SOUTH PARIS – The Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School baseball team still hasn’t found its groove this season.
The Vikings were unable to fully solve pitcher Steve Hall, who threw a complete game as Morse held on for a 6-3 KVAC win at spacious Gouin Athletic Complex on Wednesday afternoon.
Oxford Hills (1-3) had an opportunity to rally by bringing the potential winning run to bat on two occasions in the seventh inning. But Hall struck out Alex Waite, and Shipbuilder Riley Walker sprinted in to catch a Chris Roy line drive for the final out of the game.
“We didn’t get any key hits,” Oxford Hills coach Shane Slicer said. “The seventh saw us score one run, but Hall was consistent, and we couldn’t catch a break. There was some solid balls hit to the outfield, but the large field and their center fielder took it away.”
In the bottom of the seventh, Justin Frechette drew a lead-off walk and pinch-hitter Dan Millett singled. Ethan Sutton singled home a run. Russell Estes then hit a sharp ground ball that Morse third base man Micah Lovitt snared and forced Millett out.
Morse (3-0) scored four runs in the second inning against Vikings starter Chris Jennings (1-2). Lovitt had an RBI single, Nate Fairchild scored on a suicide squeeze bunt by Dylan Moreau. Greg Henrikson hit a two-run single.
“We hit the ball well tday,” Morse coach Chris Wallace said. “Steve Hall threw well and was consistent. His pitch count was low and our defense came up big. Riley has made some big catches for us this season.”
The Shipbuilders added two runs in the third against Waite.
Oxford Hills scored two runs in the third on a Jennings RBI single and Waite’s RBI double. An inning earlier, Sutton tripled and trotted home on a Ryan Yates single. Ben Ryerson added an RBI single. But Morse turned a 4-6-3 inning-ending twin-killing.
Hall (2-0), a right hander, kept the Viking batters off balance. He had eight strikeouts and walked one batter.
“That was big,” Slicer said. “The DP stopped our rally and Hall pitched a good game. It was nice to have Ryerson come in and shut them down for four innings.”