The Oceanside High School junior varsity softball team has turned in a solid all-around effort over the course of the early season, posting a 5-0 record and outscoring opponents 88-17 during those contests.

The Mariners have achieved a solid balance between the consistent pitching of Hailey Richardson and Jenny Carter, and quick, strong bats at the plate.

Oceanside coaches Rachel Campbell and Michael McGuire offered high praise for the players as "they are coming to the plate looking to swing the bat and are turning in all-around aggressive defense on the field."

A recap of recent Mariner games include:

Oceanside 19, Mount View 3

Oceanside 13, Mount View 10

Oceanside bested Mount View of Thorndike in both games of a doubleheader April 27.

In the first game, won 19-3, pitchers Richardson and Carter combined for five strikeouts. Richardson allowed one hit in three innings and walked three. Carter gave up two hits and walked three.

Offensively, the Mariners combined for 14 hits, including a three-run home run and single by Lexi Davis; a three-run triple by Rachel Robinson; single and RBI by Richardson; double, single and RBI by Krissy McNichol; single by Kayla Malmstrom; two singles from Danessa MacDonald; double and RBI by Becca Boggs; double and two RBIs from Samantha Benner; single, double and RBI by Kailen Grover; and single from Trittany Penn.

In the second game, Oceanside beat Mount View 13-10. Davis pitched three innings, struck out two, walked three and allowed three hits. Carter came in in relief and struck out four, walked two and allowed four hits.

On offense, Oceanside tallied 10 hits, including a triple by Grover; double and single by Samantha Benner; double by Robinson; single from Boggs; three singles from MacDonald; two singles by Malmstrom; and singles by Alexx Chase and Richardson.

Oceanside 23, Camden Hills 0

On April 26 at Rockport, the Mariners dispatched Camden Hills in a five-inning, mercy-rule contest.

The Oceanside bats were on fire, tallying 23 hits, including triples by Richardson (she also had a double and two singles), Benner (also a single) and Grover. Penn, Chase and Boggs added two singles; Robinson and Malmstrom, both three singles; Carter, a single; and MacDonald, four singles.

Richardson struck out 11, allowed five hits and walked two.

Oceanside 19 Morse 4

On April 24 at Thomaston, the Mariners bested Morse of Bath in a five-inning, mercy rule-shortened contest.

Leading the way offensively was Penn, who opened the game with a solo home run. Other hits were recorded by McNichol (double, 2 singles), Richardon (double), Benner (double), Robinson (2 singles), Carter (single), Boggs (single, 3 walks), MacDonald (2 singles) and Chase (single).

Richardson pitched two innings, striking out two, allowing two hits and walked two. In relief, Carter struck out four, allowed three hits and walked two.

Oceanside 14, Belfast 0

The Mariners opened the campaign with a 14-0 win over Belfast April 22. The five-inning, mercy rule-shortened affair saw Oceanside tag the Lions for five hits, including a double and RBI by Boggs, two singles from Richardson and singles by Penn and McNichol.

Belfast's pitcher struggled to throw strikes in the third inning, allowing eight walks and several Mariner hits that led to 12 runs in the stanza.

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