Lions split with Tigers, oh my!Belfast squads look to stay in regional playoff contention
Gardiner — The Belfast baseball and softball teams squared off with Gardiner on Thursday, May 29, as the Lions earned a split against the host Tigers.
The Lion baseball team picked up a 9-1 win over the Tigers, while the Lion softball team fell 6-1 to the Tigers.
The following is a recap of reported results:
Belfast 9, Gardiner 1
At Gardiner May 29, the Lions rapped 10 hits and plated more than enough runs to best the Tigers. Belfast scored two runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings and three more in the fifth, while Gardiner's lone run came in the seventh inning.
Emery Dinsmore, Zach Collier and Matt Smith pitched for Belfast, as Dinsmore earned the win on the hill. Josh McKelvey pitched for Gardiner and took the loss.
Leading the Lions at the plate were Dinsmore (2 hits), Drew Stanley (2 hits) and Lucien Gordley-Smith (2 hits), while Kyle Artkop added a double.
Ryan Kelly singled for the lone Gardiner hit.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (9-6, 70.1172 points) is 11th, while Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston (12-4, 109.1797 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Gardiner 6, Belfast 1
At Gardiner May 29, the Tigers jumped to a first-inning lead and never trailed as they bested the visiting Lions. Gardiner scored two runs in the first and sixth innings and one in the fourth and fifth innings, while Belfast's lone score came in the sixth.
Breann Cummings rapped an RBI-single and Hannah Nichols added a single for Belfast, while Bri Brochu (single, run), Lily Chepke (single, 2 runs), Lauren Chadwick (single), Brittany Rollins (2 singles) and Kate Boyington (single) paced Gardiner.
Krystal Smith struck out 11 batters for the Tigers, while Ashley Littlefield struck out six for the Lions.
Belfast coach Chris Bartlett said his team “settled down and played with [the Tigers] all game.”
“I was proud of how the girls played today against a very good team,” he said. “Gardiner is undefeated and has only given up three runs all year long. We were without two starters and the girls did a great job of taking on new roles and playing hard.”
The veteran coach said Littlefield “did a great job keeping a very good hitting team off-balanced with her change-up and the defense made some good plays behind her.”
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (5-10, 33.2422 points) is 13th, while Hermon (14-1, 123.0469 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.