Hermon-Old Town softball rivalry one of best in Eastern Maine

One of the best rivalries in eastern Maine was renewed on Friday when Old Town and Hermon squared off in a Class B North softball contest.

Old Town entered the game at 9-2 and the second seed in the Heal Points standings while Hermon was 10-0 and in fourth place.

Hermon rallied to beat Old Town 7-4 in eight innings last month, using run-scoring singles by Hailey Perry and Katie Windsor to tie it 4-4 in the seventh and set the stage for Laura Zenk’s three-run homer in the eighth to win it.

It was a measure of revenge for Hermon, which was the undefeated top seed a year ago, including two wins by a combined score of 18-1 over Old Town, before being upset by the fourth-seeded Coyotes 1-0 in the semifinals.

Old Town went on to win the state title.

In the previous two seasons, Hermon had been the third seed and upset No. 2 Old Town in the semis each year: 9-0 in 2015 and 6-4 in 2014.

Old Town captured state Class B championships in 2012 and 2016 and Hermon earned crowns in 2010 and 2014. Hermon won the regional championship in 2015 but lost to Yarmouth 7-5 in the state championship game.

Hermon and Old Town also squared off in the 2010 semifinals with Hermon, the top seed, upending No. 5 Old Town 3-2 before going on to post a 6-1 triumph over Fryeburg Academy in the state title game.