BREWER, Maine — Pitching and timely hitting determined the outcome of both games in Saturday’s baseball doubleheader between Katahdin of Sherman and Deer Isle-Stonington.
Joe Condon outdueled Katahdin’s Brandon Robinson and drove home the winning run in the ninth to give Deer Isle-Stonington a 3-2 extra-inning victory in the first game, but in the second Katahdin prevailed 4-2 behind Cody Cunningham, who also did it on the mound and at the plate for the Cougars.
The first game became a pitchers’ duel after a quick start in which each team scored a run in the first inning.
It took nine full innings, but Condon prevailed by pitching a three-hitter and delivering the game-winning run with a double in the ninth.
It was a gutsy effort for the Mariners’ hurler, who was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat in the first inning, and escaped a couple of jams in the second and third while his shoulder loosened back up.
“My shoulder kind of popped out when he hit me, so my arm didn’t feel right,” said Condon, who evened his record at 1-1 on the season. “I just needed to stretch it out a little bit.”
Condon threw 145 pitches while striking out eight batters and walking six.
Katahdin took a 2-1 lead in the eighth on Billy Livezey’s sacrifice fly to center field, but the Mariners answered with a run on Evan Rollins’ one-out RBI single to right center in the bottom of the inning.
In the ninth, Joe Carter drew a leadoff walk on four straight pitches, and Condon jumped on a 1-2 fastball from Katahdin starter Brandon Robinson and lined it to right center for a double that scored Carter all the way from first.
Robinson also pitched a solid game, going the distance while allowing just four hits and two walks. He also notched 12 strikeouts.
The second game started much like the first, as the Mariners put a run on the board in the top of the first, but Cunningham would be very stingy after that.
Cunningham scattered five hits while striking out 12 batters and walking just one to earn the win.
Katahdin gave its starter all the runs he’d need in the fourth as Mark McGraw hit a two-out single and moved to third on an ensuing outfield error, scored on Kolby Gallagher’s double, and Gallagher scored on Cunningham’s RBI single.
Katahdin is now 6-2 on the season. Deer Isle-Stonington is now 3-5.