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Cape Elizabeth Ends Tournament Run


Written by: Steve Dobieski
Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Cape Elizabeth 11-12 All-stars were defeated Thursday night by Cumberland/North Yarmouth, dropping the first two games of the district 6 championship series and ending their season as district 6 runners-up.

The series started Tuesday night at South Portland National's field where the Capers lost a tough 4-2 game. They fell behind early in the first after a Cumberland homerun put the visitors up 2-0. Another run in the fourth put Cape in a 3-0 hole, but Dylan homered for the fifth consecutive game in the bottom of the frame after Reese had worked a lead-off walk, and the Cumberland lead was cut to 3-2. Cumberland extended their lead to 4-2 in the top of the fifth, and their pitcher mixed in offspeed pitches with a good fastball to keep the Cape hitters off-balance and preserve the victory. Cape had the tying run at the plate in both the fifth and sixth innings, but could not capitalize.

The second game of the series was postponed from Wednesday to Thursday because of weather, and the game was moved to Falmouth for a possible double-header which was changed at game time to a single game with a rubber match, if needed, being pushed to Friday. The Capers struck first in the top of the first inning when Tim and Ben both singled and scored on consecutive singles by Luke and John. Cumberland escaped further damage and Cape stranded two runners. Cumberland cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the frame and Cape extended the lead by a run in the second after Aaron singled and scored on a double by Ben. Again, Cape stranded two runners in squandered opportunities that would come back to haunt them. Cumberland tied the score in the bottom of the second on only one hit and then took a 6-4 lead in the third, scoring three runs with a two out rally. Cape threatened with baserunners in each of the next three innings, but could not score. A potential game-tying homerun off the bat of Dylan was robbed in the fourth inning on a great defensive play by the Cumberland centerfielder who reached over the fence to make the catch. That catch seemed to take the wind out of Cape's sails and after yielding two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, they could not muster a rally in the sixth despite Aaron's lead-off double and a walk by Dylan. Defensive highlights for Cape included a nifty Luke to Dylan one-out, bases-loaded force at home and a running catch by Nate in right to end the fourth and keep Cumberland from padding their lead after they had loaded the bases with one out in the inning.

The loss was a disappointing end to Cape's tournament run, but should not diminish their hard-work and excellent play in the tournament. The team would like to thank all of its supporters during the tournament, and extends a thanks to our tournament hosts at both Bayside and South Portland National.

The coaches wish to recognize Tim, Ben, Luke, John, Matt D., Reese, Andrew, Bryce and Aaron for their outstanding little league careers and excellent play in the tournament; they look forward to watching Matt R., Nate and Dylan who return for their final year in 2011 and will look to build on their successes in the tournament as they lead next year's team in a quest for the district 6 championship and state title.


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