High school baseball and softball

Victorious Lions, Vikings eye playoff berths, Mustangs battle for wins

Loads of photos of Searsport, Belfast diamond athlete in action
By Staff | May 17, 2018
Photo by: Zack Miller Belfast's Maya Cunningham looks to fire the ball to first base against Mount Desert Island on May 16 in a high school softball game. The host Lions beat the Trojans 4-0.

Waldo County high school baseball and softball teams — namely, Belfast, Mount View of Thorndike and Searsport — continued their seasons with hard-fought contests on Wednesday, May 16, as the playoff-driven Lions and Vikings swept to victories, while the Mustangs were dropped in a pair of contests.

It appears Belfast and Searsport have their sights set on postseason berths, while Mount View, with games dwindling, may be left on the outside looking in on the playoffs.

See dozens of Lion and Viking photos below.

The following is a recap of reported results:

Softball

Searsport 6, Stearns 4 (8 inns.)

At Searsport May 16, the Vikings walked off with the victory over the Minutemen of Millinocket. Searsport, which recorded 12 hits and four errors, scored one run in the second inning, three in the sixth and two in the eighth to win.

Stearns, which finished with three hits and three errors, scored one in the second, two in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Jenna Keach (3 singles, home run, RBI, 2 runs) belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Vikings another exciting late-game victory.

Mikaela Alley (double, 2 RBIs, 2 run), Makenzie Alley (2 singles, run), Arianna Stemp (2 singles, RBI), Abby Stemp (single) and Makenna Woodward (single, RBI) all had key at-bats for the hosts.

For Stearns, Katie Kenyon (single, 2 runs), Renee Pelletier (2 singles), Natalie Michaud (single), MAria Glidden (single, RBI), Katherine Alley (run) and Paige Russell (run) led the visitors at the plate.

Keach (4 runs on 3 hits, 8 walks, 9 strikeouts in 8 innings) worked the pitching circle for the Vikings. Kenyon (6 runs on 12 hits, 6 strikeouts in 8 innings) went the distance for the Minutemen.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class D South, Searsport (7-3, 35.5885 points) is second, while Greenville (7-1, 41.5513 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top seven teams qualify for the playoffs.

Maranacook 16, Mount View 5

At Thorndike May 16, the Black Bears of Readfield devoured the Mustangs. Mount View, which recorded four hits and two errors, scored two in the first inning, two runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth.

Maranacook, which ended with eight hits and committed two errors, scored six in the first inning, six in the second, three in the fifth and one in the seventh.

Kate Bourgeois (home run, 2 RBIs, run) led the Mustangs at the plate, while Taylor Hodgdon (single, run), Emma Fonger (single, run), Sage Cassidy (single, run) and Leah Bradstreat (run) had key at-bats.

Brooke Stratton (single, 2 runs), Allyse Bonenfant (single, 2 runs), Dana Reynolds (single, 2 runs), Natasha Lavigne (single, 2 runs), Kaylee Jones (run), Amanda Goucher (2 runs), Carolina Bechelder (single, run), Abygail Jacques (single, run) and Natalie Costa (double, 2 runs) had solid offensive performances for the the Black Bears.

Morgan Fonger (12 runs on 6 hits, 7 walks and 3 strikeouts in 4 innings) pitched the first innings for the Mustangs, while her identical twin sisters Emma Fonger (4 runs on 3 hits, 4 strikeouts in 3 innings) work the final three.

Costa (5 runs on 4 hits, 6 strikeouts in 7 innings) went the distance in the pitching circle for the Black Bears.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Mount View (0-11, no points) is 21st, while Brewer (10-0, 106.4063 points) is first in the 21-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Belfast 4, Mount Desert Island 0

At Belfast May 16, the Lions clawed through the Trojans. Belfast, which finished with six hits, scored two runs in the first inning, one in the third and one in the fifth. MDI recorded three hits in the contest.

Leading Belfast at the plate were Brooke Richards (3 hits, stolen base), Maya Cunningham (triple, RBI), Olivia Lovejoy (hit, 2 runs, 3 stolen bases) and Karagen Stone (single).

For the Trojans Hannah Chamberlan (single), Madison Thornton (single) and Maddie Neal (single) collected the three hits.

Richards (no runs on 3 hits, 4 walks, 11 strikeouts in 7 innings) went the distance for Belfast. Lindsay McEachern (4 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks, 11 strikeouts in 7 innings) worked the circle for the Trojans.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Belfast (6-5, 35.2344 points) is 11th, while Brewer (10-0, 106.4063 points) is first in the 21-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Baseball

Belfast 4, Mount Desert Island 0

Belfast 4, Mount Desert Island 0

At Belfast May 16, the Lions shutdown the Trojans. Belfast, which collected six hits and committed no errors, scored all four of its runs in the fifth inning. Mount Desert Island tallied three hits and committed no errors.

Leading the Lions at the plate were Jason Bartlett (single, 2 RBIs, run), Luke Hamlin (double, RBI, run), Dakota Payson (single, RBI), Sam Davis (single, run), Skylar Perkins (single, run) and Grey Dinsmore (double).

For the Trojans Finn McConomy (single), Sam Keblinsky (single) and Aiden Fournier (single) recorded hits.

Dinsmore (no runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts in 7 innings) went the distance for the Lions.

Matt Perconti (4 runs on 6 hits, 8 strikeouts in 6 innings) pitched for MDI.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Belfast (6-5, 28.2031 points) is 11th, while Ellsworth (10-1, 69.7656 points) is first in the 21-team region. The top 14 teams make the playoffs.

Searsport 4, Stearns 3

At Searsport May 16, the Vikings outlasted the Minutemen. Searsport, which collected three hits, scored one run in the first inning, two in the third and one in the sixth. Stearns, which collected four hits, scored all three of its runs in the third inning.

Colby Snow (double, 2 RBIs) led the Vikings at the plate, while Charlie Spiegel (double, RBI), Isaiah Runci (single, run), Ben Powell (run), Daegen Moody (run) and Isaias Therio (run) had key at-bats for the hosts.

Andrew Daigle (single, 2 RBIs, run) led the visitors at the plate, while Seth Garvin (single, run), Jarod Briggs (run) and Jake Kowalksi (single) played key roles.

Spiegel (3 runs on 4 hits, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts in 7 innings) went the distance on the hill for Searsport. Ethan Pelkey and Briggs pitched for the Minutemen, as the duo combined for four runs on three hits, five walks and four strikeouts.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class D South, Searsport (8-2, 63.9063 points) is first in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs. The Vikings are the multi-time defending state champion.

Maranacook 8, Mount View 1

At Thorndike May 16, the Black Bears outslugged the Mustangs. Mount View, which recorded one hit and committed three errors, scored its lone run in sixth inning.

Maranacook, which collected eight hits and had no errors, scored one run in the second inning, five in the third, one in the fourth and one in the sixth.

Noah Jacobs collected the lone hit for the Mustangs, while Brack Moody scored the only run of the game.

The Black Bears were led by Jackson McPhedran (single, 2 runs), Duncan Rogers (2 runs), Jarred Schmidt (3 singles, run), Avery Beckwith (2 singles), Campton Tinkham (run), Silas Mohlar (run), Jared Beckwith (single, run) and Aric Belanger (double, run).

Neal Kenney (7 runs on 8 hits, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts in 5 innings) and Darrett Fowler (run on 3 hits, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts in 2 innings) pitched for the Mustangs.

Pitching statistics were unavailable for Maranacook.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Mount View (2-9, 5.7813 points) is 20th, while Ellsworth (10-1, 69.7656 points) is first in the 21-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Ellsworth 14, Belfast 4 (6 inns.)

At Ellsworth May 11, the Eagles soared over the Lions. Belfast, which recorded five hits and committed six errors, scored two runs in the third and fifth innings. Ellsworth, which collected 13 hits and committed one error, scored three runs in the first inning, two in the second, five in the fourth, two in the fifth and two in the sixth.

For Belfast Luke Hamlin (double, single, RBI, run) led the visitors, while Jason Bartlett (double, 2 RBIs, run), Tyler Bartlett (single, RBI), Konnor Harford (single), Skylar Perkins (run) and Brandon Cournoyer (run) played key roles.

Sam Horne (2 doubles, single, 5 RBIs, 2 runs) led Ellsworth at the plate, while Matt Burnett (2 doubles, 4 RBIs, run), Jared Hamilton (3 singles, 2 RBIs, 4 runs), Brad Smith (2 singles, 3 runs), Jack Lee (single, run), Devin Grindle (double), Tyler Mitchell (run), Austin Baron (run) and Jackson Curtis (run) played key roles.

For the Lions Perkins (5 runs on 5 hits, 2 strikeouts in 3 innings), Jason Bartlett (5 runs on 4 hits in two-thirds of an inning), Dakota Payson (2 runs on 2 hits in 1-and-one-third innings) and Chris Kelley (2 runs on 2 hits) all pitched.

Connor Wagstaff (4 runs on 4 hits, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts in 4-and-two-thirds innings) and Brad Smith (1 hit, strikeout in 1-and-one-third innings) pitched for the Eagles.

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Belfast's Maya Cunningham. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Kayci Faulkingham. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Emma Mehuren. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Brooke Richards. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Olivia Lovejoy. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Olivia Lovejoy. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Macy Gale. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Maya Cunningham. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Maya Cunningham. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Brooke Richards. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Brooke Richards. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Olivia Lovejoy, front. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Kayci Faulkingham. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Chris Kelley. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Brandon Cournoyer. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Brandon Cournoyer. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Grey Dinsmore. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Luke Hamlin. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Dakota Payson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Dakota Payson, left, and Skylar Perkins. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Grey Dinsmore, middle, Tanner Veilleux, left, and Chris Kelley. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Skylar Perkins. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Skylar Perkins. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Luke Hamlin. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Emma Spiegel. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Arianna Stemp. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Jenna Keach. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Jenna Keach, right, and Ashten Wells. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Jenna Keach. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Ashten Wells. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Abby Stemp. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Abby Stemp. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Jenna Keach. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Jenna Keach. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Makenzie Alley. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Mikaela Alley. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Mikaela Alley. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Owen Soucy. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Liam MacMillan, right. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Colby Snow. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel, left. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Ben Powell. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel, left, and Stearns' Evan McLean. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel, left, and Stearns' Evan McLean. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel, back, and Stearns' Evan McLean. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel, left, and Stearns' Evan McLean. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel, left, and Stearns' Evan McLean. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel, left, and Stearns' Andrew Daigle. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Daegan Moody. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Connor Kneeland. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Ben Powell. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Ben Powell. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Ben Powell. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Charlie Spiegel. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Searsport's Liam MacMillan. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
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