Medomak Valley and Camden Hills are expected to be among the stronger teams in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B ranks this spring, so it was no surprise the longtime athletic rivals battled toe-to-toe on the softball field Friday afternoon, April 19.

Neither team gave an inch until the sixth inning when the visiting Panthers broke up a scoreless tie with a preciou run. Medomak Valley added three insurance tallies in the seventh and that was all Panther pitcher Desiree Benner needed to lift the visitors to a 4-0 victory.

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Medomak Valley improved to 2-0, while Camden Hills dropped to 1-1 on the young campaign. It was the first home game of the season for the Windjammers.

The pitching of Benner (no runs on a hit, 5 walks, 15 strikeouts) and Camden Hills' Hannah Corney (3 earned runs on 10 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts) proved solid, as was the overall defense from both clubs.

Benner finished with 137 pitches, 80 being strikes.

Friday's game was scoreless until the top of the six inning when the Panthers scratched out a run. The visitors added three more runs in the seventh.

Keying the Panther offense were Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet (double, run), Maria Ennamorati (double), Abby Maguire (2 hits, run), Dani Hunt (2 hits, run), Heidi Obuchon (hit), Hannah Marks (single, triple), Bridget Miller (run) and Lauren Guptill (double).

For Camden Hills, Juliana Haynes had the only hit of the game, a single in the second.

Benner was so dominate that she recorded three outs in an inning via strikeout three times. Camden Hills got one runner to third base in seven innings, that being Corney in the fourth.

Benner always bore down when it mattered most, as she allowed the first two batters to reach in the second stanza and then fanned the next three hitters.

Ennamorati reached third base in the first inning but could not score for Medomak Valley, Obuchon and Marks reached third and second, respectively, in the second. The Panthers had one or more runners on base in each inning but the fourth.

The visitors finally broke through in the sixth. With two outs, Miller walked, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on Guptill's double.

Medomak Valley added three more runs in the top of the seventh as Hendrickson-Belloguet started the uprising with a double and scored on Maguire's one-out double. Hunt also had a hit and Marks a two-out triple in the uprising.

Benner struck out two of the final three batters she faced to cement the visitors' second victory of the season.

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