Lions knock off defending champs, Mustangs earn first winBelfast softball downs defending state champion Mariners
The high school baseball and softball regular seasons are in full swing with Belfast and Mount View squads in action on Monday, April 28.
And it certainly was a day to remember for the Lion softball team.
The Lion softball squad slug its way to a 13-3 win over defending state Class B champion Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston, while the Mustang baseball team earned an 8-7 win over Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield.
The Lion baseball team and Mustang softball team came up short in their diamond contests against the Mariners and Huskies, respectively.
The following is a recap of all four April 28 contests:
Belfast 13, Oceanside 3
At Thomaston April 28, the Lions (2-1) roared to an impressive victory over the defending state Class B champions.
Belfast scored one run in the first inning, four in both the third and fourth, two in the fifth and one in both the sixth and seventh. Oceanside (2-1) scored one run in the first, fifth and seventh stanzas.
Ashley Littlefield pitched for Belfast and allowed five hits and five walks, with nine strikeouts. Paige Tyler scattered 15 hits, four walks and one hit batter, with three strikeouts for Oceanside.
For Belfast, Mariah Sturgis (triple, double, single, 2 RBIs), Casey Thayer (2 singles, RBI), Breann Cummings (2 singles, RBI), Grace Davis (2 singles, 2 RBIs) and Anna Simmons (2 singles, 2 RBIs) keyed the offense.
Leading Oceanside at the plate were Brianna Dugan (home run), Trittany Penn (triple), Alexis Davis (double) and Brooke Dugan (home run, single).
The Lions were aggressive at the plate and took advantage of three Mariner errors to surge to victory. Oceanside coach Rusty Worcester conceded the Lions Monday “were the better team.”
“Today wasn't a good day for the softball Mariners,” he said. “We made too many mistakes coupled with Belfast getting the breaks on some flairs finding the openings. We hit some balls very hard but right at people. This happens but we will be back and we will continue to get better.”
Belfast coach Chris Bartlett said his goal was for the Lions to be more aggressive at the plate, particularly after striking out looking 10 times in the team's 2-0 loss to Lincoln Academy of Newcastle on April 25.
"We talked before the game and I told them that every game is a battle and if you are going to go down you should go down swinging and fighting and that was the mentality at the plate last night,” said Bartlett. “Once they got the confidence at the plate and made them chase us you could see the girls getting more and more aggressive and excited to hit.”
The Lion coach said Littlefield pitched well as she “kept them off-balanced and did a nice job working both sides of the plate.”
Maine Central Institute 5, Mount View 4
At Thorndike April 28, the Huskies picked up a one-run win over the host Mustangs (0-3). Mount View scored two runs in the third inning, one in the sixth and one in the seventh. MCI scored three runs in the fifth inning and two in the sixth.
Leading Mount View at the plate were Alex Fowler (single, 2 runs), Taylor Shunk (single) and Emily English (single).
Dinah Bilodeau pitched for Mount View, allowing eight hits and three walks, with five strikeouts.
Information for MCI players was unavailable.
Oceanside 13, Belfast 8
At Thomaston April 28, the Mariners (3-0) jumped to a 10-0 lead after the first inning and staved off the Lions (2-1) to stay unbeaten on the campaign.
Oceanside added three more runs in the third inning, while Belfast plated two runs in the second inning and six more in the fourth.
Ryan Allender worked 3 2/3 innings on the hill, allowing eight runs (6 earned) on four hits, seven walks and one balk, with one strikeout. Jimmy Strong threw 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits, two walks and one balk, with two strikeouts.
Zach Collier, Matt Smith, Drew Stanley and Lucien Gordley-Smith pitched for Belfast, allowing a combined 12 hits and seven walks, with five strikeouts.
Leading the Mariner offense were Nick Mazurek (2 home runs, single), J.T. Tobin (4 singles), Allender (2 singles), Jimmy Strong (single) and Zac Roman (single).
For Belfast, Matt Smith (triple, double), Stanley (single), Alex Canning (single), Alex Flagg (single) and Greg Clark (single) paced the offense.
Mariner coach Don Shields said his team had “a great first inning and an unreal start” to the game.
"Nick Mazurek was impressive again today, this time with two blasts,” Shields said. “Ryan Allender lost the plate [pitching] with us having a big lead, but Jimmy Strong did a great job coming in and shutting the door on Belfast and gave us a big win at home.”
Mount View 8, Maine Central Institute 7
At Thorndike April 28, the Mustangs (1-2) scored early and often and held off the Huskies for their first win of the season. Mount View scored five times in the first inning, twice in the second and once in the fourth. MCI tallied one run in the third inning, four in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Leading Mount View at the plate were Mikey Hustus (triple, 2 runs), Erik Larrabee (2 singles, 2 runs), David Clark (single, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Cole Hannan (double, 2 RBIs) and Joey Danna (single, RBI).
For MCI, Austin Tolman (single, 2 runs), Peter Hseih (single), Greg Vigue (2 singles, run, RBI) and Parker Morrison (2 singles, run, 3 RBIs) paced the offense.
Danna and Kenny McGray pitched for the 'Stangs, allowing six hits, six walks, and two hit batters, with five strikeouts. Morrison, Vigue and Dylan Watrous pitched for the Huskies, allowing six hits and six walks, with five strikeouts.