Fielding miscues plague Mariners as Warriors knock off defending state champsOceanside outhits Nokomis 7-4 in Eastern Class B quarterfinal playoff game
Newport — While the Oceanside softball team had yet another strong run during the regular season and a playoff appearance, one thing became certain at the conclusion of the fifth-seeded Mariners' Eastern Class B quarterfinal game against No. 4 Nokomis on Thursday, June 12.
Namely, that there will be a new state Class B champion in 2014.
The defending state champion Mariners outhit the Warriors 7-4, but the higher-seed took advantage of four Oceanside errors as host Nokomis surged to an 8-1 win.
With the victory, Nokomis (17-1) moves on to face No. 1 Gardiner (17-0) in the semifinals. The Tigers defeated the Warriors 10-3 in extra innings on the final day of the regular season June 2.
Oceanside's season ended at 12-6.
The Mariners defeated No. 12 Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft 6-3 in a prelim playoff game June 10 in Thomaston, while the Warriors bested No. 13 Belfast 13-1 in five innings in a prelim playoff the same day in Newport.
Oceanside had lost to Nokomis 11-2 in the teams lone regular-season battle.
Oceanside coach Rusty Worcester said he spoke to his players about how they would need to play strong in all three aspects of the game — pitching, hitting and defense — to beat the talented, senior-laden Warriors.
In this instance, two out of three was not good enough against the mighty Warriors.
“Nokomis is a senior-laden team with seven starters being seniors and they made the plays,” said Worcester. “Nokomis was the better team today and I wish them well the rest of the way.”
Alexis Davis went five innings in the pitching circle for Oceanside as she walked eight and struck out eight. Haley Richardson tossed an inning in relief, as well, as the duo allowed only four hits.
Sara Packard pitched for Nokomis, allowing seven hits and one walk, with five strikeouts.
The Mariners were paced at the plate by Brooke Dugan (single, double, stolen base), Alexis Mazurek (home run) and Brianna Dugan (single). Mazurek's fifth-inning home run over the left-field fence accounted for the only Mariner run on the day.
For the Warriors, Sierra Fortin (2 singles), Becky Orcutt (single, 3 RBIs) and Taylor Shaw (single) led the offense.