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High school baseball and softball

KVAC diamond dandies, players of year step to plate

Panther Reed, Windjammer Bland earn nods as top performers in regions
By Staff | Jun 10, 2021

Augusta — The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference has unveiled its all-conference selections for high school baseball and softball, a development that saw area student-athletes spotlighted for efforts at the plate, as well as on the mound and field.

This season, the KVAC split its player-of-year selections into five regions: Northeast, Central, Northwest, Southwest and Midcoast, the latter of which comprises teams from Belfast, Camden Hills of Rockport, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro, Mount View of Thorndike and Oceanside of Rockland.

That was because of the non-traditional, more localized play due to the pandemic.

Thus, the KVAC Midcoast player of the year for baseball is Medomak Valley’s Ethan Reed, while the player of the year for softball is Camden Hills’ Alyssa Bland.

This season, Reed sported a .400 batting average with 22 hits, 10 runs, 11 RBIs and only one defensive error.

“Ethan has been a staple in the Medomak Valley lineup since day one of his freshman year,” said Medomak Valley coach Greg Rice. “He is an extremely athletic and humble young man who, to some, could go unnoticed due to his quiet demeanor. I've always been impressed with how easy assigned tasks come to Ethan on the baseball diamond, not to mention the regularity in which he executes them. This is year 15 for me coaching high school and college baseball and Ethan knows the strike zone better than any player I've ever coached. I am proud Ethan has received this nod of recognition from the opposing coaches.”

Bland had a .491 batting average during the regular season, with 27 hits (19 singles, 2 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs), 20 RBIs, 18 runs, .517 on-base percentage, .800 slugging percentage and .943 fielding percentage.

Camden Hills coach Rowena Motylewski said Bland “dedicates her life to strengthening her skills and softball is truly a passion of hers.”

“Alyssa uses every opportunity to improve her physical abilities as well as her overall knowledge of the game,” Motylewski said. “Aside from her solid defense, smart offense and base running, she's the best teammate anyone could ask for. She's always supportive, helpful, kind, positive and really encourages her teammates to always do their best. What's most valuable to me is that she leads not only with her words, but even more so by her example.”

The following is a breakdown of Midcoast student-athletes chosen as all-conference selections:

Softball — Belfast’s Lexi Hopkins and Sarah Fuller; Camden Hills’ Bland, Lillia Stone and Olivia Brown; Medomak Valley’s Aly Creamer, Natalie Stewart and Madi Boynton; and Mount View’s Hannah Coolen and Kate Bourgeois.

Baseball — Belfast’s Tanner Veilleux, Tommy Walker and Jason Bartlett; Camden Hills’ Liam O’Neal, Obie Miller and Matt Kremin; Medomak Valley’s Reed and Isaac McCollett; Mount View’s Declan Knowlton, Draedyn Furrow and Noah Hurd; and Oceanside’s Nathan Coombs and Finnegan Lynch.

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