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Mid-Knight Auto navigates to elusive softball championship

No. 2 Mid-Knight upends No. 1 Simmons twice in same day for men's league crown
By Ken Waltz | Aug 17, 2014
Photo by: Ken Waltz Mid-Knight Auto teammates, from left, Greg Knight, Andrew Rogers and Shawn Hiller, celebrate an 8-3 victory over Simmons Lobster Wharf Aug. 16 in the Rockland Elks Men's Softball League championship game.

Rockland — As the final out was recorded to seal the elusive Rockland Elks Men's Softball League championship Saturday afternoon, Aug. 16, Mid-Knight Auto pitcher/coach Greg Knight knelt in the middle of the dirt infield to take a few seconds to soak in the experience.

To come to grips with his emotions. His joy. His excitement. His utter satisfaction on the final reward for his team's summer of fun-filled and memory-laden diamond labor.

Then Knight and his jubilant teammates came together in the middle of the field to celebrate a coveted prize that had seemingly slipped through their grasp too many times in the past.

The victory was especially poignant for Knight whose team finally had secured the league title after several years of near misses. And Mid-Knight accomplished the difficult task with four postseason wins in the past week, including two hard-fought victories over the No. 1 and talented rival Simmons Lobster Wharf twice in a few-hour span Saturday.

No. 2 Mid-Knight Auto (17-3) beat No. 1 Simmons Lobster Wharf (18-3) 8-3 Saturday afternoon to secure the crown on the Elks Lodge field on upper Rankin Street.

Mid-Knight also had beaten Simmons 5-3 earlier in the day to earn a berth in the finals. Simmons, on the other hand, had lost one game all season, then fell twice in the same day to the same opponent.

Click for photos from the championship game.

Click for photos from the Aflac and Boothbay Yacht game.

Click for photos from the Boothbay Yacht and Simmons Lobster Wharf game.

Click for photos from league games.

To demonstrate the competitiveness of the league and how tough it is to climb to the top of the talented heap, Mid-Knight became the fifth different champion in five years, with Aflac winning in 2013, Simmons Lobster Wharf in 2012, Port Clyde Lobster in 2011, Boothbay Yacht in 2007, 2009 and 2010 and Southend Grocery/Omni Grocery Construction in 2008.

Mid-Knight also proved that teams might want to think twice about earning the top seed during the regular season. Mid-Knight was ranked first in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and was unable to seal the deal in the double-elimination playoffs.

That happened to Simmons Lobster Wharf this year as well. Call it the curse of being first.

After the championship game concluded Saturday, Knight, the contest's most valuable player, was doused by teammates with the water from the team's drinking bucket, which prompted one teammate to state Knight had participated in the now famous and social media-driven ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease) Ice Bucket Challenge without even realizing it.

The championship game was tight until Mid-Knight put distance between it and Simmons with four runs in the sixth inning. Mid-Knight tallied one run in the first and second stanzas, two in the fourth and four in the sixth. Simmons plated single runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings.

Mid-Knight clung to a 4-2 cushion in the sixth when Mike Longley, Cam Kilton and Chris Gamage came through with key hits to either reach base or drive in insurance runs. Chris Raye also drew an important walk in the uprising.

Knight earned the pitching win. Mike Jameson pitched for Simmons.

Mid-Knight Auto includes Cameron Kilton, Chris Raye, Nat Winchenbach, Greg Knight, Heath Commeau, Chris Gamage, Benjie Blake, Shawn Hiller, Andrew Rogers, Rick Bagnall, Mike Longley, Matt Merrifield and Mike Ames.

Simmons Lobster Wharf includes Keith Simmons, Andrew Simmons, Gordon Simmons, Eric Hunt, Kevin Reed, Matt Lash, Carlos Arteaga, Rusty Robinson, Taylor Williamson, A.J. Staples, Chris Seavey, Steven York, Nick Brown, Cole Chase and Mike Jameson.

In a connection to the final day of the six-day tournament, the league raised $175 for Alzheimer Disease research with a dunk tank near the field. The water was donated by Paulsen Brothers Transportation of St. George.

Games in the nine-team postseason tourney were played at the Elks Lodge in Rockland and at the Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren.

The final regular-season standings were: 1, Simmons Lobster Wharf, 15-1, .938 winning percentage; 2, Mid-Knight Auto, 13-3, .813; 3, Aflac, 11-5, .687; 4, Port Clyde Lobster, 10-5, .667; 5, Boothbay Yacht, 8-8, .500; 6, Smokestack Grille, 6-10, .375; 7, New Leaf Construction, 4-11, .308; 8, Bolduc Correctional Facilty, 4-12, .267; and 9, McClean Plumbing & Heating, 0-16, .000.

The following are the scores from postseason games:

Aug. 16 playoffs

Championship: No. 2 Mid-Knight 8, No. 1 Simmons Lobster Wharf 3.

No. 1 Simmons Lobster Wharf 13, No. 5 Boothbay Yacht 3.

No. 5 Boothbay Yacht 15, No. 3 Aflac 6.

No. 2 Mid-Knight Auto 5, No. 1 Simmons Lobster Wharf 3.

No. 5 Boothbay Yacht 15, No. 7 New Leaf Construction 6.

No. 3 Aflac 11, No. 4 Port Clyde Lobster 9.

Aug. 15 playoffs

No. 1 Simmons Lobster Wharf 15, No. 5 Boothbay Yacht 3.

No. 7 New Leaf Construction 16, No. 6 Smokestack Grille 8.

Aug. 14 playoffs

No. 4 Port Clyde Lobster 20, No. 8 BCF 6.

No. 2 Mid-Knight Auto 12, No. 3 Aflac 10.

Aug. 13 playoffs

No. 1 Simmons Lobster Wharf 37, No. 8 BCF 6.

No. 7 New Leaf Construction 24, No. 9 McClean Plumbing & Heating 12.

Aug. 12 playoffs

No. 3 Aflac 23, No. 6 Smokestack Grille 15.

No. 5 Boothbay Yacht 22, No. 4 Port Clyde Lobster 13.

Aug. 11 playoffs

No. 2 Mid-Knight Auto 29, No. 7 New Leaf Construction 7.

No. 8 BCF 9, No. 9 McClean Plumbing & Heating 7.

Regular-season results

Simmons Lobster Wharf 22, Boothbay Yacht 14.

Mid-Knight Auto 18, Port Clyde Lobster 10.

Aflac 14, BCF 8

Smokstack Grille 13, McClean Plumbing & Heating 5.

BCF 11, New Leaf Construction 10.

Simmons Lobster Wharf 12, New Leaf Construction 4.

Port Clyde Lobster 16, Aflac 15.

Aflac 21, McClean Plumbing & Heating 10.

Mid-Knight Auto 24, McClean Plumbing & Heating 6.

Mid-Knight Auto 10, New Leaf Construction 9.

Port Clyde Lobster 30, New Leaf 8.

Boothbay Yacht 15, Aflac 11.

Port Clyde Lobster 16, Aflac 15.

Aflac 19, McClean Plumbing & Heating 8.

Mid-Knight Auto 24, McClean Plumbing & Heating 6.

Mid-Knight Auto 10, New Leaf Construction 9.

Port Clyde Lobster 30, New Leaf Construction 8.

Boothbay Yacht 15, Aflac 11.

Simmons Lobster Wharf 17, Mid-Knight Auto 10.

Smokestack Grille 15, New Leaf Construction 10.

Simmons Lobster Wharf 28, BCF 7.

Mid-Knight Auto 7, Aflac 6.

Boothbay Yacht beat McClean Plumbing & Heating by forfeit.

Boothbay Yacht 11, Smokestack Grille 10.

Aflac 15, New Leaf Construction 9.

Simmons Lobster Wharf 13, Smokestack Grille 5.

Mid-Knight Auto 27, Boothbay Yacht 14.

Port Clyde Lobster 17, BCF 6.

Boothbay Yacht 10, New Leaf Construction 4.

Simmons Lobster Wharf 24, BCF 12.

New Leaf Construction 17, McClean Plumbing & Heating 8.

Port Clyde Lobster 12, Simmons Lobster Wharf 11.

Simmons Lobster Wharf 16, Aflac 11.

Simmons Lobster Wharf 16, Smokestack Grille 5.

Mid-Knight Auto 24, BCF 9.

BCF beat McClean Plumbing & Heating.

Aflac 15, Smokestack Grille 13.

Port Clyde Lobster 17, Boothbay Yacht 15.

Smokestack Grille 15, Boothbay Yacht 14.

Simmons Lobster Wharf 8, Mid-Knight Auto 7.

Mid-Knight Auto 20, McClean Plumbing 7 Heating 10.

New Leaf Construction 18, McClean Plumbing & Heating 8.

Mid-Knight Auto 16, Port Clyde Lobster 5.

BCF 15, Smokestack Grille 14.

Boothbay Yacht 16, BCF 6.

Aflac 21, BCF 11.

Port Clyde Lobster 40, McClean Plumbing & Heating 14.

Boothbay Yacht 16, New Leaf Construction 4.

Mid-Knight Auto 17, New Leaf Construction 4.

Mid-Knight Auto 20, Smokestack Grille 3.

Smokestack Grille 18, Port Clyde Lobster 16.

Aflac 27, Smokestack Grille 22.

Simmons Lobster Wharf 30, New Leaf Construction 18.

Aflac 16, Mid-Knight Auto 4.

Boothbay Yacht 16, BCF 15.

Smokestack Grille 20, McClean Plumbing & Heating 18.

Port Clyde Lobster beat BCF.

Simmons Lobster Wharf beat Port Clyde Lobster.

Simmons Lobster Wharf 17, Aflac 15.

Aflac beat New Leaf Construction.

Aflac 15, Boothbay Yacht 14.

New Leaf Construction beat Smokestack Grille.

Simmons Lobster Wharf 18, McClean Plumbing & Heating 9.

Mid-Knight Auto 19, Boothbay Yacht 15.

BCF 18, McClean Plumbing & Heating 12.

Boothbay Yacht 17, McClean Plumbing & Heating 3.

Aflac beat Port Clyde Lobster.

New Leaf Construction beat BCF.

Mid-Knight 24, BCF 9.

Simmons Lobster Wharf 16, Boothbay Yacht 15.

Simmons Lobster Wharf 22, McClean Plumbing & Heating 10.

Port Clyde Lobster 16, McClean Plumbing & Heating 8.

Port Clyde Lobster 14, Smokestack Grille 11.

Mid-Knight Auto, 18, Smokestack Grille 3.

Port Clyde Lobster 15, Boothbay Yacht 9.

Aflac 16, McClean Plumbing & Heating 11.

Smokestack 14, BCF 12.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Donald Benson | Aug 17, 2014 15:22

Congrats to Mid Knight Auto on a Great softball season. I'll bet Simmon's Warf would beat them in bowling at ALLPLaY if they were brave enough to show up!

 



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