David Barber

Asst. Sports Editor

Cony's Margaret Russell (right) slides safely into home plate against Brewer's Alexa Grindle on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

Cony High School hands Brewer first softball loss

By Dave Barber on May 28, 2013, at 10:57 p.m.
A couple of unusual occurrences and one usual marked Cony’s 10-4 softball victory over Brewer in a battle of the top two Eastern Maine Class A teams at Coffin Field on Tuesday night. The unusual aspects were the No. 2 Rams of Augusta getting four hits in …
 Don Boyer (left) of Foxcroft Academy and Abby Weigang of Orono were voted the top performers of the meet at the Penobscot Valley Conference Small School Track and Field Championships on Monday, May 27, 2013, at Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft.

Foxcroft boys, Orono girls win PVC small-school track and field titles

By Dave Barber on May 27, 2013, at 6:13 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | After winning three events and coming in second in a fourth, all Don Boyer of Foxcroft Academy could do for the final event in the Penobscot Valley Conference Small School Track and Field Boys Championship on Monday was cheer on his teammates. The host Ponies led rival …

Young Edward Little softball team shows growing maturity in snapping Cony’s 32-game win streak

By Dave Barber on May 25, 2013, at 3:47 p.m.
AUBURN | The Edward Little softball team did something Wednesday that no team has done for almost two years: hung a loss on defending Class A state champion Cony of Augusta. The Red Eddies defeated Cony 9-1 Wednesday to halt the Rams’ winning streak at 32 games, counting their …
Bucksport High School pitcher Cassidy Adams

Bucksport’s Cassidy Adams strikes out 19 in single game

By Dave Barber on May 24, 2013, at 2:42 p.m.
Based on the number of batters she has struck out this year, it would be understandable if people think Bucksport softball pitcher Cassidy Adams’ first name begins with a “K”. That was especially true Thursday afternoon when Adams struck out 19 Dexter Tigers in a 2-0 victory …
Meg Davis (left), Emily Gilmore (center) and Delaney Davis display sunglasses the Brewer High School softball team selected to wear this season. Coach Skip Estes decided there was too much variation in styles and he wanted them to be more uniform. The varsity and junior varsity players have a choice between the plastic-framed bright orange sunglasses these three are wearing and the sport sunglasses with a black-and-orange frame Meg Davis has in her left hand. Most of the varsity Witches wear the bright orange sunglasses while three wear the sport sunglasses.

Brewer softball players brighten games with orange sunglasses

By Dave Barber on May 23, 2013, at 3:09 p.m.
A decision this season by Brewer High School softball coach Harry “Skip” Estes has most of the Witches sporting bright orange plastic-framed sunglasses. The remainder wear the other approved pair, sport sunglasses with black and orange frames. “It all fits into his motto, ‘If you look good, …

Kelsey Pendergast’s 2-run single in 7th sparks Bangor softball win over Messalonskee

By Dave Barber on May 22, 2013, at 8:06 p.m.
OAKLAND | Bangor third baseman Kelsey Pendergast felt she hadn’t been hitting well early in Wednesday afternoon’s softball game at Messalonskee High School. Then she came up in the seventh inning with runners on first and third with one out and her Rams trailing by a run. “I was …

Seacoast Blackbear wins State Cup Under-16 girls soccer title

By Dave Barber on May 21, 2013, at 5:09 p.m.
BANGOR | Abby Pyne of Dixmont hasn’t seen much of her Seacoast United Blackbear teammates since she started attending Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn., late last summer. She made a special effort to see them Sunday and play in goal for Blackbear in its 2-1 double-overtime victory over …

Lawrence rallies in 7th to grab softball victory over Bangor

By Dave Barber on May 20, 2013, at 7:38 p.m.
The Lawrence Bulldogs’ backs have been against the wall lately as they try to secure one of the nine softball playoff berths available in the 14-team Eastern Maine Class A standings. “I told them we had to beat somebody better than us,” said Lawrence coach Joe Marcoux, …
Brewer's Emily Gilmore (right) slides to third base, beating the tag by Oxford Hills' Jordyn Sanborn during the game in Brewer on Friday. Gabor Degre / BDN

Brewer softball blanks Oxford Hills with wind-blown doubles, defense

By Dave Barber on May 17, 2013, at 7:28 p.m.
The Brewer Witches took advantage of the limited hits they were able to get to post a 3-0 softball victory over Oxford Hills of South Paris on Friday afternoon at Coffin Field. Alexa Grindle doubled with one out in the first and Morgan Small doubled home courtesy …

Limestone softball coach would trade wins to get his young team more experience

By Dave Barber on May 16, 2013, at 5:30 p.m.
With a perfect 9-0 record, it would appear that coach Ryan O’Neal has his Limestone Community School/Maine School of Science and Mathematics softball team right where he wants it. But he has a young team and would rather be seeing the Eagles get a few more difficult …
Penobscot Valley High School pitcher Kayla Dube delivers a pitch against Deer Isle-Stonington in the Eastern Maine Class D final last June in Brewer. Dube recorded her 600th career strikeout Wednesday.

Penobscot Valley High pitcher records 26th straight win, 600th career strikeout despite sore knee

By Dave Barber on May 16, 2013, at 4:55 p.m.
Howland | Penobscot Valley pitching ace Kayla Dube posted the 600th strikeout of her career Wednesday against Schenck of East Millinocket on the last batter of the game. The 7-0 victory was the Howlers’ seventh shutout in 12 games this year. It was the 26th win in a row …

Bucksport softball holds off Orono 3-1 for 11th straight win

By Dave Barber on May 15, 2013, at 8:18 p.m.
The Bucksport High softball team took advantage of five Orono errors and held off the Red Riots for a 3-1 Eastern Maine Class C victory Wednesday afternoon at the Bucksport High School field. The Golden Bucks, now 11-0 and the top-ranked team in the Eastern Maine Class …
In Class C, Sam Grindle of Deer Isle eyes the flag on the 5th hole as he chips on the green of Arrowhead at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro, during Individual High School Championships, in October 2012.

Deer Isle student named top scholar by Maine State Golf Association

By Dave Barber on May 15, 2013, at 3:29 p.m.
CUMBERLAND | Sam Grindle of Deer Isle is one of more than a dozen people who will receive scholarship awards from the Maine State Golf Association for the 2013-14 college school year. Grindle also earned the Winchenbach Award for being the top scholar in the field. Grindle, a senior …

Pine Hill Golf Club sets open house for Saturday

By Dave Barber on May 15, 2013, at 2:57 p.m.
BREWER | A free individual golf membership will be on the line as part of the festivities during an open house at Pine Hill Golf Club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18. The golf membership will be the prize for the winner of a putting contest, …
Casey McGuire plays outside defender for Seacoast United Blackbear of Bangor in a State Cup game at Falmouth on May 5, 2013.

Bapst’s McGuire commits to women’s soccer at Oberlin

By Dave Barber on May 14, 2013, at 12:04 p.m.
HAMPDEN | Casey McGuire of Hampden has committed to play women’s soccer for Oberlin College in Ohio, an NCAA Division III school and member of the North Coast Athletic Conference, starting this September. In March, the college hired Dan Palmer as the new head coach of the Yeowomen, who …
Brewer's Alexa Grindle pitches during the game against Bangor in Brewer Monday.

Pellegrino powers Brewer softball team past rival Bangor

By Dave Barber on May 13, 2013, at 10:47 p.m.
Sam Pellegrino feels she is making good progress as a hitter for the Brewer High School softball team. “As the season goes, I’ve been focusing more and more on my hitting,” said the Witches’ sophomore catcher. That added focus was the prime reason the Witches were able …

Dennett, Morse propel unbeaten Cony softball team past Skowhegan

By Dave Barber on May 10, 2013, at 7:23 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Cony High School catcher Alyssah Dennett said she had been thinking too much at the plate before Friday afternoon’s softball game against fellow KVAC foe Skowhegan. Intestinal flu-like symptoms took her mind off her hitting some and it paid off for the Rams’ junior. She homered to …

Defense provides base for Calais softball success

By Dave Barber on May 09, 2013, at 8:58 p.m.
While an undefeated softball team is likely to be good at all phases of the sport, Calais High School coach Greg Smith sees one aspect of his team’s play as the foundation of the Blue Devils this season. “I think our success is going to depend more …

Calais softball coach gets 300th win, wants focus to be about players

By Dave Barber on May 09, 2013, at 5:56 p.m.
CALAIS.Maine — If Greg Smith had his way, he would prefer that no one — maybe including himself — know that he had reached 300 career victories as coach of the Calais High School softball team. The milestone victory came Monday night in a 7-1 victory in Lincoln over Mattanawcook …

Old Town softball takes advantage of key hits, errors to edge rival Orono 4-1

By Dave Barber on May 08, 2013, at 6:53 p.m.
Holding a slim one-run lead in the bottom of the fourth and hits hard to come by, the undefeated Old Town softball team was happy to pick up an insurance run on throwing errors by rival Orono on Wednesday. An RBI double by Susie Outman that …