9/10 SB ALL STARS DO MAINE PROUD IN EASTERN REGIONALS
Written by: 910sb managers
Thursday, December 18, 2014
The 2014 Maine State Champion Cape Elizabeth 9/10 SB All Stars concluded a successful Eastern Regional Invitational appearance and an amazing summer run on Tuesday, August 5, bowing to a strong Connecticut team, 11-1, in the finale of New England pool play. The Capers left their mark on Old Forge, PA, however, including an impressive Monday victory over their northern New England sisters from Vermont, before making the journey back to the Pine Tree state.
The Capers arrived at the start of the weekend to be feted by the Pennsylvania District 17 hosts in a opening ceremony and champions parade on Saturday, August 2 morning. Champion teams from Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut and Maine made up the New England pool (Massachusetts and New Hampshire were not represented) and the mid-Atlantic pool was represented by New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Each individual player from each team was recognized at the gala.
Noon brought the tourney start and Maine squared off against Rhode Island. Despite loading the bases twice and getting runners to 3rd three times, the Capers struggled to cross the plate against the star studded Rhode Islanders. Meanwhile, Rhode Island, clearly the best hitting team the Capers faced all summer, got around on Anna's pitches unlike any of her previous competition and the little southern New England state carried a 10-0, four-inning victory. The Maine champions were undaunted and remained high spirited.
After a day off and some recreation, the Capers then faced Vermont on Monday in the unofficial battle for northern New England supremacy. Cape Elizabeth, as visitors, scored first in the top of the first on a walk and stolen base by Esme, followed by an RBI single by Anna. Vermont tied in it in the bottom of the first on a walk, a stolen base, and passed balls. Cape took a 3-1 lead in the 3rd on a walk by Esme and advance to home on several passed balls, along with a single by Katharine, who was driven in on a single by Katherine. In the 5th, Cape upped its lead to 4-2 on a single by Abbey, who eventually scored on a fielder’s choice by Katharine. Vermont tied it back up with runs in the 5th and 6th that scored on walks and passed balls and the game went to extra innings. In the 7th, Dana walked and advanced to 3rd on a stolen base and passed ball. Abbey then drove her home with a single after fouling off numerous pitches, taking the Vermont pitcher through a memorable 10-pitch at bat. Anna then showed her signature Maine state champion form, striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh to seal the 5-4 win. Anna pitched all seven innings and struck out 17 batters.
With Rhode Island having already gone 3-0 and earning one of the New England pool semi-final berths, Cape Elizabeth then faced an Connecticut for the remaining semi-final berth. The Mainers fought to a 1-1 tie after one inning, but would score no more as the strong Connecticut defense made play after play in the field and chipped away on offense to accumulate 11 runs, finishing the game off in 4 innings. Maine battled to the end with fleet footed Helena pinch running after an Anna base hit and advancing to 3rd, but she was stranded when Connecticut shut the door, recording the final out of the Cape Elizabeth, Maine season.
All told, it was a summer success for Cape Elizabeth Little League rarely, if ever, matched. The 9/10 SB All Star team finished 11-3 for the summer, including a breath taking ten-game victorious romp through District 6 and State competition, followed by a trip to the Eastern Regional Invitationals. In the latter, an extra inning exhibition added northern New England bragging rights icing to the cake. Coaches, parents, family and friends took great pride in their state champions. Take a bow, Anna, Katherine, Katharine, Kathryne, Helena, Dana, Clara, Abbey, Abigail, Hannah, Analise, Haley, and Esme. Your motto was One Team, One Goal, but you achieved many more goals than anyone every dreamed. We are proud of you!