WINDHAM — Biddeford came back from an early four-run deficit Saturday and rolled to a 14-5 win against Standish to capture the Little League Softball state championship for 11- and 12-year-old girls.

The District 4 champions went 3-0 in the five-team, double-elimination tournament to advance to the 10-team Eastern regional tournament that begins Saturday in Bristol, Connecticut.

After outscoring its first two opponents by a combined 33-2 in games that ended early because of the 10-run mercy rule, Biddeford had to come from behind for the first time in tournament play this summer. In its district tournament, Biddeford went 4-0 and outscored opponents 46-2.

Standish parlayed a single by Jocelyn Manson and six Biddeford errors in the first inning into a 4-0 lead.

“Definitely, that was uncharacteristic,” said Biddeford Coach Andy Donovan, referring to the mistakes his team made in the first inning. “We talked about playing defense and doing our job. Standish showed up today and put the pressure on us.”

It took Biddeford four innings catch up and wrest the lead from Standish, which advanced to the state tournament in its first season of Little League competition.

“We held our own against them,” said Standish Manager Kelly Champagne. “We had four fantastic innings. We were right there with them the whole time for the first three innings. Then, low and behold, we had that one bad inning and it was tough to bounce back.”

Biddeford scored three runs in the fourth to move into a 6-4 lead, then put the game out of reach by scoring four runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth.

“You can’t afford to make mistakes against (Biddeford), and we just did,” Champagne said. “We played out best and did as well as we could, and I’m super proud of my girls.”

Biddeford pitcher Charlotte Donovan, the manager’s daughter, scattered four hits, walked two and struck out six to pick up her third win in the state tournament.

“I didn’t feel bad (after the first inning) because I knew the bats would come through after a while,” she said.

Despite the 11 errors the defense made behind her, Donovan seemed in command the entire game.

“She’s a mentally tough kid,” Andy Donovan said. “She understands that one inning means nothing. You’ve got to play six (innings). She’s certainly gotten mentally tough, and she showed that in innings two through six.”

“I calmed myself down,” Charlotte Donovan said. “I just told myself it was only the first inning and that we could come back and our team could make the plays.”

Chantelle Bouchard and Laura Perreault each had three hits for Biddeford. Donovan, Anna Lavigne and Hannah Gosselin added two singles apiece.

A.J. Swett and Manson singled twice for Standish.

A number of Biddeford players were on a team that won the Little League state championship for 9- and 10-year-old players last summer.

“We have quite a few players who are returning from the team that went to the regionals in Pennsylvania for 9s and 10s last year,” Andy Donovan said. “It makes it awfully easy for a coach.”

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