High school baseball

Medomak Valley picks it up late to push past Caribou in prelim playoff

McCollett pitches in to help Panther move on in postseason
By Mark Haskell | Jun 05, 2019
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer An unidentified flying object — or baseball (see the stitches?) — flies by as Medomak Valley's Max Moody, right, and Caribou's Hayden Hunter watch on June 4 in high school baseball in Waldoboro. The Panthers beat the Vikings 8-2 in a Class B North prelim playoff game.

Waldoboro — The Medomak Valley baseball team, hot of its most successful regular season in more than a decade, did not start off its Class B North regional playoff against No. 13 Caribou on the right foot.

But, the No. 4 Panthers saw their bats come to life in the late innings — and got a gem on the hill from sophomore hurler Isaac McCollett — and prowled past the Vikings 8-2 in a high school diamond battle.

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“Not the prettiest game we’ve played all season,” said Panther coach Greg Rice, whose team got off on the right  foot with a spring trip to Florida. “But when you have a pitcher turn in a performance like Isaac did tonight, it’s hard not to pull it together for him. We had a few base-running blunders that were costly and just couldn’t get that big timely hit to open the game up.”

With the win, Medomak Valley (14-3) advances to the quarterfinals, where it will host No. 12 John Bapst of Bangor (8-9) on Friday, June 7 at 4 p.m. (date change). The Crusaders upset No. 5 Mount Desert Island (8-9) in the prelim round.

Caribou saw its season wrap at 6-11.

The Panthers did not play Caribou and does not play John Bapst during the regular season.

McCollett tossed a 71-pitch, complete-game gem as he allowed five hits and three walks, with one strikeout.

“This was a big spot we put Isaac in tonight and he responded wonderfully,” said Rice. “His focus was on-point tonight and I couldn’t be more proud of the time he put into our scouting report and pregame preparation.”

Mason Patten and Berkoski pitched for Caribou and allowed eight hits and six walks, with four strikeouts.

Leading the Panthers at the plate Tuesday were Duncan Widdecombe (2 hits, 2 runs, RBI), Ryan Creamer (hit), Carson Murphy (run), Jordan Powell (RBI), Gabe Allaire (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Eli McCollett (hit, run), Max Moody (hit, run), Kevin White (hit) and Adam Berry (run).

For Caribou, Alex Ezzy (hit, run), Hayden Hunter (run), Noah Hixon (2 hits, RBI), Brennan Poitras (hit) and Jacob Berkoski (hit) paced the offense.

This year marked the second time in three seasons — and third time in 11 years — the Panthers made the playoffs and strung together its best record in more than 10 years. It also was their first playoff win since 2009, when the then 11th-ranked Panthers knocked off No. 6 Mount Desert Island.

But, Medomak Valley is not content to win a prelim playoff game. Rice said his team is “proud, but not complacent.”

“We need to hone our focus on taking care of some small details,” he said. “I think the excitement of the playoffs was certainly present tonight, but I’m pleased with the desire these guys have to continuously get better."

Caribou at Medomak baseball
Medomak Valley hosts Caribou on June 4 in high school baseball in Waldoboro. (Video by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Max Moody. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Isaac McCollett. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Jordan Powell, left, and Carson Murphy. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Duncan Widdecombe, right, and Ryan Creamer. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Duncan Widdecombe. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Ryan Creamer. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Duncan Widdecombe. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Jordan Powell. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire, right, and Jordan Powell. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Ryan Creamer, right, and Eli McCollett. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Eli MccCollett. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Eli McCollett. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Max Moody. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Kevin White, right, and Noah Crosby. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Max Moody. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Kevin White. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Ryan Creamer, right, and Caribou's Alex Ezzy. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Ryan Creamer, right, and Caribou's Alex Ezzy. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Ryan Creamer, right, and Caribou's Alex Ezzy. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Isaac McCollett, front. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Eli McCollett. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire, right, and Caribou's Alex Ezzy. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire, right, and Caribou's Alex Ezzy. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Eli McCollett. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire, right, and Caribou's Brennan Poitras. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Kevin White. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Eli McCollett. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Kevin White, right, as well as, from left, Caribou's Alex Ezzy, Brennan Poitras, Cullin Caverhill and Hayden Hunter. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Duncan Widdecombe. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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