June 15, 2013

H.S. softball finals: Greely's run to title has one obstacle left

The Rangers, who ended Fryeburg Academy's reign, face Oceanside in the states.

By Steve Craig scraig@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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SATURDAY'S SOFTBALL SCHEDULE

CLASS A: Scarborough (18-1) vs. Skowhegan (14-5), noon at Cony High, Augusta

CLASS B: Greely (15-4) vs. Oceanside (18-1), 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's College, Standish

CLASS C: Madison (19-0) vs. Bucksport (19-0), noon at Brewer High

CLASS D: Richmond (16-0) vs. Penobscot Valley (18-1), 3 p.m. at St. Joseph's College, Standish

"She's not your prototypical leadoff batter," Oceanside Coach Rusty Worcester said. "She has tremendous wheels but she's one that can hit for power, hit it to the gaps."

Grover led the team with a .578 average with 24 RBI and seven extra-base hits (2 HRs).

Rachel Frye has been the team's top pitcher for three seasons. This season she is 16-1, striking out 134 in 911/3 regular-season innings with a 1.34 ERA. Frye has helped herself with a .440 average, four doubles and two homers.

The already strong batting order received a playoff boost from designated player Paige Tyler, who had four hits against Gardiner. Coming off a knee surgery, she had only five regular-season at-bats.

The Mariners would be the school's first-ever state championship team. Oceanside is completing its second year after the consolidation of Rockland and Georges Valley. Frye's older sister, Danielle, pitched the Worcester-coached Georges Valley teams to Class C titles in 2007 and 2008. 

CLASS A: Scarborough has used solid pitching from Alyssa Williamson and big-play innings to return to the state title game. In three playoff wins, Williamson has allowed five runs.

Twice the Red Storm have come from behind with a multirun rally late in the game with second baseman Marisa O'Toole playing a starring role.

In the regional quarterfinals, O'Toole's bunt single to lead off the sixth started a five-run rally in a 5-1 win against Marshwood. On Wednesday night in its 5-2 regional final victory against Sanford, O'Toole hit a long two-run homer to tie the game and spark a four-run fifth.

Scarborough is known for limiting physical and mental errors, with the ability to put pressure on defenses.

That offense has been led most of the season by Williamson, O'Toole, and infielders Erin Giles and Grace Farnkoff. Freshman outfielder Chloe Gorey and first baseman/outfielder Brenna Kent also have produced in key spots during the playoff run.

Skowhegan has ridden the pitching of junior Kaitlyn Theriault in its improbable playoff run. Theriault, aided by an effective change-up, was one out rom a no-hitter and finished with a one-hit, 2-0 shutout of No. 7 Bangor in the East regional final. Theriault had shut down top-seed Brewer in the regional semifinal 5-2 on six hits.

Skowhegan showed the ability to have a late-inning rally against Brewer, scoring four runs in the sixth inning to erase a 2-0 deficit.

The Indians are led offensively by third baseman Shelby Obert, a finalist for the Miss Maine Softball award.

Obert batted .508 in the regular season with 23 RBI and four homers. She had two of Skowhegan's five hits in the regional final.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or at:

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