Mariner jayvees sail to 6-2-1 mark in 2014
Thomaston — The Oceanside High School softball program is — top to bottom — arguably one of the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B's best, a point proven by the success of the Mariner jayvee squad in the spring.
Led by veteran coach Mike McGuire, the Mariners sported a 6-2-1 record and saw strong success against other subvarsity squads throughout the league.
Team members included Alexx Chase, Claudia Perez, Hayli Witham, Emily Hutchinson, Lauren Hatch, Casey Benner, Samantha Benner, Jaymie McMahon, Krisy McNichol, Rachel Robinson, Sarah Spear and Alisha Penn.
Coach McGuire said the team's 13-10 win over Gardiner was one of the most competitive junior varsity games he has coached.
“The Gardiner jayvee team included seven varsity players and their bats challenged our girls every inning,” he said. “The defensive effort put in by every one of our players is what allowed us to beat their excellent team.”
Hatch and Richardson combined to strike out eight batters in the game.
The Mariners also battled Nokomis of Newport to a 13-13 draw after Oceanside had to play the final two innings of the game with only eight players on the field due to injury.
The team's offensive prowess grew throughout the campaign as Hutchinson, Hatch and McMahon posted several multi-hit games, including a four-hit performance for Hatch against the Warriors.
McNichol, who blasted four home runs on the season, also was an offensive stalwart as were Robinson and Benner, whom coach McGuire said were all “key defensive players” as well for Oceanside, among others.
“The infield lineup of Jamie McMahon at first, Alexx Chase at second, Emily Hutchinson at shortstop and Sam Benner at third made it tough for opponents to get ground balls out of the infield,” said McGuire.
Penn, a senior who had not played competitively since sixth grade, “won the hearts of her teammates with her energy, determination and powerful swing,” the coach said, while Spear “handled catching duties behind the plate with great consistency and kept defense tight.”
The coach said Chase, Benner and Witham made solid contributions to the team as well.
“Overall, this year's team showed great poise and each player grew in confidence throughout the season,” said McGuire. “And I think they each truly had fun playing a game they enjoy. Attitude makes a tremendous difference.”
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