It was a perfect day weatherwise to be outside — or, more directly, on the baseball and softball diamonds — Wednesday afternoon, April 17 as it was opening day for Midcoast high school squads.

While the Medomak Valley, Oceanside and Camden Hills baseball teams all came up empty in their quests for early-season victories, the Panther, Mariner and Windjammer softball squads prevailed in their respective contests, all surging out of the gates to 1-0 records.

The following is a recap of reported results:


Medomak Valley 6, Leavitt 3

At Waldoboro April 17, the Panthers (1-0) were aided by a four-run fourth inning and added two more scores in the sixth to win over the Hornets of Turner (0-1).

Desiree Benner allowed seven hits and two walks, while striking out nine to lead Medomak Valley in the pitching circle. Michele Morin pitched for Leavitt, allowing six hits and five walks, with six strikeouts.

Leading Medomak Valley at the plate were Hannah Marks (double, single, 2 RBIs), Dani Hunt (double, RBI), Lauren Guptill (single, RBI), Taylor Simmons (double), Abby Maguire (single) and Heidi Obuchon (2 walks, RBI).

For Leavitt, Emily Perkins (2 hits), Knowlton (2 hits), Pare (2 hits) and Gilbert (hit) paced the offense.

The game was scoreless for the first three innings before Pare came in to score on Knowlton's single to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth. However, the Panthers roared back in the bottom of the frame when Guptill slapped an RBI-single, Marks added a two-run single and Bridget Miller added an RBI-groundout.

Hunt had an RBI-double in the fifth stanza and Obuchon added a sacrifice fly to help the Panthers pull away.

Oceanside 7, Nokomis 5

At Newport April 17, the Mariners (1-0) got a key three-run home run blast from senior Kennadi Grover, which proved the winning hit in a two-run victory for Oceanside.

With the score 5-4 in the top of the fourth inning, Grover belted a Becky Orcutt pitch over the fence in right-center field to put the visitors up for good.

Grover also singled for the winners, while also keying the Oceanside offense were Ari Curtis (2 singles, run), Caitlin Raye (2 singles, 2 runs), Brooke Dugan (single, 2 RBIs), Rachel Frye (single, 2 RBIs), Hannah Plourde (single) and Molly Mellor (single).

For Nokomis (0-1), Orcutt (2 singles), Lacy Kent-Webber (2 singles) and Danielle George (2 singles) each had multi-hit performances.

Frye went the distance in the pitching circle for Oceanside, allowing five hits and three walks, with seven strikeouts. Orcutt and Libby Dunivan combined to allow 10 hits and three walks, with nine strikeouts for the hosts.

Camden Hills 3, Waterville 2

At Waterville April 17, the Windjammers (1-0) committed only one defensive miscue in the first inning, but played error-free the rest of the game and held on for a one-run victory over the host Purple Panthers (0-1).

Hannah Corney pitched for Camden Hills, while Jasmine Durant pitched for Waterville.

While Corney only struck out two batters, she retired 17 of the final 18 batters she faced, aiding the Windjammers' cause amidst swirling winds throughout the contest. Corney also issued only one walk.

Durant allowed eight hits and one walk, with four strikeouts for Waterville.

Leading the Windjammers at the dish were Amy Haynes (double, single, run, RBI), Taylor Palmer (single), Bekah Hilt (single, run), Natalie Hamalainen (single, RBI), Corney (single, RBI), Megan LeGage (single) and Annie Young (double).

Nicole Martin (double), Fotini Shanos (single) and Jenna Gagnon (single) led Waterville offensively.

Corney also had an RBI-groundout in the first inning, while Haynes added an RBI-double and Natalie Hamalainen an RBI-single to lead the 'Jammers.


Leavitt 8, Medomak Valley 4

At Waldoboro April 17, the Hornets (1-0) scored five runs over the final three innings and pulled away from the host Panthers (0-1) for their first win of the season.

Brandon Soper went six innings on the hill for the Panthers, allowing six runs (3 earned) on seven hits and one walk, with four strikeouts. Micah Williamson tossed an inning of relief, allowing two runs (1 earned) on two hits and one walk, with two strikeouts.

M. Davis and G. Seeley pitched for Leavitt, allowing four runs (3 earned) on nine hits and six walks, with eight strikeouts.

Leading Medomak Valley's offense were Williamson (2 singles), Ollie Brown, (2 singles, RBI), Ryan Ripley (single, run, 4 stolen bases), Tyler Emerson (single, run), Nicholas DePatsy (single, 2 RBIs) and Kerry Madden (2 singles, run, stolen base).

For Leavitt, Tyler Hutchinson, Drew Gosselin (double) and Josh Daigle each had multi-hit games.

Leavitt scored three runs in the third inning, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. The Hornets finished with nine hits and two errors. Medomak Valley tallied three runs in the fourth stanza and one in the sixth. The Panthers had nine hits and seven fielding miscues.

The Panthers scored in the bottom of the fourth as Ripley singled and stole second. Jamie Temple walked. Emerson singled to load the bases  DePatsy singled to score Ripley and Temple. Emerson scored on a throwing error.

Medomak Valley also scored in the sixth, as Madden singled and moved to second on an error. Williamson singled, which moved Madden to third. Madden scored on Brown's fielder’s choice.

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Nokomis 11, Oceanside 8

At Newport April 17, the Warriors (1-0) were aided by a nine-run fifth inning, which proved to be too big a hole for the Mariners (0-1) to dig out of as the hosts prevailed by three runs.

Drew Townsend got the start on the hill for the Mariners, allowing seven runs (3 earned) on five hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. Ryan Allender surrendered four unearned runs on one hit, one walk and two hit batters in 1/3 of an inning of relief work, while Jordan Carter allowed two hits through 1 1/3 innings on the mound.

For the Warriors, Zach Ramsdell allowed eight runs (2 earned) on nine hits and one walk, with six strikeouts. Raymond Girror allowed one hit and one walk, with two strikeouts in the final frame to earn the save.

“We controlled the tempo of the game until the fifth inning, but other than the second [inning] could [not] string together multiple runs," said Oceanside coach Don Shields. "Then in [the] bottom of the fifth we just couldn’t make a play to get out of the inning. That’s baseball. That said, hopefully we use the disappointment of this loss and find a way to turn it into a positive. Also give credit to Nokomis for continuing to play hard when down.”

Leading Oceanside at the plate were Zac Roman (3 singles), J.T. Tobin (2 singles), Nick Mazurek (single, double) and Zach Peaco (2 singles).

For Nokomis, Justin Kasprzak doubled twice and singled twice to pace the offense.

Nokomis also committed seven errors in the contest, while Oceanside made two fielding miscues.

Oceanside struck first in the top of the first when Roman singled, stole second and third and scored on a throwing error, but the Warriors tied the game in the bottom of the frame on an RBI-double by Kasprzak.

The Mariners plated four runs in the top of the second inning with Mazurek and Peaco crossed the plate on errors, while Thomas Curtis came in after Jimmy Strong reached first base on a dropped third strike. Strong later scored on an RBI-single by Roman.

Strong and Peaco each added RBI-singles in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, before Nokomis plated nine runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Carter scored on an error in the sixth inning to cut Oceanside's deficit to 11-8, but the Mariners could get no closer.

Waterville 5, Camden Hills 2

At Waterville April 17, the Windjammers fell to the host Purple Panthers.

Connor Graffam doubled and singled to lead Camden Hills, while Tyler Bouchard tripled and singled and Danny Pooler added two singles to key Waterville.

Additional information from the game was unavailable.

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