Wednesday afternoon was foggy throughout the Midcoast, hardly an ideal scenario to take the field and play high school baseball and softball. However, in a week where most schools already have been subject to two rain outs, the average spectator at Camden Hills was more than happy to split the difference as the Windjammers hosted Belfast.

While the conditions were far from perfect, most players saw through the rolling fog an opportunity to seize the day and earn their teams a much-needed win as the regular season is in its second half.

That never proved to be more evident than on the softball field, where the Lions and Windjammers were deadlocked into the final inning in a game decided in the final at-bat.

The Windjammers and Lions were in a virtual tie in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B heading into Wednesday’s game, with Camden Hills sitting in 10th and Belfast 11th. The two teams had much on the line and each played an inspired game.

But in the end, it was the Windjammers who scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and walked off in dramatic fashion with a 6-5 victory over the visiting Lions.

The baseball contest proved much less dramatic, despite the upstart Lions taking an early 2-0 lead. However, the Windjammers rallied to tie the game in the third inning and tacked on eight runs in the fourth en route to a 10-3 win over Belfast.


Leading Camden Hills at the plate were Olivia Hamalainen (2 doubles, single, RBI, 2 runs), Amy Haynes (single, run), Hayley Buckheit (game-winning double, RBI), Mia Bergmann (double, 3 RBIs) and Robin Botley (single, RBI).

For Belfast, Hayley Ray (2 doubles, 3 runs), Makayla Cummings (double, run, RBI), Killyan Richards (single, RBI) and Morgan Mansfield (single) had strong offensive showings.

Buckheit went the distance pitching for the Windjammers, allowing five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Victoria Overlock also tossed a complete game for the Lions, scattering seven hits and three walks, while striking out 12.

The Lions roared to a 2-0 lead in the third inning, which Camden Hills rallied back to take a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning, powered by a three-run double from Bergmann. Belfast drew even, plating one run each in the fifth and sixth innings.

The top of the seventh inning started on a ringing double by Rae, who later moved to third base after a sharp ground out by Overlock. Richards then hit a ball sky high that was misplayed by the Windjammer infield, allowing Rae to score and give the Lions a 5-4 edge. Ashland Hall then lined out to the shortstop to end the top of the frame.

The Lions looked to be in control after Rae recorded two quick putouts at shortstop in the bottom of the seventh, but Haynes drew a walk, allowing the talented, strong-hitting Hamalainen to stroll to the plate.

Overlock appeared to be trying to intentionally walk Hamalainen, but she left a pitch over the plate, which Hamalainen turned into an RBI-double to tie the game. Then, again with two outs, Buckheit hit a rope down the third-base line to plate Hamalainen with the winning run.

Camden Hills (7-3, 30.7031 points) is seventh in Eastern Class B, while Belfast (5-5, 21.1328 points) is 11th. Medomak Valley (9-0, 58.0469 points) is first in the 19-team region.


Top hitters for Camden Hills included Keegan Pieri (triple, double, single, 2 runs), Isaac Grindle (double), Taylor Hall (single, run), Kyle Olehnik (2 singles, 2 runs), Chandler Crans (single, run) and Adam Landwehr (single, run).

For Belfast, Larry Dyer (2 singles, run), Damien Benner (2 doubles), Caleb Cook (single) and Greg Clark (single) paced the offense.

Landwehr tossed a gem on the mound for Camden Hills, allowing six hits and three walks, while striking out 12 batters. He also struck out the side in the fourth inning. Scott Kulikowski and Clark combined to allow nine hits and one walk, while striking out three, on the hill for the Lions.

The Lions struck first in the first inning after Gabe Desjardins drew a walk, followed by Dyer reaching on an error. Later in the inning, Benner rapped a two-run double to plate both Desjardins and Dyer to put the visitors up 2-0.

The ‘Jammers cut their deficit in half after Pieri scored on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Olehnik in the second inning and the hosts drew even in the third after Grindle rapped an RBI-double to plate Adam Carlsen.

Then, in the fourth inning, the floodgates opened for the hosts.

Olehnik and Crans opened the frame with back-to-back singles, while Gabriele was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Carlsen. Both Carlsen and Landwehr reached on errors to put the hosts ahead 4-2 before Pieri cleared the bases with a three-run triple. Pieri later scored along with both Hall and Olehnik to put the hosts up 10-2.

Camden Hills (8-2, 43.0078 points) is fifth in Eastern Class B, while Belfast 2-8, 8.2031 points) is 16th. Bucksport (6-2, 44.9870 points) is first in the 19-team region.

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