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Cougars rally past Seagulls
DIRIGO BOYS' VARSITY BASEBALL TEAM -- From left in the front row are Anthony Todd, Mitch Keubush, Cody Dolloff and Gavin Arsenault In the middle row are Jack Brown, Tyler Frost, TJ Frost, Bob McPhee (coach), Hunter Ross, Brian Volkernick and Nick Young. In the back row are Kaitlyn York (mgr.), Ryan Palmer (coach), Kaine Hutchins, Robbie Babb, Spencer Trenoweth, Gabe Neverette, Brett Whittemore, Nick St. Germain, Chad Snowman and Lexi Noyes (mgr.). Absent from photo is Justin Chartier. (Photo by Art Chamberlin)
DIXFIELD -- A little bit of adversity helps strengthen a team and that proved to be exactly what Dirigo needed as it buckled down when the situation was needed in a Western Maine Class C Quarterfinal baseball game last Thursday at Harlow Park.
When pinch hitter Brian Volkernick initially stepped up to the plate, he had different intentions, however, when the opportunity presented itself he was ready and hit a clean single to left field that scored Spencer Trenoweth in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Cougars eased by No. 8 Old Orchard Beach, 4-3.
Chad Snowman earned the win after pitching the final four innings in relief for the top-ranked Cougars. It as OOB who lost in the semifinal game in Dixfield last year.
The score was tied 3-3 when Trenoweth walked to lead off the bottom of the seventh. The centerfielder fended off two rundowns and dove back to first base, following great pick off throws by OOB southpaw Adam Langella. Second baseman Brett Whittemore, then laid down a bunt and the Seagulls' catcher was as foot shy of throwing to second base and force out Trenoweth.
When Volkernick, who played left field, was called upon he pulled back a bunt attempt, on a high pitch. The two base runners executed a double steal, as Trenoweth was safe when the OOB third baseman dropped the ball. Volkernick as allowed to swing away and one pitch later, hit the ball between the third baseman and shortstop.
Dirigo hosted No. 4 Hall Dale Monday in a semifinal game.
The game proved to be a pitching dual between Langella and Kaine Hutchins, who matched pitches through the first three innings. Snowman started the fourth and scored three runs on a couple hits and a throwing error.
But it was Dirigo who responded quickly and came up with solid defensive plays to earn the triumph.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, TJ Frost singled to the opposite field and Hunter Ross, who was playing with a pulled hamstring, reached safely when the OOB catcher dropped a bunted ball. Both of the runners moved up and eventually scored on an over throw. Snowman scored the tying run.
The Cougars received some big plays, TJ Frost scooped up a throw in the dirt at first, catcher Tyler Frost picked off a runner at first base and Whittemore made a diving stop on a ground ball.
Robbie Babb had the only other hit for Dirigo.