WESTBROOK — The Medomak Valley Little League 9- and 10-year-old District 2 championship softball team made its debut in the state tournament on Saturday, July 16 and experienced firsthand some of the top-tier talent from Maine.

Squaring off against District 6 champion Gorham, Medomak could not muster a hit and, ultimately, came up on the short end of an 11-1, five-inning defeat.

Medomak’s Sydney Boggs. Photo by Mark Haskell

One day later, on Sunday, July 17, Medomak was eliminated from the tourney as it was dealt a 5-1 loss by District 3 champion Hermon.

District 4 champion Biddeford rounded out the four-team bracket. The District 1 champion Acadians (Bar Harbor/Ellsworth area) opted not to compete in the tournament, while District 5 did not have a representative this year.

Team members for Medomak, coached by Mike Dostie and Michelle Boggs, include Rheanne Simmons, Haddee Brown, Sydney Boggs, Caroline Snell, Addison Hyler, Eliza Prock, Maddie Dostie, Savanah Griffin, Lylah Campbell, Brianna Knutson, Kallie Wyman, Kinzie Ruffner and Kayleigh Lemar.

Medomak’s Caroline Snell. Photo by Mark Haskell

“What an incredible experience this has been for the team as well as Mike Dostie and I,” said Boggs. “The girls played aggressively and were phenomenal in the field. We are all so proud. Fourth best team in the state, not too shabby. While we are sad, we are definitely holding our heads high.”

The following is a recap of Medomak’s two games of the state event:

Hermon 5, Medomak 1

At Westbrook July 17, Medomak came up on the short end of a four-run defeat against Hermon and was eliminated from the states. Hermon scored one run in the second inning and four in the third, while Medomak plated its run in the first.

Medomak was led at the plate by Hyler (run) and Boggs (single, 2 stolen bases).

Medomak’s Caroline Snell, left, and Sydney Boggs. Photo courtesy of Michelle Kondracki

For Hermon, Jasmine Morrisette (single, run), Hadley Thayer (run), Ava Difrederico (run), Sophie Curtis (single, run), Myra Gallant (2 singles, stolen base) and Annalise Cormier (run) paced the offense.

Difrederico pitched for Hermon and allowed one hit and five walks, with 13 strikeouts. Simmons pitched for Medomak and yielded four hits and five walks, with 10 strikeouts.

Gorham 11, Medomak 1 (5 inns.)

At Westbrook July 16, Gorham showed savvy on the bases and plated runs in four of five innings and bested Medomak via the mercy rule. Gorham scored two runs in the first frame, four in the second, four in the fourth and one in the fifth, while Medomak plated its run in the second.

Snell scored and stole a base to lead the Medomak offense, while Gorham was keyed by Jacklyn Dunbar (home run, 3 runs, stolen base), Cam Gagnon (triple, 2 singles, 3 runs, 3 steals), Sophia Marquis (2 singles, 2 runs), Jazmyn King (run, 2 steals), Lauren Drenski (single, run, steal), Mae Blackburn (single, steal) and Viannah Verroe (single, run, steal).

Medomak’s Eliza Prock. Photo by Mark Haskell

Gagnon tossed a no-hitter from the pitching circle for Gorham as she walked eight and struck out 12. Simmons pitched for Medomak and allowed nine hits and nine walks, with six strikeouts.

Simmons struck out the first two batters of the game, but walked the next four as Gagnon and Marquis moved around the bases and scored on a bevy of stolen bases and passed balls.

Snell cut Medomak’s deficit to 2-1 after she reached on a walk in the second and did the same, but Gorham got a two-run triple to right by Gagnon, an RBI-single to right by Marquis and another run came in on an error as the District 6 champs jumped to a 6-1 advantage.

Gorham added to that advantage in the fourth after Dunbar belted an inside-the-park home run to deep right, while Drenski and Blackburn added RBI-singles and Verroe plated a run on a groundout.

Marquis blooped to shallow right to plate Gagnon in the fifth with what proved the game-ending tally.