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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Zach Randall is the "heart and soul" on and off the field for Central baseball

CORINTH--- The Central Red Devils baseball team defeated Mattanawcook 2-1 in 11 innings on Wednesday night. The Red Devils improved to 5-3 with the win, they only won four games during the 2014 season.

The boys from Central high school were excited about the win, but they had something else on their mind after the dramatic ending.

Red Devils team leader Zach Randall had to leave the game against the Lynx in the early innings due to an injury. At this time it is unknown if the junior will be able to return this season.

“We may have come out on top in the game, but we lost a player to injury, who can’t be replaced,”Central coach Peter Speed said. “Zachary (Randall) is a junior at Central and has a love for the game like nobody that I have ever coached. He is the type of player who puts his team first and is willing to do whatever it takes to get a win.”

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Central softball upsets Mattanawcook

East Corinth- The Mattanawcook Lynx softball team came into a Wednesday afternoon matchup with the Central Red Devils with a perfect 6-0 record and outscoring their opponents by a total of 78-2. Behind some timely hitting, solid defense and a great pitching performance the Devils knocked the Lynx from the ranks of the unbeaten with a thrilling 5-4 win at Central High School.

The Lynx started the scoring though in the top of the second inning on an RBI single by Cheyenne Libby to make it 1-0. Central would bounce back in the bottom half though getting a long 1 out 2 RBI double to left field from Konnar Kirlin to put the Devils ahead 2-1. Central would add to the lead in the bottom of the third.  Emma Campbell hit a 1 out line drive double into the left field corner and moved to third on a wild pitch from MA starter Courtney McIntyre. Campbell would then come into to score on a groundout by Natasha Miller to make it 3-1.

Mattanawcook would rally in the top of the fourth. Haley Mclaughlin lifted a harmless fly ball to Central left fielder Cheyenne Edgerly but the ball would bounce out of Edgerlys glove allowing McLaughlin to get into second base.  After a groundout by Kim Voisine sent McLaughlin on to third, Macie Tash came through with a groundball RBI single to center to cut the lead to 3-2.  A base on balls by Central starting pitcher Kirlin and a bunt single by Libby would load the bases for the Lynx and Emma Page would ground into a fielders choice allowing Tash to come into score to tie the game at 3-3.  Kirlin got out of the jam by getting Kendra Thurlow to ground out to shortstop to end the threat.

Central would retake the lead in the bottom of inning four as 3 Devils hits a base on balls and an infield single by Sidney Potvin that was mishandled by McIntyre in the circle allowed Logan Reardon to score and the Potvin RBI made it 4-3.  The Lynx wouldn't go away easy as Camryn Lyons would take a walk and steal second with 1 out in the top of the fifth and would score on a hard ground ball 2 out RBI single by Voisine to left field to make it 4-4. The ball would go under the glove of Central left fielder Cassidy Lessner and roll to the fence. With Voisine on her horse and trying to reach third the freshman left fielder would retrieve the ball quickly and make a perfect one hop throw to Miller at the bag who applied the tag and end the half inning.

The game would remain tied until the bottom of the 7th inning. Campbell got it started with a perfect bunt single to reach first base. Miller then laid down another bunt and was thrown out at first but the sacrifice would put Campbell in scoring position. Aly Crocker would ground out to second base for the second out but Campbell was only 90 feet away from a winning run.  Reardon would he the hero as her hard groundball up the middle and into center for a game winning RBI would finish her 2-3 day at the plate and give the Devils a huge upset victory.

Central starter Kirlin was solid in the circle going the full 7 innings and improving to 1-0 on the season giving up 4 runs only 3 earned 8 hits 4 walks and 3 strikeouts.  She also was 2-2 at the plate with a double a single a walk and 2 RBI.  McIntyre for the Lynx who had been virtually unhittable coming in took the loss to drop to 6-1.  She went 6.2 innings giving up 5 runs on 10 hits 2 walks and she struck out 9.

Central coach Durice Washburn said after the game, "My team played a great game today, actually both teams played a great game. Lincoln (Mattanawcook) is a very good team.  We have been working on staying focused from the first pitch of the game to the last pitch of the game and we accomplished that and I think that is why we won the game today." On starting pitcher Kirlin, Washburn added, " She did a great job for us, she threw strikes and we played pretty good defense.  She also came through with some big hits when we needed them.  She did a great job today."  Washburn also said, "We believe if we play as hard as we can, we can play with anybody, but we need to play like we did today to be able to do that.  Central improves their record to 5-4 on the season and will host Dexter on Friday at 4:30 p.m.  Mattanawcook is now 6-1 and will travel to play Lee Academy on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Simmons pitches GSA softball over Central

East Corinth- The Central Red Devils softball team had scored 38 runs in 3 games to begin their 2015 season.  The pitching of Adie Simmons shut down the Red Devils in a dominant performance in the circle to help the George Stevens Academy Eagles down the Red Devils 10-2 on Monday afternoon in East Corinth.

GSA would jump to the lead in the top of inning number one as a bases loaded walk, the third of the inning, would force in the games first run and it was 1-0 Eagles.  Some sloppy defense in the game would also help GSA as the Devils would committ 2 of their 4 errors in the top of the second that was also highlighted by a 2 run RBI double from Katrinna Limeburner and a Sarah Mullen RBI single to make it 5-0.  The early pressure would force Central starting pitcher Tiffany Smith out of the game after only 1.1 innings and she was replaced by Konnar Kirlin.

Central would get a run on a throwing error by GSA catcher Mullen in the bottom of the second as her errant throw trying to pick off Logan Reardon who had been hit by a pitch and stole second would end up in center field allowing Reardon to score to make it 5-1.  Lily Cox would hit a 2 run RBI single in the top of the third to make it 7-1 GSA. The Devils would get their first hit of the game in the bottom of the third as Cheyenne Edgerly got an infield hit.
Natasha Miller would cut into the Eagles lead with an RBI single in the fourth to make it 7-2 but thats the last hit the Devils would get.  A pair of Central errors in the fifth and a 2 run RBI single by Olivia Stevenson would put GSA up by 8 and would finish the scoring.

Smith picked up the loss in the circle going to 2-2 on the season and allowed 4 runs 2 earned on one hit in her 1.1 innings pitched.  Kirlin in relief went 5.2 innings giving up 6 runs only 3 earned on 8 hits with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts.  Simmons was the star on the day improving her record to 3-3 going the full 7 innings allowing 2 runs only 1 earned 2 hits 3 walk and 8 strikeouts.

GSA improves to 3-3 and will travel to Bucksport for a matchup with the Golden Bucks on Wednesday at 4:30 while Central who falls to 2-2 will host Orono, with Orono being the home team, on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Houlton's first varsity football game- at Orono- 9/5/14

Houlton's first varsity football game- at Orono- 9/5/14