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Hermon softball enters tourney play with plenty of confidence

Hermon catcher Shania Haskell has provided senior leadership to the young Hermon softball team
Hermon catcher Shania Haskell has provided senior leadership to the young Hermon softball teamCourtesy of Skip Hawkes from Maine Sports Report (with permission)

HERMON--- If you look at the numbers that Karli Theberge and Allessa Oakes have put up this season on the softball field, you may think they just graduated from Hermon high school.

The dynamic duo have a combined earned run average of 0.44 in 95 innings of pitching. With the bat, they have combined for a batting average of .545 with two homers, 50 RBI, 41 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases. The rest of class B will have two more seasons of facing Theberge and Oakes.

Theberge has only allowed one earned run in 51 innings in the circle, the lefty has struck out 57 in 51 innings Oakes has struck out 64 in 44 innings. She has allowed five earned runs in 44 innings. Both have a 7-1 record.

"We are fortunate to have two excellent pitchers on our team. Both girls have done a tremendous job this year leading their team from the circle. They both pitch with confidence and have had great support behind them,"Hermon coach Megan McCrum said. "Although different, one being right-handed (Oakes) and the other left-handed (Theberge) and throwing some different pitches they are both equally effective."

Theberge is a three time Eastern Maine athlete of the week winner. She has a batting average of .609 with one homer and 30 RBI. Oakes has a batting average of .491 with one home run and 20 RBI.

"Not only are they (Theberge and Oakes) great pitchers, but when not pitching they add great support on the field. They also are both disciplined hitters leading their team offensively, "McCrum said. "They have been there supporting one another and pushing each other every game to help make the team better."

The young Hawks have received senior leadership from Shaniah Haskell and Katie Kivler. Haskell has a batting average of .440 with one homer and 20 RBI, while playing solid defense behind the plate. Kivler has played solid defense in center-field.

"Our two seniors have done an outstanding job this year keeping our young team on track. Both catcher Shaniah Haskell and center fielder Katie Kivler have been leaders on and off the field,"McCrum said. "Each one has taken pride in leading their team during the regular season and hopes to end their season on a good note."

Hermon (14-2) outscored their opponents 188-12 in the 14 wins during the regular season. Both losses came against high powered Old Town. The Coyotes won 4-0 at Hermon early in the season, and 2-1 in the regular season finale at Old Town.

Sophomore Sydney Addessi has also come up big this season for the Hawks. Addessi has a batting average of .429 and leads the team with 25 runs scored.

Hermon is the number three seed in the class B tournament and will host the Winslow/Medomak prelim winner in a quarterfinal game on Thursday.

"Confidence has been our word of the year and everyday we have been working on stepping on the field with the confidence to succeed. We try to focus on our game and know that if we play the way we are capable of playing good things will happen. This has been our game plan all year and don't intend to change now,"McCrum said. "Whoever we face in the playoffs will be good and we know we just need to come with the confidence in our team and leave it all out on the field."

Gardiner and Old Town enter the class B tournament as the top two seeds. Gardiner clinched the top seed when they defeated Nokomis in extra innings in their regular season finale. That was the only loss of the season for Nokomis, who finished as the number four seed and will host Belfast in a prelim game.

Oceanside, Winslow, MDI, and Presque Isle will also host prelim games. MDI is the seven seed, but could be dangerous if they are able to get by a prelim contest against Camden Hills. The Trojans have five losses, four of those came by a combined eight runs against Hermon and Old Town.