One of the Midcoast's most intense high school athletic rivalries was renewed Monday afternoon, April 29 on the baseball and softball diamonds as Oceanside hosted Medomak Valley in a pair of early-season showdowns.

The Panther and Mariner softball teams were unbeaten heading into Monday's contests, while the Mariner baseball team looked to stay unbeaten at home against their neighbors from Waldoboro.

In the end, the Oceanside squads defended their turf as the softball team prevailed 3-1 and the baseball squad came out on top 10-7.

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The following is a recap of both contests.

Softball

In a rematch of the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship game from a year ago — won by the Panthers — the Mariners (6-0) earned a bit of redemption against Medomak Valley (4-1) in a tightly-contested game between two of Eastern Class B's premier squads.

Mariner pitcher Rachel Frye twirled a two-hitter for the hosts, walking three and striking out 11. Desiree Benner pitched well for the Panthers, scattering eight hits and two walks, while striking out six.

Frye not only dazzled at in the pitching circle but at the plate as well, rapping three hits (double, 2 singles) and scored two runs in the win for the hosts. Also chipping in for Oceanside were Brooke Dugan (single, run), Kennadi Grover (single, 2 RBIs, run), Molly Mellor (single), Ari Curtis (single) and Maggie Drinkwater (single).

Taylor Simmons tripled and scored for Medomak Valley, while Bridget Miller also had a double for the visitors.

Oceanside committed two errors, while Medomak Valley played a clean seven innings without a fielding miscue.

Frye and Benner were embedded in a pitcher's duel through the first two innings before the Panthers struck first in the top of the third.

Simmons rapped a two-out triple to deep center and scored on an error on the relay throw to third base to put the visitors up 1-0.

However, the Mariners responded in the bottom of the frame, plating a pair of runs on a sacrifice fly by Grover and a bloop single by Mellor, which allowed Grover cross the plate.

The hosts added an insurance run in the fifth inning on an RBI-single by Grover, which plated Frye, who doubled earlier in the inning.

Baseball

In a game that saw both teams score runs in bunches, the Mariners' five-run surge late in the contest helped them stay unbeaten at home and upend the visiting Panthers.

Leading the Mariners (3-3) at the plate were Zach Peaco (3 singles, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, stolen base), Nick Judge (single, run), Drew Townsend (single, RBI), J.T. Tobin (single, run), Nick Mazurek (single, 3 RBIs), Walker Ranney (double, 2 RBIs) and Ryan Allender (single, stolen base).

For Medomak Valley (0-5), Micah Williamson (single, run, RBI), Kerry Madden (double), Brandon Soper (double, run), Ryan Ripley (single, 2 runs), Ollie Brown (run) and Logan Robitalle (double, run) paced the offense.

Allender went six innings on the hill for Oceanside, allowing five hits and three walks, with three strikeouts. Jordan Carter pitched the seventh inning, walking one and striking out one. Soper and Williamson combined to pitch for Medomak Valley, scattering nine hits, one walk and five hit batters, with two strikeouts.

Medomak Valley committed four errors, while Oceanside made five fielding miscues.

Oceanside went ahead 2-0 in the first inning when Judge and Peaco crossed the plate on RBIs by Tobin and Mazurek, but Medomak Valley cut its deficit in half in the second on a sacrifice fly by Nicholas DePatsy, which plated Ripley.

Peaco added to the Mariner lead in the bottom of the second stanza with an RBI-single and Ranney rapped a two-run double in the third inning to put the hosts in front 5-1.

However, the Panthers batted around in the fourth inning, exploding for six runs as Williamson, Soper, Ripley, Brown, Emerson and Robitalle crossed the plate to put the visitors on top 7-5.

Medomak Valley's lead was short-lived as Oceanside reclaimed the lead 8-7 in the bottom of the fourth inning, capitalizing on a few errors and a two-run single by Mazurek.

The Mariners added two insurance runs in the sixth on RBI-hits by Peaco and Townsend, which helped the hosts pull away.

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