Softball comeback comes up tad short

ROCKLAND — The Mount Desert Island High School softball team proved the game is one of inches as they mounted a stellar comeback before falling to Oceanside High School 7-6 in an Eastern Maine Class B preliminary game Monday evening.

After four innings, the softball team trailed 6-1, with the lone run coming from a Katie Guarino single to score fellow junior Avalon Kerley.

In the top of the fifth, Julianna Cleaves lead off with a double to right center, followed by a Darcy Kanu walk. Cleaves would score the second run of the game after an errant throw to third base glanced off her helmet and into the outfield. Kerley continued the barrage for the Trojans, collecting a single and an RBI in the following at-bat. Sophomore Alaina Duley scored Kerley to leave the score 7-4 after five.

After a good inning of defense, including two strikeouts from senior pitcher Haley Littlefield, the Trojan bats came alive again. MDI scored two more runs in the top of the sixth. Despite having a runner in scoring position in the seventh, they were unable to capitalize

Following the game, Coach Bruce Walls said “We played well, we didn’t hang our heads. We came back, played and competed, and they knew we were coming for them. A couple of key hits in the middle, a play or two, and we probably win the ball game. But you know, that’s softball.”

The Trojans collected a total of 6 runs on seven hits to Oceanside’s 7 runs on eight hits. Paige Tyler pitched the full seven innings for Oceanside, striking out nine and walking eight. Littlefield pitched a full game in her last time in a Trojan uniform. She collected eight strikeouts and allowed 7 runs, four of which were earned.

The 2015 softball team included seniors Molly Carroll, Haley Littlefield and Ali Bierman; juniors Avalon Kerley, Riley Mooers, Aubrie Boyce, Cassidy Parady, Katie Guarino and Juliana Cleaves; sophomores Darcy Kanu and Alaina Duley; and freshman Madison Thornton.

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