Little League baseball

In feline title fight, Wildcats claw past Tigers for Medomak Valley crown

By Staff | Jun 13, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro.

Waldoboro — The Medomak Valley Little League championship game pitted a pair of talented squads — the jungle-worthy and title-ready Wildcats and Tigers — against one another for all the marbles on Tuesday night, June 12 at Clyde Sukeforth Field.

And also saw, despite the diamond battle appearing to be lopsided at the jump, an incredible comeback in the high-scoring affair with the teams knotted at 7-7 in the late innings.

However, it was a five-run surge by the Wildcats that proved the difference on their way to a 12-7 victory to claim the league crown.

No. 1 Wildcats finished 15-0 overall, including 3-0 in the single-elimination playoffs. No. 2 Tigers finished 10-6 overall, including 2-2 in the playoffs.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

Team members for the Wildcats, led by coaches Keith Simmons and Matt Lash, include Gabe Lash, Kory Donlin, Isaac Simmons, Kyle Smith, Walker Simmons, Austin Lash, Jonah Dickerson, Bruce Bossow, Liam Winchenbach, Avery Simmons, Jacque Thomas and Aiden Herring.

Team members for the Tigers, guided by coach Matt Moody, include Chad Reed, Samuel Parent, Austin Wilshire, Isaac Bickford, Aaron Reed, Slavik Moody, Jay Jones, Jacoby Miller, Gabriel Jones, Wyatt Simmons, Samuel Moody, Jacob Hendrickson, Donald Havener and Porter Gahagen.

The Wildcats scored four in the first inning, three in the third and five in the fifth, while the Tigers scored two in the fourth and five in the fifth.

Leading the Wildcats at the plate were Gabe Lash (double, single, 2 runs), Donlin (single, 2 runs, RBI), Isaac Simmons (double, 3 runs, RBI), Smith (2 doubles, 3 runs, RBI), Walker Simmons (single, RBI, run) and Herring (run).

For the Tigers, Gahagen (run), Samuel Moody (2 singles, 2 runs, RBI), Reed (run), Bickford (2 doubles, 4 RBIs), Havener (double, single), Miller (single, run) and Wilshire (run) paced the offense.

Smith, Thomas and Isaac Simmons pitched for the Wildcats, as the trio allowed seven hits and three walks, with 13 strikeouts. Bickford and Reed pitched for the Tigers, as they allowed seven hits and 10 walks, with 11 strikeouts.

The Wildcats pounced on the Tigers in the first inning and took a 4-0 lead after Gabe Lash singled and Donlin, Isaac Simmons and Smith drew walks, all of which later scored on passed balls.

In the fifth, the Wildcats continued to seemingly pull away after back-to-back run-scoring doubles by Isaac Simmons and Smith, along with an RBI-single by Walker Simmons, to make the score 7-0.

But the Tigers prowled back into the game — to the tune of seven unanswered runs — to knot the score.

Samuel Moody singled and Reed drew a walk ahead of Bickford, who walloped a two-run double in the fourth to put the Tigers on the board.

Then, in the fifth, Miller singled, followed by walks to Wilshire and Gahagen, to load the bases. Samuel Moody then slapped an RBI-single into left field, followed by a two-run double by Bickford and two-run double by Havener to tie the game 7-7.

The Tigers, unfazed, put the contest of of reach in the bottom of the frame.

Herring drew a walk, stole second and scored on a single by Donlin to give the Wildcats an 8-7 edge. Donlin later scored on a passed ball and after Isaac Simmons reached first after being hit by a pitch, Smith tattooed in RBI-triple — and scored moments later on the same play after a throwing error — to make the score 11-7.

Walker Simmons later scored on a passed ball to round out the scoring.

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Wildcats and Tigers Little League baseball championship game on June 12 in Waldoboro. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Wildcats and Tigers on June 12 in the Medomak Valley Little League baseball championship game in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Wildcats — Medomak Valley Little League baseball champions. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Tigers — Medomak Valley Little League baseball runners-up. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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