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Lady Falcons clipped in prelim, 13-2
MOUNTAIN VALLEY VARSITY SOFTBALL TEAM -- From left in the front row are Brooke Dolloff and Darbi Brown. In the second row are Karen Flaherty, Karissa Murphy, Ashley Savage, Alyson Carlton, Kasey Smith and Katie Collette. In the third row are Kelsey Blanchard, Adelle Oswald, Shannon Laubauskas and Katie Mills. In the back row are Jordyn Turner, Kristin Richard, Deb Buotte (coach), Gary Dolloff (coach), Lisa Russell (coach), Sydney Petrie and Lindsay Marston. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
RUMFORD -- After a successful regular season that produced double-digit wins, the Mountain Valley softball team had some momentum entering the second season. But things can change and the lady Falcons found out first hand that nothing is guaranteed.
Mountain Valley earned a fifth seed in Class B Heal Points and hosted a preliminary playoff game at the old ball grounds last week.
The Falcons earned a preliminary playoff game last spring, but was grounded by Lake Region. This year, the high hopes turned to bitter concern because No. 12 Yarmouth scored early and often to take a 10-run lead en route to a 13-2 win. The number 10 was exactly how many wins the Falcons had won. However, it provided no help this day.
The Clippers simply had too much wind power, belting out 20 hits against sophomore pitcher Lindsay Marston. It was Marston who had been in the circle for nine of the Falcon wins, along with battery mate Katie Collette. The tandem worked well together.
There will always be highs and lows during the spring season, so the objective for Mountain Valley was to try and limit the latter in its attempt to reach greater heights.
"With eight returning lettermen, MVHS will be a contending team," said co-coach Debbie Buotte during preseason, referring to experience and leadership. "These girls have played together for many years and are passionate for the game."
The Lady Falcons needed to direct themselves and how each player necessary it was to be prepared to react to different situations.
A majority of the load will rested on the shoulders of the veterans who were counted on to wade through the rugged Mountain Valley Conference.
This helped the Falcons win some big games, including 7-4 against rival Dirigo.
Brooke Dolloff was the lone senior returning lettermen and handled the hot corner at third Base. Dolloff certainly came up big in an 11-6 win against Lisbon in the regular-season finale. On senior day, Dolloff was the winning pitcher and belted a two-run homer to lead the offense. There was plenty of offense, with repeat hitters Aly Carlton, Shannon Laubauskas, Collette and Dolloff.
There was a good core of juniors, three outfielders and three infielders including Krissa Murphy in Rightfield. The right side of the diamond was patrolled by Katie Mills and Kasey Smith at second and first base, respectively.
A saving grace is the presence of several promising newcomers, led by senior Darbi Brown at SS. Junior Kelsie Blanchard, outfielder; sophomores Adelle Oswald, infield and Kristin Richard, 1B/outfield. A foursome of freshmen were Karen Flaherty, infield/Pitcher; Sydney Petrie, outfield/Catcher; Jordyn Turner, 1B/Outfield and Ashley Savage, infield.