With both teams on the outside of the Eastern Class B playoffs looking in, the May 21 high school baseball game between rivals Belfast and Mount View was worth more than Waldo County bragging rights.

Both squads will need to do well with their remaining regular-season schedules in the hope of earning a trip to the postseason and both played with that urgency Monday in a back-and-forth affair that needed an extra inning to be resolved.

In the end, despite a valiant Lion comeback, the Mustangs got an RBI-single from Steven Davis in the top of the eighth inning and held the hosts at bay in the bottom of the frame to escape with a 7-6 victory.

Mount View coach Chris Hink said he was pleased with the win, but also aware of the larger picture and the challenges that lay ahead.

“Basically we have to win the next three games to have a shot at the playoffs,” said Hink, whose squad will face Waterville and Nokomis of Newport to finish the regular season. “Waterville, obviously the number one team [is] on Friday, but it is working out where we can pitch our number one [pitcher] every game. [Adam Higgins] gives us a chance, he has all year and he did a good job for us today.”

“That, and a little confidence going into Waterville doesn’t hurt,” said Hink of Monday’s win over the Lions.

On Monday, Belfast trailed 6-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning, but a two-run, two-out single by Lion Stephen Paul forced extra innings.

“I was happy with the way we came back,” said Belfast coach George Ross. “We did a nice job, but we missed a lot of opportunities and we could have been smarter in places, but Mount View played well.”

Tyler McCormick (single), Aaron Elkins (2 singles, 2 runs, stolen base), Higgins (single, steal, run), Davis (single), Jake Aitken (single), Craig Nealley (double, 2 steals), Kyle Turner (triple, single, run), Ricky Moulton (double, single, run) and Kenny McGray (home run) led the Mount View offense.

For Belfast, Greg Clark (double, run), Scott Kulikowski (3 singles, 3 runs, steal), Zach Collier (single), Paul (2 singles), Kaleb Cook (single) and Lucas Clark (single, run) led the way.

Kulikowski, Kaleb Cook and Benner pitched for Belfast, allowing a combined 12 hits and eight walks, with eight strikeouts. Higgins, McGray and Nealley pitched for Mount View, allowing a combined nine hits and two walks, with six strikeouts.

Both Elkins and Higgins came in to score for Mount View in the first inning, while the Lions quickly knotted the tally in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly to right field by Benner and an RBI-ground out by Larry Dyer.

The Mustangs took a 4-2 lead in the second inning when Turner tripled and came in on Moulton’s RBI-ground out, followed by a McCray home run to center field. The visitors added another run in the third on an RBI-single by Moulton, which plated Nealley, who doubled and stole third earlier in the frame.

Belfast scored two in the fifth inning and Mount View added another in the sixth, to make the score 6-4 heading into the seventh and final frame.

The ‘Stangs went quietly in the top of the stanza, while Belfast quickly put two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the inning with a single by Kulikowski and a double by Benner.

After two straight line outs, Paul ripped a two-run single up the middle past the diving shortstop Nathan Wren to tie the game 6-6.

Mount View then got an RBI-single from Davis, to plate Elkins, who walked and stole second, earlier in the eighth frame.

Even with the loss, the Lions are aware of the situation that lay ahead if they hope to qualify for the regional playoffs.

“I’d say certainly two or three [more wins] would give us a chance [at the playoffs],” said Ross. “We’re going to have to win. It’s all about winning no matter where you are [in the standings].”

Belfast will host Lincoln Academy of Newcastle and Nokomis of Newport in the coming days and end the regular season at Camden Hills of Rockport.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (5-8, 32.0703 points) is 14th, while Mount View (4-10, 19.7656 points) is 17th. Waterville (13-1, 104.5313 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@courlerpublicationsllc.com.