The Vinalhaven baseball and softball squads hosted their respective home openers on the island Saturday and the day featured two very different games that, unfortunately for the Vikings, had the same result.

The Viking baseball team dugĀ  into a deep hole and nearly recovered in the seventh inning, but could not overtake the Bucks and dropped an 11-10 decision. In the softball game, Vinalhaven could not contain Buckfield as the visitors collected 15 hits and went on a tear on the base paths to pull out a 17-4 victory over the islanders.

Vinalhaven was scheduled to play at Forest Hills of Jackman in a doubleheader Tuesday, May 3, but those games have been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 25. The Vikings’ next contests will be Friday, May 6 in a doubleheader at Greenville.

Softball

Leading the Vinalhaven offense were Eliza Davidson (single, 2 walks), Abby Jones (2 singles, run), Alex Slivinsky (single, 2 RBIs) and Blake Reidy (single, 2 RBIs). Top hitters for Buckfield included Ally Martin (home run, single, 5 runs), Abby Brag (2 triples, 3 runs), Sami Zak (triple, single, 2 runs), Alicia Patrie (double, single, 2 runs) and Sami Jones (3 singles).

Kassandra Hopkins pitched the first three innings for the Vikings, allowing four hits and six walks, while striking out two. Ashley Davis-Oakes worked the final four frames, allowing 11 hits and five walks, while fanning three.

Heather Clavet pitched for Buckfield, allowing six hits and five walks, with six strikeouts.

Vinalhaven (0-3, no points) is seventh in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, while Richmond (4-0, 3.1905 points) is first in the seven-team region.

Baseball

The Vikings trailed 11-2 in the seventh inning and battled back, down just one run with the bases loaded and two outs on the board. However, the hosts could not push across another run and suffered a tough defeat to the Bucks.

Top hitters for the islanders were Brian Stanley (2 doubles, single), Steven Osgood (double), Zeb Campbell (single), Trey Warren (2 singles) and Ben Beckman (single). For Buckfield, Williams belted two home runs, while Averill added two singles and Hedrick, Hart, Casey Robertson and Pepin, each one single.

Osgood worked three innings on the hill for Vinalhaven, allowing six his and two walks, while striking out six. Stanley also tossed three innings, allowing one hit and one walk, with one strikeout for the islanders. Cody Lyon pitched the seventh, allowing one hit and two walks, while fanning one.

White, Hamman and Williams combined to allow six hits and 10 walks, while striking out eight for the visitors.

Vinalhaven (1-2, 2.7778 points) is second in Western Class D, while Buckfield (2-0, 3.8690 points) is first in the seven-team region.

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