ROCKPORT — Regardless when Knox County high school neighbors and athletic rivals Camden Hills and Oceanside meet — in critical regular-season or preseason practice games  — one can count on competitive, exciting, down-to-the-wire battles.

That happened again on Tuesday, April 12 when the Mariners of Rockland and host Windjammers met in preseason baseball and softball contests on Camden Hills’ fields.

Camden Hills’ Hunter Norton, left, and Oceanside’s Gavin Ripley. Photo by Ken Waltz

The opponents split on the afternoon.

In the baseball affair, Camden Hills grabbed a 2-0 lead, but Oceanside rallied for a 6-5 victory. In softball, the hosts and visitors were embroiled in a scoreless game before the Windjammers worked to a 3-1 win.

Camden Hills’ Kyra Anderson, front, and Oceanside’s Grace Pratt after Pratt hit Anderson with a pitch. Photo by Ken Waltz

Camden Hills had hosted Belfast the previous day in games, while Oceanside got on the field in a competitive game against against an opponent for the first time.

In the baseball game, Camden Hills scored two runs in the first inning, one in the third and two in the seventh. Oceanside answered with two in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Oceanside’s Duncan Oakes-Nelsen. Photo by Ken Waltz

Offensively for Oceanside, Austin Chilles finished with two singles; Duncan Oakes-Nelsen, RBI-double; and Connor Calderwood, Blade Brann and Chase Allenwood, singles.

Oceanside pitchers included Oakes-Nelsen (2 innings), Bryson Mattox (inning), Jacob Watkinson (2 innings), Calderwood (inning) and Gavin Ripley (inning).

Camden Hills’ Sierra Laukka. Photo by Ken Waltz

For Camden Hills, Matthew Kremin (2 runs), Liam O’Neal (hit, run, RBI), Hunter Norton (hit, RBI), Ben Tohanczyn (hit, run), Mason Chadwick (run), Aaron Stone (hit) and Lucas Moody (2 hits) led the offense.

Working from the bump were Stone (1.2 innings), Moody (2), Tohanczyn (1.1), O’Neal (1) and Hunter Bell (1). The group combined to allow five earned runs, with 12 walks and eight strikeouts.

Oceanside’s Gil Stewart, left, and Camden Hills’ Matthew Kremin. Photo by Ken Waltz

“After O’Neal and Bell, we tried some new guys on the mound to develop more pitching depth,” said Windjammer coach Ben Rollins. “I saw a lot of good things from these guys. [We] just need to find some consistency with mechanics which will lead to more strikes. I’m happy with how they performed given the circumstances.”

In softball, the host Windjammers played small ball to grab and hold the lead as those who worked the pitching circle for the teams impressed.

Oceanside’s Maddie Ripley. Photo by Ken Waltz

Camden Hills used three pitchers, including Olivia Brown (2 hits, walk, 3 strikeouts in 2 innings), Sierra Laukka (no hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts in 2 innings) and Lillia Stone (earned run on 4 hits, no walks, 4 strikeouts in 3 innings).

For Oceanside, Grace Pratt worked six innings, as she allowed three earned runs on five hits, four walks and seven strikeouts.

The Windjammers broke up a scoreless tie as they scored in the fourth inning. Olivia Ogier walked and Stone moved her to scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Ava Dube walked and Brown bunted Ogier home.

Ogier and Dube singled in the fifth, as Dube collected a run batted in.

With the score 3-0, Oceanside tallied its lone run in the top of the seventh as Pratt reached on an error and stole two bases, before she trotted home on Chloe Drinkwater’s single to center field.

The Windjammers and Mariners also met in preseason softball action on Saturday afternoon, April 15 in Rockland, as the visitors secured a 21-5 victory.

Brown (hit, no walks, strikeout) and Kerrigan Peterson (2 hits, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts) pitched for the Windjammers.

Working the circle for the Mariners were Aubri House (5 hits, 5 walks, hit batter, 6 strikeouts), Maddie Ripley (2 hits, hit batter, no walks), Hayley Tufts (2 hits, 3 walks) and Pratt (hit).

Offensively for the Windjammers, Kyra Anderson, Lily Enggass, Ava Dube and Laukka had RBIs, while Violet Libby and Brown added two RBIs and Ogier led the day with three RBIs.

Brown, Anderson and Enggass had multiple hits, while Brown, Enggass, Libby and Ogier had doubles.  Anderson scored four runs, Ogier, Brown and Libby three and Ava Dube and Peterson two.

For Oceanside, Ava Philbrook and Madison Benner had RBIs in the second inning, while Ripley, Lexie Knowlton and Benner had singles. Ripley scored twice.