The Belfast baseball and softball teams held their home openers — two hours earlier than scheduled — on Wednesday, April 25 as the Lions hosted Lincoln Academy of Newcastle in miserable, rainy early-spring conditions.

The squads split with the Eagles as the Lion baseball team posted a 10-6 win, while the softball squad dropped a 16-3 decision to the Eagles.

The games originally were scheduled for 4 p.m., but were moved to a 2 p.m. start due to steady rain in the forecast later in the afternoon — and which came during the diamond battles.

The following is a recap of the contests:


Belfast 10, Lincoln Academy 6

At Belfast April 25, the Lions let the offensive floodgates open in a seven-run sixth inning and held off a late Eagle rally to earn their first win of the season. Belfast also scored two in the second and one in the fourth, while Lincoln Academy plated one in the fifth and sixth innings and four in the seventh.

Leading the Lions offensively were Skyler Perkins (hit, run, RBI), Tyler Bartlett (hit, run, RBI), Grey Dinsmore (hit, run, 2 RBIs), Dakota Payson (2 hits, run, RBI), Luke Hamlin (hit, run, RBI), Jason Bartlett (3 runs), Konnor Harford (run) and Brandon Cournoyer (2 hits, run, 2 RBIs).

For the Eagles, Jon Pinkham (run), Gus Hunt (2 hits, 2 runs), Andrew Greenleaf (hit), Bradley Cross (hit, run, RBI), Basel White (2 hits, run, RBI), Joe Giberson (hit, run, RBI), Quincy Perry (hit, RBI) and Sullivan Fink (hit, RBI) paced the offense.

Skylar Perkins pitched for Belfast, allowing six hits and two walks, with six strikeouts through 5 2/3 innings. Payson went the rest of the way, allowing three hits and one walk, with one strikeout.

Cross and Matthew Leeman pitched for Lincoln Academy, allowing eight hits and five walks, with two strikeouts.

Belfast held a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning before Giberson scored on a sacrifice fly by Fink to make the score 3-2.

Then, the Lions went on the offensive.

Payson led with a single and scampered to third on an error and was plated on a sacrifice fly by Hamlin.

Later in the inning, Jason Bartlett, Harford and Cournoyer reached to load the bases, while Perkins and Tyler Bartlett drew back-to-back bases-loaded walks to put the hosts up 6-2. After Jason Bartlett scored on an error, Dinsmore came through with a two-run single and an RBI-single by Payson put Belfast ahead 10-2.

The Eagles were able to push four runs across the plate in the seventh, but could not overtake the Lions.


Lincoln Academy 16, Belfast 3

At Belfast April 25, the Eagles scored runs in droves and soared past the Lions. Lincoln Academy scored four in the first, second and seventh innings, two in the fourth and one in the third and fifth frames. Belfast tallied two in the second and one in the sixth.

Leading the Lions at the plate were Karagen Stone (single, run), Maya Cunningham (double), Brooke Richards (single, run) and Kayci Faulkingham (single, run).

For the Eagles, Joy Hedrick (single, 3 runs), Khloe Poland (2 runs), Emily Kelsey (2 runs), Kortney McKenna (single, 4 runs), Anna Hatch (triple, run), Ari Gervais (run), Belle Sawyer (single), Lexi Hartford (2 runs) and Halle Hallowell (run) paced the offense.

Gia Davila and Macy Gale pitched for Belfast, allowing four hits and 14 walks, with eight strikeouts. McKenna pitched for Lincoln Academy, allowing four hits and two walks, with four strikeouts.

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