogs (10-7) to today's quarterfinal against top-ranked Deering, the defending state champion, at 6 p.m. at Hadlock.

"We needed a game like this," said Portland Coach Mike McCullum. "We lost three one-run games this season. We battled back twice from deficits in this game. It was a well-pitched game by both pitchers. I can't say enough about the efforts of both pitchers."

Brian Furey of Portland and Nate Curran of the Tigers pitched complete games.

Biddeford (8-9) led 3-0 through four innings. The Bulldogs tied it with three runs in the fifth. Biddeford took a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth when Nate Cadorette singled home Tyler Audie.

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Cougars clobber Cobras

Sport: Softball  Posted: June 11th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Bob McPhee, Staff Writer
Thursday, June 11, 2009

DXFIELD - The Dirigo Cougars scored early and often, including three runs each by Alyssa Wade and Kayla Chiasson, who helped lead the way offensively in a 16-4 win against Carrabec in a Class C preliminary at Marble Park on Wednesday.

The game was called in the bottom of the sixth inning because of the 12-run mercy rule.

Dirigo jumped ahead 6-0 in the first inning and never looked back as Carrabec pitcher Courtney Turner was plagued with wildness. Katrina Pulk and freshman Alyssa Charrity singled home Nikki Berry and Angela Knox, while Wade and Chiasson each scored on wild pitches or errors. Every Cougar starter scored at least once in the game and they scored in every inning.

"This feels really good," Dirigo coach Clint Dolloff said. "We accomplished two of our three goals that we had set at the beginning of the season. One was to host a playoff game and the second was to win it. The girls were patient at the plate, and you need to be when the opposing pitcher has control problems."

No. 8 Dirigo advances to play top-ranked Georges Valley in a quarterfinal game in Thomaston this afternoon at 2:30.

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