Little League 11-12 softball

Medomak caps state play with lopsided win, tough one-run loss

Midcoast youngsters finish state run with one win in three games
By Staff | Jul 15, 2019
Photo by: Ken Waltz Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn.

Glenburn — Four days after being shut out — in fact, no-hit — Medomak Valley put its hitting and running shoes, make those cleats, on to get back in the thick of things in the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball tournament.

However, just 24 hours later, the Midcoast youngsters were eliminated from championship contention with a hard-fought, highly-competitive, down-to-the-wire loss.

On Thursday night, July 11, Medomak (1-2) rolled to a 19-8, four-inning win over Ellsworth to advance in the double-elimination tourney.

Medomak returned to the field on Friday night, July 12 and dropped a tough 2-1 decision to Hermon.

Watch video and see more photos below.

The state champion from the tourney earned a spot in the East Regional in Bristol, Conn.

Medomak Valley includes Madison Boynton, Ava Collamore, Kaylee Collamore, Claudia Feeley, Cora Lee, Hope Mason, Haley Puchalski, Sidney Nicholls, Olivia Pelkey, Kendall Simmons, Arianna Sproul and Kytana Williamson. The team is coached by Andrea Williamson and Richard Williamson.

On Friday, Hermon held off Medomak for a tense, suspenseful 2-1 victory.

Kytana Williamson (walk, 3 hit batters, 6 strikeouts) and Katie Fowler (5 walks, 8 strikeouts) for Hermon kept the other team's offenses to a minimum with strong work from the pitching circle.

Offensively for Medomak, Mason (walk, single),  Puchalski (walk, single), Pelkey (walk), Simmons (RBI), Boynton (walk) and Cora Lee (walk) led the way.

For Hermon, Olivia Johnston (single), Taylor Sherrard (walk), Fowler (RBI) and Braelynn Wilcox (scored on steal of home) were keys.

In the top of the first inning, Medomak stranded two runners, while Hermon took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the stanza. Johnston singled and eventually scored on Fowler's sacrifice.

Neither team scored in the second or third innings, while the squads had runners on second and third at points but could not score. When Hermon threatened in the second, Kytana Williamson fanned the final batter to end the threat.

In the fourth, Hermon increased its advantage to 2-0, while neither team scored in the fifth.

Then, in the sixth, Medomak got on the board, but could not tie the game. Puchalski reached on a hit and stole around the bases, before being plated by Simmons' sacrifice.

Later in the inning, Medomak had runners on second and third — with the tying run 60 feet from home plate — but was unable to score the equalizer.

On Thursday night, July 11, Medomak used a 10-run third inning and nine-run fourth, and led, at one point, 19-3, en route to the easy victory.

Kytana Williamson finished with a walk and five strikeouts in the pitching circle for the locals, while Anna Stevens (10 walks, 6 strikeouts) and Lily Bean (3 walks, hit batter, strikeout) worked for Ellsworth.

For  Medomak's offense, Mason (single, double, 2 walks, 2 RBIs), Kytana Williamson (single, double, 2 walks, 3 RBIs), Puchalski (single, 2 RBIs), Pelkey (single, 3 walks, 2 RBIs), Simmons (single, walk, RBI), Boynton (2 walks, hit by pitch), Lee (walk), Ava Collamore (walk), Feeley (walk, single) and Kaylee Collamore (RBI) led the way.

For Ellsworth, Natalie Juegels (single, RBI), Anna Stevens (single, RBI), Lily Bean (2 singles, RBI), Jayden Sullivan (single, RBI), Sophia Lynch (2 singles, RBI), Savannah Edgecomb (walk) and Kelsie Lambert (single) were keys.

Medomak stranded Kytana Williamson and Pelkey on second and third in the top of the first inning, before Juegels had a single for Ellsworth in the bottom of the frame, but was thrown out, attempting to steal, by catcher Pelkey to shortstop Simmons for the tag.

In the second, Boynton walked, but was stranded. In the bottom of the inning, Lynch had a one-out single, stole second and third, but Kytana Williamson struck out the final two batters as the game was scoreless after two.

Then, Medomak, went to work in the top of the third stanza.

Medomak came alive, as swinging bats and hits were everywhere. Mason led the charge with a single to start the rally and Kytana Williamson reached on a fielder's choice. Puchalski's single loaded the bases.

Pelkey's long single plated Mason and Williamson. Simmons laid down an "awesome" bunt, said coach Andrea Williamson, as Puchalski scored and Simmons safely reached base.

Lee and Feeley walked before Sproul reached on an error to allow Simmons to cross the plate to make it 4-0. Mason, back up to bat for the second time in the inning, smacked a double to score Lee and Feeley to make it 6-0.

Kytana Williamson followed with a two-run double, as Sproul and Mason crossed the plate. Kytana Williamson stole third and scored on Puchalski's sacrifice.

The inning continued as Pelkey walked and stole second and third, but was stranded. However, Medomak finished with 10 runs in the uprising to essentially take control.

Ellsworth battled back a bit with three runs, as Lambert reached on a one-out error and scored when Stevens had a two-out single. Bean and Sullivan added singles to complete the scoring.

Medomak continued it offensive enslaught in the fourth as Boynton and Ava Collamore walked, followed by a single from Feeley, which scored Boynton. Kaylee Collamore reached on an error to plate Ava Collamore. Mason and Williamson walked as Feeley scored.

After a pitching change for Ellsworth, Puchulski's sacrifice scored Kaylee Collamore. Pelkey and Simmons walked, which forced home Mason. Boynton was hit by a pitch, which forced in Kytana Williamson. Ava Collamore got on base and Pelkey scored on an error. Feeley reached on another error as Simmons scored. Kaylee Collamore grounded out to first, but Boynton scored.

By the end of the frame, Medomak led 19-3.

Ellsworth continued to battle, however, and scored five more runs to close the gap, but it was not nearly enough.

First game

On Sunday afternoon, July 7, Medomak Valley ran into a tough opponent — and mighty talented pitcher — in the District 2 champion's first game of the talent-laden state tourney.

Medomak hoped to get off to a fast start in the double-elimination tourney, but Windham had other ideas, as it eased to a 9-0 victory.

Windham, the champion of District 6, used the no-hit, 17-strikeout pitching of Kennedy Kimball to keep Medomak's offense quiet, but also cranked up its bats to the tune of nine runs.

For Medomak, which won the district 9- and 10-year-old title and played well at the state tourney last year, Kytana Williamson (walk, 3 strikeouts in 4 Innings) and Simmons (walk, strikeout in an inning) pitched.

Many of the same Medomak players are 11-year-olds on this year's state-qualifying team. In fact, Medomak is made up of five 12-year-olds, six 11-year-olds and one 10-year-old.

Offensively for Windham, Chloe Edwards (single), Stella Jarvais (3 singles, 4 RBI's), Kennedy Kimball (single, RBI), Oakley McLead (single), Caitlyn Marsh (single), Nola Bryant (single, RBI) and Sierra Sparrow (2 walks) led the charge.

If Medomak wins its second game on Thursday, it will play again on Friday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Medomak Valley and Ellsworth softball
Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Video by: Ken Waltza and Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley and Ellsworth on July 11 in state Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball in Glenburn. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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