Saturday, March 8, 2014
A few tidbits from Messalonskee’s 7-1 win over Cony in Saturday’s Eastern Maine Class A semifinal softball game in Oakland.
• Messalonskee freshman pitcher Kai Smith began throwing with a windmill motion at age 10. Her pitching coach is Augusta’s Holly Stevens Davis who has tutored dozens of pitchers throughout the state.
• Messalonskee’s last appearance in an Eastern Maine final came in 2005 when the Eagles lost to Cony and pitcher Monica White 3-0. Messalonskee won the state title the previous year.
• Cony freshman Olivia Deeves had the hardest hit ball of the game, a line shot to center field in the second inning that Kylee Knight speared in the webbing of her glove. Nicole Rugan was on third following a triple but failed to tag up on the play and never scored.
• Messalonskee’s aggressive play on the bases set the tone for the game. But the Eagles were also thrown out twice trying to stretch doubles into triples.
• The teams didn’t play during the regular, but met twice in preseason. They’re also familiar with one another by having played several times youth leagues and during the summer.
• With Smith and Cony junior Emily Soule returning next season, expect these teams to be near the top of Eastern Maine again. Cony will graduate five seniors while Messalonskee loses six.Tweet
Travis Lazarczyk has worked at the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal since 2000. He covers football, basketball and baseball. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/tlazarmaine