LINCOLN – It’s been an ongoing trend in the Class C North title game, jubilation for Bucksport and bitter disappointment for Mattanawcook.
“I’ve told every team I’ve ever coached when you get to that particular game it’s usually a game that’s won or lost because of a mistake,” head coach Dean Libbey said.
“The last three years it’s been a mistake made by us,” he added.
The miscue last year came in the final inning with the Lynx up 1-0 over the Golden Bucks and Bucksport on its final out.
A dropped fly ball gave them a second life, which eventually led a walk-off home run that gave the Golden Bucks their third straight regional title win over the Lynx.
“Yes it can be frustrating but that’s the game someone has to win and someone has to lose. But I feel like definitely you want to take that frustration and work to it and build yourself up and motivate yourself to potentially win at the end because that’s what we want to do here,” Lynx pitcher Haley McLaughlin said.
The Lynx have taken advantage of a weak schedule early on, last week Mattanawcook pounded Lee Academy and George Stevens outscoring the two 80-0.
Games the Lynx used to work on limiting mistakes.
“We try to tell like all the younger girls that we need to work on ourselves these games we need to work on the things we need to work on when we play those important games,” shortstop Kimberlee Voisine said.
Early this season the Lynx have shown that they’re ready to take that next step and win a regional title and even they’ll admit that if it’s against Bucksport it’ll be that much more special.