Little League softball

Diamondbacks strike early, then outlast Warren II for Medomak crown

Opponents combine for 21 runs in fun-filled, competitive championship encounter
By Ken Waltz | Jun 15, 2018
Photo by: Ken Waltz Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro.

Waldoboro — When two of the top teams in a league stand toe-to-toe — and in this case, cleat-to-cleat, glove-to-glove and helmet-to-helmet — there is bound to be plenty of nip-and-tuck, back-and-forth, competitive action as each tries to gain the upper hand.

That is the scenario that played out on Wednesday night, June 13 when No. 1 Diamondbacks and No. 3 Warren II moved up to the high school field to vie for the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship.

The Diamondbacks started fast, then scored consistently in the contest, but needed to hold off Warren's advances through the exciting six-inning affair to secure a 12-9 victory and the coveted league title.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

The five-team league also included No. 2 Warren I, No. 4 Fillies and No. 5 Washington. Medomak teams also played the two Five Town teams EBS and Cedarworks during the regular season, but those squads were not included in Medomak's double-elimination playoffs.

The Diamondbacks had eight overall regular-season wins and Warren II four, with a tie.

Earlier in the double-elimination playoffs, No. 4 Fillies beat No. 5 Washington 16-4 on Tuesday, June 5, No. 3 Warren II bested No. 2 Warren I 29-9 and No. 1 Diamondbacks beat No. 4 Fillies 12-4 on Thursday, June 7,  No. 1 Diamondbacks beat No. 3 Warren II 15-5 and No. 2 Warren I beat No. 4 Fillies 20-19 on Saturday, June 9 and No. 3 Warren II beat No. 2 Warren I 16-11 on Tuesday, June 12.

That set up a championship meeting between No. 1 Diamondbacks, unbeaten in the playoffs, and No. 3 Warren II, which had one loss in the postseason to that point.

In the title clash, Diamondbacks played consistently tough all-around throughout the contest and Warren II pushed back hard, and tested the top seed at several junctures of the game.

The Diamondbacks, managed by Andrea Williamson and coached by Richard Williamson, Katie Nicholls and Micah Williamson, include Hope Mason, Sidney Nicholls, Kytana Williamson, Olivia Pelkey, Haley Puchalski, Kendal Simmons, Micaela Lorentzen, Emily Richards, Kaylie May, Lyra Puchalski and Acadia Dinsmore.

Warren II, coached by Jake Rand, Rebecca Anderson and Aaron Kurr, includes Madison Boynton, Devon Rainey, Ryleigh Rainey, Kaylee Kurr, Kissandra Hall, Audrey Jackson, Machaeli Waltz, Katelynn Berry, Ashley Abruzese, Sadie Knight, Mya Hall, Kali Achorn and Chloe Fox.

In the championship game, Diamondbacks scored four runs in the first inning, two in the second, two in the third, one in the fourth and three in the fifth. Warren II scored two in the first stanza, three in the fourth, two in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Kytana Williamson (8 walks, 9 strikeouts in 5-plus innings) and Sidney Nicholls (walk, 2 strikeouts in 1-plus innings) pitched for the Diamondsback. For Warren II, Kaylee Kurr (3 hit batters, 14 walks, 6 strikeouts) worked in the circle.

Keying Diamondbacks were Mason (2 walks, 2 runs), Sidney Nicholls (single, walk, run), Kytana Williamson (walk, hit by pitch, run), Haley Puchalski (2 walks, 2 runs), Kendall Simmons (hit by pitch, single, 2 runs), Richards (2 walks, run), May (hit by pitch, run), Lyra Puchalski (3 walks, 2 runs) and Dinsmore (2 walks).

Leading Warren II were Boynton (2 walks, double, single, 2 runs), Ryleigh Rainey (walk, single, run), Kaylee Kurr (triple, single), Kissandra Hall (walk, run), Jackson (walk, run), Waltz (2 walks, single, 2 runs), Berry (walk, 2 singles, run), Abruzese (walk), Mya Hall (walk) and Fox (walk, single).

Diamondbacks and Warren II softball
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in Medomak Valley Little League softball championship game in Waldoboro. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks and Warren II on June 13 in the Medomak Valley Little League softball championship in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Diamondbacks — champions of Medomak Valley Little League softball. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Warren II — runners-up of Medomak Valley Little League softball. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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