More in Sports
Dirigo baseball sweeps doubleheader
DIXFIELD -- A second chance proved to be exactly what Dirigo needed as it swept a rare doubleheader in baseball action to end the regular season on a high note at Harlow Park.
Chad Snowman had two hits and drove home the eventual winning runs, while TJ Frost scored twice as the Cougars gained redemption with a 3-1 win over Saint Dominics.
The game proved to be a pitching dual between the Saints' Zak Johnson and Kaine Hutchins who each matched pitches through the first five innings. But it was Dirigo who got some timely hits and came up with solid defensive plays to earn the triumph.
In the third and fifth innings, it was Snowman who singled to the opposite field, the latter scored TJ Frost and Hunter Ross. The Cougars had taken a 1-0 lead in the home half of the first inning, after TJ Frost drew a walk, Ross laid down a sac-bunt, Snowman had a 12-pitch at bat and Tyler Frost laced an RBI single.
Hutchins was lifted after throwing 112 pitches through five innings. Snowman came in and threw 59 pitches in two innings to earn the save. Dirigo came up with big plays as Saint Dom's was scratching heads, after stranding nine runners in scoring position and 11 overall.
Hutchins, who had swapped with Snowman at third base, rushed back and caught an over-the-shoulder fly ball on the grass and then alertly threw to second baseman Brett Whittemore to double off Mitch Lorenz.
In the seventh, the Saints loaded the bases and scored a run. Snowman then picked off Will Desmarais off first base, recorded a strike out and bounced off the mound and snared a bare handed ground ball and threw to TJ Frost for the final out of the game.
In the night cap, Dirigo beat Lisbon in a makeup game that had been rained out. Freshman Gavin Arsenault raised his record to 5-0 and Spencer Trenoweth (two hits) led the offense. Arsenault, who had struggled -- 79 pitches through three innings -- made the adjustments and ended up throwing six innings. Jack Brown threw the seventh and was aided by a doubleplay, started by short stop Mitch Kubish.
Dirigo honored its seniors Robbie Babb, Justin Chartier, Nick Young, Ross, TJ Frost , Snowman and Trenoweth.
The Cougars 14-2 will host a quarterfinal playoff game Thursday afternoon.