Bobcats continue to be islanders' bugabooRichmond secures diamond victories — 6-0 in baseball, 15-1 in softball
Richmond — Richmond, more often than not, has been the Achilles’ heel for the Vinalhaven-North Haven baseball and softball teams — and all of the island athletic programs — over the years.
That trend continued on Tuesday, April 8 as the Bobcats hosted the islanders in their home openers, a scenario that resulted in home victories for Richmond.
The Viking baseball team dropped a 6-0 decision to the Bobcats, while the island softball squad came out on the wrong side of a 15-1, 5-inning loss.
Interestingly enough, the Vinalhaven-North Haven softball team’s games thus far this spring have ended by mercy rule as the Vikings posted a 12-0 win over Searsport in five innings on Saturday, April 15 (see different story).
The following is a recap of Tuesday's contests:
Richmond 6, Vinalhaven-North Haven 0
At Richmond April 18, the Bobcats blanked the visiting Vikings en route to a six-run win. Richmond scored two runs in the first, third and fourth frames.
Elijah Ames doubled and singled to lead the islanders, while Matt Rines (2 singles, 2 runs), Zach Small (2 runs), Nate Kendrick (triple), Danny Stewart (run) and Dustin Simmons (single, run) keyed the hosts.
Ames and Tim Farrelly toed the rubber on the mound for the visitors as the duo allowed four hits and three walks, hit three batters, and finished with seven strikeouts.
Small, Stewart and Brendan Emmons pitched for Richmond, allowing two hits and five walks, with 12 strikeouts.
The Vikings nearly got on the board in the sixth inning when Farrelly reached on a one-out walk and Ames doubled to put both in scoring position. After Keaton Lear drew a two-out walk to load the bases, the Bobcats induced a ground out to get out of the jam.
Richmond 15, Vinalhaven-North Haven 1 (5 inns.)
At Richmond April 18, the Bobcats fell behind early, but plated 15 unanswered runs and surged to the victory. Richmond scored three runs in the first inning, six in the second and six in the third, while Vinalhaven-North Haven scored one in the first.
Leading the Bobcats at the plate were Meranda Martin (double, single, 3 runs), Camryn Hurley (2 singles, 2 runs), Cassidy Harriman (3 singles, 3 runs), Sydney Tilton (home run, triple, 2 runs), Caitlin Kendrick (2 singles), Kaylee Williams (single, run), Bryanne Lancaster (2 singles, 2 runs) and Mackenzie Abbott (double, single, 2 runs).
For the Vikings, Hannah Ames (single, run), Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes (single), Déja Doughty (single) and Marina Davis (single) paced the offense.
Davis-Oakes pitched for the islanders, as she scattered 16 hits and five walks, with one strikeout. Martin pitched for the Bobcats, allowing four hits and no walks, with eight strikeouts.
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