Late home run sends Oceanside to 11-12 district title gameWaldo County, Oceanside to vie for crown July 11
Rockport — The District 2 Little League 11- and 12-year-old double-elimination baseball all-star tournament is down to its final two teams.
Oceanside and Five Town battled tooth and nail on Monday, July 7 for the right to clinch a berth in the upcoming district championship game, so much so the game needed an extra inning and a dramatic home run to realize a winner.
In the end, a two-run home run by Obie Miller proved the difference as Oceanside surged to a 5-3 win in seven innings.
Oceanside (3-1) now will face Waldo County (2-0) for the District 2 title on Friday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Marge Jones Recreational Facility.
Waldo County, which last played July 1 and will have had 10 days off by the time Friday's game rolls around, dealt Oceanside its only loss of the tournament 2-0 June 28. Five Town finished 1-2.
Should Oceanside beat Waldo County Friday, the “if” game for all the marbles will be Saturday, July 12 at 11 a.m. at the same field.
Team members for both teams that played Monday included:
Oceanside — Nathan Coombs, Jude Forti, Karl Ilvonen, Abe LeMole, Obie Miller, Aidan Munro, Carson Murphy, Austin Pagano, Ben Poland, Caleb Powell, Trevor Reed, Ben Ripley and Cole Stevens. The team is managed by John Murphy.
Five Town — Gage Whalen, Sam Moody, Michael Kremin, True Crane, Ben Wells, Sam Conlan, Aidan Schecter, Rylee Rapp, Jacob Knowlton, Nick Tausek, Quinn Brown, Jeremy Fraser and Caellen Roberts. The team is managed by Barrett Brown and coached by Jon Crane.
The following is a recap of Monday's contest:
Oceanside 5, Five Town 3 (7 inns.)
At Rockport July 7, Oceanside pulled ahead for good in the extra inning as it surged forward to the District 2 championship game. Oceanside scored one run in the third inning, fourth and fifth frames and two in the seventh, while Five Town scored two in the third and one in the fourth.
Leading Oceanside at the plate were Reed (single), Ripley (triple, 2 runs), Miller (home run, single), Powell (triple, run) and Coombs (single, run).
For Five Town, Brown (single, run), Wells (single), Fraser (double), Whalen (single), Crane (single, run) and Rapp (run) paced the offense.
Stevens and Ripley pitched for Oceanside, allowing five hits and two walks, with 10 strikeouts. Brown and Kremin pitched for Five Town, allowing six hits and three walks, with seven strikeouts.
The two teams were knotted 3-3 heading into extra innings when Oceanside took control in the seventh. After Ripley reached base, Miller belted a two-run home run over the fence to give the visitors the lead — and ultimately — a berth in the district championship game.
Brown singled in the seventh inning for Five Town, but got no further than second base as Oceanside prevailed.