The high school baseball and softball regular seasons were scheduled to come to a close on Wednesday, June 1, with the postseason — both league and regional playoffs — now on tap for many Midcoast squads.

However, before the Eastern Class B and Western Class C playoffs can begin, there are conference championships to be played, which is good news for three area softball squads.

Medomak Valley, Camden Hills and Georges Valley will participate in their respective conference championship games in the coming days, with the Windjammers and Panthers squaring off in a highly-anticipated contest.

In the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship, Medomak Valley (15-1) will host Camden Hills (12-4) for the league crown on Friday, June 3 at 4:15 p.m. at Oak Hill High School in Sabattus. In the league’s baseball championship, Waterville (14-2) will host Lincoln Academy of Newcastle (12-4).

In the Mountain Valley Conference championship, Georges Valley (14-0) will face Telstar of Bethel (14-1) for the league crown on Monday, June 6 at 5 p.m. at Hippach Field at the University of Maine in Farmington. In the baseball championship, St. Dominic Academy of Lewiston (14-2) will host Dirigo of Dixfield (14-2).

KVAC championship

In softball, the game between the Panthers and Windjammers will be a highly-anticipated rematch from earlier this season, when Camden Hills handed Medomak Valley its own loss of the campaign — an 11-4 defeat May 21 in Rockland. It was the only game between the two longtime rivals this season. The game was played at Rockland due to unplayable field conditions at Medomak Valley caused by persistent, steady rainfall.

The Panthers were to play in the KVAC title game last season, but the game was rained out and the conference title was awarded to Maranacook of Readfield in lieu of the Black Bears holding a better regular-season record. Prior to last season, the Panthers won regional championships in 2008 and 2009, while the Windjammers have qualified for the playoffs for the first time in 13 years.

In baseball, the Purple Panthers are the defending KVAC champs, winning the crown by default after last year’s game between them and Camden Hills was rained out. The Purple Panthers have lost only two games all season — to Medomak Valley and Rockland — and defeated Lincoln Academy 3-1 in the teams only meeting this season.

MVC championship

In softball, the Buccaneers and Rebels are far from strangers as the two teams have done battle on the grandest of stages the last few seasons. And with this year being the last for Georges Valley — set to consolidate with Rockland to form Oceanside High School in the fall — the Bucs hope to go out with a bang and clinch the conference championship one final time.

Georges Valley, the defending MVC conference champs, defeated Telstar 2-1 in last year’s MVC final, before falling to the Rebels 3-2 in the Western Class C championship game. The Rebels went on to win the state crown 5-1 over George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill.

In 2009, the Rebels defeated the Bucs 4-2 in the regional final and Georges Valley also fell 4-3 in nine innings to Telstar in the MVC title game.

Georges Valley won state Class C titles in both 2007 and 2008, with the Bucs defeating the Rebels 1-0 in the 2008 regional final and 10-3 in the 2007 regional championship. Additionally, the Rebels defeated the Bucs 12-3 in the 2007 MVC championship, while Georges Valley played to a 4-4 tie in the 2008 MVC championship against Monmouth Academy.

The Bucs also finished their historically successful program by winning their final 61 regular-season games. The team’s last regular-season loss was May 17, 2007 against Mount Abram of Strong. The Bucs went on to win five more regular-season games that season, 14 each (unbeaten) in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The Buc numbers and level of success are, in many respects, staggering. In 11 years, from 2001-2011 under the guidance of coaches Rusty Worcester and John Frye, Georges Valley has a record of 146-36 (.802 winning percentage).

In MVC baseball, St. Dominic defeated Dirigo 8-2 in the teams only meeting this regular season.

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