Extra effort aids Panthers past Mariners in blustery season-openerFour-run eighth inning keys visiting Medomak Valley's victory
Thomaston — The athletic rivalry between the Oceanside and Medomak Valley softball teams has produced classic confrontations on the diamond — with the most recent installment playing out in the season-opener for the Midcoast high school squads on Wednesday, April 19.
The Mariner bats were silenced through much of the chilly, blustery afternoon, though the hosts erased a 5-1 deficit with a four-run uprising in the bottom of the seventh stanza that, ultimately, forced extra innings.
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However, the Panthers responded with a four-run inning of their own in the top of the eighth — the extra frame — and the hosts followed suit by going down in order as Medomak Valley surged to a 9-5 victory.
“It’s really amazing to start it off like this,” said Panther pitcher Gabby DePatsy. “We just came in thinking we had to do our best and we did. We definitely gave it our all.”
DePatsy went deep into the seventh inning in the pitching circle for the Panthers as the junior scattered nine hits and five walks, with four strikeouts. Addie Jameson relieved DePatsy and, after she issued a walk, retired the final five batters of the contest, and fanned one for Medomak Valley.
Chloe Jones pitched for Oceanside, allowing seven hits and no walks, while striking out four.
It was the second straight win for the Panthers over the rival Mariners. Last season, Medomak Valley upset Oceanside 4-3 in a Class B North quarterfinal playoff.
“It was awesome definitely,” said Addie Jameson. “Last year we won that awesome game [in the playoffs] and so we were definitely coming in and hoping we were going to win.”
In addition to its four-run eighth inning, Medomak Valley also plated four runs in the second and another in the third. Oceanside scored one in the second and four in the seventh.
Leading the Panthers at the plate were Emily Wotton (double, run), Addie Jameson (single, 2 runs), Lydia Simmons (2 singles, 2 runs), DePatsy (triple, run), Hallie Kunesh (2 runs), Josie Jameson (single, run) and Aubrey Schaeffer (single).
For the Mariners, Abby Veilleux (single, run), Hannah Moholland (triple, run), Jones (run), Raechel Joyce (single, run), Alexis Mazurek (triple, double, single, run), Casey Pine (single) and Lauren Hatch (2 singles) paced the offense.
The Panthers took a 4-0 lead in the early going when Simmons singled and came around on a triple by DePatsy to put the visitors on the board. Josie Jameson later plated DePatsy and Kunesh with a single and she, ultimately, crossed the plate on a passed ball.
Mazurek tripled in the bottom of the second inning for Oceanside and came in on a single by Pine, but Medomak Valley pushed its lead back to four runs in the top of the third when Addie Jameson singled and later scored on a groundout by DePatsy.
DePatsy and Jones settled into a groove for much of the rest of the contest and the game was seemingly in hand for the Panthers, until the wheels came off for the visitors in the seventh inning as Oceanside rallied to tie the contest.
Veilleux drew a one-out walk and was then tripled home by Moholland, who later came in on an outfield error, which allowed Jones to reach base as Oceanside quickly found itself down 5-3.
“It hit my palm and it just bounced out,” said Addie Jameson, playing the outfield before she came in to work in the circle. “I was really mad, but I made up for it pitching.”
Joyce singled to put two runners on and Mazurek socked a two-run double to tie the game.
“It was their fourth time coming up to bat and they were catching onto me,” said DePatsy of the Mariners. “Then Addie came in and she did a phenomenal job.”
Addie Jameson — who throws left-handed, which is somewhat rare in softball pitching — relieved DePatsy in the pitching circle and retired the final two batters of the seventh inning, the latter of which was a ball scalded by Kalli Grover, which Panther first baseman Simmons snared to send the game to extra innings.
Wotton doubled to start the top of the eighth for the visitors and Addie Jameson reached on an error before Simomns clubbed a two-run single to put Medomak Valley ahead 7-5. Simmons later scored on a passed ball, while Kunesh reached on an error and scampered around to score in the frame on a wild pitch to give the Panthers a four-run cushion.
Addie Jameson then sent the Mariners down in order in the bottom of the extra stanza to help clinch the win for the Panthers.
“Monday I pitched a really good [exhibition] game so I just said I’ve got to do what I did Monday and get it done,” Addie Jameson said. “And I got it done.”