WALDOBORO — Perhaps it was fate or simply destiny, but what ever universal forces combined to make it so, the Busline League middle school softball championship game was an all-Riverhawk affair played on the teams’ home field at Medomak Middle School.

Talk about creating special memories with future high school athletic teammates.

Happy Medomak eighth-graders rush to grab their championship plaque. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

While the other softball players saw their campaigns end earlier in the single-elimination postseason tournament, young student-athletes who walk the halls of the same school daily looked forward to going glove-to-glove and bat-to-bat on their diamond for league supremacy on Tuesday afternoon, June 7.

Medomak Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade softball teams. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

When the final out was recorded, the slightly older, more experienced Riverhawks were crowned champions — but not without a fight and true test from the seventh-graders.

In the end, the No. 1 North champion Medomak eighth-graders beat the No. 1 South champion Medomak seventh-graders 11-5 in a game that was tied 4-4 after five innings.

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The Riverhawk teams finished stellar campaigns with one loss, as the eighth-graders ended 11-1 and seventh-graders 10-1.

A coin flip decided who was the home team (seventh-graders) for the title clash.

Regardless of the game’s outcome, the school has two new plaques for the trophy case.

Medomak Middle School seventh-graders. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Previously in the South playoffs, No. 4 Nobleboro/Jefferson beat No. 5 Bristol, No. 1 Medomak beat No. 4 Nobleboro/Jefferson, No. 3 Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta beat No. 2 Troy Howard of Belfast and No. 1 Medomak beat No. 3 GSB.

Previously in the North playoffs, No. 5 Camden-Rockport beat No. 4 Oceanside of Thomaston, No. 3 Hope-Appleton-Lincolnville beat No. 6 Searsport, No. 1 Medomak beat No. 5 Camden-Rockport, No. 2 Troy Howard beat No. 3 HAL and No. 1 Medomak beat No. 2 Troy Howard.

Medomak eighth-grader Peyton Eaton. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Medomak eighth-graders include Peyton Eaton, Kendall Simmons, Arianna Sproul, Claudia Feeley, Chloe Fox, Haylee Chandler, Cassidy Prock, Alyssa Smith, Ainsley Frothingham and Kehli Maxcy. Stacey Eaton is head coach and Andrew Simmons and Paul Sproul assistant coaches.

Medomak seventh-graders include Aleah Shay, Rachel Barbour, Grace Havener, Molly Emerson, Jennika Schumann, Corrie Simmons, Grace Townsend, Ivy McCollett, Sidney Nicholls, Lilly Hills, Paige Gerlack, Ariel Castner, Ari Kennard, Ivy Lee, Alyse Court and managers Cadence Overlock and Ana Cabot. The head coach is Andrea Williamson.

Medomak seventh-graders Rachel Barbour, left, and Medomak eighth-grader Kendall Simmons. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

In the championship game, Claudia Feeley earned the victory from the pitching circle as she worked seven innings, hit two batters, walked four and struck out 14. Arianna Sproul was the catcher. Sidney Nicholls (3 walks, 9 strikeouts) pitched a complete game for the seventh-graders, while Grace Townsend caught.

Those who keyed the Riverhawk eighth-grade offense were Peyton Eaton (walk), Kendall Simmons (single, double, triple, walk), Arianna Sproul (triple), Claudia Feeley (single, double, walk), Haylee Chandler (3 singles), Cassidy Prock (2 singles, double), Alyssa Smith (single), Ainsley Frothingham (walk) and Chloe Fox (triple, 2 walks).

Medomak seventh-grader Sidney Nicholls. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Those who keyed the Riverhawk seventh-grade offense were Grace Townsend (walk, hit by pitch), Sidney Nicholls (2 singles), Rachel Barbour (2 singles, hit by pitch), Grace Havener (2 walks), Arie Kennnard (walk), Aleah Shay (double) and Ariel Castner (single, double).

The seventh-graders led 2-1 after the first inning, but the eighth-graders tied the game 2-2 in the third. The opponents scored single runs in the fourth and fifth frames to stay deadlocked 4-4.

Medomak seventh-grader Rachel Barbour. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Coach Williamson said: “This was a back-and-forth-action game. Lots of fielding, hitting and great pitching-catching combos from both sides.”

The eighth-graders took control of the championship clash with four runs in the sixth inning and three in the seventh. The seventh-graders responded with a tally in the bottom of the seventh, but that was not enough as their older future teammates grabbed the crown.

Perhaps coach Williamson summed it up best when she said: “It was a day to be proud. Two teams from the same school competing for the league championship. No matter what, MMS needs to be proud of the season as these young ladies will be playing together at MVHS in just a few years … What a hard fight by all the blue and gold.”