Medomak Valley diamond squads have a little Patriots' Day fun
Waldoboro — The Medomak Valley baseball and softball teams were back on the diamond for more preseason home games on Monday, April 17, as the Panther baseball and softball squads played games, something they have done often in recent days to prepare for the regular season.
The following are photos from home games against Brunswick on Monday.
Additionally, the Medomak Valley baseball team hosted a play day with Messalonskee of Oakland and Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft on Saturday, April 15.
In game one, Medomak Valley and Messalonskee played to a 9-9 tie (two-hour time limit). The Panthers held an 8-2 lead after four innings before watching a 9-4 advantage disappear as the Eagles scored three and four runs in the final two frames.
"We had some pitchers that struggled a bit in regards to location," said Panther coach Greg Rice. "This is expected due to this being the first time most of the pitchers have thrown outside. I had two freshmen throw and asked a lot of them given this was their first time competing at the varsity level; not to mention against a pretty quality Class A team.
"I think they learned a lot about the speed of the game being drastically different from eighth grade. Connor Simmons was the bright spot on the mound throwing three innings. Collectively, as a staff, Medomak pitchers only gave up three hits and six earned runs. The walks really helped Messalonskee get their two big innings started and the walks were only hurt more by selective defensive miscues."
The coach said the Panther hitters "seemed to come around throughout the day. I was happy with the overall approach of the hitters, while walking seven times with only four strikeouts in the first game, I think it showed our hitters were willing to go to the plate with a disciplined approach. [Assistant] coach [Richie] Oliver has spent a great deal of time with the boys on adjusting to counts and having an appropriate approach at the plate. Brent Stewart set the table well from the leadoff spot scoring three runs."
In game two, Medomak Valley beat Foxcroft Academy 16-6. "Game two seemed to click with the kids a bit more; at this point we had two preseason games under our belts to get out some bugs and the kids put forth a much better effort in game two. We had a chance to throw a few different guys on the mound, given the new pitching rule it kind of forces our hand as coaches to try and find out who can be depended in given situations. Wyatt Fillmore and Brent Stewart threw well.
"Offensively, throughout the day, I could see the kids just getting more comfortable. Defensively, I feel like we are a pretty sound group, but still need to answer some questions depending on who is on the mound.
"We had some good opportunities to put some things into motion. I'm really encouraged after the day as a whole, our seniors are making a more concerted effort to lead and our four freshmen are showing signs of growing with each inning. At this point, we still have a lot of unanswered questions as some guys are making it more difficult for me to make choices based on their quality of play. It's a good problem to have and I hope we continue a good positive attitude as guys fill not only our starting roles but are able to accept and step up when needed as role players."
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