The Searsport baseball and softball squads kicked off the 2010 regular season Monday afternoon as the Vikings traveled to Dover-Foxcroft to tangle with the host Foxcroft Academy Ponies.

While the softball team struggled against the Ponies, it was the Viking baseball team that secured its first win of the season over a highly-touted opponent.

Baseball

With the Ponies being heralded as one of the top teams in Class C after coming down from Class B last season, the Vikings benefited from a seven-run fifth inning and rallied to knock off Foxcroft Academy 9-6.

Allen Connor pitched four innings and earned the win for Searsport (1-0), as he allowed six hits, four walks and three hit batsmen, with three strikeouts. Evan Kingsbury went the final three frames, giving up two hits and a walk, with two strikeouts. Kingsbury retired the first eight batters he faced.

Josiah Brazier (double, single, 3 RBIs, 2 stolen bases) led the Vikings offensively, while Kingsbury (2 singles, 2 RBIs), Connor (single, RBI) and Zach Beaudry (single, RBI) also contributed.

Kyo Mikame (double, single, 2 RBIs) led the Ponies (0-1), while Ryan Rebar (triple), Ryan Stroud (double, RBI), Ryan Olmstead (2 singles) and Josiah Richard (single, RBI) also had hits.

The Vikings trailed 5-2 heading into the fifth inning and, after a two-run single by Connor, cut the deficit to 5-4. Foxcroft Academy pitchers then reloaded the bases for Searsport’s Beaudry.

He laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt single to score the run from third, tying the game 5-5.

The Ponies then walked in a run to put Searsport ahead 6-5, followed by a three-run double by Brazier to break the game open.

Softball

The Viking softball team did not have the luck that the baseball team did Monday, dropping a 20-1, five-inning decision to the Ponies (1-0).

Sarah Bradshaw (double), Marissa Higgins (single) and Christin Chase (single) all had hits for Searsport (0-1), while Kelsey Boss (double, 2 singles, 4 RBIs) and Sam Snyder (double, 2 singles, 3 RBIs) paced the potent Foxcroft Academy offense.

The Vikings scored in the first inning when Katherine Cotter struck out but reached first base on a dropped third strike. Chase then moved Cotter to second on a bunt single, followed by Bradshaw’s run-scoring double.

The Ponies then scored 20 straight runs, including 10 in the third inning.

Olivia Quigley toed the rubber for Searsport, while Boss pitched for the Ponies.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.