Cool start: Mount View opens new field with thrilling win over BelfastMustang Boulay plates Allen with winning run in bottom of final inning
Thorndike — What a way to christen the team's new field on the high school campus.
In the first "official" game on its field, the Mount View softball squad plated the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure an exciting 14-13 home- and season-opening victory over Waldo County athletic rival Belfast.
Reanna Boulay proved the hero for the home-standing Mustangs as her single in the bottom of the seventh inning plated Krissy Allen from second base for the win.
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For years, Mount View has played its baseball games at a diamond on the school campus, but softball played games three miles away, in the valley, at Larrabee Field, a venue that is in the neighboring town of Knox.
"We are very fortunate to be playing back at Mount View after several years playing at Larrabee Field in Knox," said Mark Bennett, the Mustang coach and computer technology teacher at Mount View Middle School. "I think it is great for the kids and parents to have the baseball field and softball field together to be able to support both programs. We owe a great deal of thanks to Clayton Larrabee for his efforts in volunteering to get the field ready for this year. Without him it wouldn't have been possible."
The new on-site softball field is located just behind the right field area of the baseball diamond, which is situated below the track-and-field and football areas. The softball field has its own entrance with a parking lot behind the left-field fence. There are new dugouts and an all-dirt infield.
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In Wednesday's fun, but cold, blustery opener, the Mustangs scored three in the first inning, two in the third, three in the fourth, four in the fifth and two in the seventh, while the Lions tallied three in the second, two in the third, three in the fourth, four in the fifth and one in the seventh.
Leading the Mustangs at the plate were Boulay (3 hits, 4 RBIs, 2 runs), Taylor Hodgdon (hit, 2 runs), Halle Reynolds (2 hits, 3 runs), Krissy Allen (4 hits, 4 runs, 3 RBIs), McKenna Gibbs (hit, run, RBI), Alex Fountain (2 hits, RBI, run) and Eliza Geaghan (hit, run). Allen had three doubles and Fountain one.
For the Lions, Olivia Lovejoy (RBI), Maya Cunningham (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Vanessa Grotton (2 hits, 2 runs, RBI), Brooke Richards (2 hits, 2 runs), Macy Gale (4 hits, 3 RBIs, run), Angela Rogers (run), Alia Wallace (hit, 2 RBIs, run), Ayla Skidgell (2 hits, 2 RBIs, run), Grace Fitzjurls (2 runs) and Kayci Faulkingham (hit, run, 2 RBIs) paced the offense.
Allen pitched for Mount View, as she allowed 14 hits and seven walks, with two strikeouts. Macy Gale pitched for Belfast, allowing 14 hits and four walks, with eight strikeouts.
The game was knotted 12-12 after six innings before the decisive seventh. Belfast scored to take a short-lived 13-12 edge, as Richards crossed the plate and Gale had a key hit. The Mustangs also had an error in the inning.
In the bottom of the stanza, Mount View, now trailing by a run, tallied two to cement the victory. Reynolds was hit by a pitch and Allen doubled to plate Reynolds to tie the contest 13-13. Boulay's single chased home Allen with the game-winner.
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