Middle school softball

Unstoppable, unbeaten Riverhawks swoop in for Busline League championship

As it did all spring, Medomak shows off its unparalleled depth, talent
By Mark Haskell | Jun 12, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell Medomak Middle School of Waldoboro, the unbeaten Busline League softball champions for 2018.

Waldoboro — The Medomak Middle School eighth-grade softball team had not tasted defeat all season, while Nobleboro/Jefferson took the road less traveled and unseated a few higher-ranked opponents along the postseason trek to the coveted Busline League championship game on Monday afternoon, June 11.

Those worlds collided at Medomak Valley High School, with one of those two impressive team accomplishments sure to end as the coveted league crown hung in the balance.

By game’s end, Nobleboro/Jefferson’s Cinderella run came to an end as talented Medomak scored in droves to come away with an impressive 12-2 victory and the title.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

Team members for Medomak, led by coaches Chris Jameson and Jason Stewart, along with manager Genevieve Thimlar, include Baylee Stewart, Autumn Ripley, Lucy Jameson, Grace White, Alyssa Creamer, Ruth Havener, Cameron Bains, Brianna Feyler, Emylee Bryant, Ellie Ashmore, Taylor Podraski, Lizzi Swan, Julia Kunesh, Anna Wagner and Rachel Gross.

Team members for Nobleboro/Jefferson, led by coaches Laurie Stiles and Clint Kaler, include Natalie Kaler, Olivia Stiles, Payson Kaler, Paige Lafrenaye, Eliza Spear, Izzy Peterson, Kaydence Barbour, Madison Scott, Cheyenne Wadford, Anna Feltis and Jasmine Brown.

Medomak (13-0) scored in bunches in the championship game, something the Riverhawks had done in most contests, as it plated five runs in the third and sixth innings, along with one each in the first and fifth frames. Nobleboro/Jefferson (9-4) scored its runs in the second and sixth stanzas.

Leading the newly-crowned league champs at the plate were Stewart (2 runs, 4 stolen bases), Ripley (single, run, 2 stolen bases), Jameson (double, single, 2 runs, 3 stolen bases), White (double, single, 3 runs, 7 stolen bases), Creamer (run, 2 stolen bases), Bains (single, 4 stolen bases), Swan (stolen base), Feyler (stolen base), Wagner (double, run, 2 stolen bases), Ashmore (run, 4 stolen bases) and Gross (run, 2 stolen bases).

For Nobleboro/Jefferson, Natalie Kaler (2 stolen bases), Stiles (2 singles, 4 stolen bases), Payson Kaler (single, stolen base), Lafrenaye (stolen base), Spear (2 singles, 2 runs, 6 stolen bases), Peterson (2 stolen bases) and Scott (single, 2 stolen bases) paced the offense.

Creamer went the distance in the pitching circle for the Riverhawks, as she allowed six hits and three walks, with 10 strikeouts. Payson Kaler toed the slab for the visitors, as she allowed seven hits and 10 walks, with 15 strikeouts.

Stewart got the Riverhawks rolling in the first inning when she drew a walk and stole her way around to the plate to give the hosts a 1-0 lead, while Spear knotted the score in the second for Nobleboro/Jefferson when she singled and stole around to the plate.

But Jameson gave Medomak the lead for good in the third stanza when Ashmore and Stewart drew walks ahead of Jameson, who delivered with an RBI-double. Jameson and Creamer also scored later in the frame on thefts of the plate, while Bains scored White with a single.

The score remained 6-1 until the fifth inning, when Medomak tacked on a run after White singled and stole her way around to home plate, but really put distance between itself and Nobleboro/Jefferson in the sixth.

Spear singled for the visitors and stole her way around to the plate — as she did in the second — to begin the top of the sixth, which put Nobleboro/Jefferson down 7-2.

In the bottom of the frame, the Riverhawks put the game out of reach when Bryant stole home, Ripley plated Ashmore with an RBI-single, Jameson knocked home Ripley with a single and White plated Jameson with a double — who herself came in on a passed ball — to give Medomak a 12-2 advantage.

Top-ranked Medomak received a first-round bye, defeated No. 4 St. George 26-0 in the semifinals and No. 2 Camden-Rockport 10-2 in the North Division championship game.

No. 3 Nobleboro/Jefferson defeated No. 6 Medomak 7th in the quarterfinal, bested No. 2 Oceanside in the semifinal and beat No. 1 Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta 4-3 in the South Division final.

Medomak versus Jefferson/Nobleboro
Medomak versus Nobleboro/Jefferson middle school softball on June 11 in Waldoboro. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Nobleboro/Jefferson, the Busline League softball postseason runners-up for 2018. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak coach Chris Jameson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Nobleboro/Jefferson's Eliza Spear. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Grace White. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Baylee Stewart. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Anna Wagner. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Rachel Gross. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Rachel Gross. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Lucy Jameson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Rachel Gross and Nobleboro/Jefferson's Madison Scott. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Taylor Podraski. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Baylee Stewart. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Alyssa Creamer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Nobleboro/Jefferson's Anna Feltis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Alyssa Creamer (16) ad Grace White. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Lucy Jameson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Lucy Jameson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Lucy Jameson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Nobleboro/Jefferson's Olivia Stiles. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Alyssa Creamer (16) and Julia Kunesh (11). (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Grace White. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Taylor Podraski. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Lucy Jameson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Grace White. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Medomak's Taylor Podraski, Lizzi Swan (13) and Autumn Ripley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Autumn Ripley attempts to apply the tag on Nobleboro/Jefferson's Eliza Spear (1), while, from left, Riverhawks Taylor Podraski, Lizzi Swan and Lucy Jameson look on. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Nobleboro/Jefferson's Eliza Spear and Medomak's Alyssa Creamer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Nobleboro/Jefferson's Eliza Spear and Medomak's Alyssa Creamer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Nobleboro/Jefferson's Eliza Spear (1) and Kaydence Barbour (9). (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Autumn Ripley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Nobleboro/Jefferson's Payson Kaler. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Alyssa Creamer. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Autumn Ripley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Autumn Ripley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Grace White. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Alyssa Creamer, left, and Grace White. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Alyssa Creamer, left, and Grace White. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak players converge on the diamond after the final out. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak players converge on the diamond after the final out. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak players converge on the diamond after the final out. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak players, including Grace White, middle, converge on the diamond after the final out. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak players, including Grace White, middle, converge on the diamond after the final out. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak players, including Grace White, middle, converge on the diamond after the final out. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Grace White. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak's Julia Kunesh, left, and Autumn Ripley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak players rush forward to accept the Busline League championship plaque. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak players rush forward to accept the Busline League championship plaque. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak players rush forward to accept the Busline League championship plaque. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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