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Nokomis, Old Town, Deer Isle-Stonington, Penobscot Valley prep for softball finals in Brewer on Wednesday

Michael York | BDN
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Old Town High School softball player Meaghan Cousins (4) lays down a bunt in the fifth inning of their game against John Bapst in Old Town on Monday, May 14, 2012.
By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

Two of them flew under the radar.

The other two did not.

When the Eastern Maine Classes B and D softball championship games are held at Brewer’s Coffin Field on Wednesday, a fifth seed will battle a sixth seed in one game and the first and third seeds will clash in the other.

In the Class B final, No. 6 Nokomis High of Newport, 14-5, will take on No. 5 Old Town, 15-4, in the 3 p.m. game while the Class D final at 7 p.m. will pit top seed and defending state champion Deer Isle-Stonington, 18-0, against No. 3 seed Penobscot Valley of Howland, 17-1.

Nokomis beat No. 11 Mount Desert Island 5-3 in the prelim round before upsetting No. 3 Medomak Valley of Waldoboro 3-2 in nine innings and No. 2 Hermon 14-1.

Old Town posted an 8-0 triumph over No. 12 Waterville in their prelim before ousting No. 4 Caribou 1-0 and top seed Oceanside of Thomaston-Rockland 5-2.

Nokomis will be appearing in its first Eastern Maine softball final since 1986 and has done so with a roster that includes just two seniors.

If the Warriors are going to win, they are going to have to solve Old Town junior righthander Kendra Hayward, who has been tremendous during the Coyotes’ playoff run.

Hayward has allowed just two runs in three playoff wins while striking out 29. After shutting out Waterville with nine strikeouts and tossing a three-hitter against Caribou with 11 strikeouts and no walks, she fashioned a four-hitter against Oceanside with nine strikeouts. And again she didn’t walk anyone.

She also has been an offensive catalyst in the playoffs with seven hits.

The Coyotes, who have good team speed, have featured a balanced attack in the postseason with several players contributing timely hits.

Brittany Cousins and Rachel Martin had three hits each against Waterville; Ashley Abbott doubled and singled against Caribou and had an RBI single against Oceanside and Susie Outman had two RBIs in the Oceanside win with Ashley England contributing an RBI single.

The Cousins sisters, Meagan and Brittany, provide speed at the top of the order and Sami Milton supplies it in the No. 9 spot.

Nokomis also has been sparked by quality pitching performances turned in by sophomore righty Sara Packard.

Packard, like Hayward, has a variety of offerings and keeps hitters off balance. She has surrendered just six runs in the three wins.

Megan Perry, one of the two seniors, is an effective leadoff hitter who doubled and singled against Hermon. The No. 2 hitter, Sierra Fortin, had four singles against the Hawks. Taylor Lovley had three.

Designated hitter Becky Orcutt is their RBI leader and has two homers and Drew Graves has been a productive hitter out of the three spot in the order. Graves, who also can hit for power, doubled and singled against Hermon.

Catcher Danielle George has a strong arm and it will be tested by the Coyotes. Lacey Kent-Webber has made an important contribution defensively at shortstop.

The Class D final shapes up to be a pitching duel between Deer Isle-Stonington’s Sydney Ouzts and Penobscot Valley’s Kayla Dube.

Ouzts, who was 17-2 a year ago in leading the Mariners to their first state softball crown, one-hit East Grand of Danforth 1-0 in the semifinals with 13 strikeouts after being touched up for nine hits in a 9-5 win over Central Aroostook of Mars Hill.

Ouzts and the Mariners held opponents to two runs or less in 14 of their 16 regular season games.

Dube and her Howlers also allowed two runs or less in 14 of their 16 games during the regular season and she has followed it up with an 18-strikeout six-hitter in a 6-2 quarterfinal win over Woodland and an eight-strikeout two-hitter in the 8-2 semifinal victory over Limestone Community School/Maine School of Science and Mathematics.

The key offensive contributors in the playoffs for Deer Isle-Stonington have been Chelsea Brown, whose seventh-inning single beat East Grand, and Amber Jones, who had a three-run double against Central Aroostook.

The other catalysts include Janelle Ciomei, Julie Hutchins and Emily Cormier.

Spearheading the Howler run production have been Shaelyn Jones, Reese Leonard and Molly McGinn.

Jones had two singles against Woodland and a two-run single against Limestone, Leonard had a three-run double and triple against Woodland with four RBIs and McGinn had a pair of base hits against Limestone. The other key producers are speedy leadoff hitter Kirstin Batchelder and cleanup hitter Eliza Pelletier.

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