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Medomak Valley plays two games in 9-10 state softball tournament

District 2 Little League champions enjoy experience to compete at elite level
By Staff | Jul 18, 2017
Photo by: Mark Haskell Medomak Valley's Olivia Pelkey races to home plate during the state Little League 9- and 10-year-old all-star softball tournament in Scarborough. The Midcoast squad finished 0-2 in the event.

Scarborough — Medomak Valley knew a tough road lay ahead in the state Little League 9- and 10-year-old state all-star softball tournament at the Peterson Field Complex, but enjoyed the experience nonetheless, despite being eliminated at the conclusion of two games.

In the first game of the double-elimination tournament on Saturday, July 15, Medomak Valley was dealt an 11-1, 4-inning loss to District 4 champion Shaker Valley.

Click for photos from Medomak Valley's first state game.

The following day, Sunday, July 16, Medomak Valley dropped an 8-3 decision to District 1 champion Ellsworth in an elimination game.

Medomak Valley won District 2 by default and, unlike other squads at the state event, did not benefit from playing meaningful games in its district tournament before advancing to states.

Thus, Saturday’s game was Medomak Valley’s first official contest together. Coach Andrea Williamson said they could not find a more recent game to play against local all-star teams in an exhibition game to prepare, so "we gathered seven local Little League players and played against them in a little local scrimmage [and] that was it."

"We really did go in blind," she said. "Our team was young but worked hard every week. We had two-hour practices and all girls were there giving 110 percent every night in the heat. They were a very young team, but an eager team to learn and play well."

District 3 champion Lincoln and District 6 champion (and host) Scarborough rounded out the five-team state field. District 5 did not field a team this season.

Team members for Medomak Valley included Sidney Nicholls, Alyssa Smith, Skylar Hills, Audrianna Jackson, Arianna Sproul, Madison Boynton, Sadie Knight, Arianna Kennard, Rachel Barbour, Kytana Williamson, Haley Puchalski and Olivia Pelkey. The team is managed by Andrea Williamson and coached by Richard Williamson, Ryan Jackson and Katie Nicholls.

Team members for Shaker Valley included Andrea Gerrish, Candice Daigle, Kendall Tetu, Ella Donovan, Katelyn Boissoneault, Rebecca Hanlon, Katherine Hanlon, Felicia Proctor, Madison Leeman, Brooklynn Goodman, Ella Gerrish and Madison Leeman. The team is managed by Scott Corey and coached by Alfred Daigle and Jeb Gerrish.

Team members for Ellsworth included Addison Atherton, Lily Bean, Elizabeth Boles, Callie Chase, Shanteena Griffiths, Brielle Grindle, Reese Hellum, Natalie Jagels, Kelsie Lambert, Sophia Lynch, Tanner Mason, Anna Stephens, and Jayden Sullivan. The team is managed by Josh Stevens and coached by Ron Bean and Steve Sullivan.

Andrea Williamson said despite the early exit in the tourney, "I could not have been more proud of my team."

"During the games our fielding was topnotch," she said. "All girls knew where the play was, all girls were moving and backing each other up. Looking at us you would not have known we were a young team. The girls improved so much during this season. It was a great experience for all. It was fun, and the team grew and developed and now know what to expect at the state level. I could not have asked for a better bunch of softball players."

The following is a recap of both Medomak Valley state contests:

Ellsworth 8, Medomak Valley 3

At Scarborough July 16, Ellsworth eliminated Medomak Valley from the tournament with a five-run victory. Medomak Valley scored one run in the second inning and two in the fourth, while Ellsworth tallied seven in the third and one in the fifth.

Leading Medomak Valley at the plate was Puchalski (run, 2 stolen bases), Williamson (run, 2 stolen bases), Pelkey (double, 2 stolen bases), Jackson (single, 3 stolen bases), Knight (stolen base) and Hills (run, 2 stolen bases).

For Ellsworth, Jagels (single, run, stolen base), Stephens (run), Bean (2 runs, stolen base), Sullivan (2 singles, run), Lynch (single, run), Lambert (run), Chase (run, stolen base) and Grindle (single, 2 stolen bases) led the charge.

Grindle, Griffiths and Mason pitched for Ellsworth, allowing two hits and 16 walks, with 15 strikeouts. Williamson went the distance in the pitching circle for Medomak Valley, allowing five hits and five walks, with five strikeouts.

Shaker Valley 11, Medomak Valley 1 (4 inns.)

At Scarborough July 15, Medomak Valley kept things close early, but Shaker Valley benefited from a strong third inning and surged to victory via mercy rule. Shaker Valley scored one run in the first inning, one in the second, seven in the third and two in the fourth, while Medomak Valley’s lone run came in the third frame.

Katherine Hanlon twirled a no-hitter in the pitching circle for Shaker Valley as she walked five and struck out 11. Williamson and Nicholls pitched for Medomak Valley, allowing nine hits and two walks, with three strikeouts.

Pelkey scored the lone run for Medomak Valley, while Andrea Gerrish (single, 3 runs), Tetu (run, 2 stolen bases), Donovan (2 singles, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases), Boissoneault (2 singles, 3 runs, 2 stolen bases), Rebecca Hanlon (2 hits, 2 runs, stolen base), Katherine Hanlon (double, single, run, stolen base) and Leeman (run, stolen base) paced the offense for Shaker Valley.

Medomak Valley threatened in the top of the first inning as its patience at the plate loaded the bases after walks to Puchalski, Williamson and Nicholls, but it could not push across a run.

Shaker Valley did so in the bottom of the frame when Andrea Gerrish reached on an error and advanced to second base, before stealing third and trotting home on an groundout by Tetu.

Medomak Valley looked to be in trouble in the second when the first three batters for Shaker Valley reached to load the bases, but Proctor lined out to Pelkey at shortstop, who eventually doubled off the runner at first base.

Boissoneault came home amid the confusion on the play to put Shaker Valley up 2-0.

Medomak Valley got one back in the third when Pelkey advanced to first base on catcher interference, swiped second and third base and then came in on a passed ball.

Shaker Valley opened the floodgates in the bottom of the frame when it scored seven runs on three hits, including a bloop RBI-single by Donovan, another RBI-single by Rebecca Hanlon and an RBI-double by Katherine Hanlon.

Shaker Valley, leading 9-1 heading into the bottom of the frame, pushed across two more runs to walk off with the mercy-rule win.

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Medomak Valley's Sadie Knight. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sidney Nicholls, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Kytana Williamson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Kytana Williamson, right, and Olivia Pelkey. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Skylar Hills, back. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sidney Nicholls, front. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Skylar Hills. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Skylar Hills, left, and Shaker Valley's Andrea Gerrish. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sidney Nicholls. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sidney Nicholls. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sidney Nicholls. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Rachel Barbour. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Kytana Williamson, front. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Olivia Pelkey. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Olivia Pelkey. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Olivia Pelkey. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Haley Puchalski, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Audrianna Jackson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sidney Nicholls. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sidney Nicholls. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Sidney Nicholls. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley players come together on the infield, while Shaker Valley's Katherine Hanlon, right, gets a low-five from her coach after connecting on a single. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley coach Richard Williamson, middle, chats with players between innings. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
The Medomak Valley Little League 9- and 10-year-old softball all stars, who won the District 2 title, include, front from left, Arianna Sproul, Sidney Nicholls, Arianna Kennard, Rachel Barbour and Kytana Williamson; and back from left, coach Katie Nicholls, Olivia Pelkey, Haley Puchalski, Skylar Hills, Audrianna Jackson, Sadie Knight, Alyssa Smith and coaches Andrea and Richard Williamson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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