Camden Adult Coed Softball League

Thrice as nice: Redwings stake claim to third straight title

Knox County Benchwarmers again finish as runners-up
By Ken Waltz and Mark Haskell | Aug 27, 2014
Photo by: Mark Haskell Free Press Redwings Kate Benedict, left, Lucas Brower, middle, and Reade Brower are all smiles as they celebrate their third straight Camden Adult Coed Softball League championship Aug. 26 at the Camden Snow Bowl. The Redwings beat the Knox County Benchwarmers 6-2 for the title.

Camden — While one team shook off one of its toughest performances 24 hours earlier with a strong all-around effort more reminiscent of its fine play throughout much of the campaign, the other, perhaps, simply ran out of gas after a hard-fought postseason run.

That was the scenario that played out Tuesday night, Aug. 26 in the Camden Adult Coed Softball League winner-take-all finale as No. 1 Free Press Redwings made it three straight championships with a strong 6-2 victory over No. 2 Knox County Benchwarmers at the Camden Snow Bowl.

The two teams played 24 hours after facing off the previous day. Both games were completed in just over 60 minutes.

The Benchwarmers, who lost a third straight league title game to the Redwings, had battled valiantly through the loser's bracket and even beat Free Press 10-4 Monday night, Aug. 25 to force Tuesday's do-or-die title clash.

In the end, the Redwings again were too talented and the Benchwarmers were left to ponder, once again, how they fell short for a third straight summer.

The Redwings finished 16-3 overall, including 4-1 in the playoffs, while the Benchwarmers ended 14-7 overall, including 5-2 in the postseason.

Tuesday's game marked the fifth straight elimination contest Knox County played in.

Click for photos from Tuesday's championship game.

Click for photos from the Benchwarmers and Redwings Aug. 25 game.

Click for other photos from games this season.

The two regular-season games between the Redwings and Benchwarmers also were competitive, with Free Press winning 8-5 and 9-7.

The Free Press Redwings include Lucas Brower (manager), Mike Curtis, Kyle Weaver, Chris MacLean, Mark Merchant, Colin Stone, Jon Moro, Fritz Burke, Doug Curtis, Reade Brower, Marie Lufkin, Katie Benedict, Juliette Laaka, Jessica Fossett, Andrea Curtis, Mackenzie Gassett, Jennifer Daniels, Elena Bertocci, Lyn Tesseyman and Alison Weaver.

The Knox County Benchwarmers include Lee Smith (manager), Heath Smith, Becca Smith, Betsy Wedge, Tim Jackson, Jason Yates, Sara Cullity, Jay Young, Chris Burns, Andy Carter, Amy Johnson, Aaron Craney, Nicole Craney, Daphne Ripley and Erin Chase.

Leading the offense for the Redwings were Laaka (2 hits, run), Moro (3 hits, 2 runs, home run, several RBIs), Weaver (3 hits, run, 2 RBIs), Lucas Brower (hit, RBI), MacLean (3 hits, run), Benedict (2 hits, RBI), Lufkin (hit) and Stone (hit, run).

For Benchwarmers, Young (hit), Yates (hit, run), Jackson (hit, pinch runner scored), Lee Smith (2 hits), Heath Smith (hit), Wedge (hit) and Carter (2 hits) led the charge.

Heath Smith pitched for the Benchwarmers as did Lucas Brower for the Redwings.

The Redwings scored once in the first and fourth frames and twice in the third and fifth innings, respectively, while the Benchwarmers scored one run in the fifth and seventh innings.

The Redwings got on the board first when Lucas Brower plated Weaver with an RBI-double and made it 3-0 in the third after Laaka singled followed by a home run to deep left field by Moro.

The home team added another tally in the fourth as MacLean rapped a two-out single to center field and came around on an RBI-single by Benedict.

The Benchwarmers got on the board in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI-single by Lee Smith, but the Redwings responded in the bottom of the frame when Stone and Moro both came around to score on an RBI-single by Weaver, who ended up at third base on an error.

The visitors managed a run in the seventh inning when Yates singled and later came in on an RBI-groundout by Lee Smith, but they could get no closer as the final batter popped out to Mike Curtis at shortstop to give the Redwings their third straight league crown.

The Redwings now have won the most consecutive Camden league titles with three since the Misfits secured eight straight championships prior to the current Free Press run.

The eight-team, double-elimination tournament had been played at the Camden Snow Bowl, Lincolnville Central School and Jaycee Park on Old County Road in Rockland, however, Lincolnville and Jaycee Park, have been taken out of the mix for the final games at the Snow Bowl.

The Benchwarmers also are the defending champions in the Waldoboro Adult Coed Softball League, which is played in the fall. That league began its regular-season games on Sunday, Aug. 24.

Previous playoff results

No. 2 Knox County Benchwarmers 10, No. 1 Free Press Redwings 4.

No. 2 Knox County Benchwarmers 8, No. 3 Blue Sky Cantina 7.

No. 2 Knox County Benchwarmers 12, No. 8 Schooners 6.

No. 1 Free Press Redwings 9, No. 3 Blue Sky Cantina  5.

No. 2 Knox County Benchwarmers 10, No. 6 French & Brawn 2.

No. 3 Blue Sky Cantina 13, No. 2 Knox County Benchwarmers 6.

No. 8 Schooners 15, No. 5 Feeners' Pride 4.

No. 1 Free Press Redwings 11, No. 5 Feeners' Pride 5.

No. 8 Schooners won by forfeit over No. 4 Willey Wharf.

No. 6 French & Brawn 15, No. 7 Northeast Concrete 4.

No. 2 Knox County Benchwarmers 16, No. 7 Northeast Concrete 3.

No. 3 Blue Sky Cantina 8, No. 6 French & Brawn 1.

No. 1 Free Press Redwings 15, No. 8 Schooners 0.

No. 5 Feeners' Pride 6, No. 4 Willey Wharf 4.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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