While it appears only one of the four Waldo County high school Class B diamond teams will qualify for the upcoming regional playoffs, that did not stop host Belfast and visiting Mount View of Thorndike from renewing their long-standing, usually competitive athletic rivalry Wednesday on the baseball and softball fields.

In the end, it was the host Lions who swept to victories, but not without a tough test from the hard-working Mustangs — at least in the softball contest.

In the softball game, Belfast prevailed 10-9, while in the baseball contest, the Lions won 10-2, scoring a bundle of late runs to increase their lead. Belfast led 5-2 after 3 1/2 innings.

As of May 27, in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Points for Eastern Class B softball, Belfast (9-6, 59.4141 points) was eighth and Mount View (2-12, 7.4609 points) 18th in the 19-team region. Medomak Valley of Waldoboro (13-1, 108.6328 points) was first.

In baseball, Belfast (4-11, 12.9297 points) was 16th and Mount View (1-13, 0.6250 points) 18th in the 19-team region. Waterville (11-2, 96.3281 points) was first.

The results from Wednesday’s Waldo County diamond showdowns were:

Softball

The game went down to the wire with the Lions clinging to a one-run win. Killyan Richards (10 hits, 6 walks, 4 strikeouts in 7 innings) pitched the win for the Lions, while Hailey Giggey (13 hits, 5 walks, 5 strikeouts in 7 innings) worked from the circle for seven innings for the Mustangs.

Keying Belfast’s offense were Hayley Rae (single, run, RBI), Makayla Cummings (2 doubles, single, 4 RBIs), Victoria Overlock (double, single, run, RBI), Ashland Hall (2 singles, RBI), Morgan Mansfield (single, run), Katrina Lapham (double, single, 3 runs, 2 RBIs), Adrienne Small (single, run) and Kalle Merrifield (single, RBI).

For Mount View, Channing Murphy (2 singles, 2 runs, RBI), Brianna Moody (single), Brittany Masessa (2 singles), Ashley Hall (single), Shania Gilley (double, RBI), Victoria Lufkin (single, run) and Wendy Gibbs (double, 3 RBIs) led the charge.

“This was a typical Mount View, Belfast battle,” said Lion coach Chris Bartlett. “Just like in all the games, records don’t matter. Both coaches knew that it was going to be a battle.”

Belfast took a 4-0 lead into the third inning and a 5-3 edge into the fourth. Belfast then jumped to a 9-3 advantage, but Mount View answered by putting up six runs, three coming on a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double from Gibbs.

The game was knotted 9-9 when the Lions tallied the eventual winning run. Richards was hit by a pitch. Hall singled to put runners on first and second with no outs. Mansfield sacrificed bunted both runners up a base. With runners on second and third and with one out, Lapham hit a grounder back to the pitcher. Richards waited for the throw to first before scampering home for the eventual winning tally.

In the final inning, Mount View had the tying run on third, but the Lions recorded the final out on a grounder to second to end the game.

Baseball

For Belfast, Greg Clark (single,  2 runs), Lucas Clark (single, run), Lew Dyer (single, double, home run, 4 runs), Damien Benner (single, 2 runs), Scott Kulikowski (2 singles, run), Larry Dyer (single, double), Caleb Cook (single) and Craig Herbert (single) led the offense.

Kulikowski pitched, allowing eight hits, no walks and and recording seven strikeouts.

For Mount View, Alec Davis, Craig Nealley and Kyle Turner took turns on the hill. The trio combined to allow 11 hits, two walks, a hit batter and three strikeouts.

Keying the visitors’ offense were Tyler McCormick (single, run), Aaron Elkins (single, run), Bryan Jungels (double), Davis (single), Nealley (single), Taylor Reynolds (double) and Jacob Aitken (2 singles).

Belfast scored three runs in the first inning, two in both the third and fourth stanzas and three in the sixth. Mount View tallied its two runs in the fourth stanza.

Village NetMedia Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.