Kenniston Machine motors past Coppola to capture Oceanside crownInaugural champs finish campaign at perfect 15-0
Rockland — The inaugural season for Oceanside Little League softball came to a close on Monday night, June 9 on George C. Hall Field as Coppola looked to knock off unbeaten Kenniston Machine in the hope of forcing the all-important “if” game later in the week.
However, Kenniston Machine was up to the task and proved why it had an unblemished record all season as it doubled up Coppola 14-7 to win the league championship.
Kenniston Machine (15-0) beat No. 4 McMahon Builders 20-4 June 2 and Coppola (10-6) 12-4 June 6 to advance to the league final, while Coppola bested George Hall 14-13 June 2, lost to Kenniston Machine 12-4 June 6 and outlasted George Hall in another slugfest — this time 24-14 — June 8 to advance to the championship game.
The final regular-season standings included: Kenniston Machine 12-0, Coppola 8-4, George Hall 6-6, McMahon Builders 4-8, Islanders 3-9 and St. George 3-9.
Kenniston Machine went 3-0 in the postseason and Coppola 2-2.
Team members for the newly-crowned league champs included Annaliese Poisson, Hope Butler, Mattie Hooper, Nicole McNichol, Philomena Marsh, Jasmine Bouchard, Olivia Dougherty, Chloe Courant, Emily Havner, Sadie Street, Lainie Hooper and Alivia Kurr. The team is coached by Dan McNichol and Danielle McNichol, while the scorekeeper is Cindy Battel.
Team members for Coppola included Raechel Joyce, Nicole Ladd, Grace Woodman, Molly Gould, Amanda Frost, Jessica Watkinson, Nina Waldron, Abigail Crosby, Hannah Robinson, Sydney Gamage, Madison Benner and Grace Pratt. The team is coached by Christina Woodman and Steve Ladd, while the scorekeeper is Lisa Ladd.
Leading Kenniston Machine at the plate Monday were Butler (single), Marsh (double, single, 3 runs), Bouchard (double, 2 runs), Hooper (single, run),
For Coppola, Gould (single, 2 runs), Woodman (double, single, run), Watkinson (single, run) and Frost (single) paced the offense.
Butler pitched the majority of the game for Kenniston, while Dougherty relieved her briefly in the fourth inning and pitched the entire sixth inning as well. The duo combined to allow five hits and nine walks, with 11 strikeouts.
Ladd pitched for Coppola, allowing five hits and 16 walks, with four strikeouts.
Kenniston Machine scored one run in the first inning, eight in the second and five in the fourth, while Coppola tallied one in the first, three in the second and three in the fourth.
With the score 2-1 in the top of the second, Woodman rapped a two-run double to put Coppola ahead 4-1.
However, Kenniston Machine rallied in the bottom of the second as Lainie Hooper came in on an error, Courant on a wild pitch and then an RBI-double by Bouchard plated Street tie the game 4-4.
The higher-seed plated five more runs in the frame on a few bases-loaded walks and a few fielding miscues by Coppola as Kenniston Machine took a 9-4 advantage.
Coppola cut its deficit to 9-7 in the top of the fourth stanza after Watkinson hit an RBI-single to plate Woodman, while Watkinson and Frost later came around on an error on a ball put in play by Ladd.
However, that would be all the offense Coppola could muster as Kenniston Machine scored the final five runs of the game as Marsh rapped an RBI-single, Dougherty scored on a close play at the plate, a bases-loaded walk to McNichol, Marsh crossed the plate on a wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk to Poisson.
Other playoff results from the 2014 season included: No. 4 McMahon Builders beat No. 5 Islanders 8-7 June 1, No. 3 George Hall beat No. 6 St. George 15-9 and George Hall beat McMahon Builders 18-8.
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