Local 10U softball team wins state title, next stop Regionals

STATE CHAMPS — Members of the Andy Valley East 10 and Under Softball team claimed the state title and will now advance to regional play in Connecticut. The team includes: front, left to right, Kaylee Chamberlain of Mechanic Falls, Caydence Riley of Bridgton and Melissa Mayo of Bridgton; second row, Sierra Carson of Woodstock, Natasha Mason of Woodstock, Kathryn McIntyre of Bridgton and Bree Heikkinen of Paris; third row Kasey Johnson of Bridgton, Atlantis Martin of Oxford, Emily Rock of Bridgton, Taylor Truman of Paris and Caitlin Hunnefield of Poland; and back row, Coaches Tracy Smith, Amy Mayo and Kelly Johnson, all from Bridgton.

STATE CHAMPS — Members of the Andy Valley East 10 and Under Softball team claimed the state title and will now advance to regional play in Connecticut. The team includes: front, left to right, Kaylee Chamberlain of Mechanic Falls, Caydence Riley of Bridgton and Melissa Mayo of Bridgton; second row, Sierra Carson of Woodstock, Natasha Mason of Woodstock, Kathryn McIntyre of Bridgton and Bree Heikkinen of Paris; third row Kasey Johnson of Bridgton, Atlantis Martin of Oxford, Emily Rock of Bridgton, Taylor Truman of Paris and Caitlin Hunnefield of Poland; and back row, Coaches Tracy Smith, Amy Mayo and Kelly Johnson, all from Bridgton.

Five local girls — Kasey Johnson, Melissa Mayo, Kathryn McIntyre, Caydence Riley and Emily Rock of Bridgton — are headed to the New England Regional Babe Ruth 10U softball tournament in Stamford, Conn. as members of the Andy Valley 10U all star team that won the state championship last week.

After a tough 18-17 loss versus Brunswick in the opening game of the state tournament, Andy Valley regrouped to win the next seven games and clinch the state championship title.

The team is coached by Amy Mayo, Kelly Johnson and Tracy Smith.

Game Summary:

Game #1, Brunswick 18, Andy Valley 17

Game #2, Andy Valley 15, Lewiston 2 (in four innings)

Game #3, Andy Valley 12, Auburn 1 (in four innings)

Game #4, Andy Valley 13, Brunswick 2 (in four innings)

Game #5, Andy Valley 14, Andy Valley #2 3 (in four innings)

Game #6, Andy Valley 12, Gorham 7

Game #7, Andy Valley 9, Gorham 8

What’s next? Because the girls won the state championship, they have earned the right to represent the State of Maine in the New England Regional 10U Tournament in Stanford, Conn., July15-19. The team is raising money to help offset the expense of four nights lodging, travel expenses and tournament fees. A gofundme account has been establish for donations, www.gofundme.com/yfud3ug

If you would like to help, checks can also be made out to: Andy Valley Cal Ripken League with a reference to 10U softball in the memo and sent to Amy Mayo, 24 Elm St., Bridgton, ME 04009. Amy can also be contacted at 647-5458.

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