Windjammers' playoff run proves brief as Trojans storm into quarterfinals
Bar Harbor — The 10th-ranked Camden Hills softball team hit the road to start its postseason on Tuesday, June 10 to face No. 7 Mount Desert Island.
However, while the Windjammers did qualify for the playoffs, their postseason experience proved to be a brief one.
The Windjammers scored first, but it was the Trojans who scored often as the hosts plated 11 unanswered runs and surged to an 11-1 win in an Eastern Class B prelim playoff.
The Trojans (12-5) move on to the quarterfinals, where they will face No. 2 Old Town (16-0).
Camden Hills’ season ended at 7-10. The Windjammers did not face MDI during the regular season.
Among the Camden Hills hitters on the day were Maddie Bowman (2 singles), Hannah Bode (single), Natalie Hamalainen (single) and Charlotte Messer (single).
For MDI, Shelby O’Neil (2 singles, triple), Sierra Myrick (single, double), Molly Carroll (single), Katie Guerino (2 singles, double), Darcy Kany (double), Hannah Shaw (home run, single) and Keely Avalon (single).
Camden Hills struggled against the mighty MDI bats, as Windjammer pitching surrended 13 hits and three walks, with four strikeouts.
Haley Littlefield pitched six innings for the Trojans and Aubrey Boyce pitched the seventh inning. The duo combined to allow six hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts.
Camden Hills took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, while MDI scored four runs in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth.
“The girls fought hard until the end,” said Camden Hills coach Marty Messer. “We had a couple of untimely errors that kept us from getting out of an inning and then gave up several runs. I was proud of the girls all season about how they were focused and dedicated. This team improved a lot and supported each other. They were a great group to be around and coach.”
On Tuesday, Camden Hills took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, which kicked off when Juliana Haynes walked, but was erased on a fielder’s choice. Bowman and Messer then rapped back-to-back singles and Hamalainen plated a run later in the inning with an RBI-single.
However, the Trojans went on the offensive the rest of the game and pulled away from the visitors — and onto the next round of the regional playoffs.
Camden Hills was shorthanded for Tuesday's prelim playoff game as they were missing five starters — three due to academic ineligibility and two seniors who had a scheduled post-graduation trip, coach Messer.
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