Oceanside 9-10s eliminated from state tournament play
Auburn — After dropping the first game of the District 2 tournament, the Oceanside Little League 9- and 10-year-old all-star baseball team rattled off four straight wins to claim the district title as the youngsters put themselves in line for a shot at a state title.
However Oceanside, which averaged 13 runs per game in that four-game span, learned it is not the only team in the state that can score runs in droves.
After dropping its first game of the state tournament to District 1 champion Ellsworth 20-7 Saturday, July 19, Oceanside received another tough draw against District 3 champion Hermon Sunday, July 20 and were knocked out of the state tournament as they fell 21-2 in four innings.
Ellsworth, Scarborough (District 6) Hermon and Auburn (District 5) remain in the tournament, while Oceanside and Kennebunk (District 4) have been eliminated.
Team members for Oceanside include Noah Ames, Alex Bartlett, Connor Calderwood, Elijah Esancy, Hayden Jacques, Jason Leclerc, Elliott Lucier, Brady Marchessault, Jason Merrifield, Duncan Oakes, Liam O'Neal, Brady Wadsworth and Andrew Peaco. The team is managed by Joe Nelsen.
Team members for Ellsworth include Landon St. Peter, Reece Jagels, Hunter Curtis, David Baugh, Nathan Smith, Michael Palmer, Chase Johnson, Brett Brogdon, Dan Howe, Chase Crossman, Lucas Gagnon, Brody Mercier and Mason Typper. The team is coached by Allen Smith and Buddy Palmer.
The following is a recap of both Oceanside tournament games:
Hermon 21, Oceanside 2 (4 inns.)
At Auburn July 20, Oceanside was eliminated from the state tournament as Hermon prevailed via the mercy-rule. Hermon scored eight runs in the first inning, one in the second, 11 in the third and one in the fourth, while Oceanside scored both its runs in the first.
Leading Oceanside at the plate was Bartlett (2 singles, stolen base), Calderwood (run), O'Neal (single, run), Lucier (single) and Merrifield (single).
For Hermon, Alex Taylor (2 singles, 3 runs), Logan Scripture (single, 2 runs), Wyatt Gogan (single, 2 runs), Garrick Moore (single, 2 runs), Ben Caron (single, 3 runs), Brayden Moses (run), Chris Sage (single, 2 runs), Chris Gage (single, 2 runs), Ryan Petry (run), Parker Foley (run) and Brayden Caron (single, 2 runs) paced the offense.
Lucier, Calderwood, Bartlett, O'Neal and Oakes all pitched for Oceanside, allowing nine hits and 12 walks, with three strikeouts. Scripture and Foley pitched for Hermon, allowing five hits and three walks, with three strikeouts.
Ellsworth 20, Oceanside 7
At Auburn July 19, Oceanside could not keep pace with the District 1 champs and were knocked to the loser's bracket. Oceanside scored two runs in the first inning, two in the second and three in the third, while Ellsworth scored eight in the second, five in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and four in the sixth.
Leading Oceanside at the plate Saturday were Wadsworth (2 runs), Bartlett (3 singles, run), Calderwood (double, run), Lucier (run), Jacques (run) and Marchessault (run).
For Ellsworth, St. Peter (2 singles, 2 runs), Jagels (single, 3 runs), Curtis (3 singles, 3 runs, 4 RBIs), Baugh (2 singles, run), Smith (single, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Palmer (2 runs), Johnson (double, run, 2 RBIs), Gagnon (run), Bragdon (2 runs), How (run) and Crossman (single, run, RBI) keyed the offense.
Ames, Bartlett, Calderwood, O'Neal and Oakes toed the slab for Oceanside, allowing a combined 11 hits and 11 walks, with three strikeouts. Smith, Baugh and Howe pitched for Ellsworth, allowing a combined four hits and 11 walks, with 10 strikeouts.
Oceanside took a 2-0 lead in the first inning after Bartlett and Calderwood reached base on a single and a double and were later forced home after Ellsworth pitching issued walks to Leclecr, Lucier and Ames.
However, Ellsworth went on the offensive in the second inning to the tune of eight runs when Johnson tied the game with a two-run double, Jagels drew a bases-loaded walk, Curtis rapped a two-run single, Baugh an RBI-single and Smith a two-run single.
Oceanside inched closer in the second inning when Marchessault and Wadsworth scored on a pair of fielder's choices by Calderwood and O'Neal to make the score 8-4, but the Midcoast squad would get no closer as Ellsworth continued to pile on the runs in the later innings.
Lucier and Wadsworth scored on wild pitches in the third inning, while Bartlett rapped an RBI-single to round out the scoring for Oceanside.
Oceanside committed four errors to only one for Ellsworth.