Tale of two games for Oceanside in state tournamentDistrict 2 champs fall to Scarborough 10-2, Ellsworth 3-2
Hermon — While its experience was brief, the Oceanside Little League 11- and -12-year-old softball all-star team's run in the double-elimination state tournament will be something the players and coaches will not soon forget.
The District 2 champs dropped two games in two days and were subsequently eliminated from the talent-laden event played on two fields at Hermon Elementary School.
Oceanside fell to District 6 Scarborough 10-2 on Tuesday, July 8, thus dropped to the loser's bracket.
Oceanside then faced District 1 Ellsworth in an elimination game on Wednesday, July 9 and proved competitive from start to finish, but fell 3-2 to the Downeast-area opponent, which scored the deciding run in the bottom of the sixth and final inning.
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Oceanside advanced to the state tournament by virtue of besting Five Town in a best-of-three series at Marge Jones Recreational Facility in Rockport.
Team members for Oceanside included 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.
The following is a recap of Oceanside's two state tournament contests:
Ellsworth 3, Oceanside 2
At Hermon July 9, Ellsworth came through with a walkoff hit in the bottom of the sixth inning to eliminate Oceanside from the state tournament.
The score was tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Ellsworth's Gabbie James walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, to third on an error and scored on a walkoff RBI-single by Trinity Montigny.
Oceanside scored one in both the first and second innings, while Ellsworth scored one in the third, one in the fourth and one in the sixth.
Leading Oceanside at the plate were Straka (single, run), Joyce (single), Simmons (single), Hooper (run, 2 stolen bases) and Butler (single, RBI, stolen base).
For Ellsworth, Montigny (2 singles, 2 RBIs), Hannah Hanscom (2 singles, run, 2 stolen bases), Mackenzie Chipman (stolen base), Isabelle Perry (2 singles, stolen base), James (run) and Jayden Keefe (run, 2 stolen bases).
Butler pitched for Oceanside, allowing six hits and six walks. The hard-throwing Chipman pitched for Ellsworth, allowing four hits and two walks, with nine strikeouts.
Oceanside scored in the first when Straka singled, stole second, moved to third on an error and came home on an RBI-single by Joyce, while the Midcoast squad added another in the second inning when Hooper reached first base on a dropped third strike, moved to second on a fielder's choice, stole third and scored in an RBI-single by Butler.
However, Ellsworth tied the score with a pair of runs in the middle innings and got the walkoff hit by Montigny to eliminate Oceanside.
Third baseman Woodman and shortstop Joyce were exceptional on the left side of the infield for Oceanside, while Straka also had a solid game behind the plate.
Scarborough 10, Oceanside 2
At Hermon July 8, Scarborough scored early and often as it sent Oceanside to the loser's bracket. Oceanside scored runs in the fourth and sixth innings, while Scarborough scored four in the first, one in the third, two in the fourth and three in the fifth.
Leading Oceanside at the plate were Straka (2 singles, 2 runs), Woodman (single, stolen base), Marsh (single), Ladd (single) and Judecki (single).
For Scarborough, Sydney Michelson (single, 3 runs), Bella Dickinson (2 singles, 2 runs), Madison Blanchard (2 singles, run, stolen base), Ava McDonald (2 runs, stolen base), Ryanne Cox (single) and Sylvia Foley (single, run, stolen base) paced the offense.
Ladd pitched for Oceanside, allowing seven hits and two walks. Mia Kelley pitched for Scarborough, allowing six hits and one walk, with five strikeouts.
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