High school baseball and softball

Tough competition: Mariners power past Lions in late-season action

Home-standing Oceanside softball prevails 3-1, baseball 6-4
By Zack Miller | May 22, 2019
Photo by: Zack Miller Oceanside's Ben Ripley, middle, throws to first base, while teammate Cole Stevens looks on, and Belfast's Brandon Cournoyer, left, runs to first, on May 21 in high school baseball in Rockland. The Mariners beat the visiting Lions 6-4.

Rockland — It was not easy, but Oceanside found a way against Belfast.

The high school diamond contests on Tuesday, May 21 played out differently, as Lion and Mariner softball locked in a pitcher's duel much of the afternoon, while in baseball, Oceanside erased a Belfast lead.

In the end, the home-standing Mariners prevailed 3-1 in softball and 6-4 in baseball.

Watch videos and see more photos below.

The following is a recap of both contests:

Softball

Oceanside 3, Belfast 1

At Rockland May 21, the Mariners' three-run fourth inning propelled the hosts to victory over the Lions. Belfast scored its run in the sixth stanza.

Raechel Joyce (double, 2 RBIs) led Oceanside, while Kalli Grover (2 singles), Grace Pratt (2 singles), Lily Judecki (triple), Adrianna Whitamore (double) and Abby Veilleux (single, stolen base) also played key offensive roles.

Belfast collected three hits, as Kayci Faulkingham recorded a single and double, while Grace Fitzjurls collected a single.

Chloe Jones (10-2) worked the circle for Oceanside, as she allowed one run on three hits, 10 strikeouts, no walks and one hit batter in seven innings.

Gia Dayila was in the circle for Belfast, and allowed three runs on eight hits, seven strikeouts and four walks in six innings.

Grover got the three-run fourth inning started for the Mariners with a single and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Later in the inning, Pratt hit a single and Jessica Watkinson walked, and both were driven home by Joyce's line-drive double to left-center field, which proved enough run support for Jones.

"Chloe Jones threw [well] today, but she really fielded her position well with a diving catch of a bunt early on in the game, and our defense fielded the bunt very [well] as well," said Mariner coach Rusty Worcester. "I was pleased with our performance, but Belfast is a better team than their record shows. They might surprise some teams at the end of this season."

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (11-2, 92.7344 points) is second, while Belfast (3-10, 22.3438 points) is 14th. Brewer (11-1, 109.1406 points) is first in the 21-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Baseball

Oceanside 6, Belfast 4

At Rockland May 21, the Mariners used a five-run fifth inning to come from behind and defeat the Lions.

The Mariners — who left four runners on base — scored one run in the fourth-inning and five in the fifth, while Belfast — which stranded nine runners — scored one in the third inning and three in the fourth.

Oceanside committed four errors, while the Lions made three.

Uriah Thongsophaphone (double, 2 RBIs, run) led the Mariners at the plate, while Austin Pagano (single, run), Ben Ripley (single, RBI, run), Maguire LeBlanc (single, RBI), Alec Sirois (double, run), Karl Ilvonen (run) and Tim Mazzeo (run) had strong offensive appearances.

Samuel Davis (2 singles, run, stolen base) led Belfast, while Jason Bartlett (single, RBI, stolen base), Tanner Veilleux (2 singles, 2 stolen bases), Chris Kelley (single, RBI, run, stolen base), Dakota Payson (RBI) and Eamon Goscinski (2 runs) were strong on the offensive end.

Nate Coombs and Ripley pitched for Oceanside, and allowed a combined four runs on six hits, with five strikeouts and two walks. Ripley earned the victory on the mound.

Bartlett, Kelley and Payson pitched for the Lions, and combined for six runs on five hits, with eight strikeouts and three walks.

Belfast took the lead on a bases-loaded walk to Payson in the third inning.

In the frame that followed, the Lions grounded into a fielder's choice, which plated their second run of the contest, and then Bartlett hit an RBI ground ball, which pushed the Lion lead to 3-0. Belfast scored its fourth run off an Oceanside error in the same frame.

Oceanside entered the fifth frame down 4-1, but collected five runs off all five of its hits. Ripley had an RBI-single, Mazzeo a sacrifce fly, Thongsophaphone a two-run ground-rule double, which rolled to the fence and then under the fence in right-center field, and LeBlanc collected an RBI-single to finish the scoring.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (4-9, 20.7813 points) is 18th, while Belfast (7-6, 29.6875 points) is 14th. Hermon (13-0, 115.8594 points) is first in the 21-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Belfast at Oceanside baseball
Oceanside hosts Belfast on May 21 in high school baseball in Rockland. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Belfast at Oceanside softball
Oceanside hosts Belfast on May 21 in high school softball in Rockland. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Brooke Richards, left, and Oceanside's Jessica Watkinson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Jessica Watkinson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Jessica Watkinson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Karagen Stone. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Kalli Grover. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Angela Rogers. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Lily Judeki. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Lily Judeki. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Brooke Richards. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Kayci Faulkingham. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Lily Judeki. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Lily Judeki. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Kalli Grover. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Grace Pratt. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Gia Davila. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Brooke Richards. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Sarah Fuller. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Grace Fitzjurls. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Abby Veilleux. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Jessica Watkinson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Brooke Richards. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Kayci Faulkingham. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Gia Davila. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Gia Davila. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Brooke Richards, left, and Gia Davila. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Brooke Richards, left, and Gia Davila. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Maya Cunningham. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Grace Fitzjurls, back, and Oceanside's Raechel Joyce. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Grace Fitzjurls. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Karagen Stone. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Adrianna Whitemore. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Adrianna Whitemore. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Karagen Stone. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Abby Veilleux. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Raechel Joyce. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Chloe Jones. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Chloe Jones. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Chloe Jones. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Chris Kelley, left, and Oceanside's Uriah Thongsophaphone. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Nate Coombs. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Alec Sirois. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Alec Sirois. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Nate Coombs. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Austin Pagano. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Jason Bartlett. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Chris Kelley. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Ben Ripley. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Ben Ripley. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Tim Mazzeo. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Luke Hamlin. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Chris Kelley, left, and Oceanside's Uriah Thongsophaphone. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Uriah Thongsophaphone. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Jason Bartlett. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Jason Bartlett. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Luke Hamlin. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Tim Mazzeo. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Cole Stevens. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Uriah Thongsophaphone. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Brandon Cournoyer. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Eamon Goscinski. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Alec Sirois, left, and Belfast's Luke Hamlin. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
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