Oceanside outlasts Camden Hills in high-scoring affairMariners start strong, host Windjammers rally, but too little too late
Rockport — Runs were far from a premium on Friday afternoon, May 16 as the Camden Hills softball team hosted defending state Class B champion Oceanside in a high school contest jam-packed with not only student-athletes crossing the plate, but playoff implications as well.
The Mariners sailed to a large early lead and held off a late Windjammer rally to pick up a 10-8 victory.
Both squads are square in the middle of the Eastern Class B playoff race with the Mariners sporting a 6-4 record and the Windjammers at 4-6.
In fact, if the playoff pairings had been decided after Friday game, Oceanside would hold the No. 8 seed and host No. 9 Camden Hills in a preliminary playoff game.
Needless to say, depending on the coming weeks' results, it may not be the final time this season the Midcoast rivals see each other on the diamond.
On Friday, leading the Mariners at the plate were Trittany Penn (single, run), Caitlin Raye (single), Brooke Dugan (2 runs), Kalyn Grover (double, 2 runs), Ari Curtis (single, run), Alexis Davis (triple, double, single, 2 runs, RBI), Madelyn Young (double, run), Alexis Mazurek (2 singles, run) and Brianna Dugan (single).
For Camden Hills, Juliana Haynes (run), Charlotte Messer (run), Taylor Peasley (run), Bekah Hilt (triple, single, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Natalie Hamalainen (single, RBI, stolen base), Maddie Bowman (single, 2 runs), Marissa Libby (single, run) and Hannah Bode (single, stolen base) paced the offense.
Paige Tyler went the distance in the pitching circle for Oceanside, allowing six hits and six walks, with 12 strikeouts. Haynes and Hilary Merrifield combined to pitch for Camden Hills, allowing 11 hits and seven walks, with four strikeouts.
Oceanside went on the offensive in the early innings as the Mariners plated four runs in the first inning and two more in the second. They later added two runs in both the fifth and sixth frames, respectively.
Camden Hills scored four runs in the third, two more in the fifth and had a rally going in the seventh, in which the hosts pushed across two runs, before Tyler struck out a batter to end the game.
Oceanside swept the two regular-season games between the Knox County schools, also winning 7-3 earlier in the campaign in Thomaston.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (6-4, 25.6250 points) is eighth, while Camden Hills (4-6, 23.2422 points) is ninth. Nokomis of Newport (10-0, 46.7188 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.