9/10 Girls Softball...still going
Written by: League Administrator
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Cape Elizabeth 9/10 softball all-star parents had their hearts in their throats all evening as their daughters gutted out a 5-1 win over Gray-New Gloucester tonight. Though the Capers never trailed in the game, the teams were not separated by more than a run until the final inning. Cape held GNG scoreless in the first with another patented "K-Mart" to Anna put out on a passed ball with a runner on third ending the inning. Having learned the hard way, GNG never attempted to score on a passed ball the rest of the night.
Cape broke the scoreless tie in the top of the 2nd when K-Mart walked and moved around the bases on steals and passed balls, ultimately scoring from 3rd base when her opposite number could not complete the passed ball play at home. GNG tied it back up in the bottom half when a walk forced in a run, but Anna then caught the final batter looking at strike three to limit the damage.
Cape regained the advantage in the top of the 4th when Hannah walked to lead off and alertly took passed ball opportunities to get to 3rd. Clara then had a timely hit to short with two out that she beat out as Hannah scampered home. Dana and Esme got on base in the 5th as Cape threatened to extend the lead, but fine pitching by GNG left them stranded.
The game turned on Anna's gritty pitching in the bottom of the 5th. After loading the bases with walks and having pitched 24 innings (16 over the past three days) to that point in the tournament, she appeared fatigued. However, she came back with three consecutive strikeouts to leave GNG feeling empty. The Capers finally rediscovered their offensive fire power in the top of the 6th to create breathing room. Nine batters came up and three runs touched the dish, Clara bringing home the first with a clean single through the hole on the left side, followed by a patient bases loaded walk by Esme, and finally a sharp single to left by Abbey.
Haley, "Kitty Kat," Analise, "Cadillac," Helena, and Abigail all contributed again as well, and the team pulled together from a first game defeat 16 days ago at the hands of Scarborough to roll off four straight wins in the (poorly named!) "loser's bracket." In consecutive games, the Capers sent Windham-Raymond, South Portland, Yarmouth, and Gray-New Gloucester home for the summer. Anna's phenomenal pitching has now totaled 26 innings and 63 strikeouts in the District 6 tournament (n.b., last night's article incorrectly attributed one extra third of inning and one extra strikeout to her - those belonged to Dana in game 1).
The Capers now meet their date with destiny in the form of a rematch with Scarborough Tuesday night. Having lost one to the Red Storm, Cape needs to beat their rivals twice to claim the district championship. One team, one goal!
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