Despite being less than a week into the high school baseball and softball regular seasons, every game counts on the diamond — particularly in the talent-laden Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference's Class B division.

With that stated, both Belfast squads hosted Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston on Monday afternoon, April 22 in early-campaign clashes, with each hoping to maintain their modest unblemished records against the visiting Mariners.

At the end of the day, however, the two schools settled for a split, with the Lion baseball team remaining unbeaten with an 8-5 victory and the Mariner softball team doing the same by blanking the hosts 6-0.

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The following is a recap of both contests:

Baseball

Leading the Lions (2-0) at the plate were Greg Clark (home run, single, 4 runs, RBI), Drew Strong (single, 2 runs), Steve Paul (single), Larry Dyer (2 singles, RBI, run), Lucas Clark (double, single, 2 RBIs) and Sam Kulikowski (single, run).

For the Mariners (1-2), Drew Townsend (double, single, RBI, 2 runs), J.T. Tobin (double, single, RBI), Zac Roman (single, RBI) and Jimmy Strong (run) paced the offense.

Jordan Carter, Ryan Allender and Nick Judge pitched for Oceanside, allowing nine hits and one walk, with four strikeouts.

Damion Benner, Asa Lewis, Drew Strong and Greg Clark all worked the bump for Belfast, allowing a combined five hits and three walks, with six strikeouts.

The Mariners scored five runs on five hits and four errors, scoring one run in the first, two more in the third and two runs in the seventh. The Lions scored eight runs on nine hits and two errors, scoring two runs in the first, four runs in the second, one run in the third and one run in the sixth.

Oceanside got on the board first in the opening stanza after Townsend doubled, moved to third on a passed ball and came home on a balk, but Belfast belted all nine of its hits in the first three innings to take a 7-3 lead.

Paul and Lucas Clark each had RBI-hits in the first inning to give the Lions a 2-1 lead and the hosts grabbed a 6-1 edge after two innings thanks to an RBI single by Strong an RBI-ground out by Benner, an RBI-single by Dyer and an RBI-double by Lucas Clark.

The Mariners trimmed their deficit to 6-3 after an RBI-single by Townsend and an RBI-double by Tobin, but Greg Clark belted a two-out home run to center field in the third frame to put the hosts up by four runs.

The Lions added an insurance run in the sixth inning, capitalizing on a Mariner fielding error as Greg Clark scored his fourth run of the game.

Oceanside pushed two runs across in the final stanza on a Matt Zable RBI groundout and an RBI-single by Roman, but could not complete the comeback.

Softball

Leading the Mariners (3-0) at the plate were Rachel Frye (double, RBI), Kennadi Grover (single, RBI, 3 stolen bases, run), Brooke Dugan (single, RBI), Maggie Drinkwater (single) and Ari Curtis (double, run, RBI).

For the Lions (1-1), Grace Davis had the team's lone hit — a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning — which broke up Frye's no-hit bid in the pitching circle.

It would have been the second straight no-hitter Frye had taken part in as Oceanside defeated Mount View of Thorndike 21-0 in five innings April 19 as Frye and teammate Paige Tyler combined to twirl a no-hitter.

Frye walked one and struck out four batters for Oceanside, while Belfast pitcher Ashley Littlefield allowed three hits and issued 11 walks, while striking out eight.

The Mariners scored six runs on five hits and two errors, scoring one run in the first, three runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh. The Lions had one hit and one error in the contest.

Oceanside took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Grover drew a walk, stole second and scored on a throwing error, which was the game's only run until the sixth inning, when the visitors broke the contest open with runs by Brianna Dugan, Brooke Dugan and Caitlin Raye. The Dugans are sisters.

The Mariners plated two more runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull away.

Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@courierpublicationsllc.com.