District 2 Little League baseball

Oceanside, Lincoln County set for 9-10 title showdown

Oceanside forces "if" game with win over Lincoln County July 14
By Staff | Jul 15, 2014
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Oceanside's Jason Leclerc, left, exits for pinch runner Jason Merrifield (6) during the team's July 14 District 2 Little League 9- and 10-year-old baseball all-star game with Lincoln County in Rockland. Oceanside won 14-6 to force a final winner-take-all game.

Rockland — No “ifs,” ands or buts about it, there will be one final game for all the marbles at E. Allen Gordon Field as Oceanside and Lincoln County vie for the District 2 Little League 9- and 10-year-old title on Tuesday, July 15 in the on-going double-elimination baseball all-star tournament.

The two squads squared off Monday, July 14 and Oceanside, needing a win after advancing to the title game via the loser's bracket, got just that with a 14-6 decision over Lincoln County.

Click for photos from this game.

The final game between the teams is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m.

The time was moved up from its original 5:30 p.m. start in anticipation of more rain in the Midcoast forecast Tuesday night, said Oceanside Little League president Tom Peaco.

Oceanside eliminated Five Town 13-3 July 13 to advance to the finals, while Lincoln County defeated Five Town 19-9 in five innings July 11 to advance as well.

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.

The following is a recap of Monday's contest:

Oceanside 14, Lincoln County 6

At Rockland July 14, Oceanside forced the all-important “if” game with an eight-run triumph over Lincoln County. Oceanside scored two runs in the first inning, six in the third, four in the fourth and two in the fifth, while Lincoln County scored three in the first, one in the second, one in the third and one in the sixth.

Leading Oceanside at the plate were Bartlett (single), Calderwood (single, double, 2 runs), O'Neal (2 singles, 4 runs), Leclerc (double, single, run) and Ames (single, run).

For Lincoln County, L. Farrar (run), E. Lord (2 singles, 2 runs), J. Dugan (single, run) and B. Sawyer (double, run) paced the offense.

Ames pitched for Oceanside, allowing four hits and four walks, with nine strikeouts. Lord pitched for Lincoln County, allowing eight hits and seven walks, with seven strikeouts.

First names for Lincoln County players were unavailable.

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