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Penquis upsets No. 1 Madawaska, falls to Calais

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 24, June 12, 2002

By Ben Bragdon
Staff Writer

The Penquis Patriot softball team ended their season Saturday with a 5-1 loss to the Calais Blue Devils in Calais, but not before extending their play-off run with an earlier upset over No. 1 Madawaska last Thursday.

The Patriot playoff train came to it's final stop Saturday, with Blue Devil pitcher Katie Frost applying the break. Frost gave up just four hits while striking out 10 and walking one in a complete-game victory. She also hit two singles for Calais,who improved to 15-2 with the win and advanced to Tuesday's Eastern Maine final against Narraguagas at Coffin Field in Brewer.

Arielle Sickler knocked in Penquis' only run with an RBI triple. Megan Russell pitched another complete game for Patriots, who finished the year 8-11.

The Patriots got into Saturday's game on the strength of a 5-4 upset win Thursday over No. 1 Madawaska. The girls from Milo shrugged off the long bus ride and edged out the Owls, who finished the year at 14-2.

Erica Morrill lead Penquis with a double and a single, while Sickler and Mindy Dyer each contributed a pair of singles. Russell pitched a complete-game 4-hitter to get the win.

Penquis began its playoff run Tuesday with a 16-4 win over close rival PCHS of Guilford (7-10).

Russell led the Patriot charge, both with her bat and her pitching arm. She finished the game 4-4 at the plate, with two doubles, two singles, three runs and three RBI. On the mound, she scattered six hits over five innings and struck out four.The game was cut short due to the 12-run rule.

The Patriots came out of the gate strong, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning in Guilford. In a theme that would play out the entire afternoon, Penquis took advantage of a PCHS mistake to put runs on the board.

After Mindy Dyer reached on an error, Russell knocked her home with a double. The next three batters walked, bringing in another run. Before the inning was over, Penquis would score four runs on just one hit, the double by Russell.

PCHS fireballer Caterina Riitano had trouble finding her spot all day, as a multitude of walks, passed balls and wild pitches kept the Patriots busy on the basepaths. When she is on, however, the first-year pitcher was almost unhittable, as she recorded 12 strikeouts in just five innings of work. But for the most part, the Patriots were content to use a good eye at the plate and smart running in the field to manufacture runs.

The Patriots would score three more runs in the second on a walk, a single and a double, putting the game out of reach.

In the field, Penquis was solid behind Russell's pinpoint pitching. Centerfielder Dyer made a couple of key outs on towering fly balls by Riitano, one which may have been able to grab a cloud or two on the way down.

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