One has to get up especially early to beat the swarm of the black flies — the unofficial bird of Maine — in the late spring and, try as they might, the Mount View and Belfast baseball and softball teams started their high school games at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning and battled in two competitive games, but could not escape the invasion of the pesky and highly-annoying insects.

The good news was it was somewhat windy and that helped keep the miniature pests at bay much of morning, May 18 and allowed the young Waldo County student-athletes to have some fun in the sun.

When the dust settled, the longstanding county athletic rivals had split a pair of fairly competitive games.

In softball, Mount View rallied late for an 8-7 victory as the evenly-matched foes stood toe to toe and thrilled fans, while, in baseball, the Lions slowly, but surely, carved out an 8-3 win.

The softball squads split two games this spring, as the host Lions won the first game 5-3. In baseball, Belfast also prevailed at home 18-8 earlier in the spring.

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Regular-season games for the four Waldo County diamond squads have come fast and furious of late with a bundle of early rainouts that created the need for contests most days, with few practice opportunities.

The following is a recap of both games:

Softball

Mount View 8, Belfast 7

At Thorndike May 18, the Mustangs got a game-winning, run-scoring double from Devon Burgess in the bottom of the seventh inning and walked off with a win over the Lions.

Mount View scored three runs in the pivotal seventh, while it added one in the second and two in the third and fifth frames. Belfast plated two in the first, one in the fourth and four in the fifth.

Leading the hosts at the plate were Burgess (2 doubles), Hannah Coolen (home run, stolen base), Kate Bourgeois (double, single, 3 runs), Taylor Hodgdon (triple, 2 runs) and Emma Fonger (single, 2 runs, stolen base).

For the visitors, Kayci Faulkingham (single, run), Angela Rodgers (single, run), Maya Cunningham (2 singles, 2 runs), Brooke Richards (double, 2 runs) and Karagen Stone (2 doubles, run) paced the offense.

Richards pitched for Belfast, as she allowed seven hits and two walks, with three strikeouts. Morgan Fonger pitched for Mount View, as she allowed seven hits and three walks, with six strikeouts.

Trailing 7-5 in the seventh, Bourgeois reached on an error and advanced to second base on a ground out before being tripled in by Hodgdon.

Emma Fonger reached on an error as Hodgdon scampered home to tie the game. Emma Fonger stole second base and scored on the game-winning double by Burgess.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Belfast (3-9, 20.8594 points) is 14th, while Mount View (4-8, 7.1875 points) is 19th. Brewer (11-0, 101.7188 points) is first in the 21-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Baseball

Belfast 8, Mount View 3

At Thorndike May 18, the Lions exploded for seven unanswered runs in the late innings and penned in the Mustangs. Belfast scored one in the first, three in the fourth and four in the sixth, while Mount View tallied one in the first and two in the third.

Leading the Lions at the plate were Tanner Veilleux (hit, RBI), Jason Bartlett (hit, 2 runs), Luke Hamlin (hit, RBI), Dylan Abbott (run), Samuel Davis (hit, 2 runs), Brandon Cournoyer (2 hits, 2 runs, RBI), Chris Kelley (run, RBI) and Tommy Walker (hit, 2 RBIs).

For the Mustangs, Noah Jacobs (2 hits, run), Darrett Fowler (hit, 2 runs), Brady Moulton (hit), Damien Doughty (hit, 2 RBIs), Draedyn Furrow (2 hits), Jackson Martin (hit) and Declan Knowlton (hit) paced the offense.

Cournoyer pitched five innings for Belfast and Dakota Payson the final two frames as the duo allowed nine hits and one walk, with three strikeouts. Theo Dodge went three innings and Knowlton the final four, as the teammates allowed seven hits and four walks, with six strikeouts.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Belfast (7-5, 28.2031 points) is 14th, while Mount View (2-10, 16.3281 points) is 18th. Hermon (12-0, 95.1563 points) is first in the 21-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.