Oceanside baseball lone Midcoast diamond winner April 28Mariner softball, Medomak Valley, Camden Hills squads fall short
A handful of Midcoast high school baseball and softball teams were in action on the diamond on Monday, April 28, with only one lcal squad experiencing the sweet taste of victory.
Picking up a win Monday was the Oceanside baseball team, while the Oceanside, Medomak Valley and Camden Hills softball squads, along with the Panther and Windjammer baseball teams, came up short in their quests for early-season wins.
The following is a recap of reported results from April 28:
Oceanside 13, Belfast 8
At Thomaston April 28, the Mariners (3-0) jumped to a 10-0 lead after the first inning and staved off the Lions (2-1) to stay unbeaten on the campaign.
Oceanside added three more runs in the third inning, while Belfast plated two runs in the second inning and six more in the fourth.
Ryan Allender worked 3 2/3 innings on the hill, allowing eight runs (6 earned) on four hits, seven walks and one balk, with one strikeout. Jimmy Strong threw 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits, two walks and one balk, with two strikeouts.
Zach Collier, Matt Smith, Drew Stanley and Lucien Gordley-Smith pitched for Belfast, allowing a combined 12 hits and seven walks, with five strikeouts.
Leading the Mariner offense were Nick Mazurek (2 home runs, single), J.T. Tobin (4 singles), Allender (2 singles), Jimmy Strong (single) and Zac Roman (single).
For Belfast, Matt Smith (triple, double), Stanley (single), Alex Canning (single), Alex Flagg (single) and Greg Clark (single) paced the offense.
Mariner coach Don Shields said his team had “a great first inning and an unreal start” to the game.
"Nick Mazurek was impressive again today, this time with two blasts,” Shields said. “Ryan Allender lost the plate [pitching] with us having a big lead, but Jimmy Strong did a great job coming in and shutting the door on Belfast and gave us a big win at home.”
Lincoln Academy 3, Camden Hills 1
At Waldoboro April 28, the Eagles tacked on insurance runs in the fourth and sixth innings and bested the visiting Windjammers (1-2). Both teams also scored first-inning runs.
Leading Camden Hills at the plate were Connor Graffam (2 singles, RBI) and Ben Rollins (single).
Daulton Wickenden and Sam Berry pitched for Camden Hills, allowing seven hits and one walk, with five strikeouts.
A.J. Olvier tossed a complete-game three-hitter on the hill for Lincoln Academy.
Maranacook 4, Medomak Valley 3
At Readfield April 28, the Black Bears scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and picked up the walkoff win. Both teams also scored first-inning runs, while the Panthers (0-2) added runs in the second and sixth innings.
Micah Williamson went 6 1/3 innings on the mound for the Panthers, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks, with five strikeouts. Riley McCollett also worked 1/3 of an inning, allowing one hit and two walks.
Logan McLaughlin and Chris Florek pitched for the Black Bears, allowing five hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts.
Leading the Panthers at the plate were McCollett (2 singles, 4 stolen bases, run, RBI), Williamson (single, 2 stolen bases), Tyler Emerson (single, RBI), Michael Wadsworth (stolen base, run), Bryce Collamore (stolen base, run) and Patrick Madden (single, RBI).
For Maranacook, Nick LaCasse (single, stolen base, run), Max McQuillen (2 singles, run), Cam Brochu (single), Matt Delmar (RBI), Luke Ruffing (double), Jason Brooks (stolen base, run) and Vinnie Bertwell (single, RBI, run) paced the offense.
Belfast 13, Oceanside 3
At Thomaston April 28, the Lions (2-1) roared to an impressive victory over the defending state Class B champions.
Belfast scored one run in the first inning, four in both the third and fourth, two in the fifth and one in both the sixth and seventh. Oceanside (2-1) scored one run in the first, fifth and seventh stanzas.
Ashley Littlefield pitched for Belfast and allowed five hits and five walks, with nine strikeouts. Paige Tyler scattered 15 hits, four walks and one hit batter, with three strikeouts for Oceanside.
For Belfast, Mariah Sturgis (triple, double, single, 2 RBIs), Casey Thayer (2 singles, RBI), Breann Cummings (2 singles, RBI), Grace Davis (2 singles, 2 RBIs) and Anna Simmons (2 singles, 2 RBIs) keyed the offense.
Leading Oceanside at the plate were Brianna Dugan (home run), Trittany Penn (triple), Alexis Davis (double) and Brooke Dugan (home run, single).
The Lions were aggressive at the plate and took advantage of three Mariner errors to surge to victory. Oceanside coach Rusty Worcester conceded the Lions Monday “were the better team.”
“Today wasn't a good day for the softball Mariners,” he said. “We made too many mistakes coupled with Belfast getting the breaks on some flairs finding the openings. We hit some balls very hard but right at people. This happens but we will be back and we will continue to get better.”
Belfast coach Chris Bartlett said his goal was for the Lions to be more aggressive at the plate, particularly after striking out looking 10 times in the team's 2-0 loss to Lincoln Academy of Newcastle on April 25.
We talked before the game and I told them that every game is a battle and if you are going to go down you should go down swinging and fighting and that was the mentality at the plate last night,” said Bartlett. “Once they got the confidence at the plate and made them chase us you could see the girls getting more and more aggressive and excited to hit.”
The Lion coach said Littlefield pitched well as she “kept them off-balanced and did a nice job working both sides of the plate.”
Lincoln Academy 11, Camden Hills 8
At Newcastle April 28, the Windjammers (1-2) scored seven runs in the sixth inning, but could not rally and fell by three runs.
Leading Camden Hills at the plate were Hannah Corney (single, 2 runs), Bekah Hilt (double, run, RBI), Marissa Libby (single, RBI), Charlotte Messer (single, run, RBI) and Taylor Peasley (double, single, 2 RBIs).
Corney pitched for the visitors, allowing nine hits and six walks, with seven strikeouts.
Information on Lincoln Academy was unavailable.
Maranacook 18, Medomak Valley 5 (5 inns.)
At Readfield April 28, the Black Bears rapped 10 hits and bested the Panthers (0-2) via the mercy rule. Maranacook scored eight runs in the second inning, seven in the third and three more in the fourth. Medomak Valley scored two runs in the first inning and three more in the seventh.
Casey Wagner pitched for the Panthers, allowing 10 hits and seven walks, with two strikeouts. Lillie McLaughlin pitched for the Black Bears, allowing two hits, six walks and two hit batters, with nine strikeouts.
Maggie Cox and Miranda Belcher each singled for the Panthers, while information for the Maranacook hitters was unavailable.