Inexperience takes toll on Mariner softball season Scott’s Sports Spot

Deer Isle—The girls softball team lost both games of a double header to Searsport on May 26, 7-6 and 16-7. In the first game, Natalie Knowlton pitched a good game with 13 strikeouts and only 3 walks. We had one bad inning, giving up 4 runs in the second, which cost us the game. We had a couple miscues in the last inning where we could have scored a run or two.

All in all it was a good game that was almost ours. Amy Friedell had a double and a single with an RBI, Haley Hardy had 2 singles with 2 RBIs, Lilly Gray had 2 singles, Natalie Knowlton had a single with 2 RBIs, and Sadie Rice had a single.

The girls didn’t play as well in the second game, losing 16-7, as Natalie Knowlton had 7 strikeouts but 12 walks. We also committed 4 errors, and Searsport scored many unearned runs that we couldn’t counter. Jesslyn Gove had a single with 2 RBIs, and Lilly Gray, Natalie Knowlton, Amy Friedell and Sadie Rice each had a single.

The girls lost a double header to Katahdin, 13-1 and 14-0, on May 28. The tale of each game was a combination of Katahdin’s excellent defense around their mediocre pitcher and the strong offense where they hit the ball well. Natalie Knowlton pitched decently in each game but we committed errors on top of the good hitting of Katahdin.

In the first game, Lilly Gray had 3 singles, Amy Friedell had a double and scored our only run, and Jesslyn Gove and Madison Frazier each had a single. In the second game, Abby Stinson had 2 singles and Haley Hardy had a single.

The girls lost their last game of the season on May 30 to Sumner 14-7. Natalie Knowlton had 12 strikeouts but also 12 walks. We gave up 5 runs in the second on 3 errors, and committed 7 errors all together. It just wasn’t one of our better games. Lilly Gray had 3 singles with 3 RBIs, Jesslyn Gove had 3 singles, Natalie Knowlton and Abby Stinson each had 2 singles, and Kristin Thompson had an RBI single.

The girls weren’t able to capture another win and end up at 1-14. I felt we were a better team than that, but small numbers and inexperience took their toll over the season. The up side of all this is that experience gained by so many of the younger players will give us a good start next season. We will need to replace Natalie Knowlton’s pitching, but everyone else is eligible to return. With a few players coming up, we should be a much better team next year.

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