CAPERS WIN THRILLER, 3-2. FORCE DECIDING GAME AGAINST SCARBOROUGH
Written by: 910sb managers
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Cardiac Capers? Parents weren't sure if that was just tension they were feeling in their chests or if they should call paramedics as the Cape Elizabeth 9/10 softball all-stars defeated Scarborough, 3-2 (Not to worry - at least three of the parents are doctors…). Cape dealt Scarborough its first loss in the double elimination District 6 tourney, avenging an opening game defeat to the neighboring rivals and setting up a one game, all-for-the-marbles epic on Thursday night. The winner will represent the district in the state all-star tournament.
The Capers won the pre-game coin toss and were designated as the "home" team despite playing in Scarborough's house. The game set up as a pitcher's duel from the outset with Anna facing 5 batters, but ultimately striking out the side in the first. In the bottom half. Mollie countered with a K for Scarborough and Abbey was caught on a close play trying to take home on a passed ball. However, before the Red Storm could shut the door, Esme had walked, stolen second base, and raced around to score on a single to right field by Anna. Anna then faced the minimum number of batters in the visitor's 2nd and 3rd with three strikeouts, a 1-3 put out on a bunt and two fabulous plays by "K-Mart" - a runner caught trying to steal home on a passed ball, and a runner caught stealing second base with Esme smartly applying the tag.
Cape extended their cushion in the home half of the third as Abbey and Esme got on base and successively came around to score on a single by Anna and a fielder's choice by K-Mart. Then the Capers hung on for dear life. Scarborough finally broke through with a run in the 4th on a walk, steal and passed balls, but then Anna shut them down quickly with three straight strikeouts - two caught looking. A lead off runner in the 5th for Scarborough was stranded at second after a 1-3 fielder's choice and two strikeouts, setting up the tense 6th.
Down to their final 3 outs, and trailing 3-1, Scarborough mustered their best threat of the night, loading the bases with one out on two walks sandwiched around a single. The runner on 3rd scored on a passed ball and the tying and go ahead runs moved to second and third base. As she has so many times before during this tournament, Anna then dug down deep and struck out the final two batters - the last after running a full count. Players celebrated and parents finally exhaled, prepared to do it all over again for the district championship on Thursday night!
Clara, Kat, Hannah, Analise, Haley, Helena, Abigail, Cadillac and Dana all played their parts of the whole tonight as the team rides a five game winning streak into the district championship final and rubber match with the Red Storm. One team, one goal!