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High school softball

Windjammers blanked by Vikings in Class A North quarterfinals

No. 6 Camden Hills also collects playoff win over No. 11 Mount Blue
By Ken Waltz | Jun 11, 2021
Photo by: Ken Waltz Camden Hills' Lillia Stone tosses a pitch against Mount Blue on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. The host Windjammers beat the Cougars 15-8 in a prelim playoff encounter.

Rockport — After an 11-win regular season and its best overall performance in years, the Camden Hills softball team saw its year come to a close with a split of two postseason encounters.

The No. 6 Windjammers (12-6) hit the road to face No. 3 Oxford Hills of South Paris (15-2) on Thursday, June 8 and were dealt a 10-0 loss in the Class A North playoffs. The loss comes three days after the Windjammers bested No. 11 Mt. Blue of Farmington (8-9) 15-8 in a prelim playoff game on Monday, June 7.

The following is a recap of Camden Hills' playoff games:

No. 3 Oxford Hills 10, No. 6 Camden Hills 0

At South Paris June 10, the Vikings eliminated the Windjammers from playoff contention with a shutout win. Oxford Hills scored one run in the first inning, four in the second, two in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.

Mikayla Talbot (single) and Hollie Hutcheson (single) had the lone hits for Camden Hills.

Oxford Hills was led at the plate by Bella Devino (single, run), Elizabeth Bobrowski (run), Katie Montelongo (single, run), Trinity Bernard (2 singles, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases), Kiara McLeod (triple, single, stolen base), Chloe Estes (double, run), Miah Gallan (run), Kaydence Morse (single, run), Olivia Gallen (single, run, stolen base) and Chloe Truman (run).

Lillia Stone pitched 2 1/3 innings for the Windjammers and allowed seven hits and no walks, with one strikeout, while Olivia Brown went the rest of the way and allowed two hits and two walks. McLeod and Bobrowski pitched for Oxford Hills and allowed two hits and one walk, with three strikeouts.

While Stone and Brown combined to surrender nine hits, as a team, the Windjammers committed 10 errors, with the Vikings turned at least a few of those Windjammer miscues into runs.

“Oxford Hills was 100 percent the better team today and deserved to win,” said Camden Hills coach Rowena Motylewski. “Sure, it’s a tough lesson to learn in June, but the majority of this team has years left to play and will surely remember how today felt. And God willing, not let about 10 errors in a single game happen again.”

No. 6 Camden Hills 15, No. 11 Mt. Blue 8

At Rockport June 7, the Windjammers overcame 90-degree heat, an occasional infield sandstorm, the loss of its starting pitcher and a solid opponent to punch its ticket to the next round of the playoffs.

Watch video and see 35 photos below.

On Monday, the Windjammers used aggressive hitting and base running, along with steady, sometimes exceptional, defense to forge to Monday's win.

While it was difficult to stay cool in the oppressive afternoon heat and sun, the wind gusts were a nice reprieve — until they whipped up the infield dirt and made it feel like a trip to an Egyptian desert.

Nonetheless, the Windjammers responded with strong all-around effort and even survived the loss of starting pitcher, Lillia Stone, who had to leave the game in the fourth inning after taking a line drive to the hand.

Unfazed, Olivia Brown moved from shortstop to the pitching circle with two outs in the stanza as the hosts led 7-3. Brown finished the game.

Stone allowed two earned runs on eight hits, five walks and struck out seven. Brown allowed one earned run on a hit and two walks.

Camden Hills finished with 20 hits to Mount Blue's nine.

The Windjammers got a bundle of top plate appearances from a bundle of players, as Kyra Anderson, Alyssa Bland, Mikayla Talbot and Ava Dube finished with two hits and an RBI.

Not to be outdone, Camden Hills' Hollie Hutcheson finished with three hits, including a double, with  an RBI; Brown, four hits, with a double, and RBI; and Brenna Mackey, three hits and two runs batted in.

For the Cougars, Abby Godspeed had two hits and an RBI, while Katie Yeaton and Katie Ladd had hits with one or two runs batted in.

Mikayla Gross worked six innings in the pitching circle for Mount Blue, as she allowed 15 earned runs on 20 hits. She did not walk a batter and struck out five.

After the visitors took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning via a Burke single, error, walk and hit batter, the Windjammers woke from their early heat slumber as Dube, Brown and Hutcheson had hits before Mackey doubled and Anderson singled as the hosts took a lead they never relinquished.

Ultimately, Camden Hills tallied four runs in the second, three in the third, fourth and fifth and two in the sixth. Mount Blue plated one in the second, two in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth.

The Windjammers, overall, played strong defense, especially third baseman Bland, who made a number of tough stops on hard hit balls.

Mount Blue at Camden Hills softball
Camden Hills hosts Mount Blue on June 8 in high school softball in Rockport. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Mount Blue at Camden Hills on June 7 in high school softball in Rockport. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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