Three Mariners, Cougar clash for Busline League supremacyAll Oceanside softball final to feature seventh versus eighth graders
The four all-important final four slots in the Busline League middle school baseball and softball championships have been filled.
The Busline League baseball championship will feature No. 1 Oceanside 8th-grade, the North Division champion, against No. 1 Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta, the South Division champion.
The game will be played on Saturday, June 14 at 4 p.m at Lincolnville Central School.
No. 1 Oceanside received a bye in the quarterfinals, defeated No. 5 Searsport and then No. 3 Camden-Rockport 8th to advance to the finals, while No. 1 GSB beat No. 8 Boothbay, No. 5 Bristol and No. 3 Camden-Rockport 7th to advance to the finals.
The Busline League softball championship will feature No. 1 Oceanside 7th-grade, the South Division champion, against No. 1 Oceanside 8th-grade, the North Division champion.
The game will be played on Tuesday, June 17 at 4 p.m. on the Oceanside varsity softball field in Thomaston.
No. 1 Oceanside 7th received a bye in the quarterfinals, then defeated No. 4 Bristol and No. 2 Nobleboro to advance to the finals.
No. 1 Oceanside 8th also received a bye in the quarterfinals, then defeated No. 5 Camden-Rockport and No. 2 Hope/Appleton to advance to the finals.
The following is a recap of the South and North Division softball championships:
No. 1 Oceanside 8th 11, No. 2 Hope/Appleton 5
At Thomaston June 12, the Mariners escaped a few “hairy situations,” said coach Gene Drinkwater, as his team claimed the North Division championship over the visitors.
Kristina Ferguson pitched for the Mariners, allowing three walks, with eight strikeouts. Gillian Lafleche and Laticia Billings pitched for Hope/Appleton as the duo allowed nine walks and five strikeouts.
Leading Oceanside at the plate were Gabby Simmons (2 doubles, single, 2 runs), Taylor Hamlin (hit, 2 runs), Emily Tyler (2 runs), Casey Pine (hit, run), Lauren Miller (2 hits, run), Jordan Brackett (hit, run), Kim Roman (run) and Kiara Robinson (run).
Billings (3 hits, 2 runs), Alyson Glasier (2 hits, 2 runs), Payton Wiley (hit, run), Lafleche (3 hits), Madison Maxwell (hit) and Jillian Thivierge (hit) paced Hope/Appleton.
Oceanside jumped to a 7-0 lead and then held off Hope/Appleton's persistent efforts to come back.
“Hope/Appleton played a real good game,” said Drinkwater. “They're tough. We had to play well to beat then for the Northern championship.”
Drinkwater said while his team has a terrific offense, the Mariners' defense is “a big part of our team” which has a terrific infield in Pine, a shortstop, “that makes great plays all the time.”
The coach said that it is a “unique situation” that the championship game will feature the two squads from Oceanside.
No. 1 Oceanside 7th 19, No. 2 Nobleboro 7
At Thomaston June 11, the Mariners pulled away from the Lions with an eight-run sixth inning and claimed the South Division crown by the same margin.
Oceanside scored two runs in the first, three in the second, two in the third, one in the fifth, eight in the sixth and three in the seventh. Nobleboro scored one in the second and three in the fourth and fifth frames, respectively.
Leading the Mariners at the plate were Hannah Moholland (2 singles, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), Abby Veilleux (double, 3 singles, 3 runs), Chloe Jones (2 singles, run), Raechel Joyce (single, run, 2 RBIs), Brooke Post (single, run), Kalli Grover (single, 2 runs), Nicole Paulsen (2 singles, 2 runs), Morgan Lindsey (single, run) and Morgan Heal (double, single, 2 runs, 3 RBIs).
For the Lions, Belle Sawyer (single), Anna Hatch (double, 2 singles) and Alyssa Corvette (single, run) paced the offense.
Jones and Veilleux pitched for Oceanside, allowing five hits and eight walks, with seven strikeouts. Kortney McKenna and Hatch pitched for Nobleboro, allowing 16 hits and 13 walks, with five strikeouts.