Eleven Midcoast diamond squads punch ticket to playoffsMariners, Windjammers, Vikings, Panthers, Lions realize postseason dreams
Augusta — The work has been done and now many teams have earned the right to reap the benefit of that regular-season effort by making precious postseason appearances.
That will be the case for a handful of Midcoast high school baseball and softball squads that have qualified for the upcoming regional tournaments, which will begin Tuesday, June 10 with prelim playoff games and followed by the quarterfinals on Thursday, June 12 and the semifinals on Saturday, June 14.
The regular season has concluded and the results of all those games are that Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston, Camden Hills of Rockport, Belfast, Searsport and Vinalhaven-North Haven in baseball have qualified for the playoffs, as well as Oceanside, Camden Hills, Belfast, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro, Searsport and Vinalhaven-North Haven in softball.
The Medomak Valley baseball team and Mount View of Thorndike baseball and softball squads failed to realize their postseason dreams.
As the chips fell, two first- and second-round playoff games will include battles between Midcoast teams.
The following are the final final Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings and playoff matchups for Midcoast squads:
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (12-4, 117.3828 points) finished third, Camden Hills (12-4, 116.7969 points) fourth, Belfast (9-7, 74.2188 points) 13th, Mount View (4-12, 23.0469 points) 17th and Medomak Valley (3-13, 12.1094 points) 19th. Waterville (14-2, 124.0234 points) finished first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
The top three teams receive first-round byes, including Oceanside.
Interestingly, No. 13 Belfast will play at No. 4 Camden Hills on Tuesday, June 10 at 4 p.m. in a prelim playoff game. The winner of that contest will face the survivor of No. 5 Mount Desert Island (9-7) and No. 12 Presque Isle (7-9) in the quarterfinals. Oceanside will host the winner of No. 6 Winslow (13-3) and No. 11 Ellsworth (6-10) in the quarterfinals.
During the regular season, the Windjammers defeated the Lions twice, 14-0 and 13-0, while neither team plays MDI or Presque Isle. The Mariners do not play Ellsworth, but did beat the Black Raiders 4-1 in one regular-season encounter.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Searsport (10-6, 50.1283 points) finished third and Vinalhaven-North Haven (3-9, 16.3690 points) sixth in Western Class D. Richmond (12-1, 96.0566 points) finished first in the 10-team region. The top seven teams qualify for the playoffs.
There are no prelim playoff games in this region. In fact, No. 1 Richmond receives a bye directly to the semifinals.
Searsport and Vinalhaven-North Haven will square off in the quarterfinals on Thursday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m. The mainland Vikings and island Vikings/Hawks squared off twice during the regular season, with SDHS winning 11-1 and 15-5.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (11-6, 94.9609 points) finished fifth, Camden Hills (7-9, 48.4766 points) 10th, Medomak Valley (6-10, 47.2656 points) 11th, Belfast (5-11, 35.9766 points) 13th and Mount View (3-13, 5.3516 points) 18th. Gardiner (16-0, 151.7969 points) finished first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
The top three teams receive first-round byes. However, the Mariners, Windjammers, Panthers and Lions all must play prelim playoffs.
On Tuesday, June 10 in prelim playoff games, No. 5 Oceanside will host No. 12 Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft (6-10) at 1 p.m., No. 10 Camden Hills will play at No. 7 Mount Desert Island (11-5) at 4:30 p.m., No. 11 Medomak Valley will play at No. 6 Winslow (11-5) at 4:30 p.m. and No. 13 Belfast will play at No. 4 Nokomis of Newport (15-1) at 3:30 p.m.
The Oceanside-Foxcroft Academy winner will play the Nokomis-Belfast winner in the quarterfinals, while the Medomak Valley-Winslow winner will play at No. 3 Hermon (14-2) and the Camden Hills-MDI winner will play at No. 2 Old Town (16-0) for the next round.
The Mariners do not play the Ponies and the Windjammers do not play the Trojans. The Lions lost to the Warriors 10-0 and the Panthers lost to the Black Raiders 7-5 in regular-season play. Oceanside split with Belfast, winning 5-0 and losing 13-3. Oceanside also lost to Nokomis 11-2.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Vinalhaven-North Haven (8-6, 58.0463 points) finished second and Searsport (8-8, 47.3512 points) fourth in Western Class D. Richmond (14-0, 105.2849 points) finished first in the nine-team region. The top six teams qualify for the playoffs.
Richmond and Vinalhaven-North Haven, the top two teams, qualify directly to the semifinals.
In the quarterfinals, No. 4 Searsport will host No. 5 Buckfield (8-6) on Thursday, June 12 at 4 p.m. The two teams do not play one another during the regular season.
In the semifinals, the Searsport-Buckfield winner will face No. 1 Richmond and No. 2 Vinalhaven-North Haven will host the winner of No. 3 Greenville (11-5) and No. 6 Rangeley (3-9) on Friday, June 13 at 1:30 p.m. During the regular season, Searsport does not play Richmond, while the islanders split with Greenville, winning 8-3 and losing 9-1, and also split with Rangeley, winning 16-9 and losing 3-2.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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