Midcoast squads experience levels of tourney successArea 13-15s emerge from prelim round, 14s still alive
The Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball tournament squads took to the diamond over the weekend in three different tournaments with dozens of players from Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties looking to take the next step in their respective ages.
The Midcoast 13-year-olds, 14-year-olds and 13- to 15-year-olds each produced at least one victory in their tourneys, with both the 14s and 13-15s still alive in their events.
The 13-15s emerged from its prelim round in Rockport and have earned a berth in the state tournament in Portland, going 2-1 in the process.
The 14s are 1-1 and still alive, through the opening stages of their tournament in Thomaston, which now shifts to Fairfield for the remainder of the event.
The 13s went 1-2 and have been eliminated from the prelim round, played in Winslow.
Midcoast 13-15s advance to states
The Midcoast 13-15s battled through a tough Group C prelim round bracket with many talented opponents and emerged as one of the two teams to advance to the upcoming state tournament in Portland.
Midcoast bested Portland 6-4 July 14 and then collapsed late in an 11-5 loss to Augusta later that day. Midcoast then defeated Portland again 6-5 July 15 to advance to the states, along with Augusta, while Coastal North was eliminated.
Portland, by virtue of hosting the state tournament, still advances.
Group A sends South York and the winner of the July 18 game between Sanford and Westbrook, Group B sends Apple Valley and Auburn and Group D sends Somerset and Franklin to the state tournament, respectively.
Midcoast will face Auburn on Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m. in the double-elimination tournament at Deering Oakes in Portland. If Midcoast wins its first game, it will face Augusta on Sunday, July 22 at 10 a.m., while if it loses its first game, it will play on Sunday, July 22 at 1 p.m. against a foe to be determined.
The following is a recap of the Midcoast 13-15s run through the prelim round:
Midcoast 5, Portland 4
At Rockport July 15, the locals defeated Portland for the second straight day to earn a spot in the state tournament.
Leading Midcoast at the dish were Micah Williamson (2 singles, 2 runs), Aubrey Pennington (single), John Hall (single, RBI), Ben Rollins (single, double), Travis Creamer (run), Ryan Allender (single, run) and Sam Gimlewicz (single, run).
Connor Graffam started on the hill for Midcoast, allowing three hits and four walks before being pulled in the third inning. Williamson went the final five-plus innings, allowing no runs on five hits and two walks, with three strikeouts.
Williamson singled and came in on a passed ball in the bottom of the first to put the hosts ahead 1-0, while Portland scored three runs on a hit and four walks to take a 3-1 lead in the top of the second.
Midcoast got runs from Creamer, Allender and Gimlewicz in the bottom of the second inning, while a Portland runner walked in the top of the third inning and came around to score to tie the game.
Both squads went scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Williamson reached on an error, followed by a Pennington walk and Sean Pierce sacrificed both runners up a base on a bunt.
Portland then walked Graffam to load the bases, setting the table for Hall, who rapped the game-winning RBI-single, sending Midcoast to the state tournament.
Augusta 11, Midcoast 5
Leading Midcoast at the plate were Hall (2 singles, run), Sean Pierce (run), Graffam (run), Rollins (2 doubles) and Allender (run).
Graffam tossed four innings for Midcoast, allowing eight hits and two walks, with one strikeout. Drew Stanley, Asa Lewis and Sean Pierce each took the hill in relief for Midcoast.
The game was closer than the score indicated, with Augusta scoring five unanswered runs in the sixth inning, turning a 6-5 lead into an 11-5 score.
Midcoast jumped to a 3-0 lead thanks to RBI-singles by both Graffam and Hall and increased their lead to 5-0 when Allender came in on an RB- single by Hall and Rollins plated Hall on a double.
Augusta then began to wear down the weary Midcoast squad, playing in its second consecutive game, by scoring 11 unanswered runs the remainder of the game.
Midcoast 6, Portland 4
At Rockport July 14, Midcoast got on the board early and sent Portland to the losers' bracket with a two-run victory.
Leading Midcoast at the plate were Williamson (single), Pennington (single, 2 runs), Graffam (run), Hall (run), Rollins (2 doubles, 2 runs) and Matt Smith (single).
Creamer pitched for Midcoast, allowing six hits and eight walks, with two strikeouts. Creamer grew stronger as the game progressed, shutting out Portland over the final three innings. Patrick Ball started on the hill for Portland.
Midcoast jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Williamson singled and came in on a sacrifice fly by Pierce, while Portland's Travis Godbout rapped a lead single and scored to tie the game.
Hall singled and Rollins doubled to put a pair of runners on for Midcoast, while Smith connected with a two-run single to put the locals up 3-1.
Portland scored in the bottom of the second inning and added two more in the third to take a 4-3 lead, but Midcoast rallied in the top of the fifth inning to take a 6-4 advantage, thanks to Pennington and Graffam drawing back-to-back walks and a Rollins' RBI-double scoring Pennington and Graffam and Rollins scored on errors.
Midcoast 14s still alive
The Midcoast 14s went 1-1 in their first two games, having little trouble scoring runs in either contest.
Midcoast earned a 13-1 win in five innings July 13 before falling to Tri-County North 14-12 July 15, dropping to the losers' bracket in games played in Thomaston. Midcoast will face Coastal North on Wednesday, July 18 at 2 p.m. in an elimination game in Fairfield, where the remainder of games will be played.
The following is a recap of the first two games of the tournament for Midcoast:
Tri-County North 16, Midcoast 12
At Thomaston, July 15, Midcoast piled on the runs early, but sputtered late as the visitors came away with a four-run victory.
Leading Midcoast at the plate were Ryan Pierce (3 runs, stolen base), Matt Tomasello (2 runs), Nick DePatsy (single, RBI), Nick Mazurek (2 runs, stolen base), Andrew Hall (single, run, RBI), Thomas Curtis (run, 2 RBIs), Nick Morton (single), Kyle Crans (2 runs, 3 stolen bases) and Alex Flagg (single, run, 2 stolen bases).
For Tri-County North, Bailey West (2 runs), Matt Smith (2 singles, double, 3 runs, RBI), Gavin Arsenault (single, run, 2 RBIs), Anthony Todd (2 doubles, single, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, stolen base), Jacob Bennett (single, 3 runs, stolen base), Mitch Kubesh (double, run), Alex Grover (triple, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, stolen base), Kendall Hill (single, RBI), Hunter Williamson (run) and Chase Harkins (run) paced the offense.
Andrew Hall and Teddy Laurita pitched for Midcoast, allowing 11 hits and eight walks, with seven strikeouts. Hill, Todd, Smith and Arsenault pitched for Tri-County North, allowing four hits and nine walks, with six strikeouts.
The two teams combined to make 13 fielding miscues.
Midcoast 13, Apple Valley 1 (5 inns.)
At Thomaston July 13, Midcoast had a pair of run-producing innings in their backyard and needed only five innings to move on to the next game of the tournament.
Leading Midcoast at the plate were Pierce (single, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Daren Wood (double, run, 3 RBIs), Mazurek (2 singles, run, 2 RBIs), Hall (2 singles, run, RBI), Curtis (double, run), Morton (single, run, RBI), Crans (2 runs), Sam Kulikowski (single, run), Tommasello (single, run, RBI), DePatsy (run) and Flagg (run).
For Apple Valley, Jason Brooks (single, run), Ben Allen (RBI) and Jarrah Cassie (single) paced the offense.
Mazurek tossed four innings on the hill for Midcoast, allowing two hits and one walk, with five strikeouts. Wood tossed a hitless fifth frame, walking one and fanning two.
Apple Valley got on the board early, taking a 1-0 lead after Brooks singled and later scored on an RBI-ground out by Allen.
Midcoast then went to work, scoring six runs apiece in both the second and fourth innings, while adding another in the third.
Midcoast scored two runs on balks, another on an error, two more on a double by Wood and another on Hall's single in the second, while Pierce rapped an RBI-single in the third to plate Crans.
The fourth inning was led by a two-run single by Mazurek, RBI-singles by Tomasello and Martin, a bases-loaded walk to Pierce and Wood was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Midcoast 13s eliminated
Midcoast had little trouble scoring runs through their three-game tournament run, scoring 34 times in three games before eventually being eliminated.
Midcoast earned a 14-13 win over Central Maine and fell to Auburn 19-9 in games played July 14, while the locals later fell to Central Maine 13-11 to end its tourney run.
The following is a recap of the Midcoast 13s run through the prelim round:
Central Maine 13, Midcoast 11
At Winslow July 15, Midcoast was eliminated from the prelim round, falling to Central Maine by two runs.
Leading Midcoast at the plate were Riley McCollett (2 singles, 2 runs), Ollie Brown (single, triple, run), Titus Kaewthong (single, run), Lucien Gordley-Smith (single), Patrick Madden (2 singles, 2 runs), Maty Moore (2 singles, run), Cam Gushee (2 singles, run), Baker Gove (run), Dallas Ball (run) and Owen Hilt (run).
For Central Maine, Martin (2 singles), Duquette (2 singles, run) and Garland (2 singles, 3 runs) paced the offense.
Ball, Gove and Gordley-Smith pitched for Midcoast, allowing 12 hits and three walks. Garland, Barnes, Dogay, Smith and Bell allowed 12 hits and eight walks for Central Maine.
Auburn 19, Midcoast 9
At Winslow July 14, Auburn ran away with the game thanks to a 12-run second inning, to send Midcoast to the losers' bracket.
Leading Midcoast at the plate were Brown (double, single, run), Kaewthong (2 singles, 2 runs), Gordley-Smith (2 singles, run), Madden (single, run), Gove (run), Ball (single, run), Moore (single, double, run), Hilt (single) and Gushee (single, run).
For Auburn, Pelletier (2 singles, 3 RBIs), Kennedy (double, single), Butler (2 singles, 3 runs) and Cox (2 singles, 2 runs) paced the offense.
Gove, Robinson, McCollett and Gushee pitched for Midcoast, allowing 11 hits and eight walks, with three strikeouts. Blanchard and Cox pitched for Auburn, allowing 13 hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.
Midcoast 14, Central Maine 13
At Winslow July 14, the visitors held on for a one-run victory to move on to the next round of the winners' bracket.
Leading Midcoast at the plate were McCollett (2 singles, 2 runs), Brown (single, run), Kaewthong (single, 2 runs), Gordley-Smith (2 singles, run), Moore (2 singles), Madden (2 singles, run), Gushee (single, 2 runs), Gove (single, run), Ball (2 singles, 2 runs) and Hilt (run).
Garland (double), Dogay (double, single), Barne (2 singles) and Rodriguez (2 singles) keyed Central Maine.
Gordley-Smith and McCollett pitched for Midcoast, allowing a combined 10 hits and three walks, with seven strikeouts. Garland, Dell, Smith and Barnes pitched for Central Maine, allowing 14 hits and nine walks, with four strikeouts.
Midcoast committed five errors in the game.
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