HERMON — The Shaker Valley All-Star team wanted to get off to a good start in the state Little League softball tournament for ages 11-12 on Monday, and the girls from Waterboro and Limerick did just that.
Grace Tutt threw a one-hitter and aided her own cause with a double and two singles and three runs scored as the District 4 champs beat District 1 winner Ellsworth 10-0 in a game called after four innings due to the 10-run rule.
Shaker Valley will now face District 3 champ and host Hermon at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the six-team double-elimination tournament. Ellsworth won’t play again until Wednesday at 6 p.m. when it will play the loser of Tuesday’s Scarborough-Oceanside game.
In Monday’s other game, Scarborough rolled by Auburn 20-2.
Tutt allowed just a single by Hannah Hanscom in the first inning, a soft line drive into right.
Tutt struck out eight and walked one and made a nice play on Trinity Montigny’s bunt in the third inning. She threw 55 pitches, 38 for strikes.
“I felt good. I rely on my team to help me and I know I can count on my catcher [Lacey Bean] to tell me what to do,” said Tutt. “I pitched well but I could do better.”
“She was one of the fastest pitchers we’ve faced. She had a curveball that most of our girls haven’t seen,” said Ellsworth pitcher Mackenzie Chipman.
Shaker Valley had eight hits, including three in a three-run first-inning rally, and didn’t commit an error.
Tutt opened the game with a sharp grounder that skipped into left center field for a double. She scored when Hannah Collins grounded a crisp triple to left center with one out. Collins scored on Zoey DeAngelis’ groundout.
Abby Pomerleau was then hit by a pitch, went to second on a passed ball and scored on a shortstop’s throwing error after Pomerleau was caught in a rundown.
Shaker Valley expanded its lead in the second when Tutt singled with two outs and scored on Bean’s long two-run inside-the-park homer to the base of the fence in left.
“I knew it was going to go far,” said Bean who hit an inside fastball and has hit three homers over the fence this season. “I’ve been working on that — hitting the inside pitch and the outside pitch.”
Shaker Valley added five more insurance runs in the fourth.
“We pitched well, we played defense when we needed to and we got key hits,” said Shaker Valley coach Kevin Tutt. “Lacey hit a bomb to left field. Things went very well.”
Collins had a single to go with her triple and Bean drove in three runs with a fielder’s choice to accompany her homer.
“[Tutt] was a nice hitter and their catcher [Bean)] had some nice hits,” said Chipman.
“It was a very well-pitched game. [Tutt] threw strikes consistently and we couldn’t put our bats on the ball,” said Ellsworth coach Josh Stevens. “They found the holes and we didn’t catch many breaks.”
Chipman struck out eight in her four-inning stint.
In Monday’s other game, Scarborough rolled after scoring 18 runs in the first inning. Mia Kelley sparked the offense with a double and two RBIs while Hannah Dobecki added a single and drove in two runs. Bella Dickinson chipped in with a double and single while Sydney Michelson and Ava McDonald each singled.
Abby Russell doubled and drove in a run for Auburn and Caroline Hammond added a single.