With one game going down to the wire and the other a base hit from ending via mercy rule, it proved a banner day on the diamonds for the Belfast baseball and softball teams on Wednesday afternoon, May 9, as the Lions hosted Medomak Valley of Waldoboro.

Lion softball plated a pair of runs late and swung to a 2-1 victory over the Panthers, while Lion baseball swung to an 11-2 triumph.

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The following is a recap of those contests:


Belfast 2, Medomak Valley 1

At Belfast May 9, the Lions rallied for a pair of runs in the sixth inning and knocked off the Panthers. Medomak Valley’s lone score game in the fifth inning.

Leading the Lions at the plate were Olivia Lovejoy (single, run), Grace Fitzjurls (single), Emma Mehuren (single), Kayci Faulkingham (double, run) and Maya Cunningham (2 doubles, 2 RBIs).

For the Panthers, Addie Jameson (2 singles), Gabby DePatsy (2 singles), Aubrey Schaeffer (single), Hallie Kunesh (single, run), Sadie Cohen (2 singles), Cheyenne Nash (single) and Lydia Simmons (2 singles) paced the offense.

Brooke Richards pitched for Belfast, as she allowed 10 hits and five walks, with 10 strikeouts. Addie Jameson pitched for Medomak Valley, as she finished with six hits and one walk, with seven strikeouts.

The Panthers had a bevy of scoring opportunities throughout the game, as the visitors left 12 runners on base, including the bases loaded in the second and third innings.

In the second inning, Medomak Valley had the bases loaded with no outs before the next two batters were retired. Emily Wotton then connected on what would have been a base hit up the middle, but a Panther runner was called for interference and declared out, which ended the scoring threat.

The Lions left two runners on base on the afternoon.

The visitors broke the scoreless tie in the fifth inning when Kunesh laced a single and was knocked home by Simmons, who had an infield single and reached third on a throwing error, which allowed Kunesh to score.

But the Lions responded in the bottom of the sixth when Lovejoy reached on a bunt single and Faulkingham's double put two runners in scoring position.

That set the table for Cunningham, who ripped a two-run double for what proved the game-winning runs.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Medomak Valley (4-4, 23.8281 points) is eighth, while Belfast (4-4, 16.9531 points) is 10th. Brewer (9-0, 67.1875 points) is first in the 21-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.


Belfast 11, Medomak Valley 2

At Belfast May 9, the Lions pounced on the Panthers early and pulled away later to swing to a nine-run win. Belfast scored four runs in the first inning, five in the fifth and two in the sixth, while Medomak Valley plated its runs in the fifth.

Leading the Lions at the plate were Jason Bartlett (2 singles, 2 runs), Tanner Veilleux (RBI), Tyler Bartlett (double, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), Luke Hamlin (double, 2 runs), Ryan Fitzjurls (run), Skylar Perkins (double, run), Sam Davis (RBI), Chris Kelley (single), Dakota Payson (double, RBI, run) and Konnor Harford (single, RBI, run).

For the Panthers, Duncan Widdecombe (single), Jordan Powell (single), Gabe Allaire (double), Kevin White (single, run) and Clayton Belcher (run) paced the offense.

Grey Dinsmore went the distance on the hill for Belfast, as he allowed four hits and no walks, with two strikeouts. Brent Stewart, Wyatt Fillmore, Allaire and White toed the rubber on the mound for Medomak Valley, as that group finished with eight hits and two walks, with two strikeouts.

The Lions plated four runs in the first off an RBI-single by Jason Bartlett, an RBI-double by Payson, another run on an error and a fourth after an RBI-single by Tyler Bartlett.

The Panthers cut their deficit in half when White scored on an error and an RBI-single by Widdecombe in the top of the fifth, but the Lions put the game out of reach in the bottom of the frame.

Jason Bartlett singled and eventually scored on a pair of errors, while Hamlin doubled ahead of Tyler Bartlett, who ripped a two-run double to left field to make the score 7-2.

Tyler Bartlett eventually came in on a balk, while Davis plated a run on a groundout to make the score 9-2.

Veilleux was issued a bases-loaded walk in the sixth, while another run came in on a wild pitch to round out the scoring for the Lions.

The Panthers committed seven errors and left three on base, while the Lions made four miscues and left six on base.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Belfast (4-4, 12.0313 points) is 12th, while Medomak Valley (2-6, 4.5313 points) is 17th. Brewer (6-2, 45.2344 points) is first in the 21-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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