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Yarmouth wins 4th straight downing Lake Region 4-0

Yarmouth brought plenty of pressure to the Lake Region end

Parker Harnett had a goal and an assist for the Clippers

(Naples ME) The scoreboard wasn’t working and senior captain Olivia Feeley was away looking at colleges.

Didn’t matter to Yarmouth as they won their fourth straight defeating Lake Region 4-0 on Thursday afternoon.

“Obviously, Yarmouth is a very good team,” said LR coach David Jaeger afterwards.  “When we made mistakes, they made us pay for them.”

The Clippers (4-2) scored only four goals but they had a ton of glittering chances beyond those goals.  Credit LR goalie Maddie Rock and the cool, but not too cool, weather.

Maddie kept the score down by surviving some point-blankers in the first half and some dangerous corner kicks in the second half.

The cooler weather kept a very busy LR defense from getting too tired over the constant pressure YHS brought.

Laker goalie Maddie Rock above the crowd

The two-time defending Class B champs were patient and opportunistic.  They connected with teammates whether those teammates were ahead or behind.  Their passes ahead often led to scoring chances.

“We controlled the game from start to finish,” said YHS coach Chris Coleman.

The Clippers had two goals in each half.

The Lakers (1-4-1) had very few chances to dent Yarmouth GK Hope Olson.  Neva Leavitt had several runs for the home team.

“We had some decent possessions, but we just couldn’t find the last pass,” said Coach Jaeger.

Abi Hincks (6) chased by Brianna Sargent (21)

Sophomore Parker Harnett converted a break-in to open the YHS scoring.  “It was a great finish” – Coach Coleman.

The Clippers’ second first-half goal was off a corner kick.  No surprise to me.  Why?  The Clippers had all sorts of CK formations and their kickers put the ball where goals could happen.

Twenty-two minutes into the first half Abi Hincks floated a CK far enough out from Lakers’ goalie Maddie Rock that she couldn’t come out to get it.  Teammate Ehryn Groothoff rushed into open space in the middle and one-timed a shot past Maddie Rock.

“It was a set piece,” said Coach Coleman.  “It is something we work on and nice to get rewarded.”

Sophomore Parker Harnett added an assist in the second half to her first-half goal.  Parker found space from the right side and drilled a shot that GK Maddie Rock deflected.  Audrey Goessling was quick to knock in the rebound sixteen minutes into the second half giving YHS a 3-0 edge.

Audrey Goessling (17) scored the 3rd Yarmouth goal assisted by Parker Harnett.

Adriana Whitlock tallied the final Clippers goal eleven minutes later.  The ball came into the middle and Adriana was able to lift the ball over a LR defender as well as GK Maddie Rock.

The Clippers were without WMCA All-Star Olivia Feeley.  “We have a lot more depth than what people think,” explained Coach Coleman.  “Not having her wasn’t ideal but we have other players to rotate in.”

Yarmouth started the 2018 season with losses to York and Cape Elizabeth.  Coach Coleman: “We had the ball the majority of the time against York (1-0 loss) and hit the bar twice.  Against Cape Elizabeth (double OT loss) we missed several one-on-one’s and hit the post.”

The Clippers play both teams again next week.  “We’ll be ready,” promised Coach Coleman.

Coach Chris Coleman and the referee discuss jewelry

One thing Coach Coleman and his team weren’t ready for was the enforcement of the “jewelry” rule.  Three different times, by my count, Yarmouth players were sent to the sidelines.  The game was not rough in any way, so I wondered what was going on at first.  It turned out that the sidelined girls had jewelry on.  In at least one case, Laker folks in the crowd brought the infraction to the referees attention.  “I don’t want to get into that ruling,” said Coach Coleman.  “This is the first time this has happened to us.”

Coach Jaeger regarding goalie Maddie Rock: “She was outstanding, but we’re used to it.  She kept the game closer than it might have been.”

The Lakers tied Fryeburg Academy (2-2) earlier in the season.  This week Yarmouth buried the Raiders, 9-1.  I thought LR would be in serious trouble today vs Yarmouth as a result.  Wrong assumption, as it turned out.

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

Parker Harnett congratulated by Ehryn Groothoff after first goal

Parker Harnett (27) scored the first Yarmouth goal

Neva Leavitt

Mindy Miller (20) and Maddie Rock (17) meet Ehryn Groothoff pre-game

Maddie Rock up for a corner kick

Sophomore Anna Wallace (four goals this season) eyes a loose ball while GK Maddie Rock tries to corral it.

Isabella Wears

Hannah Dwyer

Ehryn Groothoff

Ashlyn Feeley (1) and Ella Caruso (15)

Adriana Whitlock lifts a shot over Bella Russo (10)

Addison Hounchell (41) and Brianna Sargent (21)

Abi Hincks gets in on GK Maddie Rock

Struggle for the ball

Parker Harnett set to fire



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Yarmouth 2015 Class B softball champs 7-5 over Hermon

Yarmouth (2015 Maine Class B softball champions)

Yarmouth (2015 Maine Class B softball champions)

Clippers start to celebrate

Clippers start to celebrate

(Standish ME) Plenty went right for the Yarmouth Clippers as they defeated the defending champion Hermon Hawks, 7-5, to take the Class B softball title at St. Joseph’s College on Saturday afternoon.

Yarmouth (17-3) wins its first Class B title while Hermon (17-3) falls short on a title defense.

Yarmouth took the lead in the second inning and never trailed.

Hermon was within one (4-3) in the 4th and had two runs in with a runner on second with one out in the bottom of the seventh trailing 7-5. Yarmouth, however, turned a double play to end the game.

There were plenty of big plays for the Clippers but if you’re looking for a key player it would have to be junior Colleen Sullivan. The YHS centerfielder had three hits out of the 9th spot and drove in four runs including the winning run in the 5th inning.

Colleen Sullivan - 3 for 3, 4 RBI, run scored

Colleen Sullivan – 3 for 3, 4 RBI, run scored

Mari Cooper collected the complete-game win for the Clippers. The scary moment for Clippers Nation was the liner off the bat of Hailey Perry that caught Mari on her right index finger ending the Hermon 5th. The injury effected Mari’s control over the final two innings (3 walks) but Yarmouth’s 4-run cushion after five innings (7-3) was too much for the Hawks to overcome.

Karli Theberge of Hermon surrendered twelve hits but had eight strikeouts. At the bat, the talented junior had two hits and scored two of Hermon’s runs.

Kallie Hutchinson, Cat Thompson, and Eleanor O’Gorman each had two hits for Yarmouth. Kallie and Cat also scored two runs for the 2015 state champs.

I wondered early if it might be Yarmouth’s day after Kylie Kennedy ripped a first-inning liner to right that freshman Sophie McGrath was positioned perfectly for. Assistant YHS coach Richard Ashley had just positioned Sophie closer to the line and that was exactly where she needed to be to get Kylie’s laser.

The Clippers got their first run in the second inning. Eleanor O’Gorman reached on a flair over shortstop that Hermon’s Emily Perley nearly caught. Cate Ralph was hit by a pitch and Sydney St. Pierre’s attempted sacrifice bunt turned into a successful bunt hit. That loaded the bases. Colleen Sullivan then hit a blooper down the rightfield line that scored Eleanor O’Gorman. HHS pitcher Karli Theberge retired the next two batters (Andrea St. Pierre & Kallie Hutchinson) to limit the damage.

Catcher Hailey Perry jumps for a high throw as Cat Thompson nears the plate

Catcher Hailey Perry jumps for a high throw as Cat Thompson nears the plate

The Clippers would add three more runs in the third inning. Cat Thompson flaired a hit into short left with one out. The Hawks tried for a force play at second on Eleanor O’Gorman’s grounder back to Karli but 2B Claire Petersen dropped the throw. That drop proved costly. Cate Ralph singled up the middle bringing home Cat Thompson. The runners moved up on the throw to the plate. Sydney St. Pierre walked loading the bases with two outs. Colleen Sullivan delivered two more runs with a long single into the gap in left. Karli K’d Andrea St. Pierre to hold the damage to three runs.

Now down 4-0, the Hawks put three runs together in their half of the 4th inning. After a single by Karli Theberge, Hailey Perry reached on Cat Thompson’s bobble. Kylie Kennedy singled to CF driving in Karli and the runners moved up on the throw home. Sydney Addessi’s sac fly to center tallied Hailey Perry. Katie Windsor hit a two-strike single to right scoring pinchrunner Laura Zenk. Big moment alert! With three runs already in, pitcher Mari Cooper K’d both Emily Perley and Deanna Phipps to get out of the inning.

With their lead slimmed to 4-3, Yarmouth got a run back in their half of the 4th. After Kallie Hutchinson was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple (nice throw LF Jaelen Albert) Cat Thompson singled to CF with two outs. Cat took second when a pickoff throw from HHS catcher Hailey Perry bounced off 1B Sydney Addessi’s glove. Eleanor O’Gorman made Hermon pay for the miscue by doubling to right bringing Cat home with Yarmouth’s 5th run.

Yarmouth enlarged their cushion in the fifth inning by two more runs. Sydney St. Pierre reached on 3B Kylie Kennedy’s error. Colleen Sullivan’s fly ball into right fell in between RF Lexey MacManus and 2B Claire Petersen and the two fielders collided. By the time Lexey got up to chase down the ball Sydney had scored from first and Colleen was on third. Kallie Hutchinson beat out a two-out infield grounder to deep short that brought Colleen home. Those two “extra” runs became crucial in the final inning.heya-A8-Claire-Lexey-2heya-A9-Clair-Lexey-2-+heya-A7-Claire-Lexey-3heya-Clair-Lexey-4

The Hawks’ Lexey MacManus reached on 3B Cat Thompson’s bad throw. Later Karli Theberge walked to put runners on 1B and 2B with one out. Hailey Perry brought them both in with a loud double in the LF/CF gap. Now down two (7-5) with one out and a runner (Hailey Perry) on second things were set for a tense ending. 2B Sydney St. Pierre raced in to catch Kylie Kennedy’s bloop and was able to flip to her sister (Andrea) to catch Hailey who had broken toward third to end the game.

The press box was an excellent spot to view the game from.

Weather was excellent…….70’s with an occasional breeze.

I had a number of mess-ups in my scorebook. That’s one of the reasons I do a recording of the game as well.

Yarmouth box

Hermon box

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

Mari Cooper (seven strikeouts)

Mari Cooper (seven strikeouts)

Mari Cooper and Coach Amy Ashley after a scarey 5th inning

Mari Cooper and Coach Amy Ashley after a scarey 5th inning

Kallie Hutchinson runs into an out at 3B

Kallie Hutchinson runs into an out at 3B

Cat Thompson looks for the handle

Cat Thompson looks for the handle

looking for a bunt

looking for a bunt

Shortstop Emily Perley attempts a running catch

Shortstop Emily Perley attempts a running catch

Karli Theberge (8 strikeouts)

Karli Theberge (8 strikeouts)

Catcher Hailey Perry

Catcher Hailey Perry

friendly rivals

friendly rivals

Claire Petersen (1 hit, 1 run scored)

Claire Petersen (1 hit, 1 run scored)

Eleanor OGorman (2 hits, 2 runs scored)

Eleanor OGorman (2 hits, 2 runs scored)


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