Mother Nature pushes back Busline League playoffsChampionship games slated for Thursday, June 12
Mother Nature has wrecked havoc on the Busline League middle school baseball and softball schedule, with the postseason being pushed back so teams will have the opportunity to make up games.
The league standings as of May 20 included:
South softball — Nobleboro 5-0, Oceanside 4-0, Medomak 3-1, Great Salt Bay 3-3-1, Bristol 3-4, Boothbay 1-3-1 and Wiscasset 0-6.
South baseball — Great Salt Bay 7-1, Jefferson 5-1-1, Bristol 6-2-1, Camden-Rockport 6-3, Oceanside 4-3, Wiscasset 3-4, Medomak 1-6, Nobleboro 1-6 and Boothbay 0-6.
North softball — Hope/Appleton 7-1, Medomak 6-1, Oceanside 3-1, Troy Howard 2-3, Searsport 0-4 and Camden-Rockport 0-7.
North baseball — Troy Howard 5-0, Oceanside 5-1, Camden-Rockport 3-3, Medomak 3-4, Searsport 1-4 and Lincolnville 1-6.
Makeup games will be played through the week, with the postseason tentatively slated to begin Saturday, May 31 with a South baseball preliminary playoff game.
All other playoffs are slated to begin on Tuesday, June 3, with the league baseball and softball championships slated to be played on Thursday, June 12.
The following is a recap of recently-played regular-season contests:
Medomak 7th 10, Oceanside 9
At Waldoboro May 24, the Riverhawks outlasted the Mariners and prevailed by one run. Medomak scored two runs in the first and fourth innings, three in the sixth and one in the third, fifth and seventh innings. Oceanside scored three in the third and fourth innings, two in the sixth and one in the second.
Leading Medomak at the plate were Chris Bowman (2 singles, double, RBI), Nathan Emerson (2 doubles), Tristan DeVault (2 singles) and Alden McLain (single, RBI). McLain's RBI-single in the bottom of the seventh proved the game-winner.
For Oceanside, Uriah Thongsopaphone (double, triple, 2 RBIs), Ben Ripley (2 singles), Maguire LeBlanc (2 singles, 2 RBIs) and Seth Sweet (2 singles) paced the offense.
McLain and Bowman pitched for the hosts, allowing a combined 12 hits and seven walks, with three strikeouts. Trevor Reed and Ben Ripley pitched for the visitors.
Oceanside 8th 8, Medomak 1
At Waldoboro May 24, the Mariners responded after dropping the first game of their doubleheader and bested the host Riverhawks.
Gabby DePatsy pitched for Medomak, walking six and striking out 10. Kristina Ferguson pitched for Oceanside, walking one and striking out six.
Leading the Mariners at the plate were Casey Pine (3 hits, 2 runs), Gabby Simmons (3 hits, 2 runs) and Jordan Brackett (hit, run).
For the Riverhawks, Megan Wright, DePatsy, Josie Jameson and Abby Nelson all had hits.
Medomak 8th 3, Oceanside 1
At Waldoboro May 24, the Riverhawks bested the visiting Mariners in a tightly-contested affair. It was the first game of a doubleheader between the teams.
Gabby DePatsy pitched for Medomak, while Emily Tyler pitched for Oceanside. Tyler walked one and struck out four batters for the visitors, while DePatsy walked four and struck out eight for the hosts.
Leading the Riverhawks at the plate were Abby Nelson and Hallie Kunesh with two hits and one run each, while DePatsy, Katie York, Anna Wadsworth and Josie Jameson also had hits.
For the Mariners, Gabby Simmons scored the lone run of the game.
Oceanside 33, Troy Howard 4
At Belfast May 22, the Mariners sailed to victory over the Lions.
Casey Pine, Lauren Miller, Jordan Brackett and Emily Tyler combined to score “about 20” of the team's 33 runs, said Mariner coach Gene Drinkwater. Brooke Richards scored two runs to lead Troy Howard.
Emily Tyler pitched for Oceanside, walking two and striking out four.
Drinkwater said the Mariners have received strong recent production from bench players Makaela Dean, Julia Kurr and Jenna Kaufman.
“We had a couple girls get hurt [and] they've been coming off the bench and playing, contributing and doing well,” the coach said.
Oceanside 8th 4, Hope/Appleton 3
At Thomaston May 21, the Mariners picked up a tough win over the visitors in a highly-competitive match featuring two of the league's top teams.
Kristina Ferguson pitched for Oceanside, while Laticia Billings pitched for Hope/Appleton. Ferguson allowed three hits and four walks, with 10 strikeouts, while Billings allowed five hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.
Leading the Mariners at the plate were Casey Pine (2 hits, 2 runs), Lauren Miller (2 hits, run), Jordan Brackett (hit, run) and Erin Dugan (run).
Leading Hope/Appleton at the plate were Billings (hit, 2 runs) and Nicole Brown (run).
Oceanside coach Gene Drinkwater said he has been pleased with his team's play down the stretch of the regular season.
“We've come around and we're kind of getting ready for the playoffs,” he said. “We've risen to the top as a very talented team and the kids are starting to think of themselves as a team. Their heads are getting in the right place, which is a must.”
Oceanside 8th 30, Searsport 9
At Searsport May 20, the Mariners bested the Vikings in a rain-soaked affair.
Kim Roman, Casey Pine, Jordan Brackett, Lauren Miller and Gabby Simmons combined for 20 of the team's 30 runs, said Mariner coach Gene Drinkwater.
Audrey Walker had two hits for Searsport and scored two runs.
Kristina Ferguson and Emily Tyler pitched for Oceanside.