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After long play days, Medomak earns state Little League 9-10 softball success

Unbeaten Midcoast team wins first two diamond games, including one in an amazing 12 innings
By Ken Waltz | Jul 16, 2018
Photo by: Ken Waltz Medomak Valley's Kytana Williamson eyes a pitch against Ellsworth on July 14 during the state Little League 9- and 10-year-old softball championship tournament in Glenburn.

Glenburn — The Medomak Valley Little League 9- and 10-year-old softball players were busy as bees over the weekend and their gritty, gutsy performances produced plenty of sweet honey — make that victories — in the on-going state tournament.

Medomak had a busy recent few days, as they played two official games — and three actual diamond contests — in less than 24 hours.

But the tired youngsters had much to show for their efforts, with a 5-4 comeback victory over Ellsworth on Saturday, July 14 in the first game of the double-elimination state tournament and an unbelievable, hard-fought, 8-2, 12-inning win over Hermon on Sunday, July 15 in the second game.

Regulation Little League games are six innings, thus, Medomak and Hermon essentially played two consecutive six-inning contests to determine a winner.

Thus, in less than 24 hours, Medomak played 18 innings on the diamond in hot conditions.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

Medomak (2-0) will face Windham (1-0) on Thursday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m. in a winner's bracket game. The winner of that game will earn a spot in the state championship game, slated for Sunday, July 22 at noon, with an "if" game on Monday, July 23 at 5:30 p.m.

The tourney officially runs July 14-22, as the eventual state titlist earns a spot in the East Regional Championship in Jenkins Township, Pa.

Medomak, managed by Andrea Williamson and coached by Richard Williamson and Katie Nicholls, includes Peyton Eaton, Sidney Nicholls, Rachel Barbour, Kytana Williamson, Haylee Chandler, Kendall Simmons, Ariel Castner, Arianna Sproul, Arianna Kennard, Emma Haney, Chloe Fox and Audrianna Jackson.

For Medomak, the weekend included a tale of two opening games and long two days of diamond action.

All the players put in yeoman efforts against Hermon in game two, but none more than pitcher Kytana Williamson.

The hard-throwing right-hander pitched all 12 innings, finished with 21 strikeouts and only one walk and also fielded nine bunts and made the throws to first base to retire all of those batters. Thus, Kytana Williamson was responsible for 30 of the 36 outs recorded against Hermon.

For Hermon, two pitchers worked 12 innings — starer Katie Fowler most of them — with 28 strikeouts and 14 walks.

Keying Medomak's offense were Kytana Williamson (double, single), Simmons (single, RBI) and Jackson (single, RBI).

For Hermon, Lexi Johnston, Fowler and Braelynn Wilcox had singles.

Medomak actually had to rally in the sixth and final inning just to earn the right to work overtime.

Medomak trailed 2-1 in the top of the sixth inning when Sproul walked, stole second and raced around to third and then slide home with the tying run when Hermon tried to throw her out and the ball ended up in center field.

Medomak held Hermon scoreless in the bottom of the sixth to force extra innings.

In extra innings, both teams put runners on base, but could not score. Also, the pitchers chipped in with a bundle of strikeouts along the way.

With the score tied 2-2, Medomak exploded for six runs in the top of the 12th inning to take an 8-2 advantage. And Medomak pitching and defense held Hermon off in the bottom of the stanza to secure the exciting victory.

"Want to talk about a long game and that [the players] were very tired," Andrea Williamson said. "The girls were very tired, but held it together. Being 8-, 9- and 10-years-old and playing 12 innings on a hot sunny day, wow. Plus, we had played the day before and Hermon had not. They got a 'buy.' Since there are five districts in the tournament, they did not have to play Saturday, but we did. So, in theory we played a full six-inning game Saturday and then on Sunday we played two games, since we played 12 innings. Crazy."

The manager said she had never seen a Little League game go that long, "but both teams did an excellent job. It was hot, long and tiring, but an exciting game on both ends. Both pitchers and catchers did great. All the fielders were ready and fielded the ball awesome as well when it was hit.

"I could not have been prouder of my girls. All three of us coaches were so proud. They did awesome."

In the first game of the tourney against Ellsworth, Medomak trailed 4-2 before it rallied to win the game with late runs.

Kytana Williamson had seven walks and 11 strikeouts in six innings of work in the pitching circle. which meant, in total, she pitched all 18 of the team's first two state games.

For Ellsworth, Anna Stevens (11 walks, 13 strikeouts) pitched the first four-plus innings and was relieved by Lily Bean, who had two walks and three strikeouts the rest of the game.

For Medomak, Kytana Williamson had a single and RBI, while, for Ellsworth, Sophia Lynch finished with two singles and Kaylee Bagley a single.

Jackson, Sproul and Eaton scored a run and Fox two for Medomak. Stevens, Jayden Sullivan, Brielle Grindle and Lynch crossed the plate for Ellsworth.

Scores in the tournament thus far are: Medomak 5, Ellsworth 4; Windham 2, Kennebunk-Wells 1; Medomak 8, Hermon 2; and Kennebunk-Wells 4, Ellsworth 1.

Medomak versus Ellsworth softball
Medomak and Ellsworth on July 14 in state Little League 9- and 10-year-old all-star softball tournament in Glenburn. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Ariel Castner. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Ariel Castner. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Ariel Castner. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kytana Williamson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Chloe Fox. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Audrey Jackson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Ari Kennard. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Ari Kennard. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Ari Kennard. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Ari Kennard. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Arianna Sproul. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Arianna Sproul. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kytana Williamson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kytana Williamson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kytana Williamson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kendall Simmons. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kendall Simmons. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kendall Simmons. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Chloe Fox. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sidney Nicholls. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kytana Williamson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Peyton Eaton. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Chloe Fox. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Chloe Fox. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Chloe Fox. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kytana Williamson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sidney Nicholls. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Chloe Fox. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kytana Williamson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Arianna Sproul. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Peyton Eaton, left, and Haylee Chandler. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kendall Simmons. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sidney Nicholls. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Peyton Eaton. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Ariel Castner. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Peyton Eaton. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Peyton Eaton. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Peyton Eaton, right, and manager Andrea Williamson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Haylee Chandler. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kytana Williamson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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