The first half of the regular season wrapped up for many high school teams on the baseball and softball diamonds Wednesday, May 8, which means the mad dash for the postseason is officially on for squads throughout the state.

While the Medomak Valley softball squad is one of those teams clearly vying for playoff positioning, the Panther baseball team has work to do to get into the postseason discussion.

The Panther softball team earned an 8-0 win over the Shipbuilders, while the Panther baseball team continued to search for its first win, falling 11-6 to Morse.

The following is a recap of reported results:

Softball

Medomak Valley 8, Morse 0

At Waldoboro May 8, the Panthers blanked the visiting Shipbuilders to collect their seventh win of the season. The Panthers rapped 16 hits and committed no errors, as they scored two runs in the second inning, four in the third and two in the fifth. Morse had one hit and made three errors in the loss.

Leading Medomak Valley at the plate were Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet (single, triple, RBI), Taylor Simmons (3 singles, double, 2 RBIs), Abby Maguire (single, triple, RBI), Dani Hunt (double, 2 RBIs), Hannah Marks (single), Lauren Guptill (2 singles), Bridgett Miller (single) and Desiree Benner (2 singles, 2 RBIs).

For Morse, Megan Hixon singled for the team's lone hit.

Benner allowed one hit and four walks, with nine strikeouts in the pitching circle for the Panthers. Jacelyn McNeil scattered 16 hits, no walks and one hit batter, with two strikeouts for the Shipbuilders.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (7-2, 19.7656 points) is sixth, while Old Town (9-0, 46.9141 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Baseball

Morse 11, Medomak Valley 6

At Waldoboro May 8, the Panthers could not match the consistent offensive output of the Shipbuilders, falling by five runs. Medomak Valley rapped 11 hits and committed four errors, scoring three runs in the third inning and three runs in the fourth. Morse had eight hits and made one error, scoring three runs in the second inning, two in the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Leading Medomak Valley at the plate were Kerry Madden (2 hits), Brandon Soper (2 hits, run, RBI), Ryan Ripley (2 hits, 2 RBIs, run), Ollie Brown (2 hits, 2 RBIs), Nicholas DePatsy (hit), Josh Lee (hit, RBI) and Micah Williamson (hit, 2 runs).

For Morse, Ethan Winglass (2 hits, 3 runs), Tristan Moore (hit), Liam McDonough (hit, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), Paul Whalen (hit, RBI, run), Chris Paulus (hit, RBI), Zach Holbrook (hit, run, 3 RBIs) and Andrew LaCavera (hit, RBI, run) paced the offense.

DePatsy, Williamson and Colton Spear pitched for the Panthers, allowing a combined 11 runs (9 earned) on eight hits and seven walks, with four strikeouts. McDonough and Holbrook pitched for Morse, allowing six runs (all earned) on 11 hits and three walks, with four strikeouts.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (0-9, no points) is 19th (last), while Winslow (9-0, 47.8516 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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