Rally cap kids: Oceanside goes on offensive to claim 9-10 crownChamps lose first game, then outscore opponents 52-17 in final four games
Rockland — The team might have taken the long way to get to its final destination, but the road less traveled paid dividends for the Oceanside Little League 9- and 10-year-old all-star baseball team as it faced Lincoln County in the District 2 championship game on Tuesday, July 15 at E. Allen Gordon Field.
Oceanside (4-1) lost its first game of the double-elimination tournament, but then outscored opponents 52-17 over its final four games, and surged to a 10-3 win Tuesday to claim the district title.
Lincoln County, which won its first two games, finished 2-2 in the four-team district tourney.
The time of Tuesday's championship contest was moved fro 5:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in an attempt to beat the rain, thunder and lightning in the forecast, and it did, by roughly 30 minutes.
After losing to Five Town 3-2 in the first game of the district tourney, Oceanside beat Waldo County 15-5 and Five Town 13-3 to climb back into the title chase. Oceanside then bested Lincoln County 14-6 on Monday, July 14 to force Tuesday's “if” game.
Team members for the District 2 champs 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.
Oceanside will play its first game of the state tournament on Saturday, July 19 at 1 p.m. at Cliff Rydholm Park in Auburn against the winner of the Friday, July 18 game between District 5 and District 1.
Leading Oceanside at the plate in Tuesday's district finale were Wadsworth (2 hits, 2 runs, stolen base), Bartlett (3 hits, 2 runs, RBI), Calderwood (hit, 2 runs, stolen base), O'Neal (hit, 2 runs), Peaco (run), Lucier (hit), Ames (hit), Jacques (hit) and Marchessault (run).
For Lincoln County, Lord (hit), Wotton (hit, run), Wall (run), Sawyer (hit, run) and Bradbury (hit) keyed the offense.
Lucier and O'Neal pitched for Oceanside, as the two allowed four hits and two walks, with nine strikeouts. Sawyer and Wotton pitched for Lincoln County, allowing 10 hits and four walks, with eight strikeouts.
First names for Lincoln County players were unavailable.
Oceanside scored two runs in the first inning, two in the second, three in the fourth and three in the fifth, while Lincoln County scored one in the second and two in the fourth.
Wadsworth singled to start the game for Oceanside and came in on an error, while O'Neal scored later in the inning on an RBI-single by Lucier to put the hosts ahead by two runs.
Lincoln County cut its deficit in half in the top of the second, but Bartlett plated Marchessault on an RBI-single and later scored on a fielder's choice to make the score 4-1.
Jacques hit a two-run single in the fourth, while O'Neal added a two-run double in the fifth to help Oceanside pull away.