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Seen here is some of the action during the rival baseball contest between Mountain Valley and Dirigo. The Cougars withstood a later rally to take a 4-3 decision last Wednesday at Hosmer Field. (Times photos by Bruce Farrin)
RUMFORD -- Sooner or later, the sparks will fly when Dirigo and Mountain Valley face each other in athletic competition and that's exactly what transpired in a baseball game last Wednesday at Hosmer Field.
TJ Frost hit a two-run double and Brian Volkernick doubled in a run as the Cougars scored four runs in the sixth inning and then held on for a 4-3 win.
The game proved to be a pitching dual between the Falcons' Josh Rainey and Gavin Arsenault, who each matched pitches through the first five innings. In fact, each team's offenses was a non-factor as the respective defenses made the plays.
In the top of the sixth, Kaine Hutchins singled with one out and advanced to second when Brett Whittemore's ground ball was booted. Pinch hitter Robbie Babb drew a walk to load the bases. Volernick, the no. 9 batter, hit a ball to the outfield that scored Hutchins and Frost plated Whittemore and Babb. The eventual winning run was unearned.
The game had been sailing along as the two starting pitchers each had the opposing batters off balance. Arsenault, a south paw, had allowed two hits and struck out seven. Rainey had held Dirigo to one hit - a Tyler Frost single in the third.
''Gavin Arsenault threw a good game,'' said Dirigo coach Ryan Palmer, regarding his freshman who improved to 4-0. ''But at the same time, you need to give Josh Rainey a lot of credit because he held our batters in check.''
Arsenault had struck out the first batter in the bottom of the sixth, but the Falcons bats came alive. Rainey singled and Caleb Merrill walked. Following a strikeout, Caleb Gauvin singled in a run. Pinch hitter Aaron Benson singled and a Sean Murphy single plated two runs.
Dirigo had a chance to pad its lead, but Spencer Trenoweth and Hutchins (two hits) were stranded in scoring position in the seventh. Still, the Falcons threatened in the bottom of the seventh.
Chad Snowman (save), who had recorded the final out of the sixth, induced two groundball outs to start the seventh. Rainey singled and Merrill walked, but Tom Marshall hit a grounder to Tyler Frost, who stepped on third base for the final out of the game.