2016-05-06 / Sports Spotlight

Sports Spotlight

Gorey’s the story for Scarborough softball
By Michael Kelley
Staff Writer


Scarborough High School senior Chloe Gorey will be counted on this season to help lead the team to another Class A state title appearance. The team lost last year’s title game 1-0, but has won the championship five times, including two of the last five. (Michael Kelley photo) Scarborough High School senior Chloe Gorey will be counted on this season to help lead the team to another Class A state title appearance. The team lost last year’s title game 1-0, but has won the championship five times, including two of the last five. (Michael Kelley photo) When Scarborough High School softball coach Tom Griffin first saw senior Chloe Gorey play, she was an undersized centerfielder in a Little League All-Star game in Cape Elizabeth.

“I remember this little peanut made a diving catch in centerfield and I thought some of my high school players wouldn’t even do that. That was my first introduction to her. She has not disappointed since,” Griffin said.

Now several years later Gorey has transformed from a Little League All-Star to arguably the best shortstop Scarborough has had in a generation.

“She is no question the greatest shortstop we’ve had. I’ve had some pretty outstanding shortstops in 27 years. Some have been first team all-star. Some have played in college. I would put Chloe right at the top. She is just such a natural at the position, something special,” Griffin said.


Chloe Gorey shags fly balls during a softball practice last week. Head coach Tom Griffin said Gorey is the best shortstop the program has had since he started coaching 27 years ago. (Michael Kelley photo) Chloe Gorey shags fly balls during a softball practice last week. Head coach Tom Griffin said Gorey is the best shortstop the program has had since he started coaching 27 years ago. (Michael Kelley photo) Gorey, he said, brings to the position a strong arm and aggressiveness.

“She has no weakness. She’ll dive and charge the ball,” Griffin added.

Gorey said she is as comfortable in the batter’s box as she is out in the field.

“It’s always a great feeling to get a good hit, but it is also a great feeling to make a great play on defense,” Gorey said April 29, the day after setting the school record with five hits in a 34-0 win against Deering High School. Fellow senior captain Maggie Murphy also had five hits in the win.

Gorey started playing softball when she was 6 and has been a part of a travel team since she was 9 years old.

“When I was little I grew up with a lot of boys so I was always playing baseball with them. I transferred to softball and I love it. I love the competitiveness of it,” Gorey said.

Last season Gorey hit eighth or ninth, but has since transitioned to the first third of the lineup. Through the first five games this season, Gorey has accumulated 15 hits in 21 at-bats, including four doubles, two triples and a home run and has scored 15 runs and collected 11 RBI.

“It is difficult to put a lineup together. It made sense last year to put her down in the lineup and put some firepower at the bottom,” Griffin said. “This year she is hitting number two and is doing a tremendous job.”

Griffin and the team are looking to rebound from last year’s 1-0 Class A state final loss to Messalonskee High School in which Lilly Volk pitched a one-hitter. Griffin said the team, most of which are returning players, has the talent to make another final appearance this spring. The team’s leadership is also strong. Outside of Gorey and Murphy, whom Griffin called “the most dynamic softball player in the league,” Kaliegh Scoville and Tori Hale, also serve as captains.

“I probably have the most talented I’ve ever had in the sophomore class. They are all battling for playing time and have been able to fill in. We haven’t missed a beat. In fact, we may be stronger this year than last year,” Griffin said.

The state final loss, Gorey said, still stings.

“We definitely want a different outcome. Everyone here – 16 out of 16 – plays travel softball, so we are all very competitive and want to win,” Gorey said.

Griffin said his team is “anxious to get back to that level and play in that game again.”

“We have a long way to go. We certainly have a lot of good teams to get through. They have been so focused. I think (getting back to the state final) is the only thing that’s going to satisfy them this year,” Griffin said.

If the team does bring a state title softball trophy back to town on June 18, it will be the fifth time in the last 10 years Scarborough has been the top team in Class A.

The key to doing so, Gorey said, will be to take one game at a time and continue improving.

“The team is looking very good. We still have some things to work on. It is always good to make mistakes now and again. You don’t want to peak at the beginning of the season,” said Gorey, who will be attending Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, where she intends to play softball and study criminal justice.

Scarborough headed into a May 4 match-up against Portland (3-2) with a 5-0 record. Over the course of five games, the Red Storm has outscored opponents 103 to 4.

Staff Writer Michael Kelley can be reached at news@scarboroughleader.com.

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