High school baseball

Mariners dig deep to carve out 2-0 prelim playoff victory over Wildcats

Sheridan leads from mound, Kaewthong, Norton Jr. at plate as Oceanside hosts Hermon June 7
By Ken Waltz | Jun 06, 2018
Photo by: Ken Waltz Oceanside's Zach Cody hustles down the first-base line against Presque Isle during a June 6 high school baseball game in Rockland. The host Mariners beat the Wildcats 2-0 in a Class B North prelim playoff game.

Rockland — Solid, consistent work from the mound is such a crucial element to success in high school baseball and, during a game, a pitch here or there can make the difference in the outcome.

For Oceanside, a standout complete-game performance — and a few key pitches — by Logan Sheridan helped propel the No. 4 Mariners (14-3) to a hard-fought 2-0 victory over No. 13 Presque Isle (6-11) on Wednesday, June 6 in a Class B North prelim playoff game at Morrill Field.

While the hosts depended on Sheridan to keep the Wildcats at bay, Presque Isle also received a strong pitching effort from R.J. Gross as runs were a premium.

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With the victory, the Mariners advance to the regional quarterfinals, where they will host No. 4 Hermon (12-5, a 9-5 prelim winner over No. 12 Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield) on Thurdsay, June 7 at 4 p.m.

That means Oceanside will play back-to-back postseason games 24 hours apart.

The Hawks beat the Mariners 6-5 in a regular-season meeting. The Mariners and Wildcats did not play each other prior to Wednesday's playoff encounter.

The Wildcats made the long bus trip from Aroostook County — which took more than four hours and is 235 miles one way — to play the game, which was pushed back due to inclement weather earlier in the week.

Wednesday's game was a scoreless battle until Oceanside plated two runs in the fourth inning.

The Mariners finished with four hits and two errors and Presque Isle five hits and one fielding miscue.

The contest came down to a sweet pitchers' duel between Sheridan (no earned runs on 5 hits, no walks, no hit batters, 7 strikeouts in 7 innings) and Gross (2 earned runs on 4 hits, 3 walks, hit batter, 3 strikeouts in 6 innings).

"Logan was tough and made several big pitches tonight when we needed them," said Mariner coach Don Shields.

Defensively, Mariner left fielder Connor Harvey also made a stellar running catch when Presque Isle threatened late in the contest.

Offensively for Oceanside, Titus Kaewthong (single, double) and Michael Norton Jr. (2 singles) led the charge.

Jonah Hudson had two singles for the visitors.

Oceanside scored both runs in the fourth inning, as Michael Dougherty was hit by a pitch and scored on Kaewthong’s double. Kaewthong scampered home on Norton's single.

"Gross pitched well for Presque Isle and Titus once again gave us the hit to put us on the board, something he has done all year long," Shields said. "And Michael Norton Jr. got us the insurance run we needed."

Oceanside's Michael Norton Jr. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Michael Norton Jr., left, and Presque Isle's Connor DeMerchant. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Michael Norton Jr., left, and Presque Isle's Connor DeMerchant. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Michael Norton Jr., left, and Presque Isle's Adam Peterson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Titus Kaewthong. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Ben Ripley. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Uriah Thongsophaphone. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Oceanside's Michael Dougherty, Uriah Thongsophaphone, Ben Ripley, Jack Freeman and Logan Sheridan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Michael Dougherty. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Logan Sheridan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Jack Freeman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Maguire LeBlanc, left, and Michael Dougherty. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Zach Cody. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Maguire LeBlanc. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Uriah Thongsophaphone. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Michael Dougherty. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Connor Harvey. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Connor Harvey. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Logan Sheridan, right. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Logan Sheridan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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