DIS baseball team gets win but misses playoff cut Scott's Sports Spot

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Coach Hale confers on the mound. Photo by Jack Scott

Deer Isle—The boys baseball team lost to Searsport 16-5 on May 26. Searsport is the top team in Western Maine Class D and they hit the ball well. Because of upcoming games, we pitched three pitchers for a couple innings each to have everyone available on the weekend. Searsport jumped out early with 14 runs after three innings and we never got the chance to challenge them. Mason Oliver and Noah Davis each had a double and a single, Silas Bates had a double, and several players had a single.

The boys split a double header with Katahdin on May 28, losing the first game 12-10 and winning the second 13-9. In the first game, Krisford Melanio started but was replaced by Mason Oliver in the first when Krisford had a tightness in his arm. Katahdin jumped on us early and led 12-4 going into the seventh. We scored 6 runs to close the gap but just ran out of outs.

We hit the ball well with every starter getting a hit. Repeat hitters were Mason Oliver a double and 2 singles, Nathan Winchester 3 singles, Noah Davis and Ethan Shepard each with a double and a single, and Robbie Turner 2 singles.

In the second game, Silas Bates pitched the entire game. We were down 5-1 early, but recovered with 4 runs in the third inning and 5 runs in the fifth. We held off Katahdin to get the win. Coach Randy Shepard felt we played well in both games, especially the second one.

Ethan Shepard had a single and a 3-run double in the third, Silas Bates had a double and 2 singles, Mason Oliver had a triple and a double, Robbie Turner had a double and a single, Noah Davis had a triple, Nathan Winchester and Krisford Melanio each had a double, and Kim Dong Yeong and Colby Haskell each had a single.

The boys lost the last game of the season on May 30 to Sumner 6-0. Krisford Melanio pitched all six innings and gave up only 2 earned runs with 4 strikeouts and 3 walks. Sumner hit the ball well and we didn’t, with Nathan Winchester getting our only hit. When we hit the ball, Sumner had a strong defense and we couldn’t find the holes to make them hits instead of outs.

The boys end up at 4-11 and just one position away from the playoffs. We had the potential to get there, but seemed to lose focus at the wrong time. Coach Shepard felt we were playing much better at the end of the season and saw good improvement. If we can carry that into next year, we should achieve the success that eluded us this year.

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