The Medomak Valley baseball and softball teams were in action Friday afternoon, taking on perhaps their biggest rivals in Lincoln Academy of Newcastle in a pair of contests that had serious playoff implications for both Panthers squads.

While the Panther softball team’s need for a win was not nearly as dire — currently holding Eastern Class B’s top seed and likely to participate in the upcoming Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship game Friday, June 3 at 4:15 p.m. at Oak Hill High School in Sabattus — Medomak Valley certainly wants to keep its edge and stay sharp as the playoffs are just around the corner.

They did that Friday and pulled through a grueling eight-inning affair with the Eagles, earning a 2-1 win.

The Panther baseball team still is on the playoff bubble and stayed there Friday after a 6-2 loss to the host Eagles. Medomak Valley will need to win its regular-season finale against Belfast and likely get some help if they hope to sneak into the postseason.

Medomak Valley will host Belfast in the final games of the regular season Tuesday.

Information on the Medomak Valley/Lincoln Academy baseball game will appear later with this story.

Softball

Medomak Valley 2, Lincoln Academy 1 (8 inns.) … At Newcastle, the Panthers and Eagles needed extra innings to resolve their differences, with the visitors doing just enough to pull out a one-run victory in what turned out to be a classic pitchers’ duel.

Vanessa Davis rapped two singles for Medomak Valley, while adding to the hit parade were Kasey Benner (double, single, RBI), Ericka Christensen (3 singles), Alanna Vose (single, RBI) and Jenna Tracy (2 singles).

For Lincoln Academy, Laura Soohey (2 singles, RBI, Sara Alley (single), Kathy Bolster (single), S. Creamer (single) and M. Scovetta (single) led the offense.

Desiree Benner allowed six hits and three walks, while striking out three in the pitcher’s circle for Medomak Valley, while Amelia Pennington surrendered 10 hits and struck out three for Lincoln Academy.

Davis struck out in the first inning but advanced to first on a dropped third strike, was sacrificed to second by Mallory Conary and was doubled home be Kasey Benner for the first run of the game for the Panthers. The Eagles responded as Marni Jones drew a walk, stole second and scored on a bloop single by Soohey.

Then the pitching and defense took over, with neither team plating a run until the Panthers finally broke through in the eighth inning.

Kasey Benner slapped her second hit of the game and was quickly pinch run for by the speedy Maria Ennamorati, who stole second and moved to third on a ball that was bobbled by the Eagles’ catcher. Vose then put the ball in play and scored Ennamorati on an RBI-groundout.

The Eagles got the tying run to second base in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Desiree Benner buckled down and retired the next two batters to end the game.

“I was very pleased to see the girls battle all day,” said Medomak Valley coach Richard Vannah. “Amelia throws a lot of different pitches and makes it hard to get a good read on them. Desiree stepped up and got stronger as the innings went on [and] that’s what I have been looking for. They’re really coming together as a unit.”

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