High school baseball

Like choppy seas, Vinalhaven-North Haven experiences tough trip, playoff encounter

Moody, Hopkins, Ames, Farrelly solid for islanders in lopsided loss to talented Greenville
By Staff | Jun 05, 2018

Greenville — Squaring off with a 13-win opponent in the first round of the playoffs — and traveling by bus a whopping 230 miles round trip and an additional two-and-a-half hours on a ferry boat to boot — proved a daunting task for the No. 6 Vinalhaven-North Haven baseball team in the Class D South quarterfinals on Tuesday, June 5 against No. 3 Greenville.

The Vikings did take an early 1-0 lead when their first base runner made the trek around to home plate, but the Lakers responded with 11 straight runs — including six in the bottom of the fifth inning — and, ultimately, walked off on the islanders with an 11-1, five-inning victory.

With the win, Greenville (14-3) advances to the semifinals, where it will face No. 2 Richmond (14-1) or No. 7 Temple Academy of Waterville (6-10).

Vinalhaven-North Haven’s season wrapped at 5-8.

It was a tough end to the season for the islanders, who dropped their final five games of the spring via the mercy rule.

The Lakers also pushed three runs across in the second inning and one in the third and fourth frames.

Leading the Lakers at the plate were Noah Pratt (2 singles, run), Evan Bjork (double, single, run), Camden Harmon (double, single, run), Damian Hemond (double, single, 3 runs), Anthony Mason (run), Devin Boone (run), Nick Caiazzo (run) and Chris Chaizzo (2 singles, 2 runs).

For the islanders, Andrew Moody (single, run), Joe Hopkins (RBI) and Elijah Ames (single) paced the offense.

Tim Farrelly went the distance on the hill for Vinalhaven-North Haven and fired 91 pitches, surrendered 10 hits and hit two batters, as he struck out three.

Harmon tossed a two-hitter on the mound for the Lakers and yielded no walks, while he struck out six in the winning effort.

The visitors got on the board in the first inning when Moody singled, stole his way to third base and eventually came in on a ground out by Hopkins.

But the hosts responded in the second with a two-run single by Chris Caiazzo — who came in to score later in the inning — and never trailed again.

Nick Caiazzo added a two-run single in the fifth stanza for Greenville, while Vinalhaven-North Haven committed four of their five fielding errors over the next seven batters as Hemond eventually crossed the plate with the game-winning run.

The Lakers did not commit an error on the afternoon.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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