The Camden Hills baseball and softball teams continue to surge toward the Eastern Class B playoffs and appear not only to have one of their respective region’s top seeds in mind, but possibly even a berth in the upcoming Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship games.

Both Windjammer squads are two of the hottest clubs in the Midcoast, with both continually doing seemingly anything necessary to grind out victories.

That trend continued Friday afternoon as the Windjammers traveled to Belfast to take on the host Lions in KVAC Class B tilts.

The Lion softball team also will be playoff-bound this season, with a victory assuredly set to shoot them up the Eastern Class B ladder. The Lion baseball team, however, appears out of postseason contention for 2011.

Despite two well-played games by the hosts, it was the visiting Windjammers who again did what they had to do with both coming away with their 11th wins of the season.

The Windjammer softball team plated only one run Friday, but that was all it needed as Camden Hills held off the Lions for a thrilling 1-0 victory.

The Camden Hills baseball team fell behind 2-0 to the host Lions, but rallied to tie the game and added a pair of insurance runs in the late innings to post a 4-2 victory at Belfast.

Should both Windjammer teams earn spots in the KVAC Class B championships, to be held Friday, June 3 at 4:15 p.m. at Oak Hill High School in Sabattus, it would be another tremendous athletic accomplishment for Camden Hills during the 2010-11 school year.

The Windjammer boys and girls tennis teams also competed in their respective conference championship games earlier in the week, while the boys basketball team won their conference championship during the winter and both Windjammer boys and girls soccer teams won their respective conference championships in the fall.


Kyle Olehnik had two singles Friday to lead Camden Hills, while Keegan Pieri and Adam Landwehr also had base hits. For the Lions, Greg Clark and Lew Dyer each doubled and Winston Simmons singled.

Chandler Crans pitched six innings for the Windjammers, allowing three hits and one walk, while striking out nine. Chris Josselyn struck out the side in the seventh to earn the save. Damien Benner allowed four hits and one walk, while striking out five in a complete-game effort for the Lions.

The game was scoreless through the first 2 1/2 innings until the Lions put up two runs in the bottom of the third frame. Clark led the inning with a ground-rule double and took third after Dyer reached on an error, to p runners at the corners with one out. After Dyer stole second base, Benner put the ball in play and an infield error by the Windjammers allowed both runners to cross the plate.

Camden Hills drew even with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning after Caleb McFarland reached on an error, followed by an Olehnik single, which put runners at the corners. Chandler Crans plated McFarland with a sacrifice fly, while Olehnik later scored on a fielder’s choice hit by Adam Carlsen.

The Windjammers then took the lead in the sixth inning, which kicked off with a Landwehr single. Alex Crans then pinch ran for Landwehr, and took third base after Pieri put the ball in play and reached second on an infield error. A Taylor Hall sacrifice fly plated Alex Crans to give the Windjammers a 3-2 lead.

Camden Hills added an insurance run in the seventh inning after Chandler Crans reached on an error, took second on a passed ball, while Carlsen and Joel Gabriele each drew walks to load the bases. Isaac Grindle then hit a sacrifice fly to center field, which plated Chandler Crans for a much-needed insurance run for the visitors.

Camden Hills (11-4, 94.9609 points) is second and Belfast (4-11, 15.6641 points) 15th in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, while Waterville (12-2, 115.4688 points) is first in the 19-team region.


Hayley Buckheit led the Windjammers in a key way Friday, not only connecting on two of the team’s three hits and leading them within the pitcher’s circle, but also scored the game’s only run on a heads-up play in the fourth inning. Buckheit doubled and singled for the ‘Jammers, while Abby White added a base hit for the visitors.

For Belfast, Morgan Mansfield rapped two singles, while Hayley Rae, Vicki Overlock and Krissy Kelley all singled.

Buckheit allowed six hits and no walks, while striking out one for Camden Hills. Overlock allowed three hits and two walks, while striking out 10.

Friday’s game lasted just over an hour and cruised along at a frantic pace, with the only run coming in the top of the fourth inning for Camden Hills.

In a battle between topnotch pitchers, Buckheit won at the plate and rapped a double into left field to lead the inning, while Sarah Steele skied a sacrifice fly to right field to move Buckheit to third base despite a late jump by the senior base runner. Heather Eaton then put down a sacrifice bunt and was thrown out at first, but the patient Buckheit scampered home as the ball was thrown to first base and she slid in for the game’s lone score.

Friday was the second one-run game played this season between the Windjammers and Lions, with the ‘Jammers posting a dramatic 6-5 victory in the bottom of the seventh inning. Buckheit was the offensive hero in that game as well, rapping a game-winning RBI-double.

Camden Hills (11-4, 103.1641 points) is third and Belfast (9-6, 62.1484 points) eighth in Eastern Class B, while Medomak Valley (14-1, 127.7734 points) is first in the 19-team region.

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