THOMASTON — Fifth-seeded Old Town knocked off top-seeded Oceanside High School 5-2 in Eastern Maine Class B softball tournament semifinal action Saturday afternoon.
Old Town will play the winner of Nokomis-Hermon on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Brewer High School’s Coffin Field.
The host Mariners scored early Saturday, taking a 2-0 lead in the third inning, but the Coyotes scored more often by sticking to their aggressive play at the plate.
Old Town’s first three runs came in the top of the fifth after two were out.
Rachel Martin worked Oceanside pitcher Rachel Frye for a walk, and Kendra Hayward singled to put runners on first and second, Ashley Abbott singled in Martin, and Karah Hussey (who was the designated player for pitcher Hayward) and Abbott moved up when the throw went home.
A single by Susie Outman plated Hussey, and Abbott scored on an errant throw back into the infield.
Old Town (15-4) added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh as Hayward singled to open the inning, she moved to third on a double by Abbott when the right fielder couldn’t squeeze the line drive toward the line. Outman scored Hussey with a fielder’s choice to short, sending Abbott to third, and Abbott scored on Ashley England’s line single to right-center.
Hayward shut down Oceanside after allowing the two runs, facing 16 batters over the last 4⅔ innings. She struck out nine, walked none and allowed only four hits,
Hayward also posted three singles, Abbott contributed a double and single and Brittany Cousins added two singles.
Oceanside’s Frye struck out two and walked two, but gave up 10 hits. The Mariners (16-2) also committed five errors. Kennadi Grover and Natalie Russell each hit a double.