High school baseball and softball

Diamond gems: Oceanside, Nokomis duel in pair of instant classics

Mariner softball wins in bottom of ninth inning, Warrior baseball holds off host in seventh
By Ken Waltz | May 11, 2017
Photo by: Ken Waltz Oceanside's Chloe Jones watches her pitch sail to the plate against Nokomis of Newport in a May 10 high school softball game in Thomaston. The host Mariners beat the Warriors 1-0 in nine innings.

Thomaston — In a strange spring that has included a boatload of rain, dozens of postponed games and teams struggling to find consistency due to inclement weather, the Oceanside baseball and softball squads competed in a couple of mid-week, mid-season diamond classics with Nokomis of Newport on Wednesday, May 10.

In cold, overcast conditions, the Mariners and Warriors stood toe-to-toe, cleat-to-cleat and glove-to-glove for 16 innings, neither willing to give an inch, as the squads mustered a mere two runs — which, ultimately, resulted in 1-0 victories for the Oceanside softball and Nokomis baseball teams.

Of course, in perhaps a perfect scenario for this spring, at the end of the competitive battles, the rain, as expected, returned.

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The softball game went nine innings, as Hannah Moholland plated teammate Alexis Mazurek with the winning run with a sharp hit to the outfield. That gave the hosts reason to celebrate after their marathon game.

The baseball contest was scoreless until the visitors scored the only run in the fifth inning. To make things more exciting, the Mariners had the tying run snuffed out at the plate to end the competitive affair in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Softball game

Oceanside and Nokomis refused to blink for the first eight-and-a-half innings before the hosts found a way to scratch out a run and a 1-0 win.

The Mariners finished with seven hits and one error and the Warriors four hits and one fielding miscue.

The winning rally for Oceanside came in the bottom of the ninth inning as Mazurek reached base on a line single to center field, moved to second on a wild pitch and raced home on Moholland's solid single to left field. Moholland's clutch  hit came on a one-ball, two-strike count and after she previously had attempted to bunt.

Chloe Jones (4 hits, 4 walks, 12 strikeouts) again was tremendous as she worked all nine innings from the pitching circle for the Mariners. Brittany Bubar (7 hits, no walks, 3 strikeouts) pitched eight-plus innings for Nokomis.

Abby Veilleux for the Mariners and Savannah McTague also got in extra work behind the plate as each wore the catching gear the entire game.

Keying the Mariner offense was Mazurek (2 singles), Moholland (single, RBI, winning hit) and Casey Pine, Lauren Hatch, Kalli Grover and Haylie Witham with singles.

For Nokomis, Maci Leali led the charge with a single and double.

Veteran Mariner coach Rusty Worcester said Jones battled hard in the pitching circle, especially in the eighth inning when Nokomis had its eighth and ninth batters reach on walks.

However, Jones bore down and got a strikeout and a ground out back to her. Then she got a little help from her teammate, a spectacular, perhaps game-saving, catch by first baseman Mazurek, who snared a line drive with a leaping grab.

Worcester called Wednesday's outcome a "big win" for the Mariners.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (5-2, 20.7813 points) is sixth, while Old Town (6-2, 34.6875 points) is first in the 18-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Baseball game

The Mariners and Warriors battled for every inch of turf and the game was not decided until the visitors tossed out an Oceanside runner at the plate in the bottom of the final inning to preserve a 1-0 victory.

Undefeated, top-ranked Nokomis, which finished with six hits, one error and seven left on base, scored the game's lone run in the fifth. Oceanside ended with five hits, two errors and stranded nine.

Logan Sheridan (earned run on 6 hits, no walks, 8 strikeouts) was tough on the mound for the Mariners. Nearly equally solid was Warrior Josh Perry, who finished with no runs on four hits, six walks and eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Grady Berry picked up the save, allowing a hit in one-third-inning of work.

Perry had a single, double and triple and knocked in the only run of the game for the visitors. Perry's triple to right-center field with two outs in the fifth inning plated Brad Allen with the contest's lone run.

Michael Dougherty had two singles and Titus Kaewthong doubled for the Mariners.

Oceanside had the tying run erased at the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning to end the game in dramatic fashion.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (4-3, 16.3281 points) is ninth, while Nokomis (31.7969 points) is first in the 18-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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