Cape Elizabeth showed it clearly was a cut above the rest in the Little League 9- and 10-year-old state all-star softball championships as the youngsters showed they not only wielded mighty bats, but also featured superior pitching.

Those traits proved to pay dividends as they claimed a 9-1 win over South Lewiston on Tuesday, July 22 at John Foster Field, where all state games were played.

The semifinals and finals of the pool play-style tournament played out Tuesday, as Cape Elizabeth defeating Ellsworth 4-2 and South Lewiston bested Biddeford 9-3 to advance to the finals.

Medomak Valley, the District 2 champion and tournament's host squad, and Bangor were eliminated earlier in the tournament.

The tourney began Saturday, July 19 when Ellsworth, Bangor and South Lewiston squared off in three separate games and continued Sunday, July 20, when Medomak Valley, Biddeford and Cape Elizabeth did the same.

Medomak Valley and Bangor went 0-2 and were eliminated from pool play, while the four remaining squads advanced to Tuesday's semifinal round.

Scores from Saturday's pool included: South Lewiston 7, Bangor 4; Ellsworth 25, Bangor 3 (4 inns.) and South Lewiston 8, Ellsworth 4.

Scores from Sunday's pool included: Cape Elizabeth 24, Medomak Valley 7 (4 inns.); Cape Elizabeth 11, Biddeford 1 (4 inns.) and Biddeford 21, Medomak Valley 4 (4 inns.).

The tournament was a rousing success, said Medomak Valley Little League treasurer Kyle Santheson.

Tournament director Scott Martin said South Lewiston “displayed above average sportsmanship by building a bridge at the losing team's dugout and chanted encouragement as the losing team entered their dugout after the game.”

“On behalf of Medomak Valley Little League and District 2, it was a pleasure to host this tournament and we look forward to hosting in the future,” said Martin.

The following is a breakdown of the championship game between Cape Elizabeth and South Lewiston:

Cape Elizabeth 9, South Lewiston 1

At Waldoboro July 22, Cape Elizabeth jumped to an early lead and never trailed as it claimed the state championship in convincing fashion. Cape Elizabeth scored three runs in the fourth inning, one in the fifth and five in the sixth, while South Lewiston's lone run came in the sixth.

Cape Elizabeth's Anna Cornell capped off an impressive few days in the pitching circle as she struck out 45 batters in four games, an average of just over 11 per contest. By comparison, South Lewiston pitcher Gemma Landry struck out 36 batters through four games, an average of nine per game.

Leading Cape Elizabeth at the plate were Abby Agrondia (single), Esme Song (single), Cornell (2 singles), Katherine Callahan (single), Katharine Blackburn (single) and Kathryne Clay (single).

For South Lewiston, Landry (single), Skylar Gelinas (single), Sydney Roy (single) and Bella Perryman (single) paced the offense.

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