Repeat performance: Thomaston outslugs Appleton to plate championshipPlenty of hitting, scoring on 'Ridge' in Knox Suburban title clash
Appleton — On a small historic field on the "Ridge" overlooking Appleton Saturday, June 16, a solid brand of youth softball was played by two talented teams, who slugged it out, made standout plays in the field and threw consistently accurate pitches to see who would be crowned champion.
When the dust settled on a beautiful day, No. 2 Thomaston had outslugged No. 1 Appleton 22-12 to win the Knox Suburban Little League softball championship.
Thomaston won the league crown for the second straight year. Thomaston finished 9-5 overall and Appleton 11-3.
The final regular-season league standings included: Appleton 10-2, Thomaston 7-5, St. George 6-7 and Warren 2-11. The league scheduled 14 games, but, due to persistent spring rain, Appleton and Thomaston only played 12 contests and St. George and Warren 13.
In the single-elimination playoffs, Thomaston defeated St. George 14-6 and Appleton beat Warren 13-8.
Thomaston beat St. George in last year's final and lost to Appleton two season's ago in the championship.
This year's finalists included:
Thomaston — Amelia Campbell, Cali Morse, Kiara Robinson, Lauryn Arsenault, Morgan Heal, Sarah Spear, Cassidy Boynton, Abby Veilleux, Hannah Moholland, Hannah Benner, Chloe Jones, Emilee Clough and Kyleigh Philbrook. The coaches are Anthony Winchenbach, Mike Benner and Holly Winchenbach.
Appleton — Abbie Harrington, Maggie Maxwell, McKenna Maxwell, Macy Pushaw, Gillian Lafleche, Bella Merrill, Olivia Waterman, Laticia Billings, Alyson Glasier, Sydney Lytton, Maddie Maxwell, Emily Sprague and Payton Wiley. The coaches are Pete Billings, Scott Wiley and Stacey Lytton.
In the championship game, Veilleux pitched for Thomaston and Billings and Lafleche for Appleton. Thomaston scored four runs each in the first and second innings, six in the third, two in the fourth, five in the fifth and one in the sixth. Appleton tallied four in the first, three in the second, one in the third, two in the fourth and one each in the fifth and sixth stanzas.
Keying Thomaston at the plate were Moholland (hits, 4 runs), Veilleux (hits, 4 runs), Jones (hits, 3 runs), Clough (hits, run), Arsenault (hits, 2 runs), Benner (2 runs), Robinson (hit, run), Campbell (hit, 2 runs), Morse (hits), Spear (hit, run) and Philbrook (hits, 2 runs).
Appleton's offense was led by Glasier (hits, 2 runs), Wiley (hits, 4 runs), Billings (hits, 3 runs), Lafleche (hit, run), Maddie Maxwell (hits), Sprague (hit, run), Lytton (hit), Merrill (hits) and McKenna Maxwell (run).
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