Knoxers, Camden National Bank rise to top in Camden-Rockport
Rockport — The sun shone like a giant spotlight on the small fields Saturday, June 9 as youngsters gave their all in quests for championships. And, ultimately, the Knoxers and Camden National Bank emerged with titles in the Camden-Rockport Little League baseball and softball divisions.
The two championship games on the sun-splashed Marge Jones Recreation Facility on Rt. 90 ended in lopsided fashions as No. 2 Knoxers won their second straight baseball crown and No. 1 CNB captured one of its many softball titles over the years.
In the baseball championship, Knoxers beat Rotary 17-1, while in the softball final, CNB bested EBS 12-2, both in mercy rule-shortened games.
The playoffs were double-elimination.
In the four-team baseball division, the final regular-season standings were: McCormick's 13-2, Knoxers 11-4, Rotary 5-9-1 and Lions 0-14-1. In the playoffs, Knoxers beat Rotary twice and McCormick's once to finish 3-0. Knoxers had lost to McCormick's three times and Rotary once during the regular season. Rotary finished 2-2 in the playoffs.
The Knoxers include Cole Anderson, James Orne, Eben Merrifield, Austin Charkowick, Braden Fisher, Sam Conlin, Tyler Wood, Noah Erskine, Michael Russillo, Simon Turner, Wes Pratt and Liam Haining. The manager is Derek Anderson and the coaches Joe Russillo and Dana Fisher.
A list of players and coaches for Rotary was unavailable.
In the championship for Knoxers, Fisher (2 hits, walk, 2 strikeouts in 2 innings), Wood (2 hits, strikeout in an inning), Orne (2 strikeouts in 2/3 inning) and Turner (walk in 1/3 inning) pitched.
Leading the champs' offense were Erskine (walk, 2 runs), Charkowick (single, hit by pitch, 2 runs), Conlan (triple), Merrifield (2 walk, runs), Anderson (single, double, walk, 2 runs), Orne (walk, run), Fisher (single, double, 2 runs), Russillo (single, run), Haining (walk, run), Wood (2 doubles, walk, 3 runs) and Turner (2 singles, walk, 2 runs).
The Knoxers' offense proved too much for Rotary with 11 of the Knoxers' 12 players reaching safely during the game. The Knoxers batted around in the first and third innings, including scoring 10 times in the first.
Securing their second straight title, the Knoxers will need to work hard for the "threepeat" next year after they retire five 12-year-old players, said coach Anderson.
In the three-team softball division, the final regular-season standings were: CNB 6-4, Cedarworks 5-5 and EBS 4-6. In the playoffs, Cedarworks (1-2) and EBS (1-2) split games and CNB (2-0) bested Cedarworks and EBS both once.
CNB had quite a few league title runs in the recent past, but the past three years a different team has captured the crown, including EBS last year and Cedarworks the year before.
CNB includes Claire Pierce, Meg Gallagher, Emmy Brawn, Sarah Contento, Hannah Nolan, Capri Buck, Lydia Bragg, Kaitlyn Kessel, Grace O'Connell, Bella Christie, Sadi Mills and Amanda McFarland. The manager is Vin Contento and the coaches are Chuck Brawn and Chris Mills.
A list of players and coaches for EBS was unavailable.
In the championship for CNB, Pierce (3 singles, walk, 3 stolen bases, 4 runs), Gallagher (2 singles, 2 walks, 2 steals, 3 runs), Brawn (2 singles, double, walk, steal, run), Contento (2 singles, steal), Nolan (walk), Kessel (single), O'Connell (2 walks, steal, run), Christie (single), Mills (single, run) and McFarland (2 walks, steal, 2 runs) led the offense.
CNB scored two runs in the first inning on hits by Brawn and Contento and added five more in the second on a double by Brawn and singles by Pierce, Gallagher, Contento and Mills. CNB tallied three in the fourth stanza on singles from Pierce, Kessel and Christie, while EBS tallied a pair of runs in the inning on hits from Meg Gordon, McKenzie Schecter and Mary (last name unavailable).
In the fifth inning, CNB scored two runs on hits from Pierce, Gallagher and Brawn. The winning run was knocked in by Brawn, who plated Pierce.
Gallagher allowed two runs on five hits, four walks and struck out eight of the 15 batters she faced to earn the pitching win.
In the playoffs, Gallagher earned both pitching victories, allowing 12 runs on 15 hits, with 11 walks and 13 strikeouts. CNB finished with 25 runs on 21 hits, 21 walks, 25 stolen bases and only eight strikeouts in two playoff games.
Leading the playoff charge for the champs were Pierce (5 hits, 8 steals, 7 runs), Gallagher (2 hits, 5 steals, 5 runs), Brawn (3 hits, 3 steals, 3 runs) and Contento (5 hits, including 2 doubles, 2 steals, 2 runs).
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