The No. 12 Belfast softball team hung with No. 5 Foxcroft Academy for nearly the entirety of its Class B North prelim softball playoff game on Wednesday, June 6.

However, the Lions could muster only two hits on the afternoon, while the Ponies took advantage of a few late fielding errors and galloped past the Lions 6-0.

With the win, Foxcroft Academy (14-3) advances to the quarterfinals, where it will host No. 13 Ellsworth (7-10), which upset No. 4 Hermon 6-3 in another prelim playoff on Wednesday.

Belfast’s season concluded at 7-10.

On Wednesday, Foxcroft Academy plated runs in the first and third innings and pulled away with a four-run sixth inning.

Leading the Lions at the plate were Kayci Faulkingham (triple) and Karagen Stone (single).

For the Ponies, Jenna Clukey (2 hits), Cailin Seavey (single, stolen base), Kiara Prescott (single) and Amber Richards (single) paced the offense.

Brooke Richards pitched for Belfast, as she scattered 14 hits and two walks, with one strikeout. Mackenzie Beaudry pitched for Foxcroft Academy, as she tossed a two-hit shutout with four walks, and struck out out 10.

The Ponies took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Beaudry helped her own cause with a sacrifice fly, and did so again in the third, to give the hosts a two-run cushion.

However, the hosts took advantage of two infield throwing errors by the Lions in the bottom of the sixth inning — which, in turn, led to four Foxcroft Academy runs — which put the game out of reach.

“The score is not indicative of the game,” said veteran Belfast coach Chris Bartlett. “It was 2-0 going into the sixth. We had two outs and we made a couple errors. I was very proud of how the girls played. We struggled with our small ball. Their pitcher was quicker than anything we have seen so it was tough. The girls did a great job though and played hard. I’m very proud of them.”

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