Middle school sports

Busline League baseball, softball playoff squads compete between rain drops

Semifinals scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, but bad weather may change schedule
By Staff | Jun 04, 2012
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Camden-Rockport Middle School's Hilary Merrifield fires a pitch during a May 31 Busline League middle school softball playoff game with Searsport. The host Schooners won 13-0 in five innings.

The Busline League baseball and softball single-elimination playoffs are in full swing with only a few games remaining before two talented teams are declared league champions.

However, when those remaining postseason games will be played is shrouded with uncertainly as the semifinals and divisional finals, slated to be played this week, could be rescheduled due to rain hitting the Midcoast.

Preliminary and quarterfinal playoff games took place last week, with the semifinals and divisional finals scheduled this week, weather permitting.

The league championship games are slated for Tuesday, June 12, but also could be pushed back if semifinal and divisional final games are moved.

The semifinal playoff schedule from each division and both sports includes:

North Division baseball

No. 4 Troy Howard Middle School of Belfast at No. 1 Oceanside Middle School of Rockland/Thomaston on Tuesday, June 5 at 3:30 p.m., and No. 3 Camden-Rockport Middle School at No. 2 Medomak Middle School of Waldoboro on Tuesday, June 5 at 3:45 p.m.

Troy Howard defeated No. 5 Searsport in a prelim game to advance to the semifinals. Oceanside, Medomak and Camden-Rockport received automatic berths in the next round.

South Division baseball

No. 3 Oceanside at No. 2 Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta on Tuesday, June 5 at 3:45 p.m., and No. 4 Camden-Rockport at No. 1 Wiscasset on Tuesday, June 3 at 3:45 p.m.

Oceanside upset No. 3 Richmond to advance to the semifinals, while No. 4 Camden-Rockport defeated No. 5 Medomak to advance. Wiscasset and Great Salt Bay received automatic berths in the next round.

North Division softball

No. 4 Camden-Rockport at No. 1 Oceanside on Tuesday, June 5 at 3:30 p.m., and No. 3 Medomak at No. 2 Troy Howard on Tuesday, June 5 at 3:45 p.m.

Medomak defeated No. 6 Lincolnville to advance to the semifinals, while Camden-Rockport bested No. 5 Searsport 13-0 in five innings to advance. Oceanside and Troy Howard received automatic spots in the semifinals.

South Division softball

No. 3 Oceanside at No. 2 Great Salt Bay 7th-grade on Tuesday, June 5 at 3:45 p.m., and No. 5 Great Salt Bay 8th is at No. 1 Richmond on Tuesday, June 5 at 3 p.m.

Richmond defeated No. 8 Camden-Rockport 13-0 in five innings, Great Salt Bay 7th defeated No. 7 Bristol, Oceanside defeated No. 6 Nobleboro and Great Salt Bay 8th defeated No. 4 Jefferson to advance to the semifinals.

Coaches can report results by email to sports@courierpublicationsllc.com or by calling 594-4401, ext. 116.

The following is a recap of recently-reported playoff results:

North Division softball

No. 4 Camden-Rockport 13, No. 5 Searsport 0 (5 inns.)

At Camden May 31, the Schooners sailed into the semifinals with a victory over the Vikings.

Hilary Merrifield pitched for Camden-Rockport, allowing four hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. Vivian Priestley had two singles to lead the Schooners, while also contributing to the offense were Alice Podolsky (double, single), Eleni Fernald (double), Juliana Haynes (triple), Kayloni Hall (single), Taylor Peasley (single), Natasha Morong (single), Jenna Wells (single) and Merrifield (single).

Ogden rapped two singles for Searsport, while Amaya Hughes and Hannah Nadeau each had base hits for the Vikings.

South Division baseball

No. 4 Camden-Rockport 12, No. 5 Medomak 6

At Camden, the Schooners doubled up the visiting Riverhawks, moving on in the single-elimination playoffs.

Leading the Schooners at the plate were Nick Roszahegyi (3 hits, 4 RBIs), while Alex Winn reached base twice, stole four bases and scored two runs. Wilson McKay also drew three walks and scored two runs for the Schooners.

Brandon Debrosky pitched for the Schooners, overcoming walks and long innings to gut out a complete-game performance. Maty Moore pitched for Medomak.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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