The No. 11 Belfast softball team knew, after its upset win over No. 6 Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft two days prior, there would be no easier games on the docket, which proved true on Thursday afternoon, June 6 as the Lions hit the road to try to knock off No. 3 Hermon in a quarterfinal playoff clash.

And while the Lions got a key hit late in the game to swing past the Ponies in the previous round, no such hit materialized on Thursday as the home-standing Hawks proved why they are highly-touted regional high school championship contenders, as they soared to a 5-1 win over the Lions.

With the victory, Hermon (15-3) advanced to the semifinals, where it will face No. 2 Old Town (14-3), a 4-1 quarterfinal playoff winner over No. 7 Gardiner (12-7).

Belfast's campaign concluded at 7-11.

On Thursday, Hermon took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and added one in the third, two in the fourth and one in the sixth, while Belfast scored in the seventh.

Leading the Hawks at the plate were Bre Oakes (triple, double, 2 runs), Faith Coombs (single), Megan Chamberlain (run), Rachael Balmas (2 singles), Alyson Rush (single), Ashley Dunphy (single, run) and Ahrya Jelks (single, run).

For the Lions, Kayci Faulkingham (double, single), Karagen Stone (single), Grace Fitzjurls (single) and Gia Davila (2 singles, run) paced the offense.

Davila pitched for Belfast, as she allowed eight hits and three walks, with six strikeouts. Oakes pitched for Hermon, as she allowed six hits and three walks, with 12 strikeouts.

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