The Maine Bandits 14-U girls fast pitch softball team won the Labor Day Storm tournament held in Salem, Mass. on Aug. 29-21. The Bandits went undefeated in pool play, scoring 31 runs while allowing just three, and were seeded first going into the championship round.

The Bandits faced their toughest battle in Sunday’s semifinal game against the host team, the North Shore Storm. Down 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Bandits had runners on second and third with two outs. The team’s youngest player, Gabbie Townsend, lined a 0-2 pitch into the right/center gap for a game-winning two-run double. The Bandits then beat the New Hampshire Lightning in the championship game by a score of 10-3, with pitcher Reen Kahl striking out nine and allowing just three hits over seven innings. Pitchers Kahl and Julia Geaumont each had two wins on the weekend.

The Bandits will also be playing in the Fall Ball Tournament in Lowell, Mass. on Sept. 13 and 14.

The Maine Bandits 14-U softball team celebrates its win in the Labor Day Storm tournament in Salem, Mass. this weekend. Members of the team include Sam Schildroth and Julia Geaumont of Saco, Kaytlyn Norton and Shelby Bryant of South Portland, Abbie Rutt and Emily Soule of Augusta, Reen Kahl of Monmouth, Jasmyn Welch of Kennebunk, Gabbie Townsend of Waterboro and Katie Sullivan of Portsmouth, N.H. Randy Schildroth manages the Bandits and coaches Jim Geaumont and Norm Rutt assist Head Coach Jerre Bryant.

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