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Cougar softballers bounce Cobras, 12-0
DIRIGO VARSITY SOFTBALL TEAM -- From left in the front row are Natalie Bolduc, Gretchen Bradbury, Ambyr Wilson, Cami Denney and Tasha DeRoche. In the back row are Sara Thurston (coach), Amanda Dolloff, Emma Lueders, Megan Bradbury, Katelyn Olsen, Lauren Henderson, Kelsey Hutchins, Britney Ellis, Ellie Wainwright, Gabby Scott and Erin Wainwright (coach). (Photo by Art Chamberlin)
DIXFIELD -- The Dirigo softball team battled throughout the season and refused to go down without a fight. That was certainly the situation in a Class C quarterfinal playoff game Thursday as the Cougars kept their noses directed on the task at hand and shut out No. 7 Carrabec by 12-0 at cozy Marble Park.
There is no reason to hold back and Dirigo certainly has had its ebb and flows throughout its MVC season, so the second season provides an opportunity to show its intentions, following an impressive all-around performance. The No. 2 Cougars had beat Carrabec 12-4 during the regular season, so they entered the game with plenty of confidence.
Senior shortstop Tasha DeRoche helped lead the way by smashing a two-run homer over the chain-link fence early on and the Lady Cougars rode the red-hot pitching of Cami Denny, who threw a four-hitter in going the distance.
Dirigo hosted Telstar in a semifinal tilt on Monday. The Cougars had beat the Rebels last month in Bethel. Dirigo won the regional championship last year.
Against Carrabec, it was Dirigo that simply had too much offensive fire power and hustle. Ambyr Wilson had three hits in four late appearances and Emma Lueders (double) had two hits.
The Cougars quickly changed the complexion of the game.
The Cougars utilized their speed, led by freshman catcher Lauren Henderson with four stolen bases, Megan Bradbury three, DeRoche two, Wilson two, Britney Ellis two, Gretchen Bradbury and Leuders two.
Denney was in complete control in the circle, scattering four hits, no walks and 11 strikeouts. The Cougars have played solid defense, led by Wilson at first base and DeRoche at shortstop. DeRoche will play at the University of Maine at Farmington, next year.
Seniors Natalie Bolduc and DeRoche each had RBIs in a seventh inning rally.
Dirigo had climbed to No. 2 in Class C Heal Points midway during the season despite a trying stretch, which tested the character of the players. The team has suffered a setback with four losses in same week. Three of the four losses were against Class B teams Spruce Mountain, Mountain Valley and Oak Hill. The week ended with a 3-2 loss to Monmouth Academy at Chick Field.