The Deer Isle-Stonington softball team has scored 107 runs in its past four games to improve to 5-1 on the season under new head coach Hollan Oliver, a 2003 Deer Isle-Stonington graduate and former Division I player at the University of Vermont. MONIQUE LABBE PHOTO/PENOBSCOT BAY PRESS

DI-S softball team scores 107 runs in 4 games to reach 5-1

DEER ISLE — The Deer Isle-Stonington softball team followed up its first win of the season last week with a scoring spree that produced a whopping 107 runs in just four games.

After a season-opening loss April 25 against Penobscot Valley, Deer Isle-Stonington bounced back last Wednesday with a 9-7 home win over Schenck. Taylor Hardy, Brienna Limeburner, Kaylee Morey, Grace Morey and Abby Stinson had two hits apiece for the Mariners in the victory.

The game was a back-and-forth affair between the Mariners and Wolverines, but Deer Isle-Stonington’s three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the difference. In the top of the seventh, Hardy retired the side in the circle to finish off a complete game and secure the win.

“[Our key to the Machias games] was a lot of great small ball,” Deer Isle-Stonington head coach Hollan Oliver said. “That included bunting to get runners into scoring position and using aggressive baserunning.”

On Friday, Deer Isle-Stonington took on Machias in Deer Isle and began its prolific offensive stretch with a 28-2 win over the Bulldogs. Kaylee Morey had four hits, three RBIs and three runs scored for the Mariners, and Limeburner hit a single, a double and a triple while knocking in five runs and scoring four times.

In Game 2 against Machias, Brittany Gray recorded four base hits and three RBIs as Limeburner, Leighia Gray, Makayla Lebel and Abby Stinson added three hits apiece. Brittany Gray also had six strikeouts in five innings in the circle.

“We had tons of hits and great defense,” Oliver, a 2003 Deer Isle-Stonington graduate and former collegiate player at the University of Vermont, said of her team’s doubleheader sweep. “We even turned a legit double play.”

On Monday, Deer Isle-Stonington improved to 4-1 with a 33-14 win over George Stevens Academy (0-5) in Blue Hill. Stinson led the Mariners in hits with five, and Morey (three hits and four RBIs), Limeburner (one single, two doubles, a triple and four RBIs), Lebel (home run and four folks) and Kristin Thompson (three hits and five RBIs) also posted strong performances at the plate in the win.

The Mariners’ 33 runs against GSA were the fifth-most by a Maine high school softball team in a single game this season. As of Thursday morning, only Buckfield (39 runs April 24 against Temple), Orono (39 runs Friday against Houlton), Oxford Hills (35 runs last Monday against Leavitt) and Hall-Dale (35 runs last Monday against Mount Abram) had produced higher-scoring outputs in 2019.

Deer Isle-Stonington kept the big bats going Wednesday with an 18-5 home win over Bangor Christian (0-7). Hardy had three hits and five RBIs for the Mariners, and Brittany Gray hit a double and a triple at the plate while finishing as the winning pitcher in the circle. The team totaled 13 hits on the evening to improve to 5-1.

Deer Isle-Stonington is scheduled to play a doubleheader at home against Jonesport-Beals (1-3) at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11. The Mariners will host top-ranked Penobscot Valley (9-0) at 4 p.m. Monday, May 13, before finishing off their five-game home stand against Sumner at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

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