Middle school softball

Cougars on offensive late to ground Riverhawks for Busline League crown

Great Salt Bay grabs momentum early to down Medomak
By Staff | Jun 17, 2017
Photo by: Ken Waltz As her teammates watch from the dugout, Medomak's Emily Harris makes a connection against Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta on June 13 in the Busline League middle school softball championship game. The Cougars beat the Riverhawks 18-7 at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro.

Waldoboro — Unbeaten heading into the Busline League middle school championship softball game, Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta looked to stay that way on Tuesday, June 13 against Medomak Middle School at Medomak Valley High School.

And whether it was displaying patience at the plate early in the game — or swinging free late — the Cougars had it all working against the Riverhawks and prowled to an 18-7 victory and the coveted league title.

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Medomak, the No. 2 seed in the North Division, defeated No. 3 Troy Howard of Belfast in the semifinals and knocked off top-seeded Oceanside eighth-graders of Thomaston/Rockland in the division championship to advance to Tuesday’s title game.

Great Salt Bay, the top seed in the South Division, beat No. 4 Oceanside seventh-graders in the semifinals and No. 2 Medomak — the school’s seventh-grade team — in the division championship ton advance to Tuesday’s championship contest.

Team members for Medomak (9-4), coached by Dan Morse, include Natalie Stewart, Emma Kunesh, Stephanie Morse, Emily Harris, Bella LaFrance, MacKenzie Emerson, Hannah Lee, Kristina Rolerson, Kaia O’Brien, Eliza Nelson, Madison Clark, Chantel Emery, Brooke Fillmore and Abby Grant.

Team members for Great Salt Bay (10-0-1), coached by Kassie Lincoln and Bill Morgner, include Chloe Achorn, Sonny Cumming, Michelle Main, Sopna Atkinson, Brittni Hartley, Grace Houghton, Brooke Telfer, Kady Goode, Lizzie Ober, Bella Hanna, Shea Clifford, Angel Rodriguez, Kaylee Poland and Victoria Libby.

Great Salt Bay scored four runs in the first inning, one in the third, five in the fifth and four more in the sixth and seventh frames, while Medomak tallied one in the third, four in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Leading the Riverhawks at the plate were Stewart (double, RBI), Harris (double, run), Lafrance (run), Emerson (double, triple, 2 RBIs, run), Lee (single, double, RBI, 2 runs), Rolerson (run), O’Brien (home run, single, 2 RBIs, run) and Nelson (RBI).

For the Cougars, Cummings (single, 2 RBIs), Hartley (2 singles, double, 3 RBIs, 4 runs), Houghton (single, RBI, 3 runs), Teller (run), Ober (triple, RBI, run), Hanna (2 singles, RBI, 4 runs), Clifford (single, 3 runs), Poland (2 singles, 5 RBIs) and Libby (2 runs) paced the offense.

Morse and Lee pitched for Medomak. Morse went 4 2/3 innings, allowing one hit and nine walks, with nine strikeouts. Lee went the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and no walks, with eight strikeouts.

Houghton pitched for GSB.

Medomak also committed five errors to one for Great Salt Bay.

Morse said despite his team struggling with errors in the field, “the girls really showed a lot of grit” against the mighty Cougars.

“They got down quickly, but never packed it in,” said Morse. “They, in my opinion, are the best hitting team in the league and by the fifth inning really started to show a glimpse of what they are capable of. They ended up with eight big hits off a really tough pitcher. These girls played tough all season long for me and I could not be more proud of them. Even when they struggled and didn't play their best, they continued to work and fight to get back in it.”

The Cougars pushed four runs across in the first inning without a benefit of a hit, drawing four walks and having three other players hit by pitches.

In fact, despite several walks and hit batters, Morse had a no-hitter going into the fifth inning before Houghton rapped a double. Morse gave way to Lee and the Cougar bats came to life, tacking on several late-inning runs as GSB pulled away.

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