With the midway point of the high school baseball and softball seasons officially come and gone, could be do-or-die time for the Belfast spring diamond squads.

The Lions are coming off a pair of losses to Winslow May 9, the baseball squad falling 7-3 and the softball team 14-8, the latter coming in a game played at the University of Maine at Orono due to unplayable conditions on the Lions’ home softball field. The baseball game was in Belfast.

No matter the venue, both BAHS teams need wins and need them in a hurry if they hope to qualify for the upcoming Eastern Class B playoffs a few short weeks away.

Baseball

Winslow 7, Belfast 3

At Belfast, the Lions rallied late, but could not dig themselves out of their early-game hole and fell by three runs. The Lions fell behind 6-0 through four innings, thanks to timely Winslow hitting and a handful of Belfast errors. Belfast committed six miscues to one for the Black Raiders.

Trevor Lovely and Donald Camp combined to allow five hits and seven walks, with seven strikeouts on the hill for Winslow. Tyler Prescott and Kaleb Cook both pitched for Belfast, allowing a combined nine hits.

Damion Benner and Larry Dyer each had RBI-singles for the hosts, while Gabe Smith homered and doubled, while Joe Hopkins rapped two singles for the Black Raiders.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (2-6, 9.5703 points) is 15th, while Waterville (8-1, 34.7461 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Softball

Winslow 14, Belfast 8

At Orono, the Lions could not match the offensive firepower of the Black Raiders and fell by six runs.

Lion coach Chris Bartlett said it was an “exciting” game to watch as the Lions rallied to tie the game 2-2 in the fourth inning, but the experienced Black Raiders came to life at the plate and ran away with the contest.

Bartlett, unfazed by the loss, feels his team is on the cusp of coming out of its slump.

“We are right there as far as turning the corner,” he said. “If we can scratch out a win somehow it will be a huge confidence boost for the girls.”

Leading Belfast’s offense were Britt Mellor (single, 2 runs), Becca Leonard (2 singles, 3 runs, RBI), Makayla Cummings (double, single, 2 RBIs) and Madison Cummings (2 singles, 3 runs).

The Black Raiders were led at the plate by Jess Pare (2 singles, 3 runs), Jenn Poulin (triple, double, single, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), Alli LeClair (triple, 3 RBIs, run) and Mariah Chenard (double, 2 singles, RBI, 3 runs).

Killyan Richards allowed nine hits and three walks, with two strikeouts pitching for the Lions. Meg Richards allowed eight hits and three walks, with seven strikeouts for the Black Raiders.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (0-8, no points) is tied for 16th, while Gardiner (5-3, 26.6016 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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