It was a disappointing loss but it might go a long way for the Monmouth softball team.
Last week, the Mustangs fell short in their upset bid against undefeated Georges Valley. Monmouth lost to the Bucs 2-0.
“That was a heartbreaker,” said Monmouth coach Rachel Bernier.
There haven’t been many teams that have come close against Georges Valley (12-0). The Bucs have beaten foes by a total of 135-22, including a 13-1 win over the Mustangs earlier in the year.
“We really wanted to win that game,” said freshman outfielder Kylie Kemp. “In the last inning, we felt good even though it wasn’t a win.”
It was the type of game that showed just how good the Mustangs could be. Monmouth is likely to be in the top four in Western C. That means their path through the tournament is going to take them through teams like Jay, Telstar and Georges Valley.
Though the Mustangs are a young squad with just two seniors, Kelsie and Kristi Hilton, Monmouth is shaping up as a potential playoff contender.
The Mustangs have won eight of its last nine games and feel some momentum as the tourney draws near.
“I think we’re pretty prepared for the playoffs,” said junior pitcher Reen Kahl.
The biggest thing says Bernier is to get her club playing and working together as a team. She admits they’ve played well against some top teams but still found ways to frustrate her. Still, she sees things taking shape and likes the playoff potential her club could bring to the postseason.
“We need to get our minds where they need to be for the playoffs,” said Bernier. “I think they’re starting to believe in themselves and believe in their talents.”
Speaking of Georges Valley, the Bucs already have a slot in the Mountain Valley Conference championship game. That is slated to be held Monday, June 6 at UMF at 5 p.m. Georges Valley, the defending MVC champs, will play either Telstar or Jay. Both those teams have one loss and meet next Tuesday. The Rebels won the first meeting 12-0.
In the KVAC, the Class A title game is scheduled for Friday, June 3. The game will be played at the higher seed based on final Heal Points. Unbeaten Brewer currently holds the top spot. Cony is second with three losses while Messalonskee is third with three losses as well.
The Class B game is scheduled for that same Friday at Oak Hill. Medomak Valley is a likely participant at 13-1. Oak Hill is 11-3 while Camden and Winslow are both 10-4.
Back on the mound
Leavitt’s Adrie Newton must have one durable ankle. The Hornet pitcher injured her ankle recently playing basketball and was feared to be out indefinitely. She had x-rays last week to determine if there was a break.
Newton was back in action this week. She two-hit Waterville on Monday while producing a pair of hits herself in a 13-0 win. She scattered seven hits in a 4-0 loss to Oak Hill Wednesday.
Newton, the forward on the state championship basketball team, rolled her ankle severely in the state title game against Nokomis. She quickly had it taped and was back playing in no time.