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High school softball

Panther title dreams derailed as unbeaten Capers walk off with win

Medomak Valley bested Leavitt, Morse of Bath to advance to Saturday's semifinal
By Staff | Jun 13, 2021
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Medomak Valley's Natalie Stewart on second base earlier in the playoffs. The Panthers won two of three Class B South postseason contests, including falling to Cape Elizabeth in dramatic fashion in the semifinals.

Waldoboro — It was anyone’s game in the bottom of the seventh inning on Saturday, June 12 with No. 6 Medomak Valley and No. 2 Cape Elizabeth scoreless in a thrilling Class B South semifinal playoff showdown.

But by high school game’s end, it was the Capers who had luck on their side, while the Panthers had their championship dreams dashed, as the hosts walked off with a 1-0 win on the final at-bat of the contest.

With the win, undefeated Cape Elizabeth (19-0) advances to the regional championship game, while Medomak Valley, which defeated No. 3 Morse of Bath 8-7 at Bath and No. 11 Leavitt of Turner 14-6 at Waldoboro to advance to Saturday’s semifinal, saw its campaign conclude at 13-6.

Watch video and see nearly 40 photos below.

The following are summaries of Medomak Valley's Class B South playoff games:

No. 2 Cape Elizabeth 1, No. 6 Medomak Valley 0

At Cape Elizabeth June 12, the Capers got a walkoff hit in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the Panthers home from the postseason.

“It was a game that anyone could have won,” said veteran Medomak Valley coach Richard Vannah. “They had a little luck and we didn’t. My girls played superb and we are super proud of them.”

The Panther offense was led by Natalie Stewart (single), Grace White (single), Addison McCormick (single), Emily Harris (2 singles) and Eliza Spear (2 singles).

For the Capers, Esme Song (2 singles, RBI), Julia Torre (single), Clara Parker (2 singles, stolen base, run) and Kat Callahan (single, stolen base) paced the offense.

Anna Cornell pitched for Cape Elizabeth and allowed seven hits and no walks, with 12 strikeouts. Madi Boynton pitched for Medomak Valley and allowed six hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.

With the game scoreless in the bottom of the seventh inning, Parker, the ninth batter in the lineup for the Capers, rapped a single and moved into scoring position after the leadoff hitter, Dana Schwartz, grounded out.

Song then smacked a single to the outfield as Parker rounded the bases and scored the game-winning run for the hosts.

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 in a quarterfinal playoff affair.

edomak 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 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), Stewart (double, single, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Bella LaFrance (single, run, RBI), McCormick (run), Eliza Nelson (2 runs), Haley Puchalski (2 singles, 3 runs, RBI, stolen base), Harris (single, 2 runs, RBI) and 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.

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.

Coach 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 Aly Creamer (triple, run), Stewart (run, RBI), Puchalski (double, single, 2 runs), Nelson (2 singles, 2 runs), White (2 singles, run, 2 RBIs), LaFrance (RBI), McCormick (3 singles, 2 RBIs), Emma Kunesh (single), Grace Kurr (run) and 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.

Boynton and 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 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.

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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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