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The teams at Mountain Valley and Dirigo each enjoyed a full slate of games, last week, even though the heavy rains prevented teams from playing on Monday.
The Mountain Valley softball team jumped out the gates with wins against Class B Spruce Mountain and then crushed Boothbay. The positive start was aided by a solid performance by freshman Lindsay Marston, who struck out five Phoenix batters in her first-ever varsity game. Delany Paterson and Kristen Ridge each had extra base hits to spark the offense.
The Lady Falcons enjoyed a field day at Boothbay and things began with a bang. Senior Hannah LaPointe smashed a three-run homer in the seven-run third inning. Junior Brooke Dolloff was a repeat hitter and earned the win on the mound.
On the other end of the spectrum was the Dirigo softball team, which lost their first three games, the latter two by one run each. A lack of hits hurt the cause in the season opener at Spruce Mountain.
Dirigo fell behind Madison 2-0, but Alyssa Wade came right back with a two-run homer at Marble Park. Ambyr Wilson scored in the fourth to put the Cougars in front. The lead swapped again before the Bulldogs rallied for a 5-4 win in the eighth inning. The very next afternoon Dirigo suffered a 3-2 set back at Lisbon. Alyssa Charity scored on an RBI-single by Bryce Parent and Mariah Larson added a double. Wade allowed six hits in a strong pitching performance.
It's difficult to overcome good pitching and Adam Volkernick certainly proved that theory correct. Volkernick only allowed one hit in five innings as Mountain Valley beat Boothbay 11-1 in a baseball game. The Falcon offense was well-balanced, led by Kyle Gauvin with three hits and five RBIs. Josh Rainey and Aaron Benson each had two hits. These type of efforts will be needed as MV enters into its demanding schedule.
Spencer Trenoweth pitched six solid innings of two-hit baseball in Dirigo's 11-3 win against Madison. Chad Snowman had a strong day offensively, with three hits (triple) and three RBIs. Ben Holmes and TJ Frost each added RBI doubles.
It was all on the line when Josh Turbide stepped on the tennis court, for his No. 1 singles match. Dirigo and Hall Dale was tied 2-all. The Cougars had rallied behind straight set wins by Jeremy Grignon at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectfully.
Turbide won the initial set 6-2, however, Spencer Shagoury won the second set 6-3. Turbide regrouped with a 6-3 win.
The sun will shine and it happened to the Falcon girls' tennis team. The day after losing a heartbreaker at Lisbon, the netters whitewashed Carrabec. Taylor Dickson had the lone three-set match, after losing the first set 5-7, she bounced back to win 6-1, 6-2. Teammates Katie Billings and Stephaine Gracia and doubles Elizabeth Adley/Abby Pinkham and Kristin Gould/Addy Gorham each won in straight sets.