For Waldo County rivals Belfast and Mount View, Saturday’s start to the new high school baseball season proved to a be a tale of two beginnings — one the host Lions enjoyed and likely one the visiting Mustangs will try to quickly move on from.

In a game postponed from Friday due to rain and wet field conditions, Belfast got plenty of strong pitching and hitting to defeat Mount View 12-2 in six innings Saturday.

Starter Mike Berry, a left-hander, and hard-throwing, right-handed reliever Eric Peters kept the Mustangs offense at bay, for the most part, and the Lion bats did the rest of the talking.

Berry and Peters combined to allow six hits and walked one batter, while fanning 13 Mustangs hitters.

Zach Babin, Erick Nealey and Adam Higgins worked the hill for Mount View, combining to allow 10 hits and three walks, with four strikeouts.

Keying Belfast’s offense were Derrick Bernosky (single, run), Nick Thibodeau (double, 2 runs), Jack Davis (double, 2 runs), Josh Beal (single, 2 runs), Cote Ward (single, 2 RBIs, run), A.J. Chasse (single, RBI), Craig Herbert (run), Berry (double, RBI, 2 runs), Peters (2 hits, 2 RBIs) and Winston Simmons (double, run).

For Mount View, Higgins (single, 2 runs), Alec Davis (single, double), Zach Babin (single), Aaron Elkins (single) and Jalen Babin (single) keyed the attack.

After Davis was stranded in the top of the first inning, the Lions grabbed the momentum in the bottom of the stanza and never released it. Thibodeau doubled and Davis walked before Ward knocked them in with a hit.

Mount View stranded another runner in the second stanza when Elkins led with a single, but Belfast added four more runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 6-0 lead. Berry walked, Simmons doubled and Bernosky singled. Davis also plated a run with a sacrifice fly.

The Mustangs scored in the third as Higgins reached with one out and eventually scored. Meanwhile, Belfast made it 7-1 with a run in the bottom of the stanza as Peters knocked in Ward, who had walked.

Belfast made it 9-1 in the fourth inning as Davis doubled and eventually scored on an error and Belfast scored a second run later in the stanza.

Mount View again tallied a run in the fifth inning as Higgins walked, stole second and scored as Davis double and Zach Babin followed with a single to make it 9-2.

Belfast added three final runs in the sixth inning as Beal doubled with one out and scored on Chasse’s hit. Herbert reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on Berry’s double, while Peters knocked in the deciding run.

VillageSoup Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.