May 16, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL NOTEBOOK: Rams pass test against Vikings

By Gary Hawkins
Staff Writer

(Continued from page 1)

Kennebec Journal / Morning Sentinel Top 10

1. Cony

2. Brewer

3. Scarborough

4. South Portland

5. Oxford Hills

6. Old Town

7. Thornton

8. Oceanside

9. Cape Elizabeth

10. Messalonskee

Weekly Honor Roll

Richmond senior Jamie Plummer pitched a two-hitter in a win against Sacopee Valley and won both ends of a doubleheader against Greenville.

Winthrop junior Cat Ouellette had four hits, including three triples, in a 6-5 loss to Hall-Dale.

Oak Hill senior Kortni Michaud struck out seven in a 7-1 win against Monmouth to win her eighth straight pitching decision.

Cony senior Sonja Morse fanned 11 in a 12-0 win against Skowhegan and 13 in an 8-4 win over Oxford Hills.

Cony junior Alyssah Dennett had three hits, including a home run, in a win against Skowhegan and three more in a win over Oxford Hills.

Gardiner sophomore Kristal Smith struck out 12 in a 2-1 win against Medomak Valley.

Winthrop junior Kristen Doughty drove in the game-tying ruin, scored the game-winning run and earned the pitching victory in a 5-4 win against Spruce Mountain.

"We kind of laid down in that one," Richmond coach Rick Coughlin said. "I don't know what happened."

The losses were the first two of the season for Greenville (7-2), a team the Bobcats will likely face in the Class D playoffs. This week, the Bobcats beat a Sacopee team that competes in Class C and plays a predominantly Class B schedule.

"They weren't a bad team," Coughlin said. "They hit the ball. We made some great defensive plays."

The defense has been strong all year, but one of the big surprises has been the play of senior Jamie Plummer, both in the circle and at the plate. Plummer has pitched all nine victories and has allowed just two walks this season.

"They haven't really hit her hard," Coughlin said. "They've made contact. Her whole game has just improved greatly."

Plummer played but didn't hit last season. This year, batting ninth in the lineup, she leads the team with a .571 average. Andra Meagher is hitting .556 followed by Kelsi Obi (.391), Kala Patterson (.375), Noell Acord (.333) and Ciarra Lancaster (.300).

Catcher Chica Obi is out with an injured thumb so senior Bri Snedeker has moved from second base to behind the plate.

"She's a great athlete," Coughlin said. "She's got a great arm. She can play anywhere."

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With the toughest part of its schedule behind it, Erskine is eyeing a run at the Eastern Maine Class A tournament. The Eagles are 5-6 following Wednesday's 8-0 win against Mt. Ararat. They're in eighth in the tournament standings -- nine teams qualify -- and hope they've put some of their spotty defensive plays behind them.

The senior battery of pitcher Alyssa Gartley and catcher Alison Gauvin have played well, both offensively and defensively. But errors in the field have led to an up-and-down season.

"If I'm going to blame it on something, I'm going to call it being young," Erskine coach Holly Tripp said. "We've been plagued by errors this season."

Tripp also praised the play of sophomore first baseman Emma Robertson.

"She's having kind of a breakout year," Trip said. "She's doing well defensively and her bat has really lit up."

Erskine plays at Hampden today.

"I just want them to get to the playoffs and have them feel that atmosphere," Tripp said.

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