The high school baseball and softball seasons began for three Waldo County teams on Thursday, April 21 as Searsport softball swung to its first win of the campaign.

Viking softball posted a 9-5 road win over Stearns of Millinocket, while baseball dropped a 7-6 heartbreaker to the Minutemen.

The Searsport teams are the defending state Class D champions.

Belfast baseball also came up on the short end of a 14-2, five-inning home loss against Nokomis of Newport on Thursday, while it also fell 11-0 in five innings to host Cony of Augusta on Friday, April 22.

Additionally, on Saturday, April 23, Mount View baseball posted a pair of victories — 7-0 and 5-4 — against Traip Academ of Kittery in a pair of scheduled five-inning contests.

The following is a recap of reported results:


Mount View 7, Traip Academy 0

At Thorndike April 23, the Mustangs penned in the visiting Rangers en route to a shutout win. Mount View scored one run in the first inning, two in the second, one in the third and three in the fourth.

The Mustangs were led at the plate by Draedyn Furrow (2 singles, 2 runs, stolen base), Noah Hurd (home run), Declan Knowlton (2 singles, run, 3 steals), Dakota Harriman (single), Hunter Penney (single, run), Cole Ripley (single, run) and Levi Winslow (single, run, steal).

For the Rangers, Zac Stacy (single, stolen base), Colby Christiansen (single) and Owen McNamara (single, steal) paced the offense.

Knowlton tossed a three-hit shutout for Mount View as he yielded no walks and struck out seven. Alec Webster and Christiansen pitched for Traip Academy and scattered nine hits and no walks, with three strikeouts.

Mount View 5, Traip Academy 4 (6 inns.)

At Thorndike April 23, the ‘Stangs made it two in a row against the Rangers as the hosts walked off in an extra inning. Mount View scored two runs in the first and second innings and one in the sixth, while Traip Academy plated one in the first and three in the fourth.

The Mount View offense was paced by Furrow (single, 2 runs, stolen base), Hurd (double, single, run), Knowlton (2 singles, run, 2 stolen bases), Winslow (single), Cameron Rae (run) and Ripley (single).

For Traip Academy, Stacy (2 singles, run, stolen base), Cameron Maes (double), Quinn Alessi (run, stolen base), Reid Alessi (2 singles, run), Matthew Ford (double, stolen base) and Conor McPherson (run) paced the offense.

Hurd pitched for the Mustangs and allowed six hits and no walks, with 10 strikeouts. Zac Foye pitched for the Rangers and allowed six hits, four walks and two hit batters, with seven strikeouts.

Cony 11, Belfast 0 (5 inns.)

At Augusta April 22, the Lions were defeated by mercy rule for the second time in two games, this time by the host Rams. Cony scored four runs in the first and second innings before it added three in the fourth.

Keegan McGowan, Curtis Littlefield, Thomas Littlefield and K.J. Payson toed the slab for the Lions as the quartet allowed a combined five hits and four walks, with two strikeouts. K. Dovin and L. Foster combined on a one-hitter as the duo walked two and struck out nine.

Eli Veilleux had the lone hit for Belfast, while B. Barbeau (run), L. Foster (hit, run), K. Dovin (hit, 2 runs), D. Kibler (run), S. Flannery (3 runs, RBI), A. Fleck (hit, 2 RBIs, run), T. Pelletier (hit, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) and J. Presti (hit, 2 RBIs) led Cony at the plate.

First names for Cony players were unavailable.

Stearns 7, Searsport 6

At Millinocket April 21, the Vikings held a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning before the Minutemen plated a pair in the bottom of the frame to walk off with the win. Stearns also scored one run in the first, three in the fifth and one in the sixth, while Searsport scored three runs in the fifth and seventh frames.

Josh Wright went five innings on the hill and Gage Ellis 1 2/3 innings for Searsport as the duo allowed seven hits and seven walks, with 12 strikeouts. For Stearns, with first names unavailable, J. Morris and A. Sanders combined to allow 12 hits and six walks, with nine strikeouts.

Viking coach John Frye said his team “left the bases loaded in two or three innings” and added pitchers for the squads struggled with control problems due to the frigid temperatures.

“It was hard to grip the ball and throw strikes,” he said. “A lot of walks both ways.”

Cole Ellis (2 hits, 2 runs, 3 RBIs), Brady Clements (hit, run), Sam Cahill (hit, run), Nate Ashey (hit), Wright (2 hits, run), Chase Brassbridge (2 hits, run, RBI), Drew Bagley (2 hits, 2 RBIs) and Gage Ellis (hit) led the Searsport offense.

For Stearns, C. Raymond (hit, 2 runs), G. Darling (hit, run, RBI), J. Morris (hit, 2 RBIs), A. Sanders (hit, run), E. Shearer (run), A. Jacobs (2 hits, 2 RBIs), B. Campbell (run), Z. Doyle (run) and A. Jamieson (hit, RBI) paced the offense.

The Minutemen started a two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh inning that ended with a two-run single by Jacobs to win the game for the hosts.

Nokomis 14, Belfast 2 (5 inns.)

At Belfast April 21, the Warriors were on a warpath against the host Lions and scored in droves en route to the mercy rule-shortened victory. Nokomis scored three runs in the second and third innings and four more in the fourth and fifth frames, while Belfast plated runs in the third and fifth.

Elias Howard, Keegan McGowan and Alec Rolfe collected hits for the Lions, while the Warrior offense, with first names unavailable, was led by C. Sides (run), C. Chretien (hit, 2 runs), M. Scharf (3 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), J. Neumayer (hit, RBI, 2 runs), M. Hopkins (3 hits, 3 RBIs, 2 runs), G. Hartsgrove (RBI), O. Upton (hit, 2 runs), H. Upton (2 runs), B. Moore (hit, run) and J. Hawthorne (hit, 2 RBIs).

Zepherin Leppanen worked four innings on the hill and Oliver Tarbox one inning of relief for the Lions. The duo combined to allow 11 hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts. Neumayer and Chretien combined to allow three hits and four walks, with nine strikeouts, for Nokomis.


Searsport 9, Stearns 5

At Millinocket April 21, the Vikings began their state Class D title defense with a road win over the Minutemen. Searsport scored one run in the second inning, two in the third and six in the sixth, while Stearns scored one in the first, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the seventh.

The Vikings were led at the plate by Lily Nadeau (single, 2 runs), Jordan Greeley (single, run), Bayleigh Bagley (2 singles), Ana Lang (single, 2 runs, 4 stolen bases), Hunter Kronholm (single, run, 2 steals), Kyla Perkins (single, run, steal), Ellie Cahill (run) and MyKenzie Tripp (single, run).

For the Minutemen, with first names unavailable, Alley (2 singles, run, stolen base), Anderson (triple, run), Farber (double, single, run, stolen base), Welch (2 singles, run, stolen base) and Pelletier (run) paced the offense.

Lang pitched for Searsport and allowed seven hits and one walk, with a whopping 18 strikeouts. She had a four-strikeout inning in the first — which included a dropped third strike — and struck out the side in the second, fifth and sixth innings. Alley pitched for Stearns and scattered eight hits and 10 walks, with 12 strikeouts.

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