Island diamond squads pick up doubleheader winsVinalhaven-North Haven teams even early-season marks at 2-2
Waterville — The Vinalhaven-North Haven baseball and softball teams had eventful games on the diamonds Wednesday, April 30 as the Vikings squared off against Forest Hills of Jackman on neutral fields at Thomas College.
Both island teams played doubleheaders and earned a pair of wins on the day as the baseball squad prevailed 8-6 in game one and 9-8 in game two, while the softball team earned a 9-8 win in game one and a 27-15 victory in game two.
The softball team experienced a walk-off win in game one, while the baseball team also enjoyed a walk-off victory in game two.
The following is a recap of all four contests:
Vinalhaven-North Haven 8, Forest Hills 6
At Thomas College April 30, the islanders plated five runs in the seventh inning and picked up the victory over the Tigers.
Vinalhaven-North Haven, the away team for game one, scored one run in the second inning, two in the third and five in the seventh, while Forest Hills scored two in the second, one in the third, two in the fourth and one in the seventh.
Leading the islanders at the plate were Noah Slivinsky (2 singles), Avery Waterman (single), Lewis Cray (single), Cody Hamilton (double) and Ben Beckman (single).
For Forest Hills, Brandon Ouellette (2 singles), Aaron Moffat (single), Matt Turner (double, single) and Tanner Daigle (single) paced the offense.
Lewis Cray pitched one inning for the islanders, walking three and striking out one. Elijah Ames tossed six innings of relief, allowing six hits and one walk, with nine strikeouts.
On the hill for Forest Hills, Matt Turner allowed six hits and five walks, with 13 strikeouts.
Vinalhaven-North Haven 9, Forest Hills 8
At Thomas College April 30, the islanders scored four times in the bottom of the seventh and got a walk-off, two-run double by Avery Waterman, to give the islanders their second win of the day.
Vinalhaven-North Haven, the home team for game two, scored three runs in the first inning, one in the fourth, one in the fifth and four in the seventh, while Forest Hills scored one run in the second, five in the third and two in the fourth.
Leading the islanders were Waterman (double), Zeb Campbell (single), Ben Beckman (single) and Lewis Cray (single).
For Forest Hills, Brandon Ouellette (double, single), Moffat (single), Matt Turner (2 singles), Nathan Jalbert (single), Forrest Griffin (single) and C. Veilleux (single) paced the offense.
Noah Slivinsky allowed eight hits and two walks, with eight strikeouts on the hill for Vinalhaven-North Haven. Nathan Jalbert allowed four hits and seven walks, with 12 strikeouts for Forest Hills.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Vinalhaven-North Haven (2-2, 1.6667 points) is second, while Richmond (2-0, 6.4103 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top six teams qualify for the playoffs.
Vinalhaven-North Haven 9, Forest Hills 8
At Thomas College April 30, the islanders got a walk-off hit from Bethany Candage and picked up their first win of the young season.
Vinalhaven-North Haven scored one run in the first inning, one in the fourth, three in the fifth, one in the sixth and three in the seventh, while Forest Hills scored one in the second, one in the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Leading the islanders at the plate were Ashley Davis-Oakes (3 singles), Taylor Littlefield (triple, single, 3 runs), Ashley Hamilton (3 singles, run), Candage (single), Maddie Hallowell (triple), Bailey Wadleigh (double, 2 singles, 2 runs) and Hannah Ames (3 singles, run).
For Forest Hills, Dana McNally (double, single, 3 runs), Haley Cuddy (double, run), Josie Hoyt (single), Anna Carrier (single, run) and Caitlin Logston (double, single) paced the offense.
Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes pitched for Vinalhaven-North Haven, allowing seven hits and 10 walks, with nine strikeouts. Cuddy pitched for Forest Hills, scattering 16 hits and four walks, with four strikeouts.
Vinalhaven-North Haven 27, Forest Hills 15
At Thomas College April 30, the islanders prevailed in their second game of the day against the Tigers.
Ashley Davis-Oakes pitched for the islanders, allowing 15 hits and four walks. Cuddy pitched for Forest Hills.
Leading the Vinalhaven-North Haven offense were Ashley Davis-Oakes (4 singles), Taylor Littlefield (double, 3 singles), Ashley Hamilton (double) Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes (triple), Bethany Candage (double, 2 singles), Maddie Hallowell (2 singles) and Bailey Wadleigh (3 doubles).
For Forest Hills, McNally (4 hits), Cuddy (2 hits), Hoyt (3 hits), Anna Carrier (3 hits) and Linda Reilly (2 hits) paced the offense.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Vinalhaven-North Haven (2-2, 1.4286 points) is third, while Richmond (2-0, 5.1020 points) is first in the nine-team region. The top six teams qualify for the playoffs.
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.
Mark loves the Boston Red Sox, iced coffee, cargo shorts, Foo Fighters and time with friends and loved ones.
He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn, his sons Beckett and Austin and daughter Lila.
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