High school softball

Revenge factor: Mariners plate late run to knock off rival Panthers

Mazurek's solo home run in seventh inning proves difference in 3-2 triumph
By Mark Haskell | May 25, 2017
Photo by: Mark Haskell Oceanside's Raechel Joyce, second from left, is congratulated by teammates Casey Pine, left, Kalli Grover, back, and Haylie Witham, after making a running catch in the outfield from her second-base position against Medomak Valley on May 24 in a high school softball game in Waldoboro. The visiting Mariners edged the Panthers 3-2.

Waldoboro — Oceanside senior Alexis Mazurek — along with her teammates — still had a bad taste in their mouths after falling to Midcoast-rival Medomak Valley to begin the spring campaign.

Needless to say, after the highly-anticipated rematch between the talented Midcoast squads — with valuable Heal Points in the balance — the Mariners delivered a bit of payback to the Panthers, and did so in dramatic fashion.

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Mazurek belted a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie — and sophomore pitcher Chloe Jones sent the Panthers down in order in the bottom of the final frame — as the visitors edged Medomak Valley 3-2 on Wednesday, May 24 in yet another classic showdown between the almost always evenly-matched teams.

“We knew we needed to get the win because our records are so close,” said Mazurek. “And we knew we’d get a lot of [Heal] points from it and we’re rivals, so we knew that we wanted to get the win. It feels so good.”

The win was pivotal for Oceanside, which moved up to fourth in the Heal Point Standings — just behind third-ranked Medomak Valley. The top four teams in Class B North receive an automatic bid into the quarterfinals once the playoffs begin.

Medomak Valley defeated Oceanside 9-5 in the season-opener for the neighbors on April 19 in Thomaston.

Leading the Mariners at the plate on Wednesday were Mazurek (home run), Chloe Jones (single, run), Lauren Hatch (2 singles, run) and Kalli Grover (single).

For the Panthers, Cassie Smeltzer (run), Addie Jameson (single, run), Lydia Simmons (single), Hallie Kunesh (single) and Sadie Cohen (single) paced the offense.

Jones worked the pitching circle for Oceanside and yielded four hits and one walk, with eight strikeouts. Gabby DePatsy and Addie Jameson pitched for Medomak Valley as the duo combined to allow five hits and six walks, with nine strikeouts.

The first four innings moved at a fevered pace with neither team able to muster a run until the Panthers broke through in the bottom of the fourth.

Smeltzer bunted with two strikes and an error allowed her to reach base, while Jameson laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Smeltzer to second base.

Moments later Simmons slapped an run-scoring single up the middle to give Medomak Valley a 1-0 cushion.

The Mariners were unable to respond until the sixth inning, which began with a Jones single, as she was bunted to second by Raechel Joyce.

Hatch then connected with an RBI-single to plate Jones to tie the game, but she was also moved into scoring position moments later when Morgan Heal and Grover drew back-to-back walks to load the bases — which prompted a Panther pitching change.

Hatch scampered home on a wild pitch to give the visitors a 2-1 advantage, but Addie Jameson settled down in the pitching circle and retired the final two batters of the inning for the hosts.

Addie Jameson then helped her own cause at the plate as she singled to start the bottom of the frame, stole second base and moved to third on an error before Kunesh plated her with a run-scoring single. That tied the game 2-2.

And that ultimately set the stage for Mazurek in the top of the second, as the senior tattooed the first offering from Josie Jameson over the fence in right-center field for what proved the game-winning hit and run.

Mazurek said the team’s mentality at the plate changed when the Panthers changed hurlers.

“DePatsy is definitely a lot more accurate [with her pitches], so I think the mindset when Jameson came in was ‘swing when you see a strike,’ ” said Mazurek. “And I feel like when our mindset is, ‘Let’s go in the batter's box and swing,’ we all do a little bit better.”

Mazurek added that Wednesday’s win was particularly satisfying given how close the area teams are not just in proximity, but in talent as well.

“Any win is really good, but beating them on their home field is just extra because we lost to them on our home field before,” she said. “It just shows how much we’ve grown as a team and how well we work together.”

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Medomak Valley (12-2, 99.4531 points) is third, while Oceanside (11-2, 96.4844 points) is fourth. Gardiner (14-1, 133.5938 points) is first in the 18-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Oceanside and Medomak Valley have lost one game to each other, with both of their other losses coming against Gardiner. The Tigers defeated the Mariners 3-2 on May 9 in Thomaston and beat the Panthers 10-1 May 12 in Gardiner.

Oceanside's Alexis Mazurek. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Alexis Mazurek. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Oceanside's Alexis Mazurek, Lauren Hatch and Abby Veilleux. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Casey Pine, left, and Medomak Valley's Cassie Smeltzer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Lydia Simmons. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Lydia Simmons. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Cassie Smeltzer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Hallie Kunesh. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Hallie Kunesh. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Chloe Jones. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Lydia Simmons. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Cassie Smeltzer, front. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Hallie Kunesh. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Morgan Heal, left, and Medomak Valley's Lydia Simmons. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Gabby DePatsy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside coach Rusty Worcester, front, and Medomak Valley coach Richard Vannah, back, talk to their players. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Abby Veliieux. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Morgan Heal, right, and Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Casey Pine, back, and Medomak Valley's Josie Jameson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Casey Pine. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Kalli Grover (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside assistant coach Rachel Campbell Burns. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Kalli Grover, left, and Medomak Valley's Hallie Kunesh. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Gabby DePatsy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Josie Jameson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Abby Veilleux. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Raechel Joyce. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Raechel Joyce. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Oceanside's Casey Pine, Raechel Joyce and Kalli Grover. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Oceanside's Casey Pine, Raechel Joyce and Kalli Grover. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Oceanside's Casey Pine, Raechel Joyce and Kalli Grover. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Oceanside's Raechel Joyce, Haylie Witham and Kalli Grover. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Chloe Jones. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Chloe Jones. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Chloe Jones. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Casey Pine. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Alexis Mazurek. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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