AUGUSTA, Maine — Five finalists were present for the presentation of the Miss Maine Softball 2013, which was awarded between the C-D and A-B All-Star Games at Cony High School in Augusta on Thursday.
Cassidy Adams of Bucksport, Danica Gleason of South Portland, Shelby Obert of Skowhegan, Sam Adams of Sanford and Taylor Bannister of Gardiner were nominated, but Gleason ultimately took home the title of Miss Maine Softball, presented to the state’s top senior player.
Scarborough coach and the A-B West coach Tom Griffin presented the award to Gleason.
“It’s crazy, I didn’t expect it. I had such great teammates this year, these past four years really. I have to give a lot of credit to them and the coaches,” Gleason said.
Gleason helped lead her team to a 15-3 record and a trip to the Western Maine Class A quarterfinals. The co-captain of the Riots pitched and played shortstop.
Gleason hit a single and scored a run for the A-B West squad in the all-star game, which the West won 13-1.
The two-sport star plans to continue her athletic career and education at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish.
“I’m going to go to St. Joseph’s to play softball and basketball,” she said.
Her future college roommate was present in the game as well, and they even traded jerseys midway through.
“Molly [Mack of Catherine McAuley] is my roommate in college, we’ve been really good friends for a while,” Gleason added.
Toward the end of the game, after the third and final out was reached, the East only had one player on the roster who had not batted a second time, and coaches from both sides decided to let her bat. Gleason convinced Griffin to let her get the extra out.
“It was awesome. I pitched versus Scarborough the past two times we played them, so to get the Scarborough coach to let me pitch was the best part,” Gleason said.
No. 1 Scarborough was the only team to finish ahead of No. 2 South Portland during the regular season, finishing with a 15-1 record.
In the first game, the Class C and D All-Stars tied 4-4 due to a pregame agreement by the coaches that the game would be called a tie at the conclusion of nine innings of play.
Adams of Bucksport and Kat Adams of Orono split the pitching duties for the East, giving up four runs on 11 hits while striking out 15 and walking four through in nine innings.
Cami Denny of Dirigo, Jamie Plummer of Richmond and Katie Dow of Narraguagus combined to allow four runs off nine hits while striking out 10 and walking four for the West.
Dow and teammate Lindsey Collora played for the West to even out the rosters between the two teams.
The East started off the scoring in the bottom of the third inning when teammates Chloe Douglass and Jillian Woodward hit consecutive singles. Kristin Thompson of Schenck walked to load the bases. Taylor Pelkey of Steans, Rayah Saucier of Washburn and Kayla Cote of Ashland hit back-to-back-back RBI singles to give the East a 3-0 lead.
Saucier led the East with two singles and one RBI.
Bethany Fox of Saint Dominic’s tied the game for the West one and a half- innings later after reaching on a walk and stealing second. She was driven in by Mount Abram’s Jill Howard, who reached base on a throwing error.
Fox paced the West with a single, double, two walks and two runs scored.
The East struck back when Mackenzie York of Hodgdon scored after singling in the top of the fifth, and came home when Woodward reached base on a throwing error.
The West pitchers kept the East bats calm after the fifth inning, allowing only two hits the rest of the way.
In the bottom of the sixth, Plummer reached base on a throwing error, and was driven in one batter later by teammate Brianna Snedeker’s sacrifice bunt, bringing the West to within two. They came to within one in the eighth inning when Kayla Booker of Madison reached base on a walk. Collora advanced her on a groundout, and Booker scored on a one-run single by teammate Samantha Bruce.
The West tied the game in the ninth when Fox reached base on a single and made it to third base on two passed balls. Tasha DeRoche of Dirigo drove her in with a groundout, and Adams struck out Howard to end the game tied at 4.
In the A-B game, the West bats proved to be too much for the East as the stars rolled to the victory.
The West’s offensive spark started in the third inning, when Gleason and Bittina Maheux of Poland singled, and Erin Giles of Scarborough hit a three-run home run.
Kortni Michaud of Oak Hill extended the West’s lead in the fourth after singling and eventually scoring on Kellie Tovey of Sanford’s fielder’s choice groundout, and Marquis MacGlashing of York added a run in the fifth on an an RBI single by Mariah Albert of Biddeford to make the score 5-0.
Pitching woes for the East started in the seventh inning, with the West leading off with two hit-by-pitches and a walk. Carla Tripp of Fryeburg Academy scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by Carinn Burns of Kennebunk, and Giles scored her second run of the game when Alex Thompson of Gray-New Gloucester tripled to extend the lead to 7-0.
The East scored its only run of the game on the seventh inning when Morgan Small of Brewer led off with a walk. She was driven in by teammate Lindey Houp’s RBI double.
With a five-run per half inning rule, the West scored five consecutive runs and didn’t record one out in the eighth inning, with the highlight being Katelyn Lebreux of Biddeford’s three-run triple that extended the lead to 12-0.
Albert finished up scoring in the ninth, being driven in by Mack’s single.
Sam Adams of Sanford, Michaud, Giles, Danielle Cimino of Greely and Burns combined to give up one run on three hits while striking out eight and walking three.