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High school softball

Medomak Valley shipwrecks Morse, swings into regional semifinals

Unbeaten Cape Elizabeth on deck for sixth-ranked Panthers
By Staff | Jun 10, 2021
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer From left, Medomak Valley's Olivia Pelkey, Kaylee Kurr, Madi Boynton, Sara Nelson and Eliza Nelson cheer for teammates from the dugout on June 8 against Leavitt in high school softball in Waldoboro. The host Panthers beat the Hornets 14-6 in a prelim playoff game.

Waldoboro — Two up, two down thus far for the Medomak Valley softball team in the postseason.

The Panthers, who entered the Class B South playoffs as the sixth seed, now have a pair of high school postseason victories under their belt, the most recent a come-from-behind, 8-7 road victory over No. 3 Morse of Bath on Thursday, June 10.

Previously, Medomak Valley defeated No. 11 Leavitt of Turner (5-12) 14-6 in a prelim game Tuesday, June 8 at Waldoboro.

Now, the Panthers are onto the semifinals, where they will play at No. 2 Cape Elizabeth (18-0) on Saturday, June 12 at noon.

Watch video and see nearly 40 photos below.

The following is a breakdown of Medomak Valley's Class B South playoff games:

No. 6 Medomak Valley 8, No. 3 Morse 7

At Bath June 10, the Panthers got revenge on two regular-season losses to the Shipbuilders by eliminating the hosts and advancing to the next round.

Medomak Valley was kept off the board through the first five innings, but responded with three runs in the sixth inning and five more in the top of the seventh to extend the game.

Morse scored two in the first, three in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the seventh.

Veteran Panther coach Richard Vannah said Thursday's performance was a "team win" and it was "one of the best games I have had with this group."

"We put three up in the sixth and then five up in the seventh with some key hits and some misplayed balls by them," he said. "My girls never gave up and everyone contributed in one way or another."

The Panthers were led at the dish by Aly Creamer (triple, run), Natalie Stewart (run, RBI), Haley Puchalski (double, single, 2 runs), Eliza Nelson (2 singles, 2 runs), Grace White (2 singles, run, 2 RBIs), Bella LaFrance (RBI), Addison McCormick (3 singles, 2 RBIs), Emma Kunesh (single), Grace Kurr (run) and Emily Harris (single).

For the Shipbuilders, Brooke Kulis (single, 2 runs), Makayla Peterson (run), Camden Johnson (2 home runs, single, 4 RBIs, 2 runs), Abbie Carpenter (RBI), Hailey Johnson (home run), Anna Franiz (single, run, stolen base) and C. Creamer (double, single, RBI) paced the offense.

Madi Boynton and Aly Creamer pitched for Medomak Valley and allowed seven hits and three walks, with eight strikeouts. Camden Johnson pitched for Morse as she allowed 12 hits and one walk, with six strikeouts.

Morse wasted little time getting on the board in the first inning when Kulis walked, moved to second on a passed ball and came in on a two-run blast by Camden Johnson.

Camden Johnson made it 3-0 with a solo shot in the fourth, while Hailey Johnson followed with a solo home run moments later and an RBI-single by Creamer made the score 5-0 for Morse.

The hosts' lead swelled to 6-0 in the fifth when Kulis singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, stole third base and scored on a sacrifice fly bu Carpenter.

Then, the Panthers went to work in the top of the sixth, as they cut their deficit in half, which began when Stewart, Puchalski and Nelson reached to load the bases.

Stewart scored on an error, Puchalski on an RBI from White and Nelson on a single by McCormick.

In the seventh, the good times continued to roll for the visitors, which began with a triple by Creamer, who came in on a ground out by Stewart. The Panthers took an 8-6 lead after RBIs by White, LaFrance, McCormick and Kunesh.

"At the beginning of the game I told them I don't care if we win or lose this game as long as they compete," said Vannah. "Every pitch, every play and don't be struck out [looking] with two strikes. Compete. It [the momentum] shifted a little in the top of the sixth where they felt better about maybe making it interesting. Everyone was contributing so we were into it."

Camden Johnson got her fourth RBI in the bottom of the seventh off a single to plate Peterson to make the score 8-7, but Aly Creamer settled in and struck out the final two batters to clinch the game for the Panthers.

Morse beat Medomak Valley 4-1 and 6-4 in nine innings during the regular season.

No. 6 Medomak Valley 14, No. 11 Leavitt 6

At Waldoboro June 8, the Panthers plated at least one run in six of seven innings and prowled past the visiting Hornets.

On Tuesday, Medomak Valley scored two runs in the first inning, two in the second, three in the third, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and four in the sixth, while Leavitt plated one in the first and five in the fourth.

Aly Creamer and Madi Boynton pitched for the Panthers, as the teammates allowed nine hits and four walks, with 10 strikeouts. Kiro Welch pitched for Leavitt, as she allowed 10 hits and eight walks, with eight strikeouts.

The Panther hit parade was led by Creamer (double, single, 2 RBIs, 2 runs), Natalie Stewart (double, single, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Bella LaFrance (single, run, RBI), Addison McCormick (run), Eliza Nelson (2 runs), Haley Puchalski (2 singles, 3 runs, RBI, stolen base), Emily Harris (single, 2 runs, RBI) and Eliza Spear (2 singles, run).

For the Hornets, Lily Chabot (single, run), Sam Withee (2 runs, RBI), Paige Demascio (single, run, RBI), Carly Leavitt (double, single, 3 RBIs), Nola Boutaush (single), Maddie Dutil (single), Cadence McDowell (single), Sam Deblois (single) and Baylee Lane (single, run) paced the offense.

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Leavitt at Medomak Valley softball
Medomak hosts Leavitt on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Video by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Leavitt at Medomak Valley on June 8 in high school softball in Waldoboro. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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