Rockland 11-12s double up C-R, in driver's seat for district crownWaldoboro, Camden-Rockport play loser's bracket game June 30
Thomaston — Late-game fog and mist, as well as controversial calls in the eyes of Camden-Rockport coaches, summed up the District 2 Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball all-star tournament game Saturday afternoon, June 29 between Rockland and Camden-Rockport.
Rockland came into the weekend contest having won its first tourney game, a 13-11 decision over Medomak Valley June 27. In that game, Rockland trailed 11-4 before it rallied for the victory.
With Saturday's 10-5 win over C-R, Rockland (2-0) advances to the district championship game on Tuesday, July 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the same venue against Medomak Valley.
Rockland scored two runs in the first inning, one in the second, four in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth. C-R tallied three runs in the fourth stanza and one each in the fifth and sixth innings.
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Meanwhile, Camden-Rockport (0-2) then lost to Medomak Valley (1-1) 7-6 in an elimination game on June 30.
Saturday's game between Rockland and Camden-Rockport orginally was to be June 28, but was pushed back a day. In fact, several games in the on-going tourney have been moved due to wet conditions.
Team members for Rockland include Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes, Hannah Moholland, Chloe Jones, Morgan Heal, Payton Simmons, Drew Simmons, Annie Willis, Hope Butler, Brooke Post, Abby Veilleux, Gabby Straka and Rachel Joyce. The team is managed by Jason Willis.
Team members for Camden-Rockport include Payton Wiley, Laticia Billings, Sarah Contento, Nicole Brown, Abbey O'Donal, Meghan Gallagher, Ashley Williams, Sydney Lytton, Amanda McFarland, Capri Buck and Alyson Glasier. The team is managed by Pete Billings and coached by Scott Wiley and Vin Contento.
At the plate and leading the charge for Rockland were Veilleux (2 singles), Jones (single), and Butler (single). Jones scored three runs, Moholland and Butler both two and Oakes, Veilleux and Heal all one.
Leading Camden-Rockport were Contento (2 singles) and Buck (single). Scoring runs were Wiley, O'Donal, Glasier, Buck and Brown.
Working from the pitching circle for Rockland was Davis-Oakes, who turned in a complete-game effort, allowing three hits, four walks and struck out 12. For Camden-Rockport, Gallagher and Billings allowed a combined five hits, seven walks, and recorded eight strikeouts.
The tourney champion will represent the district in the state tournament hosted in Rockland. The tournament will begin on Saturday, July 6.
The District 2 winner’s first game will be 10 a.m., the first game of the tournament, against the District 1 champion. The state tournament also will be a double-elimination format.
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