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High school softball

Fast start: Camden Hills swings to late charge to upend Oceanside

Stone, Pratt duel in pitching circle as host Windjammers rally late for one-run victory
By Ken Waltz | Apr 20, 2021
Photo by: Ken Waltz Camden Hills' Ava Dube, right, looks to bunt as Oceanside catcher Madison Benner awaits the ball on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. The host Windjammers rallied to beat the Mariners 9-8 to start the campaign.

Rockport — Sports can be a fickle friend and a game's momentum — and outcome — can change in a heartbeat. That is what makes competition so intriguing.

If one does not believe that, ask the Camden Hills and Oceanside softball teams, which opened the 2021 season with a diamond contest on a beautiful spring day that included several twists and turns.

It appeared early visiting Oceanside would ease to a victory after it grabbed a lead, but, the host Windjammers, not to be denied, stuck to it and scored five runs over the final two innings to nail down a 9-7 win on Monday, April 19.

Watch video and see more than 90 photos below.

Oceanside led 5-3 and 8-3 before Camden Hills slowly, but surely, made a comeback, as the hosts earned the win.

The Windjammers scored one run in the second inning, two in the third, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Oceanside plated one in the first, four in the third and three in the fourth.

The Midcoast rivals originally were scheduled to play a doubleheader, as the baseball squads did, but a second game did not materialize and will be made up at a later date.

It was the first official high school softball game in the area after the 2020 spring seasons were canceled due to the pandemic.

Right-handers Lillia Stone (4 walks, 4 strikeouts) and Grace Pratt (2 walks, hit batter, 7 strikeouts) worked the pitching circle for the Windjammers and Mariners, respectively.

Offensively for Camden Hills, Brenna Mackey (hit, 2 runs), Alyssa Bland (hit), Stone (hit), Mikayla Talbot (2 runs), Ava Dube (run), Hollie Hutcheson (2 hits, 2 runs), Olivia Brown (hit, run), Kennedy Peterson (run) and Kyra Anderson (hit, run) led the charge.

For the Mariners, Jessica Watkinson finished with three hits and three runs. Pratt (hit, 2 runs), Grace Woodman (hit, 2 runs), Lily Judecki (double, run), Maddie Ripley (run) and Lexi Knowlton (hit) also contributed on offense.

Oceanside at Camden Hills softball
Camden Hills hosts Oceanside on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Oceanside at Camden Hills on April 19 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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