Oceanside scores in droves to claim District 2 11-12 crownFive Town wins first game, but Oceanside sweeps next two in best-of-three series
Rockport — After dropping the first game of the best-of-three series in the District 2 Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball tournament to Five Town, Oceanside responded by scoring runs at a fevered pitch over the next two games.
As it turned out, a combined 43 runs in just over 24 hours proved enough as Oceanside surged to a 9-3 win in the decisive game three over Five Town Wednesday, July 2 at Marge Jones Recreational Facility in Rockport.
The win clinched the District 2 championship for Oceanside, which will represent the district in the upcoming state tournament.
Oceanside defeated Five Town 34-3 in four innings in a decisive game two victory Tuesday, July 1, while Five Town earned a 15-11 win in game one Sunday, June 29. Oceanside held a lopsided advantage in that game before Five Town scored 15 unanswered runs to win the game.
Oceanside will play its first game of the double-elimination state tournament on Tuesday, July 8 at 6 p.m. at Hermon Elementary School. The team's opponent is unknown at this point.
The rosters for the two teams included:
Oceanside — Hope Butler, Raechel Joyce, Philomena Marsh, Gabby Straka, Marina Davis, Lily Judecki, Seanna Montgomery, Grace Woodman, Mattie Hooper, Nicole Ladd, Drew Simmons and Emily Wotton. The team is managed by Steve Ladd and coached by Christina Woodman and Lisa Ladd.
Five Town — Capri Buck, Amanda McFarland, Lydia Bragg, Grace O'Connell, Caroline Contento, Bella Christie, Abbie Nathan, Miranda Dunton, Alexandra Southworth, Logan Craney, Danica Cayouette and Katherine O'Brien. The team is managed by Aaron Craney and coached by Vin Contento and Roscoe McFarland.
The following is a recap of the July 1-2 contests:
Oceanside 9, Five Town 3
At Rockport July 2, Oceanside claimed the District 2 title with a six-run win over Five Town. Oceanside scored six runs in the first inning and one in the second, fourth and fifth innings, while Five Town scored one in the first, second and third frames.
Leading Oceanside at the plate in game three were Butler (3 singles, run, 3 stolen bases), Straka (double, single, 2 runs), Woodman (double, run, stolen base), Joyce (double, 2 singles, 2 runs, 3 stolen bases), Simmons (run), Hooper (single), Marsh (single, run), Wotton (single, run) and Ladd (single).
Leading Five Town at the plate were O'Brien (run), Craney (single), Dunton (run), O'Connell (stolen base) and Cayouette (run, 4 stolen bases).
Ladd pitched for Oceanside, allowing one hit and eight walks, with five strikeouts. Dunton pitched for Five Town, allowing 13 hits and one walk.
Oceanside 34, Five Town 3 (4 inns.)
At Rockport July 1, Oceanside rapped an eye-popping 30 hits as it forced the winner-take all final with a decisive win over Five Town. Oceanside scored six runs in the first, 17 in the second, five in the third and six in the fourth, while Five Town scored two in the first and one in the third.
Leading Oceanside at the plate were Butler (4 singles, 5 runs), Straka (double, 3 singles, 5 runs), Woodman (2 doubles, 2 singles, 6 runs), Joyce (single, run), Davis (3 singles, 3 runs), Simmons (3 singles, 2 doubles, 5 runs), Wotton (2 singles, 2 runs), Hooper (single, 2 doubles, 3 runs), Ladd (2 singles, 3 runs) and Judecki (2 singles, run).
For Five Town, O'Connell and Dunton singled.
Joyce pitched for Oceanside and allowed two hits and six walks, with one strikeout. Dunton pitched for Five Town and issued seven walks.
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