The Division six girls’ softball team of eleven and twelve-year-old players took the field for the
championship game against Gorham on Saturday, June 30 at the South Portland
Little League Pine Street field.
|Chloe Mannette holds onto the ball to get the out at second|
Windham had high energy right out of the gate. Gorham managed to score one run in the bottom of the first, but the Eagle’s strong defense kept them from getting more, ending the inning with Gorham’s bases loaded.
Windham responded to that one run, with Jaydn Kimball, #28 getting a base hit while Caitlyn Marsh, #42 brought in Kimball, tying the game at one in the top of the second.
Windham’s defense was powerful in the bottom of the third as they were holding runners on base. Although Windham played smart this inning, Gorham put four runs on the scoreboard, five to one.
In the fourth inning, Windham responded yet again. After Kimball walked, Hannah Heanssler, #15 got a base hit and Chloe Mannette, #12 got a bunt, loading the bases. A base hit by Alyssa Connelly #26 brought in Kimball making the score five to two, Gorham.
An overthrow brought in Heanssler. Gianna West, #2 got a hit and brought in Mannette, increasing the score, five to four, Gorham.
The Eagles kept up the defense in the bottom of the fourth bringing up three batters and sending three batters away.
|Stella Jarvais gets ready to crush the ball into the outfield photo|
Kimball ripped a triple in the top of the fifth. Heanssler smashed a double into the outfield and brought in Kimball, tying the game at five.
Headed into the bottom of the sixth and final inning, the score remained tied at five. Windham moved two Gorham players out almost immediately. After a tough play to first and home base, Gorham was able to get the last run they needed.
Six to five was the final score.
“These girls continually surprise me as a coach - the effort, the heart, the soul. Being able to coach them was an honor. The girls learned a lot and I want to thank our coaches and parents. I think these girls represented Windham really well,” remarked head coach Kregg Jarvais.
Congratulations to the Division six runners up; you all did a great job!