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Despite adversity, Five Town Little League 11-12s fuel fun at softball states

Midcoast squad ousted from double-elimination tournament with losses to York, Bangor
By Mark Haskell | Jul 07, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias.

Machias — The Five Town Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball team did not have much time to celebrate its District 2 championship after it rallied to defeat Medomak Valley in extra innings on Monday, July 2.

And the Midcoast squad also knew it would probably would fight an uphill battle in the double-elimination state tournament, which began on Friday, July 6, a nearly three-hour ride and 125 miles from home.

Not only would the squad square off against District 4 champion York in the first game of the tourney, it would do so without its ace pitcher Sierra Laukka, who suffered a non-sports related injury — a dislocated kneecap — just before the district championship game and would be unavailable for the rest of the district play and the state tournament.

On Friday, Five Town managed to push four runs across the board against mighty York — without the benefit of a hit — while York scored runs in droves through the first two innings and swung to a 22-4, three-inning victory over Five Town.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

The mercy rule for Little League is a lead of 10 or more runs after four innings, but a new rule to the state level this year is a mercy after three innings with a lead of 15 or more runs.

With the loss, Five Town fell to the loser’s bracket, where it faced District 3 champion Bangor on Saturday, July 7 in an elimination game, where it was no-hit a second time and fell 14-3 in four innings to knock the locals out of the state tournament.

The host Acadians of District 1 are the fifth state tournament team.

Bangor lost to District 6 champion Gorham 20-4 in another three-inning affair on Friday to set up its elimination game with Five Town.

Other recent results included: York 2, Acadians 1; Bangor 9, Acadians 7 (Acadians eliminated), York 8, Gorham 5; and Bangor 20, Gorham 9 (Gorham eliminated).

Thus, York and Bangor — the teams Five Town faced in the tourney — will vie for the state championship on Monday, July 9 at 5 p.m.

All runs in the opening game of the tournament between Five Town and York were plated in the first and second innings as Five Town scored twice in both frames, while York plated 10 in the first and 12 more in the second.

Team members for Five Town, coached by Ben Laukka, Kyle Peterson and Nicole Talbot, include Lily Enggass, Mikayla Talbot, Mary Hastings, Brenna Mackey, Madison Shoudy, Raelynn Roy, Josie Fitzjurls, Kerrigan Peterson, Alexis Leon, Elise Mahar, Violet Libby and Sierra Laukka.

“I was really proud of our girls,” said Five Town coach Ben Laukka. “We came in knowing where we stood amongst these southern teams. And we’re happy to be here. But we knew what we were getting into, and I was proud of my girls to hold it together the way we did.”

“I think we tried our hardest even though we knew we probably wouldn’t win,” said Enggass. “They practice all year round and we play only a few months a year, so we did the best we could, but it wasn’t enough.”

Enggass pitched the District 2 championship win over Medomak Valley and started Friday’s game against York, before later giving way to Peterson. The duo combined to allow five hits, 16 walks and five hit batters.

Enggass faced the first 25 batters and Peterson the final seven.

Madison Raymond pitched a no-hitter for York as she walked seven and struck out nine.

Enggass scored two runs and Mackey and Libby one for Five Town, while Chloe Bourque 2 singles, 4 runs, 3 stolen bases), Carlie Welch (single, 2 runs, 3 stolen bases), Raymond (single, 2 runs, stolen base), McKayla Kortes (2 runs, stolen base), Emily Estes (2 runs), Nina Anzalone (run), Adah King (run), Ava Brent (home run), Katie Sama (run), Meghan Foss (run, stolen base), Kayleigh Foss (2 runs, stolen base), Emma Joyce (2 runs) and Ella Hickey (run) led York at the plate.

While York was as talented and skilled as advertised, Five Town had a difficult time stringing together momentum as Enggass was called for several illegal pitches in the first inning.

If an illegal pitch is thrown, and the opposition puts the ball in play, the opposing team can choose the result of the play, or opt to put its batter back in the box.

York took advantage and even had an out recorded by Five Town — after an illegal pitch — wiped off the board.

“Usually when I’m pitching, I try not to think about what I’m doing,” said Enggass. “But this time I had to so that I didn’t throw an illegal pitch. And I’d never been called on that before or even told I was doing it, so I never practiced not doing it.”

“She’d been pitching that way all season long and it hadn’t been called on her,” said coach Laukka. “So that was a big, emotional toll on her and our team and that’s where I felt like we really got hurt. We live and we learn.”

Despite regrouping and not throwing any illegal pitches in the second inning, Enggass continued to struggle with her control as York took advantage of walks and hit batters, which it turned into runs on a bevy of wild pitches and passed balls.

Coach Laukka said Five Town is the best version of a team when his daughter Sierra is in the pitching circle and Enggass at shortstop. “She’s a great shortstop,” he said, which was evident when Enggass made a terrific catch while tumbling to the ground on the edge of the outfield grass late in the game.

“This was tough,” he said. “Sierra’s been working hard all winter and all spring, she’s been pitching great. She is our ace, there’s no question about it. And that was a big hit to the team, no question about it. We felt if we’d had her here, that we could compete.”

York held an 11-4 lead going into the bottom of the second inning, before Brent began the frame with an inside-the-park home run, which set the tone for the rest of the contest.

Despite the loss, Five Town is set on having fun and enjoying the rest of its tournament run — however long it may be.

“We knew this team was probably one of the better teams here,” said Enggass of York. “So if we play someone else in the loser’s bracket, I think we know we’ll have a better chance and we’re going to try even harder this time.”

“We’re having a good time, not take it too seriously [and] just do the best we can,” said coach Laukka.

The following is a recap of Five Town's final game of the tournament:

Bangor 14, Five Town 3

At East Machias July 7, Bangor bounced Five Town from the tournament with an 11-run win. Bangor plated six runs in the second and third innings and two in the first, while Five Town scored one in the first and two in the third.

Enggass scored two runs and Talbot one for Five Town, while Emmie Streams (hit, 2 runs), Cassidy Ireland (hit, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Taylor King (2 runs, RBI), Taylor Coombs (2 runs, RBI), Ashley Schultz (2 runs), Sam Erb (RBI), Raegan Sprague (2 hits, run, 2 RBIs) and Kristen Gerrish (hit, run) paced Bangor at the plate.

Peterson and Enggass pitched for Five Town, as the duo allowed five hits and 11 walks, with five strikeouts. Coombs and Erb pitched for Bangor, as the teammates allowed no hits and 10 walks, with four strikeouts.

Five Town versus York softball
Five Town and York on July 6 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball play in Machias. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Five Town and York on July 6 in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament in Machias. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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