By James Anderson
FRYEBURG — The Fryeburg Academy softball season came to an abrupt halt recently at St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, when the York Wildcats scored three runs in the seventh inning for a come-from-behind 3-2 victory and a chance to play Brewer for the Class B State Championship.
After the Wildcats edged the Raiders on June 11 in the Class B South Regional Final, York fell to Brewer 7-1 in the championship game on June 15.
Fryeburg finishes its season with a 15-4 record with three of those loses coming against York.
The Fryeburg girls played their hearts out as they had all season long, but in the end they did not score enough runs off of York standout pitcher Abby Orso. Fryeburg led most of the contest with runs in the first and sixth innings, and it looked like 2-0 might be the final score.
Camden Jones took to the circle to pitch for the Raiders, and fooled York with her peppy fastball and her well timed change of pace. She had a great hitting York team fooled to the tune of nine strikeouts, and only one hit. Unfortunately the Raiders could only manage two runs off Orso.
It is an interesting lesson to learn when it seems like you are going to win and you convince yourself it is all going to work out in your favor, then suddenly victory is snatched away from you, when everything was going so smoothly for so long. You can’t take anything away from York. The Wildcats played hard to the end, thus will move on.
York took advantage of three Fryeburg fielding errors in the bottom of the seventh inning to score three unearned runs to collect the win.
The Raider softball team caught the hearts of their fans with its spirited play all season long, and as fans we thank them for the many thrills and excitement. As the Fryeburg skipper Fred Apt relayed through e-mail, “This is a special group of girls.” The day after defeat can be difficult when the participants realize they won’t be getting together anymore this year to play softball. We congratulate you on your successes and look forward to the next season.
Fryeburg loses seniors Caroline Condon, Tina LeBlanc, Brooke Juneau and manager River Lusky to graduation, but should again be in the title chase in 2020.