Midcoast squads swing and miss in respective area tournamentsAge-group teams play in diamond events in Thomaston, Winslow, Portland
While the Babe Ruth baseball season remained, as of Monday, July 14, in swing for four area squads, the dreams of all Midcoast all-star squads to advance to their respective state tournaments came to an end over the weekend as they were swept out of area tourneys.
Three teams took the field at different venues — the Midcoast 13-year-olds in the Area 2 tournament in Portland, the Midcoast 14-year-olds in the Area 2 event in Thomaston and the Midcoast 15-year-olds in the Area 3 tourney in Winslow — and all three area squads finished 0-2 and, subsequently, were eliminated.
See other team photos below.
The Midcoast 13s dropped their first game 16-1 in six innings to host Portland on Friday, July 11 and were eliminated by Coastal 30-3 on Saturday, July 12.
Portland won the Area 2 tourney and advanced to the state tournament, set to begin on Friday, July 18 at Windham High School.
The Midcoast 14s — playing a best-of-three series with Apple Valley — lost both games Saturday, July 12 as they fell 16-5 in five innings in game one and 10-4 in game two.
Apple Valley advanced to the state tournament, set to begin Friday, July 18 at Hippach Field in Farmington.
The Midcoast 15s dropped their first game 13-0 in five innings to Augusta on Friday, July 11 and were eliminated by Franklin County 9-6 on Saturday, July 12.
Central Maine won the Area 3 tourney and advanced to the state tournament, set to begin on Friday, July 18 at the CARA Complex in Augusta.
With the all-star tournaments now in the books, the four teams remaining in the Midcoast Babe Ruth League playoffs were to square off in the semifinals on Monday, July 14.
No. 4 Rockport will travel to face No. 1 Waldo County, while No. 3 Rockland Café will travel to face No. 2 Swan Lake Grocery in a pair of 5:30 p.m. starts.
The championship game is slated to be Wednesday, July 16 at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro.
The following is a breakdown of the three Midcoast all-star teams' rosters and their respective tournament runs:
Team members included Titus Kaewthong (Rockland Café), Isaac Eutsler (Waldoboro), Adam Wilcox (Union Farm Equipment), Riley McCollett (Union Farm Equipment), Adam Eutsler (Waldoboro), Andrew Hutchins (Wiscasset Merchants), Cody Tozier (Damariscotta Lions), Coby Dorr (Rockland Café), Patrick Madden (Union Farm Equipment), Lucien Gordley-Smith (Swan Lake Grocery), Ollie Brown (Waldoboro), Peter Spectre (Swan Lake Grocery), Tristan Roberts (Swan Lake Grocery), Andrew Martin (Damariscotta Lions) and Tyler Bailey (Wiscasset Merchants). The team was managed by Matthew Shields (Rockland Café) and coached by Shep Brown (Waldoboro) and Jay Bailey (Wiscasset Merchants).
Franklin County 9, Midcoast 6
At Winslow July 12, Midcoast scored first, but Franklin County scored often as the locals were eliminated from the tournament. Midcoast scored one in the first and five in the fifth, while Franklin County scored four in the first, two in the second, one in the third and two in the fifth.
Leading Midcoast at the plate were McCollett (3 hits, RBI), Madden (double), Brown (double), Gordley-Smith (2 RBIs) and Martin (2 RBIs). T. Poisson doubled to lead Franklin County, while S. Testa (RBI), K. Williamson (2 RBIs) and R. Nelson (2 RBIs) also chipped in on offense.
McCollett went five innings on the hill for Midcoast, allowing seven hits and five walks, with nine strikeouts. Tozier tossed one inning of relief, fanning three batters.
Midcoast outhit Franklin County 9-7 and held a 3-1 edge in errors.
First names for Franklin County players were unavailable.
Augusta 13, Midcoast 0 (5 inns.)
At Winslow July 11, the locals were held to two hits as Augusta broke the game open late, sending Midcoast to the loser's bracket. Augusta scored one in the first, two in the third, three in the fourth and seven in the fifth.
Martin doubled to lead Midcoast, while T. Heath doubled for Augusta.
Wilcox, Dorr and Hutchins pitched for Midcoast, allowing a combined seven hits and 10 walks, with two strikeouts. R. Sinclair pitched for Augusta, allowing two hits and one walk, with three strikeouts.
Neither team committed an error.
First names for Augusta players were unavailable.
Team members included Grant Hefler (Wiscasset Merchants), Sam Townsend (Rockland Café), Skylar Perkins (Swan Lake Grocery), Zac Sheafe (Swan Lake Grocery), Anthony Moore (Rockland Café), Hunter Davis (Rockland Café), Ronald Drake (Wiscasset Merchants), Jack Freeman (Rockland Café), Isaac Hall (Rockport), Garrett Hamlin (Swan Lake Grocery), Logan Sheridan (Rockland Café), and Zach Dyer (Swan Lake Grocery) The team was managed by Don Shields (Rockland Café) and coached by Gregg Wood (Wiscasset Merchants) and Vince Thibeault (Wiscasset Merchants).
Apple Valley 10, Midcoast 4
At Thomaston July 12, Apple Valley won its second game of the day to clinch a spot in the state tournament. Midcoast scored one in the first, two in the fourth and one in the fifth, while Apple Valley scored one in the third, two in the fourth, six in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Perkins, Dyer, Drake, Moore and Hamlin pitched for Midcoast, allowing four hits, 15 walks and two hit batters, with four strikeouts.
Logan McLaughlin and Dan Garland pitched for Apple Valley, allowing five hits and four walks, with five strikeouts.
Leading Midcoast at the plate were Moore (2 singles), Dyer (2 singles) and Hamlin (single).
For Apple Valley, Garland (single, double), Colby Webster (single) and Tim Albert (single) paced the offense.
Midcoast committed four errors and Apple Valley two.
Apple Valley 16, Midcoast 5 (5 inns.)
At Thomaston July 12, Apple Valley plated 10 runs in the fifth inning and pulled away with the win via the mercy rule. Apple Valley also scored three runs each in the second and fourth innings, while Midcoast's five runs came in the third.
Sheridan, Hefler, Moore and Townsend pitched for Midcoast, allowing a combined five hits and 14 walks, with nine strikeouts, eight of which came from Sheridan.
Hunter Richardson pitched for Apple Valley, allowing five hits and no walks, with five strikeouts.
Leading Midcoast at the plate were Hefler (double, single), Drake (double), Perkins (triple) and Moore (single).
For Apple Valley, Logan McLaughlin (single), Nick Angelo (single), Dan Garland (single), Garrett Derocher (single) and Nick Dovinsky (single) paced the offense.
Midcoast committed seven errors and Apple Valley four.
Team members included Bradley Cross (Damariscotta Lions), Wyatt Post (Waldoboro), Brent Stewart (Waldoboro), Chris Sullivan (Damariscotta Lions), Matthew Martin (Wiscasset Merchants), Sullivan Fink (Damariscotta Lions), Michael Dougherty (Rockland Café), Ionut Lodge (Rockport), Spencer Johndro (Rockport), Andrew Greenleaf (Damariscotta Lions), Gus Hunt (Damariscotta Lions) and Leonard Wall (Damariscotta Lions). The team was managed by Kenny Johndro (Rockport) and coached by Alex Tomacello (Damariscotta Lions) and Daniel Wall (Damariscotta Lions).
Portland 16, Midcoast 1 (6 inns.)
At Portland July 11, Midcoast mustered one hit — a single by Stewart — as the locals fell to Portland in the first game of the tournament.
Post scored the lone run for Midcoast, while leading Portland at the plate was K. Nicole (4 singles, 4 runs), Burke (single, run), Montero (single, run), Ray (run), Fletcher (3 singles, 2 runs), Ridge (double, 2 singles, 2 runs) and Tucci (single, run).
Johndro, Dougherty and Stewart pitched for Midcoast, allowing a combined 14 hits and five walks, with four strikeouts.
Fletcher, Snyder and Ray pitched for Portland, allowing one hit and two walks, with nine strikeouts.
Midcoast committed four errors and Portland two. First names for Portland were unavailable and information on Midcoast's second game was unavailable.
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