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Belfast outslugs Mount View in cold, blustery opener

Waldo County softball rivals battle in tough first regular-season contest
By Ken Waltz | Apr 25, 2014
Photo by: Ken Waltz Belfast third baseman Breann Cummings stretches to tag Mount View's Taylor Shunk during an April 24 high school softball game in Knox. The visiting Lions beat the host Mustangs 16-13 in a season-opening clash.

Knox — Brutally cold early-spring weather, that included wind chills in the high-30s, rain and even a snow squall, did not keep the host Mount View and Belfast softball teams from swinging hot bats in a season-opening game Thursday afternoon, April 24 on Larrabee Field.

In a high school diamond game played in blustery, difficult weather conditions, the Mustangs and Lions pounded the ball around the field and players raced around the bases with regularity.

Click for photos from the game.

When the dust had settled the visitors had cemented a 16-13 slugfest victory in a game originally scheduled for April 23 but pushed back a day.

Belfast scored one run in the first inning, four in the second, three in the fourth, two in the sixth and six in the seventh; while Mount View plated six runs in the second inning, five in the third and two in the seventh.

Leading Mount View at the plate were Kersey Boulay (double, 2 singles, 3 runs, 4 RBIs), Alex Fowler (single, run, RBI), Krysta Porter (triple, 2 singles, 3 RBIs), Kristen Allen (single, 2 runs), Reanna Boulay (2 singles, 2 runs, RBI), Brittany Dugal (run, 2 RBIs), Lyndsay Morong (single, run, RBI) and Taylor Shunk (3 singles, 3 runs, RBI).

For Belfast, Casey Thayer (home run, 4 singles, run, RBI), Kelci Faulkingham (single, 2 runs), Breann Cummings (run), Mariah Sturgis (3 singles, 2 runs, RBI), Ashley Littlefield (2 singles, run, 2 RBIs), Dakota Black (double, single, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), Anna Simmons (3 runs), Grace Davis (single, 2 RBIs, run) and Hannah Nichols (single, 2 runs, RBI) paced the offense.

Littlefield pitched for the Lions, allowing 14 hits and four walks, with 11 strikeouts. Dinah Bilodeau pitched for the 'Stangs, allowing 15 hits and 14 walks, with three strikeouts.

The facial expression of Belfast first baseman Dakota Black shows the coldness of the day. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast shortstop Anna Simmons. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View catcher Kersey Boulay. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View pitcher Dinah Bilodeau. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast team members, from left, Casey Thayer, Kelci Dyer and Ayla Skidgel, brace against the cold. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Halle Reynolds tries to stay warm in the dugout. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View pitcher Dinah Bilodeau, left, tosses the ball to first baseman Reanna Boulay. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Paige Pray-Smith, left, is tagged out by Mount View third baseman Brittany Dugal. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Casey Thayer tries to stay warm while standing on second base. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast catcher Mariah Sturgis. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast outfielder Casey Thayer. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast pitcher Ashley Littlefield. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast third baseman Breann Cummings, left, and Mount View's Reanna Boulay. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Reanna Boulay look at the umpire for the call. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast second baseman Hannah Nichols. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast third baseman Breann Cummings reaches to make a tag on Mount View's Taylor Shunk. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast outfielder Kelci Faulkingham. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View second baseman Alex Fowler. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Hannah Nichols. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Casey Thayer. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View catcher Kersey Boulay, left, looks to throw out Belfast's Kelci Faulkingham at first base. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.

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