No. 1 Camden Hills, No. 2 Oceanside baseball lone May 23 winnersMedomak Valley squads, Mariner, Windjammer softball suffer tough defeats
As the high school baseball and softball regular seasons head down the home stretch and teenage student-athletes take a short break during the Memorial Day weekend, Midcoast teams are trying to work their way up the regional Heal Point Standings or push into postseason position.
The Camden Hills and Oceanside baseball squads did the former in Friday, May 23 diamond action with victories, while the Medomak Valley squads, as well as the Camden Hills and Oceanside softball teams, suffered losses.
Interestingly, in baseball, the Windjammers took over the number one spot in Eastern Class B, a position the Mariners have held most of the spring. Oceanside now is ranked second.
It appears the two Midcoast hardball stalwarts also have the inside tracks on meeting for the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship in the coming weeks.
The following is a recap of reported results from May 23:
Camden Hills 4, Lincoln Academy 0
At Rockport May 23, the Windjammers continued to play inspired ball with strong pitching, solid defense and timely hitting. Camden Hills, which finished with six hits and one error, tallied four runs in the sixth inning to break open a tight, scoreless affair with the Eagles of Newcastle, who finished with two hits and two fielding miscues.
Chandler Crans turned in a two-hit pitching performance to outduel Lincoln Academy's A.J. Oliver. Scherer also pitched for the Eagles.
In the decisive sixth inning, Michael Wolff drove in Ben Rollins with an infield hit and, one batter later, John Hall drove in two more with a single to break the game open for the hosts. Sam Gimlewicz doubled in Hall to close the scoring in the pivotal stanza.
Offensively for Camden Hills, Aubrey Pennington (2 hits), Rollins (run), Wolff (hit, run), RBI), Connor Graffam (hit, run), Hall (hit, run, 2 RBIs) and Gimlewicz (double, RBI) led the charge.
Oliver and Wally Morris had the only hits for the Eagles.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standing for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (10-3, 81.8359 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 squads qualify for the playoffs.
Oceanside 15, Gardiner 5 (5 inns.)
At Thomaston May 23, the Mariners kept their powerful bats and strong run production going in a convincing win over Gardiner. Nick Mazurek and Ryan Allender belted home runs for the hosts, who have 10 long balls this season (Mazurek and J.T. Tobin have keyed the club in that department). Mazurek, in fact, has four homers this spring.
Oceanside, which finished with 12 hits and two errors on Friday, tallied five runs in the first and fourth innings, one in the second and four in the fifth to settle the matter. The visiting Tigers finished with five hits and two errors. Gardiner tallied all of its runs in the fifth.
Nick Mazurek (no runs on 2 hits, no walks, 5 strikeouts in 4 innings for his fifth victory of the campaign) and Nick Judge (5 runs, 2 earned, on 3 hits, walk, strikeout in an inning) pitched for the Mariners.
For Gardiner, Eli Fish (11 runs, 8 earned, on 8 hits, 3 walks, hit batter, strikeout in 3 2/3 innings) and Hunter Chasse (4 runs, 4 earned, on 4 hits, walk in an inning) worked the hill.
Mazurek collected three hits, including a two-run homer, while Allender ripped a three-run home run. Judge and Zac Roman had two hits for the winners, while Roman scored four times. Tobin and Scott Strong (double) drove in a pair of runs. Travis Frye, Walker Ranney and Jacob Barlett also had singles and RBIs for Oceanside.
Josh Mushke finished with two hits and Logan Peacock added two RBIs for Gardiner.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standing for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (11-2, 79.8828 points) is second, while Camden Hills of Rockport (10-3, 81.8359 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 squads qualify for the playoffs.
Erskine Academy 9, Medomak Valley 6
At South China May 23, the Panthers jumped to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning and appeared ready to cruise, but the host Eagles tallied four in the bottom of the opening frame en route to a comeback victory.
Medomak Valley, which scored five runs in the first inning and one in the third, had 10 hits and one error. Erskine Academy, which tallied four runs in the first, one in both the second and third stanzas and three in the fourth, finished with 13 hits and no errors.
Nick DePatsy (9 runs, 8 earned, on 10 hits, 3 walks, strikeout in 3 1/3 innings for the loss) and Adam Wilcox (no runs on 3 hits, walk, strikeout in 2 2/3 innings) pitched for the Panthers. For the Eagles, Zack Glidden (5 runs, 5 earned, on 5 hits, walk in 1/3 inning) and Jared Gartley (run, earned run, on 5 hits, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings for the win) worked the bump.
Leading the Medomak Valley offense were Micah Williamson (double, 2 singles, run), Riley McCollett (double, single, walk, run, RBI), DePatsy (single, run), Ollie Brown (double, single, 2 runs, RBI), Patrick Madden (single, 2 RBI) and Tyler Emerson (double, 2 RBIs).
For Erskine Academy, Caleb Cummings (2 singles, run), Tyler Bailey (double, 2 singles, stolen base, 2 runs), Ryan Rodrigue (double, single, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Nate Martin (single, stolen base, run), Zach Childs (single), Luke Peabody (2 singles, 2 walks, 3 stolen bases, 2 runs), Jake Rideout (single, RBI) and Jared Gartley (home run, RBI) keyed the offense.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standing for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (3-10, 8.2031 points) is 18th, while Camden Hills of Rockport (10-3, 81.8359 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 squads qualify for the playoffs.
Lincoln Academy 3, Camden Hills 1
At Rockport May 23, the host Windjammers and visiting Eagles hooked up in a competitive, low-scoring affair, as Lincoln Academy tallied two runs in the third inning and one in the fourth to earn the victory. Camden Hills scored its lone run in the fifth stanza. The Windjammers finished with five hits and four errors.
Keying the Windjammers offensively were Hannah Bode (single, RBI), Maddie Bowman (single, double, run), Natalie Hamalainen (single) and Bekah Hilt (single).
For the Eagles, Farrin (hit), Skiff (hit, run), Pinkham (hit, run), Low (hit) and Achorn (run) keyed the offense. First names for Lincoln Academy players were unavailable.
Camden Hills' pitching allowed three runs on four hits, no walks, two hit batters and four strikeouts in seven innings. For LA, Farrin allowed a run on five hits, walk and six strikeouts in seven innings.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standing for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (6-7, 39.6484 points) is eighth, while Nokomis of Newport (13-0, 77.4219 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 squads qualify for the playoffs.
Gardiner 7, Oceanside 0
At Thomaston May 23, the unbeaten, visiting Tigers earned a methodical victory over the host Mariners. Gardiner, which finished with four hits and no errors, tallied one run in the first inning, three in the third and three more in the seventh. The Mariners finished with six hits and three fielding miscues.
Paige Tyler (4 walks, hit batter, 3 strikeouts in 3 innings) and Alexis Davis (3 walks, 2 strikeouts in 4 innings) pitched for the Mariners. Brittany Rollins (12 strikeouts in 7 innings) worked from the pitching circle for the Tigers.
Leading the offense charge for Gardiner were Lauren Chadwick (2 single, 2 RBIs), Rollins (single), Katelyn Boyington (single, RBI) and Nicole Chadwick (single).
For Oceanside, Alexis Mazurek (double, single), Ari Curtis (double, single), Trittany Penn (single) and Brianna Dugan (single) keyed the offense.
Veteran Mariner coach Rusty Worcester said his team, which won league, regional and state championships last year, simply had too many errors, walks and wild pitches on Friday against the Tigers.
"Gardiner is a very good team and they took full advantage of these opportunities," he said. "We did hold Gardiner, which averages 13 hits a game, to only four [hits in this game]."
The coach said the hosts also "left five runners in scoring position and just couldn't get the big hit. Also hats off to Brittany Rollins, who threw her rise ball consistently and we chased the high pitch with 12 strikeouts."
Worcester said he was proud of freshman Mazurek for coming up with two hits against a strong, veteran pitcher. He added that Curtis "also had a great day at the plate … and she is a gamer and works very hard behind the plate [as the catcher] for the Mariners."
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standing for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (8-5, 46.1328 points) is sixth, while Nokomis of Newport (13-0, 77.4219 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 squads qualify for the playoffs.
Erskine Academy 12, Medomak Valley 5
At South China May 23, the host Eagles had too much offense for the Panthers, as the Lincoln County squad fell by seven runs. Erskine Academy, which scored two runs in the first inning and five in the second and fifth stanzas, finished with 13 hits and one error. The Panthers, who tallied singles runs in the first two innings and three in the third, finished with eight hits and three fielding miscues.
Chamberlain (8 hits, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts) pitched the win for the Eagles. while Hannah Marks (13 hits, 5 walks, 7 strikeouts) worked the circle for the Panthers.
Keying the Panther offense were Vanessa Rancourt (single), Lauren Guptill (2 singles), Sophie Cohen (2 singles), Marks (single), Hope Lash (single) and Maggie Cox (double).
For Erskine Academy, M. Chamberlain ( 2 singles), A. Grady (2 singles), E. Robertson (2 singles), A. Bond (3 singles), M. Gayer (2 singles), T. McLaggan (single) and T. Boucher (single) led the charge. First names for Eagle players were unavailable.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standing for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (4-9, 20.5078 points) is 11th, while Nokomis of Newport (13-0, 77.4219 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 squads qualify for the playoffs.
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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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