WALDOBORO, Maine — Medomak Valley High School didn’t get off to a great start, losing to nearby rival Oceanside of Rockland 6-1 in the opener.
But the Panthers have followed that loss with 10 straight wins to climb up the Heal points standings in Eastern Maine Class B.
“A big part of our success can be attributed to our speed,” said coach Richard Vannah, who capitalizes on that speed by running the bases aggressively.
“We make things happen more than we have in the past,” said Vannah, who is in his third season at the Medomak Valley.
The Panthers have been bolstered by the return of junior pitcher Desiree Benner.
“She broke two bones in her foot in her first basketball game,” explained Vannah. “They wouldn’t let her pitch until the end of March. She had to get in shape, pitching-wise.”
Benner is 9-1 and has five shutouts. She has allowed more than two runs in a game just three times.
“She spots the ball well. She may not throw as hard as [Oceanside’s] Rachel Frye or the girl from Maranacook [Sarah Boynton] but she’s in the same category. And she gets stronger as she goes along,” said Vannah.
Junior first baseman Taylor Simmons and junior third baseman Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet have been the offensive catalysts and Simmons and junior catcher Maria Ennamorati are the speedsters who spearhead the running game.
Heidi Obuchon plays second base, Mallory Conary, the team’s only senior, is the shortstop and the outfield consists of left fielder Danielle Hunt, center fielder Hannah Marks and right fielder Bridgette Miller.
Vannah said his team defense is “solid, especially in the infield.”
He said his team has surprised him so far and hopes it continues.