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Long trip south results in frustration, playoff loss for Panthers

No. 12 Medomak Valley falls to No. 5 York 13-3 after 70-minute, late-game delay
By Staff | Jun 10, 2021

York — The No. 12 Medomak Valley baseball team had a long trip south to tangle with No. 5 York in a Class B South prelim playoff game on Tuesday, June 8.

And after a high school diamond encounter that was longer than anticipated due to a weather delay, it made for a longer ride home for the Panthers as they came up on the short end of a 13-3, six-inning defeat at the hands of the Wildcats.

With the win, York (11-6) advances to the quarterfinals, where it will face No. 4 Cape Elizabeth (10-7), which beat No. 13 Lake Region (4-13) 11-4 in another prelim playoff game.

Medomak Valley saw its season wrap at 6-11.

On Tuesday, York scored four runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings and added a single run in the second, while Medomak Valley plated two in the first and one in the fifth.

The Panthers trailed 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth frame when lightning was spotted, which is an immediate 30-minute delay from the first instance it is spotted, with 30 minutes tacked on each time it is subsequently seen.

The full delay lasted 70 minutes.

“We should have started the game at 2 o'clock as we all knew as of Saturday we would have weather to contend with,” said Panther coach Greg Rice. “For various reasons, this plan wasn't executed and both teams were put in a tough spot as we anticipated.”

The Panthers were led at the plate by Blake Morrison (hit, run), Ethan Reed (hit, run), Max Moody (RBI), Hayden Staples (2 hits, 2 RBIs) and Aiden Starr (hit).

For the Wildcats, Josh Gennaro (2 hits, 2 runs), Alex Nielson (hit, run, RBI), Luke Doughty (hit, run, RBI), Hayden Henriksen (hit, 3 runs), Austin Mather (2 hits, 3 runs, 5 RBIs), Joe Neal (2 hits, RBI), Tyler Contant (2 hits, run, 2 RBIs) and Brian Kenealy (hit, run, RBI) paced the offense.

Isaac McCollett and Isaac Simmons pitched for Medomak Valley as the duo allowed 12 hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts. Mather and Gennaro pitched for York and allowed five hits and three walks, with five strikeouts.

Despite his frustration, Rice admitted “we didn't respond well playing in the rain and faced the consequence.”

“Given the travel, time constraints, graduation for us Wednesday and final exams for York, we were lucky to get an official game in,” he said. “I think a game like this leaves our program wanting more. Given the number of underclassmen we return, I'm hopeful the exposure to a playoff game is a building block for them moving forward.”

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