Belfast outslugs Mount View in cold, blustery openerWaldo County softball rivals battle in tough first regular-season contest
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.
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.
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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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