WARREN — While inseason school field hockey in Maine mostly is played in the fall, each year during vacation weeks in December and February, the PITCH summons teams from around the state to come indoors for a fun-filled, fast-paced, competitive, six-versus-six tournament on the four artificial turf surfaces.

That was the case on Wednesday, Dec. 28 as a bundle of high school and middle school squads from around the Pine Tree State, including from Belfast and Camden Hills of Rockport, turned out for the tournament.

Belfast’s Lauren Hall, middle, along with Camden Hills’ Claudine Webber, and Alex Turner, among another. Photo by Ken Waltz

In the end, Gorham finished first among 10 high school teams and Biddeford and Quick Stix (Augusta) tied in the 10-squad middle school division.

The PITCH began the vacation-week field hockey events in December of 2014, thus this was the eighth year since the organization had to call off the 2020 event due to the pandemic.

Belfast’s Cayman Wadsworth. Photo by Ken Waltz

Robbie Krul and Martha Meyer, a longtime, highly-respected field hockey official, are instrumental in hosting the events at the PITCH.

In the high school division, Belfast had two teams and Camden Hills, Lawrence of Fairfield, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield, Leavitt of Turner, Gorham, Skowhegan, South Portland/Westbrook and Biddeford one. Leavitt, South Portland/Westbrook and Biddeford are new teams.

Belfast’s Ava Markham, right, and Camden Hills’ Natalie Lindahl, among others. Photo by Ken Waltz

In the final, Gorham edged Lawrence 4-3.

In the middle school division, Skowhegan had two teams, while Belfast, Camden Hills, Freepot, Quick Stix (Augusta), Casco Bay, Boothbay, Biddeford and Mount Ararat of Topsham had one. Freeport and Casco Bay are new teams.

In the final, Biddeford and Quick Stix tied 1-1.

Camden Hills players and their coach, including, from left, Alex Turner, Korsen Landfair, Hayley Orne, Abby Strout, Zoe Davis, Katie Thorn and Meg Dowd, meet. Photo by Ken Waltz

There were two divisions in the high school and middle school groups, as each team played five games in its division and the final round included the top four teams for the playoffs.

The high school games were played in the morning and middle school contests in the afternoon.