Knox County Benchwarmers best in Waldoboro leagueTwo-time Camden runners-up tops in Waldoboro fall play
Waldoboro — There is a new champion in the Waldoboro Adult Coed Softball League this fall, but with a familiar name, and team, in Midcoast coed softball circles.
The Knox County Benchwarmers, who lost in the championship game the past two years in the Camden Adult Coed Softball League during summer play, finally got over the hump to secure their coveted title.
That came on Sunday, Oct. 6 in the popular Waldoboro league as the No. 1 Benchwarmers bested perennial league powerhouse and No. 2 Hervochon Construction 7-2 in the championship game at Medomak Valley High School.
The champs include Tim Jackson, Lee Smith, Jason Yates, Jordan Carter, Lenny Wedge, Heath Smith, Chris Burns, Andy Carter, Daphne Ripley, Sara Cullity, Betsy Wedge, Becca Smith, Ryan McCarthy and Brie Konitzky. Lee Smith is the team captain.
In the championship, Knox County tallied one run in each of the first, second and third innings, and four in the sixth, while Hervochon plated two in the second. The Benchwarmers finished with 13 hits and two errors and Hervochon five hits and no fielding miscues.
Keying the Benchwarmers' offense were Ripley, Andy Carter, McCarthy, Jordan Carter, Lenny Wedge and Heath Smith with singles, Yates (single, home run), Cullity (2 singles) and Jackson (2 singles, double).
For Hervochon, Dickey McKenney, Jesse Bagley, Justin Drake and Kyle Feltis singled and Matt Lash homered.
The championship scoring included:
First inning — KCBW (Ripley, Yates and Cullity singled, Lee Smith RBI-fielder's choice).
Second inning — HC (Allison Sawyer walked, Lash two-run home run).
KCBW (Jackson doubled, Ryan McCarthy singled, Jordan Carter RBI-single).
Fourth inning — KCBW (Cullity singled, Lee Smith fielder's choice with Cullity out at second, Betsy Wedge grounder to pitcher for RBI).
Six inning — KCBW (Heath Smith singled, Andy Carter singled, Ripley fielder's choice, with Heath Smith out at third, Yates three-run home run, Lee Smith and Betsy Wedge walked, Jackson RBI-single).
The Benchwarmers also beat South of the Border 6-4, Hervochon Construction 4-3 and Bench Jockeys 14-13 earlier in the playoffs. Thus, the champs had two one-run and one two-run victories in the postseason.
The final regular-season records, with runs allowed included, were: 1, Knox County Benchwarmers, 11-2 (44 runs allowed); 2, Hevochon Construction, 10-5, 85; 3, South of the Border, 9-4, 74; 4, Hatch Well Drillers, 9-4, 43; 5, Caswell Painting, 6-8, 100; 6, Bench Jockeys, 6-8, 113; 7, Federal Distributors, 4-7, 123; 8, Hi-Tek Rednecks, 4-7, 75; 9, Lash Boat, 3-8, 97; and 10, Environmental Disaster, 0-2, 110.
In the playoffs, Knox County Benchwarmers finished 4-0, Hevochon 4-2, South of Border 2-2, Hatch Well Drillers 2-2, Caswell Painting 3-2, Bench Jockeys 3-2, Federal Distributors, 0-2, Hi-Tek Rednecks 0-2 and Lash Boat 0-2.
League play began Aug. 25 and finished Oct. 2, then the double-elimination tournament was held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6, with 18 games played in a two-day span.
To see results from the entire season, click on the PDF below.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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