Talented CNB cashes in on another title, downs Cedarworks
Rockport — If there is one thing that one can bank on nearly each June it is that Camden National Bank will deposit another championship in its trophy vault.
No. 1 CNB did that again over the weekend as it beat No. 2 Cedarworks 22-7 in the Five Town Little League softball division title game on Sunday, June 15, Father's Day, at the Marge Jones Recreation Facility.
The game was postponed from Saturday, June 14 due to wet field conditions.
The delay did not bother CNB, which has won a bundle of league championships in the past, all in the previous Camden-Rockport Little League, which combined with players from the defunct Knox Suburban Little League.
Five Town Little League now includes youngsters from Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville, or, the five towns.
CNB, which has won three straight titles (but the team has many more over the past decade), includes Capri Buck, Amanda McFarland, Lydia Bragg, Grace O'Connell, Bella Christie, Caroline Contento, Abbie Nathan, Kendra Merrill, Alyssa Bland, Mary Christie and Clara Bragg. The manager is Vin Contento and the coaches Roscoe McFarland and Lauria O'Connel.
Cedarworks includes Logan Craney, Dani Cayouette, Kat O'Brien, Mary Kate Pons, Olivia Ogier, Kennedy Peterson, Felicity Whalen, Jozi Brawn, Kate Walker-Spencer, Maddie Shoudy and Brenna Mackey. The manager is Aaron Craney and coaches Chuck Brawn, Matt Ogier and Brenda Cayouette.
The three-team league saw CNB finish first, Cedarworks second and EBS third.
Previously in the playoffs, Cedarworks beat EBS 18-14, CNB beat Cedarworks 14-13 and Cedarworks beat EBS 20-19.
On Sunday, CNB broke out to an early lead as it scored in each inning Buck pitched a complete game for CNB as she allowed nine hits and five walks, while striking out seven.
Buck kept the Cedarworks bats at bay until that squad busted out in the fifth inning with five runs on four hits, including a triple by Craney.
Cayouette and Craney worked in the pitching circle for Cedarworks, as they allowed 12 hits and struck out five.
The CNB offense was led by Buck (4 singles, 3 runs), O’Connel (2 singles, triple, 4 runs), McFarland (3 singles, 4 runs), Bland (2 singles, run), Christie (2 walks, 3 runs) and Contento (2 walks, 3 runs).
The Cedarworks offense was keyed by Craney (2 singles, triple, 2 runs), Cayouette (single, double, 2 runs), Ogier (single, run), O'Brien (single, run), Walker-Spencer (single) and Whalen (single).
Buck shut the door in the sixth inning as she grabbed two consecutive line drives for sensational catches and struck out the final batter to retire the side and nail down the win for CNB.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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