Friday, June 28, 2024

Windham 11/12 softball All-Stars close out ‘amazing season’

By Matt Pascarella

Windham Little League’s 11-12-year-old All-Star softball team had a close game with Yarmouth in their inaugural game of the double elimination All-Star tournament but fell, 5-4, at the Westbrook Little League Complex on Friday, June 14.

Windham fifth grader Ava Kostopoulos high fives with first
base coach Deanna McLean after getting on base during the 
11/12 All-Star softball game against Cumberland North
Yarmouth at the Westbrook Little League Complex on
Windham played Cumberland North Yarmouth on Tuesday, June 25 at the Westbrook Little League complex. After a strong effort by Windham, Cumberland North Yarmouth advanced with a 12-2 win.

Windham seventh grader Courtney Cotter scored in the first inning.

In the fourth inning, Cotter, Windham seventh graders Peyton McLean and Lydia York laid down good bunts. The girls did a good job backing up plays. Windham seventh grader Madi Valliere had an incredible bare-handed catch behind the plate.

In the fifth inning, Valliere scored with bases loaded when fifth grader Ava Kostopoulos walked.

Windham pitcher and fifth grader Bella Westcott had six strikeouts.

“Even if you mess up ... you have to forgot about what you made a mistake on and keep moving forward,” said Cotter. “I think we did excellent bonding, and we were just an amazing team overall. We were able to help each other when we were sad, we wouldn’t let anybody ... sit on the bench, we were all up there screaming our butts off and had an amazing season.”

According to Windham head coach Gina Kostopoulos, the girls showed a lot of heart. Despite the scoreboard they battled; they kept their energy level high the whole game. The girls showed up for each other; even after losses, they went around, and said something great their teammates did. They had great plays, regardless of the outcome – the score is not an accurate reflection of them as players.

The coach said there’s much more to come from these talented individuals. <

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