Dirigo wins rival baseball clash
DIXFIELD -- The rivalry usually brings out the best and baseball contest started out competitively on May 3 at Harlow Park.
A barrage of offense, led by Cody St. Germain with three hits and four RBI, broke things open as Dirigo eventually pulled together for a 17-6 win against Mountain Valley.
“Yes, the rivalry brings out emotions when we play Mountain Valley,” said Ben Holmes, who had two hits and scored two runs. “But things didn’t exactly start out the best for us. We went in the dugout after the first inning and coach was mad and told us to start hitting the ball.”
Dirigo erupted for 10 runs on six hits in the fourth inning off Falcon relievers Colin Merrill, Adam Volkernick and Dalton Bradley. Winning pitcher Arik Fenstermacher led off with a single and scored on Holmes RBI triple. Justin Conant (two hits, three runs) walked and St. Germain (two runs) hit the first of his run-producing singles in the inning. Two unearned runs scored, and Spencer Ross (three runs) and Caleb Turner each drew RBI walks.
Mountain Valley had proven to be a scrappy bunch and trailed by one run in both the third and fourth innings. Volkernick and Zack Radcliff each drew walks and Izaak Mills smashed an RBI single. Cam Kaubris hit an RBI ground out and Kyle Gauvin added a sacrifice fly in foul territory.
Ryan Nicols scored on a Josh Rainey RBI single to pull the Falcons to within 7-6 in the fourth.
“Mountain Valley made us work for it,” said Dirigo coach Ryan Palmer. “We’ve had to come from behind in most of our games and we can’t afford to let teams get a lead on us. The team can hit and score runs, so once we get runners on base we’re in motion. We’ve stolen 24 bases in four games.”
The Falcons jumped on top 2-0 in the first inning. Volkernick and Radcliff had each walked and scored on Cougar errors.
The lead was short lived because Dirigo scored four runs in the bottom of the first against Falcon starter Sean Murphy. Ross and Fenstermacher each walked and advanced on two Falcon throws. Holmes and Conant each had singles and scored on Spencer Trenowrth’s single. TJ Frost scored two runs.
“Arik Fenstermacher (2-0) certainly wasn’t at his best,” said Palmer. “He struggled with his control at times, but settled down (six strike outs) and that was a good sign.”