Championship twice as nice for Oceanside baseballStrong pitching, defense, hitting — highlighted by Wadsworth homer — lifts Mariners
Lincolnville — Oceanside student-athletes so enjoyed their experience of winning a Busline League middle school baseball championship as seventh-graders the Mariners decided to replay that wonderful journey, only this time as eighth-graders.
Oceanside, the North Division champion, hit, pitched and defended to dominate in a 12-1 victory over Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta, the South Division titlist, in the Busline League finale Saturday afternoon, June 14 at Lincolnville Central School.
Both teams were ranked first in their respective divisions heading into the single-elimination postseason tournament. Oceanside finished 11-1 and GSB 12-2.
The Mariners stunned Busline League opponents, including the talented eighth-graders, by nailing down the title as a seventh-grade group, a rare feat indeed, a year ago. So, the same group had to be favored to win the crown as eighth-graders, right?
Well, Oceanside lost its season-opening game to Troy Howard Middle School of Belfast and then proceeded to win the remainder of its games.
Apparently the Mariners did not losing.
During the playoffs, Oceanside received a bye in the quarterfinals, defeated No. 5 Searsport and No. 3 Camden-Rockport 8th to advance to the finals, while GSB beat No. 8 Boothbay, No. 5 Bristol and No. 3 Camden-Rockport 7th to advance to the finals.
The Mariners used solid team play, the stellar pitching of Logan Sheridan and Anthony Moore, and timely hitting, including a 300-foot home run over the center-field fence by Jack Wadsworth, to secure Saturday's championship victory.
Oceanside includes Wadworth, Moore, Sheridan, Titus Kaewthong, Connor Harvey, Hunter Davis, Jack Freeman, Kirt Ilvonen, Matt Waldron, Michael Dougherty, Silas Miller, Josh Peaco, Nick Upham, Garrett Young, Bryson Dehlinger, Cody Ward and Brian Johnston. The coaches are Mike King and Marc Moore.
GSB includes Bradley Cross, Jacob Maker, Gus Hunt, Andrew Greenleaf, Matt Leeman, Chris Sullivan, Jon Pinkham, Sam Leamelle, Dylan Soohey, Jonah Diaute, Ryan Hoffman and Quincy Perry. The coaches are Bob Pisco and Tom Greenleaf.
On Saturday, Sheridan pitched most of the game for the Mariners, as Moore finished. The duo combined to allow five hits and four walks, as they struck out 12. Leeman, Pinkham and Leamelle were among the pitchers for GSB, as they combined to allow 10 hits, eight walks, a hit batter and fanned four.
Keying the Mariner offense were Wadsworth (home run, 2 runs, stolen base), Moore (2 singles, 2 runs, stolen base), Kaewthong (single, 2 runs, 2 intentional walks), Harvey (single, 3 runs), Davis (single, run), Freeman (run), Ilvonen (2 singles), Sheridan (double) and Dougherty (double, run).
For the Cougars, Maker (single, run), Hunt (single, stolen base), Leeman (single), Sullivan (single) and Pinkham (single) led the charge.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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