The Medomak Valley baseball and softball teams are two clubs clawing for the same goal, but from different ends of the spectrum.

The Panther baseball team currently sits on the playoff bubble, needing a few wins throughout the final week of the regular season if it hopes to burst back into the Eastern Class B postseason picture.

The Panther softball squad, on the other hand, is considered one of the favorites to contend for the regional crown and is vying for the top overall seed in the region.

And Tuesday, in home makeup games against Winslow, both Panther squads did what they needed to do to take a step closer to their respective goals.

The Panther baseball team earned a 7-0 shutout over the visiting Black Raiders, while the Panthers softball needed a flare for the dramatic to hold off Winslow with a 4-3 victory.

Both Lincoln County teams continue to play at a feverish pace this week, hosting Rockland Wednesday, May 25; traveling to Lincoln Academy of Newcastle on Friday, May 27; and ending the regular season at home against Belfast Monday, May 31.

Softball

Medomak Valley 4, Winslow 3 … At Waldoboro, the Panthers fell behind in the late innings, but got clutch performances down the stretch from many of their starters and did just enough to push past the Black Raiders.

Kasey Benner blasted a two-run home run for Medomak Valley, while Ericka Christensen (triple, double), Alanna Vose (single), Lindsay Ranquist (single), Maria Ennamorati (single) and Mallory Conary (single) all had hits for the hosts.

For Winslow, Julie Riordan (2 singles), Katie Bernard (double) Allison Leclair (double) Megan Richards (single) and Lindsey Vigue (single) paced the offense.

Desiree Benner pitched for the Panthers, allowing six hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Riordan pitched for the Black Raiders, scattering seven hits and one walk, while fanning six.

The Panthers faced a 3-1 deficit heading into the bottom of the sixth inning when Vose singled and quickly scored on a double by Christensen, who moved to third on an errant throw. Kasey Benner, who had been sidelined the past two games with an illness, came in to pinch hit and delivered the decisive blow — a two-run home run to center field to put the Panthers ahead 4-3.

The Black Raiders made a valiant attempt at a late rally in the seventh after Pare rapped a two-out single, followed by a Vigue walk and a Riordan sacrifice bunt to put two runners in scoring position. The next batter put the ball in play to second baseman Ranquist, who threw home to catcher Maria Ennamorati, who tagged out the lead runner for the final out to clinch the victory.

Medomak Valley (12-1, 90.8594 points) is first in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for the 19-team Eastern Class B region.

Baseball

Medomak Valley 7, Winslow 0 … At Waldoboro, the Panthers earned their second shutout win of the season in a game they desperately needed to stay alive in the Eastern Class B playoff chase.

“This was, without a doubt, a huge win for us,” said Medomak Valley coach Scott Hastings “However, we are still sitting in 11th place and need to move up one more spot to make the playoffs. Isaac Greenrose pitched a great game, working very hard to keep Winslow scoreless. He really kept their hitters off-balance, proved by forcing seven groundouts to [shortstop].”

Pacing the Panthers at the dish were Isaac Durkee (2 singles, run), Isaac Greenrose (3 singles, 2 RBIs), John Murray (double, RBI), Alex Greenrose (double, run), Chris Benedict (single) and Cody Ames (single, 2 runs).

For Winslow, Zach Carey (single), Donald Camp (single), Caleb Hill (2 singles), Kris Smith (single), Mackenzie Michaud (single) and Gabe Smith (single) led the offense.

Isaac Greenrose went the distance on the hill for the Panthers, allowing seven hits and four walks, while striking out four to pick up the win. Hill went 3 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and two walks, while striking out two for Winslow. Logan Hewes tossed 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing three hits and two walks, while fanning two, for the Black Raiders.

Medomak Valley (8-5, 55.3125 points) is 11th in Eastern Class B, while Bucksport (8-3, 72.2656 points) is first in the 19-team region.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.