Rockland falls to Biddeford, Ellsworth in state gamesDistrict 2 titlists get behind eight-ball against Biddeford, lose slugfest to Ellsworth
Bar Harbor — The Rockland Little League 11- and 12-year-old all-star softball team had plenty of success in the District 2 tournament, winning two of its three games via the mercy rule en route to the title.
However, in the local squad's first game of the double-elimination state tournament Friday afternoon, July 6 in Bar Harbor, Rockland found itself on the other side of the equation against Biddeford, the District 4 champs.
Rockland rebounded and played well against District 1 champion Ellsworth in an elimination game July 8, but ultimately was ousted from the tournament, falling 14-13 in a back-and-forth affair.
The following is a recap of both contests:
Ellsworth 14, Rockland 13
At Bar Harbor July 8, both teams battled back and forth in a tight affair, but Ellsworth plated two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and Rockland could not respond in the sixth as the locals were eliminated from the state tournament.
Leading Rockland at the plate were Hannah Ames (2 singles, 2 runs), Gabby Simmons (2 runs), Alexis Mazurek (2 singles, run), Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes (2 singles, 2 doubles, 3 runs), Casey Pine (3 singles, 2 runs), Jordan Brackett (3 singles, run), Kim Roman (2 singles), Taylor Hamlin (single, run), Olivia Staples (single, run) and Emily Hutchinson (single).
For Ellsworth, Hannah Sargent (single, 2 runs), Leia Stevens (single, 3 runs), Dyer (runs), Cote (3 singles, 2 runs), Nicole Higgins (single, run), Mary Young (single, run), Maddy Thornton (single), Katie Badley (run), and Hannah Chamberlain (single, run) paced the offense.
Davis-Oakes and Mazurek pitched for Rockland, allowing nine hits and 11 walks, with five strikeouts. Shelby Cote worked the pitching circle for Ellsworth, scattering 19 hits and seven walks, with five strikeouts.
Ellsworth led 6-3 after the first inning, 8-7 after two frames and 12-10 after three innings. Rockland scored three runs in the top of the fourth and took a brief 13-12 lead before Ellsworth plated the tying and eventual winning runs in the fifth.
Biddeford 22, Rockland 1 (4 inns.)
At Bar Harbor July 6, Biddeford used a flurry of early hits, plate discipline and Rockland miscues to plate 11 first-inning runs as the game was never in doubt with Rockland dropping its first game of the tournament.
Leading Rockland at the plate in the July 6 contest were Pine (single), Brackett (single) and Hamlin (single), while Mazurek scored the lone run for the locals.
For Biddeford, Grace Martin (single), Katie Stewart (2 singles, 3 runs), Brooke Davis (3 singles, 2 runs), Lillie Donovan (single, run), Ailiana Keely (single, 4 runs), Chantel Gagnon (single, 3 runs), Gabby Smith (2 singles, 2 runs). Kristen Thompson (2 runs) and Jordan Boucher (2 runs) paced the offense.
Davis-Oakes and Mazurek combined to pitch for Rockland, allowing 12 hits, eight walks and four hit batters, with four strikeouts. Katie Stewart, Martin and Brooke Davis worked the circle for Biddeford, allowing a combined three hits and four walks, with five strikeouts.
Biddeford strung together five hits, drew four walks and capitalized on Rockland fielding miscues, passed balls and wild pitches to storm to an 11-0 first-inning advantage. Biddeford added four more runs in both the second and third stanzas and also plated three more in the fourth.
Rockland scored its lone run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Mazurek drew a walk and later scored on a bases-loaded walk to Roman.
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