High school baseball

No panic for Lions as rally pushes hosts past rival Mustangs

Belfast trailed 6-1, but scored 15 runs over two innings for victory
By Staff | May 14, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Mount View's Noah Jacobs, left, scampers into second base as Belfast's Eamon Goscinski takes the throw on May 13 in high school baseball. The host Lions upended the Mustangs of Thorndike 18-8 in six innings.

Belfast — Trailing 6-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning against Mount View of Thorndike on Monday, May 13, the Belfast baseball team did not panic.

The Lions, suddenly in danger of losing their fourth straight game after a blistering 5-0 start to the campaign, used timely hitting, patience at the plate and shaky Mustang pitching to hang a nine-spot on the board in the frame — and added six more in the fifth for good measure — as the hosts eventually walked off with an 18-8, six-inning victory over their Waldo County rivals.

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In addition to its key fourth and fifth innings, Belfast scored one run in the third and two in the sixth, while Mount View displayed steady offensive production throughout with one run in the first, third and fourth innings, three in the second and two in the fifth.

Leading the Lions at the plate were Jason Bartlett (3 singles, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), Tanner Veilleux (run), Brandon Cournoyer (2 singles, RBI, run), Dylan Abbott (double, 2 singles, RBI, 3 runs), Luke Hamlin (home run, single, 2 RBIs, 3 runs), Eamon Goscinski (single, RBI), Samuel Davis (2 singles, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), Chris Kelley (triple, double, 5 RBIs, 2 runs), Dakota Payson (double, 2 singles, 2 RBIs, 3 runs, Caleb Hall-Arnett (RBI) and Ethan Porter (run).

For the ‘Stangs, Draedyn Furrow (single, run), Noah Jacobs (single, 2 runs), Declan Knowlton (single, run), Theo Dodge (run), Darrett Fowler (single, 2 RBIs), Neal Kenney (single, 3 runs) and Logan Curtis (2 RBIs) paced the offense.

Payson and Kelley pitched for Belfast, as the teammates allowed six hits and five walks, with six strikeouts. Kenney and Knowlton toed the rubber for Mount View, as the tandem allowed 19 hits and five walks, with two strikeouts.

Mount View got on the board quickly when Jacobs singled and scored on an RBI-groundout by Curtis, and added three more in the second when Jacobs was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to plate Kenney, followed by a two-run single by Fowler to score Dodge and Furrow.

Then, with a 6-1 advantage, the wheels came off for Mount View when Belfast brought 14 runners to the plate in the fourth to the tune of a nine-run inning.

Abbott began the inning with a single and was promptly doubled home by Kelley, while Cournoyer later added an RBI-single to pull the hosts within 6-3.

After Veilleux walked to load the bases, Hamlin rapped an RBI-single, Bartlett was hit by a pitch to plate another run and, after a two-run single to left by Payson, the hosts had rallied to take the lead 7-6.

Abbott reached to reload the bases and Hamlin was hit by a pitch to bring in the eighth Lion run, Davis added an RBI-single and Goscinski another run off a sacrifice fly to make the score 10-6.

Hamlin added a solo home run and Kelley a three-run triple in the fifth as Belfast continued to pull away. Abbott’s two-run double in the sixth allowed the hosts to walk off with the win.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Belfast (6-3, 22.2656 points) is 12th, while Mount View (2-7, 13.3594 points) is 17th. Hermon (11-0, 64.8438 points) is first in the 21-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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Belfast hosts Mount View on May 13 in high school baseball. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Mount View's Noah Jacobs, left, and Belfast's Chris Kelley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Eamon Goscinski. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Darrett Fowler. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dakota Payson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Logan Curtis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Logan Curtis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Logan Curtis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Chris Kelley leads away from third base, while Mount View's Neal Kenney fires a pitch to the plate. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Eamon Goscinski. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Neal Kenney. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Neal Kenney. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Neal Kenney. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Luke Hamlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Noah Jacobs, left, and Belfast's Luke Hamlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Noah Jacobs, left, and Belfast's Luke Hamlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast coach Chris Lavalle chats with, from left, Dakota Payson, Dylan Abbott and Chris Kelley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Eamon Goscinski. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Theo Dodge. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Neal Kenney. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dylan Abbott. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Theo Dodge, left, and Belfast's Dylan Abbott. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Theo Dodge, right, and Belfast's Dylan Abbott. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dylan Abbott. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dylan Abbott. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Darrett Fowler. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dakota Payson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Neal Kenney, left, and Belfast's Eamon Goscinski. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Neal Kenney, left, and Belfast's Eamon Goscinski. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Neal Kenney, left, and Belfast's Eamon Goscinski. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Neal Kenney, left, and Belfast's Eamon Goscinski. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Draedyn Furrow, left, and Belfast's Dakota Payson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Belfast's Dakota Payson and Chris Kelley and Mount View's Draedyn Furrow. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Declan Knowlton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Chris Kelley warms up on the mound. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Noah Jacobs, left, and Darrett Fowler. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Luke Hamlin slaps hands with coach Chris Lavalle after a fifth-inning home run. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Luke Hamlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Luke Hamlin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Luke Hamlin crosses the plate. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Declan Knowlton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Declan Knowlton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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