DI-Stonington Mariner Girls Are EM Champions



BREWER — By the time Hannah Siebert hauled in a game-ending fly ball Wednesday night at Coffin Field, the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariner girls already had made school history.

The Deer Isle-Stonington Mariner girls are jubilant after making school history by winning their first-ever Eastern Maine Class D softball championship Wednesday, June 16, at Brewer, downing the Southern Aroostook Warriors 9-7.—HUGH BOWDEN
The Deer Isle-Stonington Mariner girls are jubilant after making school history by winning their first-ever Eastern Maine Class D softball championship Wednesday, June 16, at Brewer, downing the Southern Aroostook Warriors 9-7.—HUGH BOWDEN

BREWER — By the time Hannah Siebert hauled in a game-ending fly ball Wednesday night at Coffin Field, the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariner girls already had made school history.

The Mariners made their first-ever appearance in an Eastern Maine softball championship game a good one, holding off the Southern Aroostook Warriors 9-7 for the Class D title and a chance to play for the state championship on Saturday.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Mariner coach Terry Siebert, who has coached DI-Stonington softball — on and off — since 1987.

“We made it to the semifinals in 2000, but this was the first time ever in the finals.”

The Mariners got the job done by building an early lead, then keeping the comeback-minded Warriors at bay despite some potent hitting from the middle of their lineup.

Sophomore pitcher Sydney Ouzts, who has been an essential part of this year’s Mariner squad, gave up 11 hits and six of them were by the number four and five hitters — Liz Goodall and Kaitlyn Sommers.

“This was really the first time this year anybody’s hit her that hard,” said Siebert of Ouzts, who transferred to Deer Isle-Stonington this year from Pennsylvania.

But no matter.

The Mariners got 10 hits of their own and took advantage of five walks to build a lead that the Warriors threatened, but could not overcome.

It was leadoff walks, to Siebert and Abby Grindle, that helped the Mariners to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

After Janelle Ciomei grounded into a force-out at third, Britnie Jones drilled a double that scored both Grindle.

Erika Hutchins followed with a single that tipped off the glove of lefthanded pitcher Evangeline Goodall and rolled into left field, allowing Ciomei and Jones to score.

The Warriors claimed the lead with five hits in the bottom of the second inning.

Sommers led off with a triple and scored on a single by Shelby Hartin.

Olivia Raymond flied out to Siebert but Breianna Bubar followed with a single.

Ouzts got Katelyn Goodall on strikes, but a run-scoring single by Jasmine Rockwell and a two-run double by Rochelle Nadeau put the Warriors in front 4-3.

That lead was short-lived.

In the top of the third, Deer Isle-Stonington went in front 6-4 and never trailed again.

With one out, the Mariners loaded the bases on a single by Jones and walks to Hutchins and Ouzts.

One run scored on an infield grounder by Chelsea Brown and two more crossed the plate on a single by Heidi Brewer.

Nadeau, a righthander, came on to pitch in the fourth inning for Southern Aroostook and ran into immediate trouble, walking Ciomei, then giving up a single to Jones and a two-run single to Ouzts for an 8-4 Deer Isle-Stonington lead.

The Mariners capped their scoring in the top of the sixth when Ciomei singled, went to second on an errant throw and scored on a one-out single by Hutchins.

But the Warriors wasted no time in striking back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Liz Goodall and Sommers opened the inning with singles and Goodall scored when Hartin reached base on an error.

Olivia Raynond then singled, driving in Sommers and moving pinch runner Jilliam Diaferio to third, and Diaferio scored on a botched pickoff attempt.

Ouzts then struck out Bubar and Desirae Dubois and got Rockwell on a groundout to second.

The Mariners went down quietly in the top of the seventh, and Ouzts dialed her pitches up a notch in the bottom of the inning.

Nadeau was retired on a grounder to second, Evangeline Goodall struck out, and after twin sister Liz singled, Sommers lofted a fly ball to Siebert in center field for the final out.

“This was uncharted territory for us,” said coach Siebert, “but we took care of the stuff we had to take care of in the last inning.”

While the Mariners had a couple of what Siebert called “hiccups” on defense, they turned in some stellar plays, including back-to-back running catches by the coach’s daughter on hard-hit balls to center field in the fifth inning.

“This was probably Hannah’s best game ever,” said her dad.

For a team with no previous experience in championship play, the Mariners were surprisingly loose, even dancing to the music played over the public address system between innings.

“Whatever helps them relax is fine with me,” said the coach. “They wanted me to dance with them, but I’m not much of a dancer.”

The Mariners will be back at Coffin Field on Saturday at 11 a.m. to face Western Maine champion Richmond for the state Class D title.

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