Lion baseball starts 2-0, other Waldo County diamond squads falterBelfast softball 1-1, both Mount View squads 0-2
The Belfast and Mount View baseball and softball teams have experienced varying degrees of difficulty and success through their first two regular-season games.
The Lion baseball team is 2-0 after the team's 10-0 win over visiting Lincoln Academy of Newcastle Friday, April 25, while the Lion softball team is 1-1 after dropping a 2-0 decision to the Eagles the same day in Belfast.
The Mustang baseball and softball squads were dealt mercy-rule-shortened road losses at the hands of Nokomis of Newport and are 0-2 to start the year.
All four games were played Friday, April 25.
The following is a recap of reported results:
Lincoln Academy 2, Belfast 0
At Belfast April 25, the bats that were so potent in the Lions' season-opening win over Mount View ultimately were tamed as the visitors plated a pair of runs in the top of the final frame to knock off the hosts.
Casey Thayer, Breann Cummings and Mariah Sturgis singled for Belfast, while Alyx York doubled for Lincoln Academy and Jen Genthner singled and scored what proved the game-winning run.
Ashley Littlefield pitched for Belfast, allowing two hits and three walks, with nine strikeouts. Abby Farrin allowed three hits and struck out 10 in the pitching circle for Lincoln Academy.
Nokomis 30, Mount View 0 (5 inns.)
At Newport April 25, the Warriors left little to chance against the visitors as they slayed the Mustangs in a mercy-rule-shortened game.
Nokomis scored six runs in the first inning, nine in the second, nine more in the third and six in the fourth.
Dinah Bilodeau allowed 13 hits and 14 walks, with one strikeout, pitching for Mount View. Becky Orcutt tossed a two-hit shutout for Nokomis, as she walked two and fanned six.
Krysta Porter and Taylor Shunk each singled for Mount View.
Belfast 10, Lincoln Academy 0 (6 inns.)
At Belfast April 25, the Lions roared to a convincing win on the strength of starting pitcher Emery Dinsmore. Belfast scored one run in the second inning, four more in the fifth and five in the sixth to win via the mercy rule.
Dinsmore tossed a one-hit shutout and struck out nine batters to lead Belfast on the hill. Sawyer Pinkham pitched for Lincoln Academy.
Greg Clark had two hits for Belfast and a two-run single in the fifth inning, while Drew Stanley rapped a three-run double in the sixth inning to help the Lions end the game early.
Nokomis 11, Mount View 1 (5 inns.)
At Newport April 25, the Warriors plated five runs in the second inning and never looked back en route to a six-run win. Nokomis added six more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to walk off with the win, while Mount View's lone run came in the third.
Mikey Hustus, Jack Axsom and Joey Danna singled for the 'Stangs and Hustus plated a run, while leading the Warriors were Aron Smestad (2 singles, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Jacob Nichols (double, single, 2 RBIs), Andrew Dyer (2 singles, 2 runs), Ray Girrior (2 singles, 2 runs) and Noah Kershner (single, run).
Hustus, Colby Furrow and Cole Hannan pitched for Mount View, allowing a combined nine hits and four walks, with four strikeouts. Andrew Dyer went the distance for Nokomis, allowing three hits and one walk, with five strikeouts.