AUBURN — Kyeria Morse pitched a no-hitter, leading Oxford Hills to a 2-0 victory over Skowhegan in the Class A North final at Central Maine Community College on Tuesday.

“I want to keep my seniors with me, especially. I did it for them,” Morse said about the win. “This whole team is my family, essentially. I love this team.”

The Vikings (17-2) are regional champions for the second consecutive year. They’ll face Cheverus (18-1) in the Class A title game Saturday at CMCC.

Morse said she did not realize she pitched a no-hitter until her coaches told her after the game ended.

“I just knew I had to show up and be there for my team,” Morse said. “We all showed up for each other. Sometimes we don’t have each other, and we don’t click … Today, we talked each other up and we were just there for each other.”

Both of the top-seeded River Hawks’ (17-2) losses this season were to second-seeded Oxford Hills.


“Kyeria was on fire. She was pitching really well today,” Skowhegan coach Lee Johnson said. “We had a couple of miscues early on that kind of gave them something, and the way she (Morse) was throwing the ball, we weren’t going to be able to give them anything today, so I tip my hat to her.”

Morse finished with 13 strikeouts, outdueling River Hawks ace Lillian Noyes, who fanned 12 batters.

“Kyeria Morse pitched probably the best game I’ve seen her pitch all year, with her no-hitter, but she was just in a groove,” Oxford Hills coach Cindy Goddard said. “That just kind of sets the tempo.”

Johnson said Noyes did “everything she could do to give us a chance, and did a heck of a job, as she always does.”

Both of Oxford Hills’ runs were unearned.

The Vikings put the first on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning. Charlotte McGreevy walked and then scored from first base on Samantha McPhail’s single that got past a Skowhegan outfielder. McPhail went to third on the play.


“When Sam got that great hit that was misplayed and was able to get (to third base), that just gave us that ride,” Goddard said. “I think that’s the first time that we’ve gotten up on teams in our postseason play, so that was kind of nice.”

In the third inning, Gigi DeVivo worked her way around the bases for Oxford Hills’ second run. She singled, stole second then took third when Noyes missed the throw from her catcher. Morse’s sacrifice fly brought DeVivo home and gave the Vikings a 2-0 advantage.

McPhail led the Vikings with two hits, one single and one double. She said the secret to her success was simply swinging the bat.

“That’s really all it was,” McPhail said. “It was just having the confidence to go there, taking those deep breaths and calming down and de-stressing — remembering I know how to play.”

McPhail has hit well in the postseason, which she credits to the adrenaline of high-pressure, win-or-go-home games.

“My blood is just pumping so fast that I just go out there and do it,” McPhail said. “That whole moment, you can tune everything out and you’re just in the box.”


The River Hawks came into Tuesday’s game having already had a big week, including graduation Sunday night for the 10 seniors and a 4-3 win over Edward Little on Monday in a game that was rescheduled after their Saturday meeting was called in the third inning.

“They’re great kids, not just good softball players,” Johnson said about the Class of 2024. “They have fun, and I’ve really, really enjoyed them. They’re a great group.”

Goddard said she wasn’t surprised by Morse’s no-hitter because the sophomore ace has always had the the ability.

“She’s on, and I think she likes to play the big games,” Goddard said. “When she’s on, she’s on. She was in her groove.”

Morse, McPhail and McGreevy are part of a sophomore class that Goddard said has been a huge factor in Oxford Hills’ consecutive regional titles.

“All the kids can do their piece, there’s not really one great performer,” Goddard said. “Sam might not get another hit for a while, and it will be someone else’s day. Everyone can contribute. It’s not like we’re looking at one or two people to carry the load, it’s like any given day, someone else can do the job.”

Cheverus defeated Windham 2-0 in 10 innings in a pitchers’ duel in the A South final between Brooke Gerry and Stags freshman Addison DeRoche, the Gatorade Maine Softball Player of the Year.

The A North title game ended much earlier, so the Vikings didn’t yet know who’d they’d be facing Saturday, but Goddard said they knew  they’d be going up against a strong pitcher either way.

Looking to Saturday’s state final game, whether it’s Cheverus or Windham, Goddard said both teams have strong pitchers on the circle, which will present challenges for the Vikings hitters to advance their title.

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