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Cape 12s Lose Heartbreaker to SP National, 3-2


Written by: Mookie Wilson
Monday, July 7, 2008

The Cape 12-year old all-stars played their hearts out and left it all on the field Monday night at Payson Park, losing 3-2 to a tough South Portland National team in a very well-played game.  With the loss, the Capers have been eliminated from the tournament, finishing a very respectable 3rd in their Bayside Bracket.

With the score tied 2-2, the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 6th inning, SP-Natl's #9 hitter stroked a soft line single to left field to win it for SP-Natl.  For SP-Natl, it was sweet revenge:  Cape had beaten them earlier in the tournament, 5-4, on Cape's last at-bat.  These two teams battled hard in both games, and were very evenly matched.

Sam pitched an outstanding game for Cape, matching SP's ace pitch-for-pitch and keeping SP's hitters off balance all night long.  Sam struck out 9, walked only one and hit a batter, scattering seven hits.  He pitched 5 2/3 innings, leaving when his pitch count ran out with the bases loaded in the 6th.

SP's pitchers were also very effective, striking out 10 Capers on the night.  Cape's best opportunity came in the 5th inning.  Down 2-0, the Capers rallied:  Anthony drew a walk, Eli dropped down a perfectly executed bunt that SP could not field, and Austin rapped one back to the mound that the pitcher could not field cleanly.  This loaded the bases for Cam, who came through with a single that scored Anthony and Eli.

A relief pitcher entered the game and walked Matt to load the bases with no outs.  But Cape couldn't score again.  After two batters struck out, Jackson rapped a hard ground ball up the middle, but the pitcher managed to deflect it to the shortstop, who made a nice play for the forceout.

Cape only managed three hits on the night, from Cam, Austin and Matt.

The Capers finished the tournament with a record of 2-2, and played outstanding defense to go along with very strong pitching all tournament long.  The coaches would like to thank the players and their parents for their time commitment over the past two weeks -- this was a very fun bunch, and we felt honored to coach them.

On to bigger fields and bigger adventures for these 11 boys, who officially retired from Little League tonight!!


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