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Cougar boys rally past Wiscasset
DIXFIELD -- Ben Holmes hit a two-single for the eventual winning runs and Arik Fenstermacher pitched two and one third innings to earn a save as the Dirigo baseball team rallied for a 9-5 win against Wiscasset at rainy Harlow Park.
The tide turned as Dirigo scored six runs in the bottom of the third and fourth innings. Every Cougar player contributed in some capacity.
The score was tied at four when Dirigo loaded the bases in the fourth. Spencer Ross (two hits) singled, Chad Snowman walked and Fenstermacher singled. Holmes (two hits) delivered an opposite field line drive over the first baseman. Holmes eventually scored from first base after Fenstermacher got in a rundown and was tagged out at home plate.
“This was a good showing,” said Dirigo coach Ryan Palmer, who had mentored Mount Abram for four seasons. “Our hitters came up in a lot of big situations and delivered. The same thing happened in preseason because it seemed that all of our batters came up in big situations. Even though it was during preseason, I think it carried over.”
Holmes had started and ran into trouble when Wiscasset loaded the bases and Brandon Bailey hit an RBI single to trail 7-5. With two outs, Fenstermacher, a southpaw, fell behind in the count 2-0 and 3-1, but reared back for extra gas to strike out Aston Benn.
“I felt really good on the mound,” said Fenstermacher, who allowed five hits in a 5-1 win against Telstar. “I knew when I came in that the defense was behind me, so my job was to throw strikes. But I was a little nervous when the count was full against Benn.”
Wiscasset had taken a 4-1 lead, the key blow was a two-run triple by Mason Brewer to the gap in left-centerfield. The lead was short lived because Dirigo scored three runs in the bottom of the frame. Snowman doubled and scored on Fenstermacher’s single. Holmes walked and Justin Conant was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Cody St. Germain hit a two-run single.
“Our offense hit the ball (10 hits) well,” said Fenstermacher, who had two hits and two RBI. “We were aggressive at the plate and when we got on, we hustled to take an extra base.”
Conant and Caleb Turner each scored on wild pitches in the sixth.