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Will Dieterich hat trick leads Oxford Hills past Skowhegan 7-0

Skowhegan keeper  Zach Carrier faces a free-and-clear Will Dieterich of Oxford Hills

Tomas Mendieta (10) defended by Shawn Hewitt (8)

(South Paris ME) The tough season for Skowhegan continues.

The winless Indians (0-4) were routed by Oxford Hills, 7-0, on a sunny Thursday afternoon.

“It’s frustrating,” said SHS coach Jordan Hale afterwards.  “We went back to old habits that don’t work.  It looked like a U10 game the way we chased the ball.  Like a school of fish.”

Lousy game for the visitors but one to remember for the Vikings (3-2).

Oxford Hills has now won three straight.

Spencer Strong (4) gets the Vikings first goal

“We took care of business,” said Vikings coach Matt Dieterich.  “We came out strong.”

That’s for sure.  Less than two minutes in, Tomas Mendieta cut in from the left and fired a shot at Skowhegan GK Zach Carrier.  Before the shot got to Zach, senior Spencer Strong intercepted it and scored.

The Indians held their deficit to one for the next twenty minutes.  Sophomore Keegan Mantor cleared a loose ball from the goal line to keep SHS close.

The bottom fell out, however, over the last twenty minutes of the first half.  Spencer Strong started it by setting up junior Andrew Binette with a nice pass in front.

Will Dieterich (13) sends a header, off a corner kick, toward the Skowhegan goal

Then Will Dieterich took over.  The OH senior tallied twice in thirty seconds and then completed the 3-goal half with another goal in the last two minutes.  That 5-0 deficit at halftime took most of the mystery out of what the final outcome would be.

“That was my first hat trick,” Will told me afterwards. He now has seven goals on the season.

“I thought we played well,” Will added.  “We controlled the ball and after we got up by a few goals we didn’t get goal hungry.  We still played the right kind of soccer.”

In the second half, Spencer Strong collected his second goal.  Later teammate Colby Ventresca posted the Vikings seventh goal of the afternoon.

Matush Prokop (17) and Will Dieterich (13) chase the ball

The OH passing was impressive.  They kept the ball on the ground and trusted teammates.

The OH finesse made Skowhegan’s lack of same stand out more than it might have.  “Every first touch was up in the air and every pass was ten feet in front.  It was a mess,” explained Coach Hale.  “There were no positives.”

“Our defense was great,” said Will Dieterich.  “Our keeper (Sam Morton) didn’t have much action but he was good as usual.”

Fight for the ball

Will credited teammate Andrew Merrill for a good screen on the Skowhegan goalie on his first goal.  That goal was set up on Will’s header after a corner kick by Daniel Paine.

The Vikings are coming off a 2-10-2 2017 season.  “That was disappointing,” recalled Will.  “This year we have ten seniors and are in a win-now mode.”

Through four games Skowhegan has given up twenty-six goals and scored only one.

I was within hearing range of the players most of the time.  I was impressed with the Indians leaders on the field.  I heard nothing but instruction and encouragement from the players despite the lopsided score.

Spencer Strong (two goals) dribbles between two Indians

Will told me that his dream for next year would be to get into an Ivy League school.  “I expect to play club soccer or intramurals soccer in college.”

I asked Will about being coached by his father.  “It can be frustrating at times because more is expected of me, but it has really been a great thing to have him around as my coach for the past three years.  By him coaching, I know he cares.”

Nice crowd on hand for a sunburn kind of afternoon.

Both teams are in Class A North.

Both schools helped me by emailing their rosters to me.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Action in front

Freshman Aiden Clark

Andrew Ireland (16) saves a goal in the first half

Colby Ventresca (11) lines up a goal shot

Mike Rowe

OH goalie Sam Morton sees a shot

Spencer Strong (4) shoots on GK Zach Carrier

Tommy Bancroft

Tommy Bancroft and Abas Al Amiri

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Skowhegan avoids elimination by defeating Andy Valley 18-14 in 10-and-under state baseball tournament

Lucas Patchell was the winning pitcher and drove in three runs for Skowhegan.

(Harrison ME)  Skowhegan escaped elimination in the state ten-and-under Cal Ripen baseball tournament by defeating Andy Valley, 18-14, in seven innings at RADR Field in Harrison on Thursday night.

The teams had played eight innings two nights ago with Andy Valley walking off with a 10-9 victory.

In this exciting game both teams went down…. but not out, giving a good crowd plenty to groan and cheer about during a pleasant evening.

A big eight-run third by AV put Skowhegan behind, 10-1.  In the fourth Skowhegan collected three runs and AV came up with two of their own and had runners on second and third with one out.  At that moment the mercy (10-run) rule was lurking and would have kicked in if those two runs had scored.  Lucas Patchell, however, came on in relief and got Matt Johnson to fly out and Wyatt Williamson to pop out and Skowhegan was still alive.

Later it was AV’s turn to go down as Skowhegan put up ten runs over the next two innings (5th and 6th) as AV pitching (eight walks and five hits) fell apart.

Jake Mills had five hits and three RBI for Andy Valley.

With those ten runs Skowhegan led 14-12 in the bottom of the sixth (last inning).  AV went down to their last out before Jake Mills (5 hits) singled and Janek Luksza and Matt Johnson walked. Suddenly the bases were loaded.  When Wyatt Williamson singled past second two runs scored (tying the game) and Matt Johnson reached third.  Now Skowhegan was one hit away from being eliminated but again Lucas Pachella escaped by striking out Rodney Bean to send the game into extra innings.

Skowhegan put the game away with four runs in the top of the seventh.  Rodney Bean came on to pitch for AV and was wild (3 walks/1 hit batsman) and Skowhegan sent ten batters to the plate.  Matthew Berry drove in the actual game winner with a single past short scoring Hunter Washburn.

Andy Valley had a couple of hits (Keegan Chase and Charlie Morton) in the seventh but Lucas Pachella was not scored on and Skowhegan had an 18-14 win.

Between pitchers Ryan Savage, Marcus Christopher, and Lucas Pachella, Skowhegan registered twelve strikeouts in the twenty-one outs they recorded in seven innings.

AV pitchers Janek Luksza, Jake Mills, Matt Johnson, and Rodney Bean combined for fourteen walks and three hit batsmen.

Andy Valley collected fourteen hits.  Jake Mills had five of them while leadoff batter Charlie Morton and catcher Wyatt Williamson had three each.  Charlie added three runs to his finals stats while Wyatt and Jake each had three RBI.

Marcus Christopher drove in four runs for Skowhegan

Skowhegan had hitting heroes up and down their lineup.  At the bottom of the order, Hunter Washburn and Carter Hunt combined for five hits and six runs scored.  At the top of the order, Matthew Berry scored three runs, Lucas Pachella had three RBI and scored two, Marcus Christopher drove in four runs, and Braden McCarty had four of Skowhegan’s fifteen this.

The clutch pitching of Lucas Pachella was a huge part of the Skowhegan win.  Lucas finished the final 3 2/3 innings and escaped several AV threats.  He allowed only two runs while his teammates were scoring eleven.

It was a great game to watch if you didn’t have a horse in the race.  However, most folks on hand were not so fortunate and for them the game was more stressful than exciting.

Anyone who ever visits the Field of Dreams in Harrison comes away impressed with the setting.  You just would never expect to find a place like it in such a remote area.

The win by Skowhegan necessitated a second game between the two teams to determine the champion.  I headed off to the fireworks for Harrison’s Old Home Days and missed that game.

(If the scores for these tournament games are being posted online somewhere I confess that I have yet to find that site.)

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Andy Valley continues undefeated after 10-9 thriller over Skowhegan in Cal Ripken 10’s state tournament

Andy Valley team celebrates 10-9 win over Skowhegan.

Jake Mills – drove in four runs and was the winning pitcher

(Harrison ME)  Andy Valley edged Skowhegan, 10-9, in an eight-inning thriller at RADR Field on Monday afternoon in the Cal Ripken State 10’s baseball tournament.

AV is undefeated after three games in the double-elimination tourney but were fortunate to escape with a win against hard-hitting Skowhegan on this day.

Skowhegan will need a victory in their next game at Harrison at 6PM on Wednesday to stay alive while Andy Valley plays at the same site on Thursday (5PM) chasing its fourth straight win.

Andy Valley’s Rodney Bean drilled the game-winner over Skowhegan leftfielder Hunter Washburn’s head, delivering Janek Luksza from second in the bottom of the eighth.

AV jumped ahead 8-3 in the first and that lead looked solid until the top of the last inning (sixth) when Skowhegan erupted with six runs on eight hits to grab an 9-8 advantage.  But a Charlie Morton triple, followed by a Jake Mills single off second baseman Zeb Tibbett’s glove, brought Charlie home and sent the game into extra innings.

Skowhegan huddle

“Glittering” is the only way to describe the chances for both teams in the seventh.  Skowhegan had runners on  second and third with no outs while AV had a runner (Keegan Chase) tagged out at the plate on David Obert’s throw from right field.

“Super glittering” would best describe Skowhegan’s chance in the eighth.  They were issued three walks but had one runner thrown out stealing and another picked off first on a liner back to AV pitcher Jake Mills.

AV finally won the game in the bottom of the eighth.  They put the first two runners on with a walk and a botched fielder’s choice.  A nice catch by Ryan Savage in center prolonged the inning but Rodney Bean’s hit was well over the leftfielder’s head and brought home the winning run.

Marcus Christopher – 3 hits and scored 2 runs

Skowhegan lost despite scoring nine runs, collecting eighteen hits, and leaving runners on in every inning.

Lucas Patchell, Marcus Christopher, and Zeb Tibbetts each had three hits for Skowhegan.  Ryan Savage drove in four runs with two hits.

Charlie Morton and Jake Mills each had three hits for Andy Valley.  Jake also drove in four runs and got the win with two innings of scoreless relief.

Marcus Christopher and Ryan Savage each pitched three innings for Skowhegan.  Luke Patchell covered the last two.

Wyatt Williamson pitched the first six innings for Andy Valley.

Riley Volpe – made a big catch

AV centerfielder Riley Volpe saved a couple of runs in the fourth with his catch of a line drive.

The press box at RADR Field was an excellent place from which to view a game.  The only drawback was the fencing that limited picture taking.  On the other hand, that fencing did offer protection to someone was limited reflexes!

(All the pictures enlarge significantly if you click on them.)

Janek Luksza – scored the winning run

state 10s bracket

Ryan Savage – 2 hits, 4 RBI

Lucas Patchell – 3 hits

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