It was a glorious day on the field for two Midcoast high school softball squads Friday afternoon, as Medomak Valley and Georges Valley notched victories — with both making it five wins in a row.

The Buccaneers and Panthers, perennial state Class C and B title contenders, are on impressive win streaks, as Georges Valley has started the season 5-0 with Friday’s 10-6 comeback win over host Hall-Dale of Farmingdale.

Medomak Valley lost its opening game, but has won five straight since, including Friday’s 9-5 victory over visiting Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield.

Georges Valley had to rally in the seventh inning to pull out Friday’s victory, while Medomak Valley took control later in a game the same day to seal its fifth straight win.

Medomak Valley 9, Maine Central Institute 5 … At Waldoboro, Kayla Santheson enjoyed a strong all-around performance at the plate and from the pitching circle as she turned in a 7-hit, 3-walk, 10-strikeout pitching effort and also doubled and tripled to drive in two runs as the Panthers defeated the Huskies.

For the Panthers, Lindsay Ranquist had a single, double and two RBIs, while Alanna Vose doubled with two RBIs and Vanessa Davis belted a triple and single. Kasey Benner added a single, Amanda Hendrickson two RBIs and Mallory Conary two sacrifices and an RBI.

For MCI, Katelyn Sousa singled, doubled and tripled with two RBIs, while Victoria Drake hit two singles and Mandy Kennedy tripled.

The game was scoreless after three innings before MCI took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth stanza when Sousa walked, Kennedy tripled and Kat Smedburg singled.

The Panthers responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning as Santheson doubled and Benner and Ranquist singled for one run. Vose reached on an error to allow another run to cross the plate before Jessica Koon had a fielder’s choice. Hendrickson reached on an error as two more runs scored.

With the host Panthers leading 4-2, the Huskies grabbed a 5-4 advantage in the top of the fifth inning as Drake had a one-out single, Whitney Houston walked and Sousa drove them both in with a triple. Britney Glenross reached on an error to enable another run to score.

Medomak Valley took control in the bottom of the fifth and into the sixth inning. In the fifth, the Panthers tallied three runs for a 7-5 cushion. Davis tripled, Conary had a sacrifice for a run and Benner reached on an error. Ranquist and Vose followed with RBI-doubles.

In the sixth stanza, Heidi Obuchon reached on an error, Davis singled and Santheson ripped a two-run triple to complete the scoring.

Georges Valley 10, Hall-Dale 6 … At Farmingdale, the Bucs continued to mix the perfect winning formula, but this time had a little bit tougher time of it. The Bucs survived a day in which they allowed nine walks, nine hits and committed five errors, thanks, in part, to two home runs from Kennadi Grover and a seventh-inning rally.

The Bucs, who had 13 hits and five errors, tallied two runs in the first inning, one in the third, two in the fourth and five in the seventh. Hall-Dale (3-2), which finished with nine hits and two fielding miscues, scored single runs in the first and third innings, three in the fourth and one in the sixth.

Danielle Frye (7 hits, 9 walks, 3 strikeouts in 6 innings) and Jill Bradbury (2 hits, no walks, 2 strikeouts in an inning) pitched for the Bucs. Lindsey Lachance (13 hits, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts in 7 innings) worked in the pitching circle for the Bulldogs.

Keying the visitors’ offense were Grover (2 home runs, 3 RBIs), Bethany Snow (3 singles, 2 RBIs), Bradbury (double, 2 singles) and Kelsie Thompson (2 singles). Danielle Frye (single, RBI), Jessie Veilleux (double) and Tamra Wallace (single, RBI) also had solid offensive efforts for Georges Valley.

For Hall-Dale, Cristy Houdlette (home run, single) led the offense.

The hosts took a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth, but the Bucs quickly erased that deficit in the top of the seventh as Bradbury started the rally with a sharp single to center field. Danielle Frye moved Bradbury into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Veilleux doubled to right field under the glove of right fielder Haley Longfellow, but Bradbury was forced to stop at third base.

With runners on first and third, Hale-Dale leading 6-5 with one out in the seventh inning, Grover, who had homered twice in the game, was intentionally walked to load the bases. The Bulldogs brought their infield in closer to try to cut down a potential runner at the plate on a batted ball. Snow foiled the plan with a single over the shortstop’s head to plate the tying and go-ahead runs.

With runners at first and second and the Bucs now leading 7-6, Molly Mellor grounded to first to move Grover to third base and Snow to second. Thompson then lined the first pitch she saw into the left-center field gap, a ball that hopped against the fence, for a two-run single. That gave the Bucs breathing room with a 9-6 advantage.

Thompson moved to second on a wild pitch and Katlyn Rich walked to put runners on first and second. Wallace followed with a hit between second and first to plate Thompson to give the Bucs a 10-6 advantage.

In the bottom of the seventh, pitcher Bradbury came on to close out the win, including leaving two runners on base.

“This was a very tough, grinding game for us today,” said veteran Buc coach Rusty Worcester. “We struggled throwing strikes and fielding at times, but our hitting never let us down. These girls dug deep and refused to lose. I am very proud of them for their heart and desire.”

The coach said he told his players before the start of the seventh inning that they should never give up and had to believe they could come back. “These girls believed and produced a great win against a very good team and an outstanding pitcher in Lindsey LaChance,” he said.

The Bucs have battled injury and sickness most of the year, the coach said. “It’s very impressive to see people step up and contribute to the team victory,” he said. “Tamra Wallace today played right field for the first time in her career and made some outstanding catches and relay throws to get runners out at the plate. We executed small ball very well with Danielle Frye [and] Katlyn Rich laying down sacrifice bunts.”

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