Local baseball teams shine
RIVER VALLEY -- One of the objectives in any athletic competition is to have players give their maximum and the Dirigo and Mountain Valley baseball teams certainly received some outstanding performances in its respective conclusions to last week.
The goal was for the momentum to carry over during this week as the Cougars and Falcons battle against the opposition in the rugged Mountain Valley Conference. Even though nearly three quarters of the schedule still exists, teams are already concerned about Heal Points.
It was Dirigo who proved that three arms are better than one of a trio of pitchers -- Spencer Trenoweth, Cody St. Germain and freshman Kaine Hutchins -- combined on a no-hitter as the Cougars cruised to an 11-1 triumph against Boothbay on a cold and windy Saturday afternoon at Harlow Park.
Exactly 24 hours earlier, Izaak Mills threw a complete game three-hitter and drove in the eventual winning run as Mountain Valley held true in a 2-1 win over Monmouth Academy at wind swept Hosmer Field. Adam Volkernick led the way with three hits, including a leadoff triple and run scored in the first inning.
It was St Germain who had started the game and held the Seahawk batters in check for two innings before giving way to Trenoweth who came in to pitch two innings of relief to earn the win. Kaine pitched the fifth to secure the no-no, as the Cougars mercied the Seahawks.
The Dirigo offense was led by Ben Holmes, who had two hits, including a double. The score was 9-0 after three innings, with Hunter Ross and Tyler Frost each adding RBI. Boothbay pitchers committed five balks.
MV had mercied Boothbay by the same score three days earlier behind the pitching of Volkernick, who allowed two hits in five innings. There was another common opponent, MV lost 9-3 to Spruce Mountain in its season opener, while Dirigo had a 7-6 triumph against Spruce Mountain on a solo homerun by Jake Dowland in the top of the seventh inning.
Dirigo ended the first full week on a high, which included wins against Madison and Lisbon. Prior to the game against Boothbay, the Cougars learned that Lisbon had upset Saint Doms, who had beat Dirigo in the season opener. Still, the Cougars
cannot afford to rest because they played Monmouth on Monday, host Spruce Mountain this afternoon and travel to Hall Dale on Friday.