After squaring off April 22 to start the season, the Belfast and Mount View baseball teams each went their separate ways Monday in hopes of picking up a pair of early-season victories against Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B foes.

Both the Lions and Mustangs came up empty-handed, however, as host Belfast (1-1) fell to Medomak Valley 8-0, while Mount View (0-2) dropped a 14-6 decision at Gardiner.

In softball, Belfast’s Vicky Overlock fanned 16 batters but that was not enough as the Lions (1-1) lost to Medomak Valley 8-5.

Softball

Medomak Valley 8, Belfast 5 … At Belfast, the Lions got a masterful pitching performance from pitcher Overlock, but the Panthers got a handful of key hits to come away with a three-run victory.

Top hitters for the Panthers were Vanessa Davis (2 singles), Heidi Obuchon (2 singles), Kasey Benner (triple, single), Ericka Christensen (single) and Mallory Conary (single), while Belfast was paced by Overlock (2 doubles), Makayla Cummings (single), Killyan Richards (single), Ashland Hall (2 singles) and Adrienne Small (single).

Overlock allowed eight hits and six walks, while fanning a whopping 16 batters in the pitcher’s circle for the Lions. Desiree Benner allowed seven hits and three walks, while striking out nine for the Panthers. Medomak Valley committed three fielding miscues to Belfast’s two.

The Panthers enjoyed a three-run first inning after Davis and Obuchon led with back-to-back singles and Lindsay Ranquist walked to load the bases for Benner, who cleared the sacks with a triple to left-center field. The Lions rallied to tie the game in the fourth inning, but the Panthers pulled away in the fifth on a two-run single from Christensen and another two-run single from Conary, who later scored on a passed ball.

Baseball

Medomak Valley 8, Belfast 0 … At Belfast, the Panthers put runs on the board after being blanked at home to start the season, shutting out the host Lions.

Leading the Panthers at the dish were Isaac Durkee (double, 2 runs), Brandon Soper (double, single, 2 runs, RBI), Alex Greenrose (2 doubles, 3 RBIs, run), Isaac Greenrose (2 doubles, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Chris Benedict (2 singles, RBI), John Murray (single) and Adam Lynch (single).

For the Lions, Craig Herbert (2 singles), Greg Clark (single), Scott Kulikowski (single), Lew Dyer (single) and Gabe Desjardins (single) led the offense.

Kulikowski went the distance for Belfast, scattering 11 hits and one walk, while striking out three. Isaac Durkee tossed five innings for the Panthers, allowing five hits and four walks, while striking out four. Murray went two innings of relief, allowing two hits and walking one.

The Panthers started the game with four straight doubles by Isaac Durkee, Soper, Alex Greenrose and Isaac Greenrose to surge ahead 3-0, while Isaac Greenrose later came in to score on an RBI-groundout by Murray to set the tone for the contest. Alex Greenrose added a two-run double in the seventh stanza, while Soper and Benedict added RBI-singles to account for the final score.

Gardiner 14, Mount View 6 … At Gardiner, the Tigers made quick work of the Mustangs and roared to a convincing victory.

Top hitters for the Mustangs were Kyle Turner (2 singles), Adam Higgins (2 singles), Aaron Elkins (single) and Ricky Moulton (double).

For the Tigers, Jake Palmer (single), Mike Phelps (4 singles), Spencer Allen (double), Jason Orewiler (2 singles), Jason Oullette (single), Ian Lane (double), Frank Chepke (2 singles) and Brandon Chaput (2 singles) led the offense.

Pitchers Dennis Meehan and Oullette combined to allow six hits and eight walks, while striking out eight for the Tigers. For Mount View, Turner, Craig Nealley and Higgins combined to allow 14 hits and eight walks, while striking out three.

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