Several members of the Panther squad mug for the camer, including Sadie Cohen, Lydia Simmons, Aubrey Schaeffer, Josie Jameson, Malayna Benner, Hattie Watmough, and Maddie White. (Photo courtesy Andrea Watmough)
Medomak softball won the 2015 Maine ASA 14U Class B State championship tournament on June 27 and 28 in Bangor.
“If the results from this past weekend are any indicator, the future is looking pretty bright for the Medomak Valley softball program,” Waldoboro Recreation Director Kyle Santheson said.
“After a full day of games at Husson College and Bangor High School, the Panthers came away unblemished,” Santheson said.
There were eight teams in the double-elimination tournament, including Bangor, River Valley Hornets (Leavitt), Sluggers Red (Brewer), Old Town, MAYSA Screaming Eagles (Messalonskee), Skowhegan, the Franklin County Stars (Mt. Blue), and the Panthers.
Team members of the 14U Panther squad include Abby Nelson, Gabby DePatsy, Josie Jameson, Hallie Kunesh, Maddie White, Addie Jameson, Sadie Cohen, Kayla Donlin, Malayna Benner, Hattie Watmough, Aubrey Schaeffer, Emily Wotton, and Lydia Simmons. The team is coached by Richard Vannah and Santheson.
Medomak 8 – Sluggers Red 0
Gabby DePatsy threw a one-hit shutout (8K,6B) in game one of the tournament in the Panthers six-inning mercy-ruling win. She carried a no-hitter until the sixth inning when “the leadoff batter appeared to foul a pitch off her leg that rolled into fair territory. The umpires ruled it fair, breaking up the no-hitter,” Santheson said.
The Lady Panthers smashed 11 hits. DePatsy hit a double and triple, Lydia Simmons two singles, Abby Nelson a triple and single, Josie Jameson two singles, Kayla Donlin a double, and Aubrey Schaeffer and Hattie Watmough a single each.
Medomak 9 – Hornets 0
Addie Jameson threw a no-hitter, striking out 12 of the 19 batters she faced in the Panthers 9-0, five-inning, mercy-ruling win over the Hornets in game two.
Hitting for Medomak were Nelson with a double and single, Addie Jameson and DePatsy two singles each, and J. Jameson and Schaeffer a double each. Jameson’s double to left in the fifth inning drove in three runs to end the game early by mercy ruling.
Medomak 4 – Stars 3
The Stars gave Medomak a run for their money in the Panthers third game of the tournament. DePatsy collected the win (4H,4B,7K), surrendering just one earned run.
The Panthers got off to a rocky start when the first two Stars batters reached on errors, which led to two runs. Medomak took the lead for good with a three-run third inning. They added a run in the sixth and stopped a Stars rally in the seventh, holding them to one run.
With runners at second and third, “DePatsy buckled down and blew a 2-2 fastball by the cleanup hitter to win it,” Santheson said.
Medomak outhit Stars 10-4. Hitting for the Panthers were Simmons with a double and single, Hallie Kunesh two singles, Schaeffer a triple, and Nelson, J. Jameson, DePatsy, A. Jameson, and Maddie White a single each.
The championship game was rained out on Sunday, but tournament officials declared the undefeated Panthers the tournament champions.
Coach Richard Vannah said, “I couldn’t be more proud of these girls. They certainly came ready to play. Gabby and Addie were lights out on the mound and the offense was nonstop all day.
Team chemistry plays a big role when forming a team and the players and their parents have invested heavily in the program.”
The Panthers outscored their opponents 21-3 and outhit them 29-5 in 18 innings of play.