STANDISH — Cassidy Harriman’s two-run single capped a four-run rally in the first inning, and Richmond captured its third consecutive Class D softball state championship with a 9-4 win Saturday over Stearns at St. Joseph’s College.

The Bobcats (18-0) pounded out 10 hits on the way to their 52nd straight win. Richmond became just the second Class D team to win three titles in a row, joining Jonesport-Beals (1992-94).

“There’s a lot of confidence, even when we’re down,” first baseman Kelsie Obi said. “On and off the field we’re always talking each other up, saying we can do our best. If we do get down, we have to build ourselves up. If we let ourselves get down, then that means we’re already losing. We need to always be on our horse and ready to go again.”

Freshman catcher Sydney Tilton paced the offense with a single, a double and a triple. Obi, the only senior starter, had an RBI single and RBI double.

“This team worked very hard,” said Richmond Coach Rick Coughlin, who has guided the Bobcats to seven state titles in 29 seasons. “Of course, they were all back. They all wanted it again, and every practice they focused and worked hard.”

Richmond made Stearns (14-7) pay for each of its five errors. The Bobcats committed three errors but made up for them by throwing out two runners on the bases – one at home and one at third.


ST. DOMINIC 14, BUCKSPORT 4: Caleb Labrie and Gavin Bates each drove in four runs, and the Saints (16-5) beat the Bucks (15-5) in six innings at Bangor to win their fifth state championship since 2003.


BUCKSPORT 9, TELSTAR 4: The Bucks (19-1) pounded out 16 hits, including eight by the bottom three hitters in their order, as they captured their third championship in four years with a victory over the Rebels (17-3) at Brewer.


SEARSPORT 4, STEARNS 3: Liam MacMillan singled home Mitchell Philbrook in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Vikings (16-4) a win over the Minutemen (16-4) in the state final at Standish.