The spring weather finally warmed and so did the play of most Midcoast high school baseball and softball squads who took the field for Friday’s regular-season games.

In baseball, Rockland and Camden Hills notched wins, while Medomak Valley fell one-run short. In softball, Medomak Valley stayed unbeaten with a close victory, while Camden Hills continued its torrid start with a win. Additionally, Rockland suffered a lopsided defeat, falling by more than 10 runs.


Rockland 4, Winslow 1 … At Rockland, the Tigers rode the pitching of Steve Widdecombe and batting of Luke Morrill and Jake Perry to their third victory in four games. Rockand finished with six hits and one error, and scored single runs in the first and second innings and two runs in the sixth. Winslow, which had three hits and one error, finished with a single run in the fourth.

Widdecombe (run on 3 hits, walk, hit batter, 8 strikeouts in 6 innings) and Morrill (no hits, walk, hit batter, 2 strikeouts in an inning) pitched for the Tigers. Morrill (home run, 3 walks, including 2 intentional, 2 runs), Perry (3 singles), Joey Nelsen (single), Justin Snow (single, run) and Daniel Hendricks (run) keyed the hosts’ offense.

For the Black Raiders, Caleb Hill (2 runs on 5 hits, 6 walks in 5 innings) and Donald Copp (2 runs on hit, 2 walks, strikeout) pitched. John McCabe (single, run), Kris Smith (double) and another player, who had a single, led the offensive attack.

Rockland (3-1, 5.4688 points) is fifth in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, while Bucksport (2-1, 10.8984 points) is first in the 19-team region.

Leavitt 11, Medomak Valley 10 … At Turner, a close, walked-filled game (24 free passes total) between the visiting Panthers and host Hornets came down to the bottom of the seventh inning, with Leavitt notching the one-run win.

Medomak Valley, which scored two runs in the first inning, one in the second, five in the fifth and one in both the sixth and seventh innings, had seven hits and three errors. Leavitt, which scored five runs in the first inning, two in the third, one in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh, finished with six hits and two fielding miscues.

John Murray (4 earned runs on 2 hits, 2 walks in 2/3 of an inning), Shane Osier (3 earned runs on 3 hits, 6 walks, 3 strikeouts in 2 innings), Brandon Soper (earned run on 2 hits, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts in 3 innings) and Isaac Greenrose (earned run on a hit, 2 walks, strikeout in 1/3 of an inning) pitched for the Panthers.

For Leavitt, Dow (earned run on hit, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts in 3 innings), McBrearity (2 earned runs on no hits, 3 walks, strikeout in an inning) and Bunker (4 earned runs on 5 hits, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts in 3 innings) worked the hill.

Keying the Panthers at the plate were Isaac Durkee (hit, RBI), Soper (hit, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Alex Greenrose (2 runs), Isaac Greenrose (2 runs), Michael Kee (hit), Murray (hit, RBI), Osier (2 hits, 2 RBIs, run), Adam Lynch (run) and Kyle Durkee (2 hits).

For the Hornets Devon Long and Jake Irish both had two hits. Irish added two RBIs and Long knocked in three runs.

“The theme for both teams was walks,” said Medomak Valley coach Scott Hastings. ” Medomak walked 13 batters while Leavitt walked 11. Leavitt capitalized on their opportunities in the first inning and quickly got into our bullpen. After the top of the first [inning], we remained quiet until the fifth. The last three innings were exciting with several lead changes. However, in the end, Leavitt pulled out the victory.”

Medomak Valley (2-2, 5.4688 points) is eighth in the Eastern Class B, while Bucksport (2-1, 10.8984 points) is first in the 19-team region.

Camden Hills 2, Gardiner 1 … At Gardiner, the Windjammers received a superb pitching effort from senior Adam Landwehr and were paced at the dish by Isaac Grindle as the visitors put a notch in the win column for the third straight game.

Landwehr went the distance for the ‘Jammers, allowing one unearned run, while fanning 13 batters. Grindle connected on a two-run home run in the third inning, which proved to be the difference in the contest.

Camden Hills (3-1, 6.0938 points) is sixth in Eastern Class B, while Bucksport (2-1, 10.8984) is first in the 19-team region.


Medomak Valley 1, Leavitt 0 … At Turner, the Panthers remained perfect on the campaign with a hard-fought, one-run victory over the host Hornets. Desiree Benner turned in another pitching gem, allowing four hits, two walks and striking out 13. Adrianna Newton had 11 strikeouts for the Hornets.

Medomak Valley made three errors and Leavitt two.

Kasey Benner slugged a triple and Erika Christensen added two hits and an RBI to pace the Panther offense. The game’s only run came in the fourth inning when Kasey Benner tripled and Christensen singled her in.

Medomak Valley (4-0, 7.4609 points) is first in the 19-team Eastern Class B region.

Camden Hills 3, Gardiner 2 … At Gardiner, the Windjammers improved to 3-1 on the young season with a hard-fought, one-run win over the host Tigers. The Windjammers, who scored one run in the third and two in the sixth, had six hits and two errors. Gardiner, which tallied single runs in the fourth and seventh stanzas, finished with one hit and three fielding miscues.

Hayley Buckheit again was solid in the pitching circle for the Windjammers, finishing with one hit, one walk and 11 strikeouts. She finished with 93 pitches, including 61 strikeouts. B. Rollins (6 hits, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts) pitched for the Tigers.

Keying the Windjammer offense were Heather Eaton (2 hits), Buckheit (hit), Sarah Steele (hit, run), Amy Haynes (run), Shantel Gibson (hit, RBI), Olivia Hamalainen (RBI) and Mia Bergmann (double, run).

For Gardiner, J. Moore had the only hit, a double in the fourth inning, and scored. C. Snell also scored and had an RBI and S. Plourde an RBI for the Tigers.

Camden Hills (3-1, 3.9844 points) is seventh in Eastern Class B, while Medomak Valley (4-0, 7.4609 points) is first in the 19-team region.

Winslow 14, Rockland 3 … At Rockland, both teams rapped 10 hits, but it was the visiting Black Raiders who made them count as they rolled to a convincing win.

Julie Reardon had three hits for Winslow, while Jordan Pomerleau and Katie Bernard each had a pair of hits in the win. For Rockland, Abby Herson (2 singles), Molly Mellor (2 singles, double), Emma Davis (single), Brittany Young (2 singles), Hannah Plourde (single) and Paige Bradshaw (single) led the offensive charge.

Catherine McDonald and Bradshaw combined to pitch for Rockland, while Bernard pitched for the Black Raiders.

Rockland (0-5, no points) is 18th in Eastern Class B, while Medomak Valley (4-0, 7.4609 points) is first in the 19-team region.

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