Although it had the pleasure of hosting the games, Mount View had a difficult day on the fields Wednesday against Waldo County rivals Belfast, losing both softball and baseball contests by considerable margins.

The Lions clawed to an 8-0 shutout victory in softball and a crushing 24-1 win on the baseball diamon.

In baseball, Belfast (5-8, 34.1797 Heal Points) is 15th in Eastern Class B and Mount View (2-11, 9.5703 points) is 18th. Waterville (13-1, 117.5781 points) is first in the region.

In softball, Mount View (2-11, 6.8359 points) is 17th and Belfast (7-6, 43.7500 points)  ninth. Hermon (12-2, 102.1484 points) is first in the region.

Individual game results were,

Baseball

After a demoralizing second inning, the Mustangs simply could not rally themselves to fight back and lost with only a single run crossing the plate.

Nick Beal and Mike Berry pitched for the Lions and, combined, allowed one walk and four hits, with six strikeouts. Alec Davis, Caleb Cook, Jalen Babin and Tyler McCormick pitched for the ‘Stangs and, combined, gave up 16 hits and six walks with four strikeouts.

Adam Higgins had a single and the lone run for the Mustangs. Aaron Elkins also ripped a double.

For Belfast, Derrick Bernosky (single, 3 runs), Matt Steinort (3 runs, single), Jack Davis (single, double), Scott Kulikowski (3 runs), Beal (2 doubles, 2 runs), Berry (single, double), Chris Brown (3 runs), Cote Ward (2 doubles, single), A.J. Chasse (3 runs), Nick Thibodeau (2 runs), Winston Simmons (2 singles, double), Matt Sanderson (2 runs) and Eric Peters (3 singles, 3 runs) contributed to the win.

Belfast scored 17 runs in the second inning and had 21 batters step to the plate. They also scored seven runs in the fifth. Mount View’s run came in the third inning.

First-year Mount View coach Ty Kerr said the second inning got into his young team’s head and kept them down. He said that included with the 17-run stanza the Mustangs made errors that hampered them from being competitive.

However, Kerr was positive and said his team is improving its hitting and fielding. In the end, he had hope. “Of course it is frustrating but we will get out of it,” he said. “We are getting better every day and we will be there.”

Softball

The softball game did not go much better for the host ‘Stangs as the Lions blanked Mount View.

Belfast pitcher Victoria Overlock gave up two hits, with eleven strikeouts. Mustang hurdler Hailey Giggey gave up seven hits and nine walks, with three strikeouts.

For the Lions, Hayley Rae (single, run), Morgan Mansfield (2 runs), Overlock (3, runs, 2 doubles) and Whitney Cross (run, 2 singles) keyed the offense.

For Mount View, Brianna Moody had a single and Danielle Ludden a double.

Belfast scored two runs in the first inning, two in the second and four in the fourth.

Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at fritz@villagesoup.com.