High school baseball and softball

Mariners hold off visiting Lions in competitive, late-week games

Knox, Waldo county diamond opponents play earlier than expected to beat forecast rain
By Mark Haskell | May 04, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell Belfast's Emma Mehuren, right, and Oceanside's Grace Woodman look up at the ball during a May 4 high school softball game in Rockland. The Mariners swept the Lions in diamond affairs — 2-1 in the baseball contest and 7-5 in the softball game.

Rockland — Oceanside hoped to beat the rain on Friday afternoon, May 4 by virtue of moving its high school baseball and softball games with Waldo County opponent Belfast up an hour to a 3 p.m. first pitch.

The Mariners did indeed beat the forecast of wet stuff — and also the visiting Lions — in a pair of early-season, late-week diamond affairs separated by a total of three runs.

Mariner baseball tallied a run late and held off the Lions for a 2-1 victory at Morrill Field, while Mariner softball also had to dig deep to fend off a potential game-tying rally by the Lions — and hung on for a 7-5 victory at Drinkwater Field.

Watch videos, and see dozens of photos, below.

The following is a recap of both games:

Baseball

Oceanside 2, Belfast 1

At Rockland May 4, the Mariners scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning and staved off the Lions. Oceanside also scored once in the first, as did Belfast in the sixth.

Leading the Mariners at the plate were Uriah Thongsophaphone (double, run), Titus Kaewthong (2 singles, RBI), Mike Norton Jr. (single, stolen base, RBI), Ben Ripley (single) and Connor Harvey (single, stolen base).

For the Lions, Skylar Perkins (single, run), Grey Dinsmore (stolen base), Dakota Payson (RBI), Jason Bartlett (2 singles) and Chris Kelley (single) paced the offense.

Oceanside’s Logan Sheridan and Belfast’s Dinsmore were embedded in a terrific pitchers' duel on the afternoon, as Sheridan tossed 94 pitches and Dinsmore 66.

Both mound workers went the distance, as Sheridan allowed four hits and a walk, with nine strikeouts. Dinsmore surrendered six hits and no walks, as he also fanned four in the tough-luck loss for the Lions.

The Mariners wasted little time getting on the board as Thongsophaphone connected with a lead double in the first frame and eventually scored on a single by Kaewthong.

Sheridan retired the first 11 batters he faced before Belfast’s Tyler Bartlett drew a one-out walk in the third, while Dinsmore did his part to limit Oceanside’s opportunities to add to its lead.

The game remained 1-0 into the sixth when the Lions rallied to knot the score.

Perkins led with a single, was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Bartlett and moved to third on an error.

Payson plated Perkins with a sacrifice fly to tie the score for the visitors.

That deadlock was short-lived, however, as Oceanside pulled ahead in the bottom of the frame.

Norton rapped a two-out single, stole second base and came around to score on an error to give the hosts enough cushion to hang on for the win.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (5-1, 17.7344 points) is third, while Belfast (3-3, 0.0625 points) is eighth. Brewer (5-2, 24.4531 points) is first in the 21-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Softball

Oceanside 7, Belfast 5

At Rockland May 4, the Mariners used a three-run fifth inning to pull away and held off a late Lion rally to pick up their fifth win. Oceanside also scored two runs in the first and fourth frames, while Belfast scored one in the third, two in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Leading the hosts' offense were Abby Veilleux (single), Chloe Jones (double, run), Hannah Moholland (double, 2 singles, 3 runs, RBI), Raechel Joyce (triple, single, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), Kalli Grover single, run, RBI) and Jessica Watkinson (single).

For the visitors, Angela Rogers (run, stolen base), Maya Cunningham (single, 2 RBIs), Macy Gale (single), Kayci Faulkingham (2 singles, run), Emma Mehuren (double, 2 runs), Karagen Stone (RBI) and Grace Fitzjurls (run) paced the offense.

Abby Veilleux pitched for Oceanside, allowing five hits and three walks, with four strikeouts. Brooke Richards pitched for Belfast, allowing nine hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.

Oceanside jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Moholland singled and scored on a triple by Joyce, who promptly scampered home on a wild pitch.

Belfast cut its deficit in half in the third frame when Mehuren doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Lovejoy, but the visitors got no closer as the hosts opened things up in the middle innings.

Moholland doubled in the fourth and scored on a single by Grover to give Oceanside a 3-1 edge. The hosts plated another run after Adrianna Whitamore forced home Grover with a bases-loaded walk.

In the fifth inning, Jones doubled, scored on a single by Moholland, who, in turn, came in on a single by Joyce. Joyce later scampered home on a wild pitch to give Oceanside a 7-1 advantage.

Belfast continued to chip away and made a game of it late when Cunningham connected on a two-run single in the sixth — and two more runs scored in the seventh off an Oceanside error and a ground out by Mehuren — but could not complete the comeback.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (5-1, 19.4531 points) is second, while Belfast (3-3, 5.7031 points) is 10th. Brewer (8-0, 38.9844 points) is first in the 21-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Belfast at Oceanside baseball
Oceanside hosts Belfast on May 4 in high school baseball in Rockland. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Belfast at Oceanside softball
Oceanside hosts Belfast on May 4 in high school softball in Rockland. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Belfast's Brooke Richards. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Brooke Richards. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Abby Veilleux. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Chloe Jones. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Chloe Jones. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Kalli Grover, right, and Belfast's Maya Cunningham. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Kalli Grover, left, and Belfast's Maya Cunningham. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Raechel Joyce. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Raechel Joyce. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Raechel Joyce, left, and Adrianna Whitamore. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Jessica Watkinson, left, and Belfast's Maya Cunningham. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Jessica Watkinson, left, and Belfast's Maya Cunningham. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Maya Cunningham. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Maya Cunningham. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Chloe Jones, left, and Belfast's Maya Cunningham. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Chloe Jones, left, and Belfast's Maya Cunningham. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Macy Gale. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Brooke Richards. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Kayci Faulkingham. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Kalli Grover. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Kalli Grover. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Hannah Moholland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Hannah Moholland, right, as well as Belfast's Kayci Faulkingham, middle, and Brooke Richards. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Hannah Moholland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Hannah Moholland. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Grace Woodman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Macy Gale. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Lily Judecki. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Macy Gale. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Jessica Watkinson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Chloe Jones. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Raechel Joyce. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Karagen Stone. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Karagen Stone. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Jessica Watkinson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Kayci Faulkingham. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Olivia Lovejoy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Macy Gale. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Angela Rogers. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Brooke Richards. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Logan Sheridan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Matt Waldron, left, and Belfast's Tyler Bartlett. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Matt Waldron, left, and Belfast's Tyler Bartlett. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Matt Waldron, left, and Belfast's Tyler Bartlett. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Tyler Bartlett. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Michael Dougherty. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Grey Dinsmore. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Grey Dinsmore. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dakota Payson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dakota Payson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dakota Payson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Grey Dinsmore. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Ben Ripley, left, Logan Sheridan, middle, and Maguire LeBlanc. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Tyler Bartlett. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Tyler Bartlett. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Matt Waldron. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dakota Payson, right, and Oceanside's Maguire LeBlanc. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Skylar Perkins. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Skylar Perkins. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Skylar Perkins. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Skylar Perkins. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Luke Hamlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Tanner Veilleux. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Maguire LeBlanc. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Maguire LeBlanc. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Maguire LeBlanc, left, and Logan Sheridan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Maguire LeBlanc, left, and Logan Sheridan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Jason Bartlett. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.

Mark loves iced coffee, cargo shorts, spending time with friends and family and suffers no longer after his beloved Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn, his sons Beckett and Austin and daughter Lila.

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