The win lifted KHS to 6-9 on the season in Division II while Plymouth fell to 5-9.
"I don't think there's any way that we can't get in at this point," Peter Ames, Eagles' head coach, said of the playoffs. "I think we're going to finish 13th, 14th or 15th. I'm pretty sure we can't be 16th since we hold the tiebreakers with Plymouth (having beaten the Bobcats head-to-head twice)."
Kennett was scheduled to close out the regular season Monday afternoon when it played host to Oyster River (0-13). Results were not known as of press time.
The Eagles went 0-7 over a three-week period losing two two-run games and a one-run contest along the way. Prior to Friday, Kennett's last victory had been a thrilling 6-5 win over previously undefeated Coe-Brown Northwood Academy.
Following that setback the Bears won eight of their next nine games to move to 13-2 and into second in the division standings.
Kennett proved against Coe-Brown it's capable of playing with and beating the best clubs in the division and contending for a state crown.
"Hopefully we can get on a little bit of a winning streak now," Ames said. "...The kids played well on Friday. All the things we hadn't been doing over the last few weeks we did against Plymouth — we made plays defensively; got hits when we needed them; and didn't walk too many. Hopefully, this gets us going in the right direction."
Plymouth appeared poised to continue Kennett's woes on Friday when it loaded the bases and scored a run before KHS recorded an out. Fortunately, Kennett avoided the big inning. With the bases loaded Gwynn McGinley got a ground ball to third and threw home to catcher Jordyn Moore for the force out.
Kennett got the next out on another force out at the plate and got out of the inning on a ground out to second baseman Caroline Yeager.
The Bobcats strung a pair of hits together in the second inning to double their lead to 2-0, but Kennett pitcher Shelby Hill, who went the distance and got the win, shut them down from that point on.
The host Eagles broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth inning with a five run outburst. Center-fielder Kaylin Samia led off the inning with a single. First baseman Lauren White, who drew four intentional unintentional walks, followed with a free pass. The runners advanced to third and second on a ground out. Moore drove them both in with a long double. Vonde Saunders followed with an RBI single.
With two outs, Alyssa Tetreault reached on an error and Saunders went to third. Saunders scored on a passed ball and Tetreault, who stole second a pitch earlier advanced to third and strolled home on an RBI single by Erin Milford.
Kennett added another run in the bottom of the fifth. White, who walked again, stole second and scored on an error to make it 6-3.
After Plymouth pushed a run across in the top of the sixth inning, the Eagles responded with three more insurance runs.
With one out, Tetreault reached on an error and stole second base; Milford reached on another error (Plymouth committed five in the game) allowing Tetreault to advance to third; Jordan Murphy reached on a fielder's choice and Tetreault scored on an error at the plate; Samia drove in a run on a ground out; and Murphy scored on a passed ball.
Milford and Saunders led the Kennett hit parade with two hits apiece.
"We hit the ball well," Ames, who is two wins away from the 400 victory milestone, said. "The thing we did that we hadn't been doing was get the big hit when we needed it with runners on base.
"I'm hoping we've turned the corner," he continued. "(During the losing streak) It seemed like there would be one inning that got away from us and we weren't able to overcome it. Maybe Friday's win turned the tide. I know we have the capabilities of putting together a streak of four or five games."
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"We finished about where I thought we would," Bernie Livingston, Eagles' head coach, said. "Point-wise for the girls we scored a lot more than I was thought we would. I had us pegged for about 90 points. The great thing about the day is 80 percent of the (Kennett boys and girls) set seasonal or personal bests. All in all we had just a great day."
The White Mountains Regional took top team honors with 135 points while Kennett was second with 124 points and Winnisquam was a distant third with 53 points.
Point scorers and top Kennett finishers for the girls were:
Girls 100 meter dash (won by Gigi Miller, Kennett, 12.8): Jillian Cataldo, fourth, 13.4.
Girls 200 meter dash (won by Gigi Miller, Kennett, 27.2): Gracie Ryan, second, 27.2.
Girls 400 meter run (won by Jaila Remillard, Winnisquam, 1:00): Hailee Tilton, 11th, 1:09.8.
Girls 800 meter run (won by Samantha Hicks, Laconia, 2:28.3): Maggie LaRoche, third, 2:31.6.
Girls 1600 meter run (won by Samantha Hicks, Laconia, 5:31.4): Sarah Hernandez, fourth, 5:36.6; and Hannah Benson, sixth, 5:51.4.
Girls 3200 meter run (won by Jackie Kleinschrodt, White Mountains, 12:29.3): Benson, second, 12:36; Hernandez, fourth, 12:56.3; and Lisa Carper, sixth, 13:13.5.
Girls 110 meter hurdles (won by Jaila Remillard, Winnisquam, 16.7): Hannah Kaslow, ninth, 18.04.
Girls 300 meter hurdles (won by Kaley Shepard, Franklin, 49.8): Jen Vizard, sixth, 52.55.
Girls 4X100 relay (won by Kennett, 51.4).
Girls 4X400 relay (won by White Mountains, 4:17.2): Kennett, second, 4:26.5.
Girls 4X800 relay (won by Kennett, 10:16.6).
Girls High Jump (won by Carissa Archibald, Winnisquam, 5'1"): Tessa Greenhalgh, 10th, 4'3".
Girls Pole Vault (won by Laura Kopp, White Mountains, 8'): Kacie Stewart, fourth, 7'.6"; and Mae Van Rossum, sixth, 6'6".
Girls Long Jump (won by Jaila Remillard, Winnisquam, 16'2"): Ryan, second, 16'1.5"; Doucet, fourth, 15'0.5".
Girls Triple Jump (won by Gracie Ryan, Kennett, 34'1.5").
Girls Shot Put (won by Karisa Bergman, White Mountains, 33'11.5"): Katie Andersen, sixth, 29'9.25".
Girls Discus Throw (won by Karisa Bergman, White Mountains, 112'): Andersen, second, 98'8"; and Julianna Livingston, sixth, 81'1".
Girls Javelin Throw (won by Molly Dietrich, Gilford, 119'): Livingston, fifth, 93'11".
The KHS boys scored 37 points to take sixth place behind Plymouth, who took the top spot with 100 points, ahead of Kearsarge, 91; and Interlakes, 55, who rounded out the top three.
Point scorers and top KHS finishers for the boys were:
Boys 100 meter dash (won by Rob Mills, Plymouth, 10.8): Bryce Phillips, fifth, 11.3.
Boys 200 meter dash (won by Rob Mills, Plymouth, 22.8): Thomas Chant, sixth, 24.3.
Boys 400 meter run (won by Rob Mills, Plymouth, 51.2): Brian Caputo, fourth, 53.9.
Boys 800 meter run (won by Ethan Call, White Mountains, 2:01.5): Nathan Munro, 11th, 2:12.1.
Boys 1600 meter run (won by Ethan Call, White Mountains, 4:31.7): Ryan Kenny, 11th, 4:59.
Boys 3200 meter run (won by Conor Terhunne, Kearsarge, 10:15.9): Nick Brown, third, 10:21.2.
Boys 110 meter hurdles (won by Gabe Carter, Kearsarge, 15.5): Liam Van Rossum, 12th, 19.57.
Boys 300 meter hurdles (won by Dylan Tarbox, Kingswood, 41.1): Van Rossum, 20th. 52.4.
Boys 4X100 relay (won Kennett, 45.8).
Boys 4X400 relay (won by Plymouth, 3:41.5): Kennett, third, 3:44.2.
Boys 4X800 relay (won White Mountains, 8:36.2): Kennett, fourth, 8:39.1.
Boys High Jump (won by Sam Vanetten, Kearsarge, 5'11"): Nathan Lautenschlager, 11th, 5'2".
Boys Pole Vault (won by Jeff Kozikowski, Kearsarge, 10'.6"): Cody Lahey, eighth, 9'.
Boys Long Jump (won by David Donovan, Interlakes, 20'6"): James Curran, 16th, 16'8".
Boys Triple Jump (won by Gabe Carter, Kearsarge, 42'8.5"): Curran, 15th, 34'9".
Boys Shot Put (won by Bruce Zimmer, Belmont, 44'6"): Corey Crawford, ninth, 37').
Boys Discus Throw (won by Mike Vogt, Woodsville, 124'7"): Corey Crawford, fifth, 115'11".
Boys Javelin Throw (won by Noah Crane, Plymouth, 138'10"): Scott Winters, fourth, 132'8".
Saturday marked the fifth year in a row that Kennett has hosted the Wilderness League Championships. Next year the meet moves to Bistol where Newfound will play hosts.
The Eagles will head to Pelham this Saturday for the Division II State Championships. Kennett will have 33 athletes participating in the meet.
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Kennett went 11-3 during the regular season while the Red Raiders were 12-2 on the spring. This will be the first meeting of the season between the two schools. Lebanon's lone loses have both come 9-0 at the racquets of undefeated and second seeded Hanover.
Coach Chris Bailey is looking forward to the challenge his Eagles face.
"Our kids are excited," he said. "If Lebanon comes in cocky or overlooking us, no matter what happens our guys are incredible fighters and they'll battle for every point."
The Eagles ended a two match losing skid last Wednesday with a fine performance at home beating Bishop Brady 5-1. The Green Giants, who finished 8-6 and earned the No. 8 playoff seed, saw Bailey's squad take care of business in the singles just before the a soaking rain arrived.
"That was a huge win for us," Bailey said. "I was afraid how we would react after our little setback (a 5-4 loss) against Pembroke, but we played really well."
Kennett's No. 1 Danny Macdonald trailed 6-5 but broke serve to knot the match and then rattled off the next two games for the 8-6 victory.
"That was a great, great finish by Danny," Bailey said. "It wad a big win for us."
Kyle Blakely won 8-5; Nicky Sullivan won 8-5; Greg Miller, who trailed 6-3, won five straight games for an 8-6 victory; Lucas Tinkham won 8-4; and Curt Niller lost 8-1.
"Greg's match was the clincher," Bailey said. "Him getting that win was big because right when he won the final point it started to pour. We probably would have had to suspend the match and had them come back again on Thursday for the doubles."
Bailey also praised Tinkham for his win.
"That was probably Luke's best mach of the year," he said.
For the season, Macdonald, Blakely and Sullivan were a combined 33-9 in singles.
"All three have had incredible seasons," Bailey said. We rode their backs so to speak."
Macdonald, a junior, was 7-8 playing No. 2 last year but improved to 10-4 this year while Blakely, who was 7-7 last season, went 12-2, and Sullivan went 11-3 this spring.
The winner of Tuesday's match advances to the semifinals on Thursday at 4 p.m. If Kennett emerges victorious it would play the winner of the match between No. 2 Hanover (14-0) and No. 7 Souhegan (9-5).
The finals are scheduled for May 28 at 4 p.m. at Bedford High School.
"We've had a great season," Bailey said, "hopefully we can keep it going."
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Cape Elizabeth ended a 10-game winning streak for the Fryeburg Academy girls' softball team last Friday in what may very possibly be a preview of this year’s Western Maine Class B finals. The Raiders did defeat Gray-New Gloucester and Yarmouth earlier in the week for their ninth and 10th wins of the season.
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The Eagles competed against Kingswood, Plymouth and the host Bears with the boys finishing second to Plymouth and the girls second to Coe-Brown.
"It was very good competition at a great facility," Livingston said. "Our athletes did very well; I was pleased."
The KHS girls finished a distant second to Coe-Brown, who won every single event, by 91 points, 125-34 while Plymouth was a distant third with 23 points and Kingswood fourth with just 3 points.
Point scorers and top Kennett finishers for the girls were (hand held timing):
Girls 100 meter dash (won by Jelesa Nelson, Coe-Brown, 12.0): Gigi Miller, second, 12.4.
Girls 200 meter dash (won by Jelesa Nelson, Coe-Brown, 26.5): Cassie Doucet, third, 28.21.
Girls 400 meter run (won by Katelyn Terry, Coe-Brown, 1:01.9): Maggie LaRoche, third, 1:04.2.
Girls 800 meter run (won by Elizabeth Danis, Coe-Brown, 2:23.08): Hannah Benson, third, 2:31.24.
Girls 1600 meter run (won by Katie Scannell, Coe-Brown, 5:34.55): Sarah Hernandez, fifth, 5:53.25.
Girls 3200 meter run (won by Jessie Carney, Coe-Brown, 12:40.87).
Girls 110 meter hurdles (won by Samantha Toscano, Coe-Brown, 16.5): Hannah Kaslow, seventh, 18.26.
Girls 300 meter hurdles (won by Sarah Curtin, Coe-Brown, 51.6): Jen Vizard, fourth, 54.7.
Girls 4X100 relay (won by Coe-Brown, 50.3): Kennett — Julianna Livingston, Doucet, Gracie Ryan and Miller, second, 52.7.
Girls 4X400 relay (won by Coe-Brown, 4:24.29): Kennett — Doucet, LaRoche, Ryan and Miller, second, 4:39.52.
Girls High Jump (won by Marykate Melanson, Coe-Brown, 5'4"): Gracie Ryan, second, 5'2".
Girls Pole Vault (won by Kayla Roberts, 8'.5"): Elyse Clancy, third, 6'.5"; and Kacie Stewart, fourth, 6'.5".
Girls Long Jump (won by Samantha Toscano, Coe-Brown, 16'3"): Ryan, second, 16'1.75"; Doucet, fourth, 13'10".
Girls Triple Jump (won by Samantha Toscano, Coe-Brown, 33'5.5").
Girls Shot Put (won by Alley Savioli, Coe-Brown, 34'10"): Katie Andersen, third, 30'.5".
Girls Discus Throw (won by Sam Donohue, Coe-Brown, 97'10"): Andersen, second, 95'2"; and Maggie Perkins, fourth, 87'3".
Girls Javelin Throw (won by Alley Savioli, Coe-Brown, 93'): Livingston, third, 86'2".
The KHS boys scored 44 points to take second place behind Plymouth, 79, but ahead of Coe-Brown, 35; and Kingswood, 27.
Point scorers and top KHS finishers for the boys were:
Boys 100 meter dash (won by Malcom Gocha, Plymouth, 11.31 hand held): Bryce Phillips, second, 11.36; Brian Caputo, third, 11.55; and Thomas Chant, fourth, 11.62.
Boys 200 meter dash (won by Rob Mills, Plymouth, 23.06): Chant, second, 23.8; and Nathan Lautenschlager, third, 23.87; and Phillips, fourth, 24.5.
Boys 400 meter run (won by Rob Mills, Plymouth, 52.7): Caputo, second, 54.6; and Garrett Fortin, fourth, 57.1.
Boys 800 meter run (won by Jacob Saucier, Kingswood, 2:10.32): Nathan Munro, second, 2:12.56; Nick Brown, third, 2:14.40; and David Mays, 2:15.57.
Boys 1600 meter run (won by Colin Nelson-Peck, Plymouth, 4:53.39): Malcom Badger, eighth, 5:26.23.
Boys 3200 meter run (won by Colin Nelson-Peck, Plymouth, 11:12.79).
Boys 110 meter hurdles (won by Dylan Tarbox, Kingswood, 16.99): Liam Van Rossum, fourth, 19.8.
Boys 300 meter hurdles (won by Dylan Tarbox, Kingswood, 41.8): Kyler Phillips, 10th. 53.1.
Boys 4X100 relay (won Plymouth, 45.4): Kennett — Mike Mason, Lautenschlager, Phillips and Chant, 46.1, second, 46.0.
Boys 4X400 relay (won by Plymouth, 3:41.7): Kennett — Mays, Chant, Andrew Casella and Caputo, second, 3:50.5.
Boys High Jump (won by Tim Bolan, Plymouth, 5'8").
Boys Pole Vault (won by Noah Macri, Coe-Brown, 10'.5"): Cody Lahey, sixth, 5'7.5".
Boys Long Jump (won by Mike Mason, Kennett, 19'4.25").
Boys Triple Jump (won by Jordan Browne, Plymouth, 39'7.5"): James Curran, second, 35'2".
Boys Shot Put (won by Corey Crawford, Kennett, 38'4").
Boys Discus Throw (won by Bertrand Wieliczko, Plymouth, 119'3"): Corey Crawford, fifth, 98'7".
Boys Javelin Throw (won by Sang O'Brien, Plymouth, 146'11): Scott Winters, third, 120'11".
The Eagles are back in action this Saturday (9 a.m.) when they host the prestigious Wilderness League Championships with over 25 schools expected to participate.
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