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Good week for Cougar ball teams
DIXFIELD -- Take it one game at a time and that's exactly how the Dirigo baseball and softball teams have been approaching things and it has been paying off so far. Both teams won all three Mountain Valley Conference games last week.
The Cougars could received a dose of reality with four games scheduled this week, including a showdown between rivals. Dirigo plays Mountain Valley this afternoon in Rumford. Entering this week, both baseball and softball teams had records over .500, so there should be plenty of exciting action.
The Cougars have already realized that nothing is going to come easy and that became evident in a 5-2 win over Carrabec at Harlow Park. The team jumped on the bus and beat Mount Abram and Wiscasset, 18-4 and 11-2, respectively.
Against Carrabec, freshman Gavin Arsenault, a left-handed pitcher, raised his record to 3-0. Senior TJ Frost led the offense with three hits. It was the third time in nine games that the Cougars had been held under 10 runs.
The offense opened up in Salem with 19 hits in a five-inning contest against the Roadrunners. Tyler Frost led the way with four hits, including a triple. No. 3 batter Chad Snowman had three hits, while Kaine Hutchins and Spencer Trenoweth each had two hits.
Dirigo had scored nine runs in the first three innings and then batted around while scoring nine runs in the top of the fifth. Hutchins pitched the first two innings and wasn't eligible for the decision, so reliever Mitch Kubesh earned the win. Hunter Ross suffered a pulled hamstring, but is slated to be playing this week.
At Wiscasset, TJ Frost hit a lead-off double in the first and raced home on a Brett Whittemore (three hits) double. Snowman had three hits and four runs batted in, while Hutchins added two doubles. Trenoweth was the winning pitcher, going five innings and tagged with an unearned run.
Entering the week, Whittemore, TJ Frost, Tyler Frost and Snowman were each batting over .400.
The softball team had won seven of eight games, and near the top in Class C Heal Points. It's quite an improvement from the three wins that the Cougars had at the same point last year. But the team regrouped to win several games in the Mountain Valley Conference and continued hot in the playoffs, en route to winning the regional championship.
The lone blemish this year was a 2-1 loss to Madison. It was the Cougars third straight, one-run loss to the Bulldogs. Last Friday, the Cougars won 4-3 in eight innings at Wiscasset.
Senior shortstop Tasha DeRoche had three hits and two RBIs in a 4-2 win against Mount Abram. Cami Denney went the distance on the mound. The Cougars have received solid contributions through out the season, including two hit each by Ambyr Wilson and Emma Lueders in an 11-4 win over Carrabec.