Windjammers, Panthers settle for split in May 30 playCamden Hills' Wickenden fires no-hitter against Medomak Valley
Waldoboro — The high school baseball and softball games between Medomak Valley and Camden Hills on Friday, May 30 featured diamond squads on different ends of the postseason spectrum.
The softball game featured teams that started the day in the midst of the Eastern Class B playoff chase, with perhaps the right to host an upcoming prelim playoff game hanging in the balance.
The baseball game featured a Windjammer team among the top squads in the region and a Panther squad that will miss the postseason but looking to end the year on a positive note.
In the end, the schools settled for a split as the Panther softball team posted an 8-1 win, while the Windjammer baseball squad sailed to a 16-0 win in five innings via the mercy rule.
Camden Hills junior pitcher Daulton Wickenden tossed a no-hitter against the Panthers. Wickenden joined teammate Connor Graffam as the second pitcher on the Windjammer staff to throw a no-hitter this spring.
The following is a recap of both contests:
Medomak Valley 8, Camden Hills 1
At Waldoboro May 30, the Windjammers and Panthers were engaged in a nail-biter for much of the contest, before the hosts broke the game open with a six-run sixth inning en route to their sixth win of the campaign. Medomak Valley also scored a pair in the fifth inning, while Camden Hills' lone tally came in the fourth.
Hannah Marks pitched for the Panthers, allowing two hits and six walks, with 10 strikeouts. Camden Hills pitching allowed seven hits and three walks, with five strikeouts.
Leading the hosts at the plate were Hope Lash (single), Sophie Cohen (single), Vanessa Rancourt (single, run), Hannah Watmough (double, 2 runs), Maggie Cox (double, single, 2 runs) and Casey Wagner (single, run)
For Camden Hills, Bekah Hilt singled for one of the team's two hits.
Camden Hills took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning after Maddie Bowman scored on a bases-loaded walk, before Medomak Valley took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning after Watmough and Cox crossed the plate on a pair of wild pitches.
Then the floodgates opened in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Panthers plated six runs, a rally that began when Watmough singled and later scored on an error to make it 3-1. Lash later rapped a two-run single and crossed the plate when Lauren Guptill advanced to first base on a dropped third strike.
Cohen then belted a two-run single later in the frame to round out the scoring.
Charlotte Messer was a defensive stalwart in center field for Camden Hills as she turned the front end of two double plays in the game, the latter of which was a strike to the plate to throw out a Medomak Valley runner.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (6-8, 45.1172 points) is ninth, while Medomak Valley (6-9, 41.7969 points) is 10th. Gardiner (14-0, 100.4297 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Camden Hills 16, Medomak Valley 0 (5 inns.)
At Waldoboro May 30, the Camden Hills' bats were working in a powerful way — and the visitors got a yeoman effort on the mound from junior Wickenden — as the Windjammers sailed to a shutout victory.
Wickenden tossed a no-hitter against the Panthers as he faced 20 batters and allowed four walks and one hit batter, while striking out seven in the win.
Nicholas DePatsy, Adam Wilcox and Michael Wadsworth took the hill for the Panthers and allowed a combined nine hits and eight walks, with one strikeout.
Leading the Windjammers at the plate were Aubrey Pennington (2 runs), Andrew Hall (2 runs), Henry Laurita (single), Connor Graffam (2 singles, 2 runs), Michael Wolff (double, 2 singles, 2 runs), Chandler Crans (single, 2 runs), John Hall (single, run), Sam Gimlewicz (double, 2 runs), Sam Berry (single, run) and Peter Vannorsdall (run).
"I thought the most impressive thing was his ability to stay focused after we went and got that big lead," said Camden Hills coach Jeff Hart of Wickenden. "He mixed his pitches well and threw them all for strikes. And he worked quickly, which kept our defense on their toes."
Camden Hills jumped to a big first inning lead as it batted through the lineup two full times and took a 13-0 advantage after the first inning. The Windjammers added another run in the third and two more in the fifth to round out the scoring.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (11-3, 95.1172 points) is second, while Medomak Valley (3-12, 10.7422 points) is 19th. Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston (12-3, 99.8047 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School.
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He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn and sons Beckett and Austin.
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