Big Maroon Machine Fires Up 2015 Tournament Run
Written by: MParker
Saturday, June 27, 2015
The 2015 Cape Elizabeth 9/10 Softball All Star team ignited its district tournament run with an impressive white washing of a younger and less experienced Westbrook team today at Pine Street Field in South Portland. A large Cape crowd came out to support the state champs who were waiting for this day since their last tour de force ended in Old Forge, Pennsylvania early last August. They wasted little time in getting down to business.
Assigned the visitor role, the Capers jumped all over two Westbrook pitchers in the top half of the opening frame. When the dust settled and before Cape starting pitcher Kathryne had thrown a single pitch, the girls posted a 12-0 lead. Highlights included a bunt base hit by Dana, as well as singles by Analise, Kat, Esme, and Katharine, and a bases-loaded circuit around the bases by Clara on a screaming line drive to center. Sixteen Capers stepped up to the dish before Westbrook could stop the bleeding. All the more demoralizing for the home team was the bottom half of the frame, when Kathryne dispatched all three batters on strikeouts.
Although Westbrook did show a brief spark in the top of the 2nd, accomplishing a bases loaded, one-out double play and limiting the Capers to only one run in the frame, this proved to be the sole high point for the home team. Cape resumed feasting on Westbrook pitching in innings 3 and 4, amassing twenty-two runs and thinking "mercy rule" as Westbrook took their final at bats in the 4th. Most Cape players got in on the offensive action. Clara accounted for 9 RBIs, including twice plating all runners on bases-loaded opportunities. Dana and Esme flashed bunting finesse and beat out 3 such hits between them. Kathryne helped her own cause with an inside-the-park home run on a rope down the right field line. Kathryne, Dana, Clara, Kat, Esme, and Katharine all had multi-hit games. Hannah and Abigail made important contributions and newcomers Emma, Meghan, and Lydia all got their first taste of the big time with varying degrees of success.
On defense, it was all about the pitching. Kathryne and Clara were spot on, recording all 12 Westbrook outs on strikeouts and allowing no hits. Kathryne looked untouchable in the first 3 innings, facing 11 batters and not allowing the only 2 base runners past first base. Clara walked two with one out in the fourth but stranded the Westbrook baserunners as the final two batters went down looking on K's.
All in all, a tidy start for the state champs, but bigger fish are looming. Next Sunday, the Capers will take on the winner of this evening's Deering/Windham game. Come out and show that great support for the champs once again!
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