Mariners take advantage of depleted PanthersDefending state softball champ Oceanside uses bats to cruise to 2-0 record
Waldoboro — As if hosting the defending state Class B champion Oceanside Mariners was not tall enough an order.
The Medomak Valley softball team, down seven players as many students were still on a school-sponsored, spring vacation week trip to Costa Rica, more than had its hands full against its Midcoast rivals on Friday afternoon, April 25.
The Panthers (0-1), playing in their home- and season-opener, were staked to a 4-1 lead after the first inning, but then the high-octane Mariner offense shifted into gear in the later innings as Oceanside (2-0) sailed to a 24-7, 5-inning high school diamond win over the hosts.
Alexis Davis and Haley Richardson pitched for Oceanside, allowing a combined two hits, nine walks and one hit batter, with six strikeouts.
Casey Wagner pitched for Medomak Valley, scattering 18 hits, 11 walks and one hit batter, with two strikeouts.
Leading the potent Mariner offense were Trittany Penn (single, 2 runs), Ari Curtis (double, 2 singles, 3 runs), Brooke Dugan (home run, double, single, 2 runs), Davis (single, run), Richardson (single, run), Rachel Robinson (single), Kalyn Grover (triple, 2 singles, 4 runs), Madelyn Young (single, 2 runs), Maggie Drinkwater (single, run), Alexis Mazurek (2 runs), Krissy McNichol (double, 3 runs) and Caitlin Raye (3 singles, 4 runs).
For Medomak Valley, McKenzie Wing (single, run) and Vanessa Rancourt (single, 2 runs) each had hits, while Hannah Watmough, Hope Lash, Casey Wagner and Amanda Poland all plated runs.