No place like home: Vikings win, Lions fall in June 3 playBelfast, Searsport squads appear playoff-bound
The Searsport and Belfast baseball and softball teams were in action on the diamond Tuesday, June 3 as the Vikings hosted Jonesport-Beals and the Lions traveled to Readfield to face Maranacook.
In the end, home field proved a factor as both Viking teams prevailed over the Royals, while the Lion squads were grounded by the Black Bears.
While unofficial, it appears all four Waldo County teams will qualify for the upcoming postseason.
The following is a recap of recently-reported results
Searsport 10, Jonesport-Beals 0 (5 inns.)
At Searsport June 3, the Vikings ended the regular season in style with a shutout win over the Royals. Searsport scored two runs in the first and fifth innings and three in the third and fourth frames.
Troy Reynolds tossed a one-hit shutout on the hill for Searsport, walking none and striking out 11 in the winning effort. Leon Smith and Sterling Beal split pitching duties for Jonesport-Beals.
Leading the Vikings at the plate were Barrett Grant (single, double, RBI, 2 runs), Jake Powell (double, 2 RBIs), Mitchell Philbrook (single, 2 RBIs, run), Jay Burkard (double, run), Eric Phillips (2 singles, run), Dean Evans (RBI, run), Kyle Grant (run), Kyle Moore (run), Reynolds (run) and Matt Barlow (run).
Beal had the lone hit of the game for the Royals.
In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Searsport (10-6, 50.1283 points) is third, while Richmond (12-1, 96.0566 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top seven teams qualify for the playoffs.
Maranacook 9, Belfast 2
At Readfield June 3, the Lions were hampered by four errors and the Black Bears took advantage en route to victory. Belfast scored one run in the fourth and sixth frames, while Maranacook scored two in the second, four in the fifth and one in the third, fourth and sixth innings.
Zach Collier and Matt Smith pitched for Belfast, while S. Webb pitched for Maranacook.
Leading the Lions at the plate were Greg Clark (double) and Collier (single, RBI).
In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (9-7, 72.8516 points) is 13th, while Waterville (14-2, 121.2891 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Searsport 18, Jonesport-Beals 0 (5 inns.)
At Searsport June 3, the Vikings rapped 19 hits and were never challenged as the bested the Royals. Searsport scored two runs in the first, five in the second, five in the third and six in the fourth.
Leading the Vikings at the plate were Allison Walker (3 singles, 2 runs), Brittany Ward (double, 3 singles, 4 runs), Melinda Ogden (3 doubles, single, 4 runs), Karigen Coffin (2 singles), Brianna Boyle (2 singles), Brianna Grant (single), Libby Lane (double, 2 runs), Alivia Cross (single, 2 runs) and Ivy Blake (single, run).
For Jonesport-Beals, Kylie Hinkley (single) and Catherine McDonald (single) paced the offense.
Ward pitched for Searsport, allowing two hits and three walks, with 11 strikeouts. McDonald pitched for Jonesport-Beals, allowing 19 hits and five walks, with two strikeouts.
In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Searsport (8-8, 47.3512 points) is fourth, while Richmond (14-0, 105.2849 points) is first in the nine-team region. The top six teams qualify for the playoffs.
Searsport also ended the regular season with a 39-5 win over Highview Christian Academy on Wednesday, June 4.