When high school sports rivals from Knox and Waldo counties come together on the playing field, especially when one is unbeaten and vying for the top spot in the region and the other continues to battle for strong playoff position, the result should be a competitive encounter.

And that is what played out Wednesday afternoon as unbeaten Oceanside, one of the top teams in Eastern Class B most of the campaign, and talented Belfast met on the softball field.

When the dust settled, the host Mariners had scored several late runs — to break open what had been a deadlock — to remain undefeated with a 10-7 victory.

The Mariners, who also defeated the Lions 6-0 in an earlier game this spring, improved to 9-0. Belfast is 4-4 on the campaign.

Click for photos from Wednesday's Mariner and Lion game.

Oceanside tallied three runs in the first, second and fourth innings and one in the fifth. The Mariners finished with 11 hits and two errors. Belfast, which manufactured four runs in the second stanza, two in the fourth and one in the seventh, had seven hits and one fielding miscue.

Mariner Rachel Frye (2 walks, 7 strikeouts) and Lion Ashley Littlefield (3 walks, hit batter, 3 strikeouts) both worked solid complete games from the pitching circle. Ari Curtis and Katrina Lapham were the catchers for the Mariners and Lions respectively.

Frye (3 singles, 2 runs, RBI), Kennadi Grover (2 singles, 3 runs, RBI) and Emma Davis (triple, single, run, RBI) were repeat hitters for the hosts, while Killyan Richards had two singles, two runs and an RBI for the visitors.

Also coming up with singles for Oceanside were Hannah Plourde (2 RBIs, run), Maggie Drinkwater (RBI), Brianna Dugan and Brooke Dugan (2 runs). The Dugans are sisters. Molly Mellor also scored for Oceanside.

For Belfast, Casey Thayer (single, RBI), Madison Cummings (single), Lapham (single, run), Breann Cummings (single, 2 RBIs) and Dakota Black (single, RBI, run) also were key offensively. Mariah Sturgis scored two runs and Alexis Porter one.

"We swung the bats well today, [and] this is what got us the victory," said Oceanside coach Rusty Worcester. "Rachel Frye battled the flu and struggled [in the pitching circle] today. And our defense and metal mistakes were not good today. But the positive side is we battled and never gave up. I praise this team for this for sure. We will continue to work every day and we believe our hard work and teamwork will continue to improve."

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (9-0, 40.8984 points) is third and Belfast (4-4, 18.3984) sixth. Old Town (9-0, 45.5469 points) is first and Gardiner (8-0, 43.7500 points) second in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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