During the ninth inning of Wednesday’s already intense 3-3 game, Belfast senior Jack Davis took the bull by the horns against Medomak Valley to lead the hosts to a thrilling 9-inning victory and perhaps even a postseason spot.

In one fell swoop Davis pounded the team’s first home run of the season — plating teammates Derrick Bernosky and Matt Steinort in the process — to double the score and give Belfast a dramatic 6-3 walkoff win over visiting Medomak Valley in a makeup contest from Tuesday, which was postponed due to rain.

“It’s just a good win. They are tough,” said Belfast coach George Ross. “It’s was just a great all-around effort.”

It appeared heading into Wednesday’s game that the winner of the contest might grab enough Heal Points to earn the 10th and final playoff position in Eastern Class B, thus the importance of Davis’ extra-inning blast. However, that may not be the case. In fact, the win may not be enough to get Belfast into the postseason, despite the dramatic ending to the season’s final game.

As of June 3, Belfast (8-8, 68.3594 points) was 11th in Eastern Class B and Medomak Valley (8-8, 66.9922 points) 12th. Waterville (14-1, 136.7188 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.

It appears Belfast will miss the playoffs by one spot. Mattanawcook Acadamy of Lincoln (8-8, 77.9297 points) currently holds the 10th and final spot. The final high school baseball Heal Point Standings are due in the next few days.

On Wednesday, before Davis’ final blast to center field, Bernosky, Mike Berry, and Eric Peters pitched for the Lions and allowed seven hits and three walks, with nine strikeouts.

Coach Ross attributed the win, not only to Davis’ timely bat, but to the team’s pitchers for keeping the Lions competitive early in the game. “Once again our pitching really has come through for us all year long,” he said. “It has kept us in games and they did it again today.”

Chris Benedict and Taylor Williamson pitched for the Panthers and, combined, gave up 10 hits and six walks, with seven strikeouts.

Davis led the Lions offensively with a home run, two runs, two singles, three RBIs and two stolen bases. Bernosky (single, 2 runs), Steinort (single, 2 runs), Berry (single), Cote Ward (2 hits) and Matt Sanderson (2 doubles) also contributed offensively.

For Medomak Valley, Isaac Greenrose and Steven Genthner both belted a home run and Isaac Durkee had two hits and an RBI. Williamson, Alex Greenrose and John Bartlett (run) all added two hits, while Isaac Greenrose and Dillon Reed also contributed singles.

Both teams played with desperation and well, given the fact each thought a final regular-season win might garner them a playoff spot. Belfast scored two runs in the first inning as three walks, two steals and Steinort’s hit accounted for the tallies.

The Panthers responded in the third stanza with a run on Genthner’s homer. That run was matched in the fifth by the Lions when Davis singled, moved up on an error and eventually scored on a wild pitch. That made the score 3-1 in favor of the hosts.

Medomak Valley climbed within 3-2 with a run in the sixth inning as Bartlett singled and eventually scored on Durkee’s two-out hit. The Panthers tied the game in the seventh inning as Isaac Greenrose ripped a home run.

“We hung in there,” said Panther coach Richie Oliver. “We got key hits with Greenrose getting the home run to tie it up, but we had other opportunities and we didn’t get the key hits.”

The game remained knotted 3-3 and, in the ninth inning, the heat was on. Both teams were itching to tally the winning run. After Medomak Valley went down in order in the top of the ninth, Bernosky hit a single and Steinort walked. Davis then came up to the plate and slammed several foul balls. Then, like lightning from the sky, he made a solid connection and hit a pitch out of the park to lift the Lions to the dramatic win — which may or may not have capped their season in exciting fashion.

“I was just thinking, ‘I’m going to connect, get a base hit, just try and put the ball in play because a man was on second [base],” Davis said. ” ‘[I just want to] get a base hit — [and] the guy’s gonna score.’ But, you know, [you] come up with a big cut and it goes over the fence. [It was a] great way to end [my] senior year, senior season, with a win and a walkoff home run.”

Belfast had a chance to pull out the win in the bottom of the seventh inning but stranded two runners. After Medomak Valley stranded a runner in the top of the eighth, the Lions made a bid to win the game in the bottom of that stanza when they mustered a single and double, but had a runner thrown out on the bases.

“It was a good battle,” Oliver said. “That’s a great game. Nine innings [with] both teams battling. I’m proud of the kids. [This loss] wasn’t from a lack of effort.”

“[It was a] great game,” Davis said. “Going into the ninth inning with these guys. These guys are a great team. They have got a lot of good pitchers. They have got a lot of good hitters and we did a good job staying with them.”

Oliver said overall the season has been a challenge due to injuries to several players, but it has given younger players experience and he was proud of how those players performed.

“It’s the last game of the year to play a good game and they just played a bit better,” Oliver said. “We couldn’t bring the run in at the right time, but it wasn’t from a lack of effort. They tried hard. I don’t think there’s any regrets.”

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