Rolling on the river: 'Hawks soar to baseball crownPair of second seeds battle for middle school's coveted crown
Waldoboro — While the Medomak Middle School Riverhawks were not necessarily helped by the venue of the Busline League middle school baseball championship June 12, it certainly did not hurt their chances against Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta, with both teams vying for the coveted title.
With MMS playing Tuesday's championship in its own backyard, while actually being the away team by virtue of a coin flip, the Riverhawk fans came out in full force to support their local squad, which clinched the crown in convincing fashion 14-3 over GSB, another Lincoln County team.
The game was played at Medomak Valley High School, though the Riverhawks typically play their games at Medomak Middle School, which is on the same campus.
Medomak ended the year with an 8-3 mark, while Great Salt Bay's season finished at 9-2-1. The site of the championship game was determined prior to the start of the postseason.
Medomak, the second seed and North Division champs, defeated No. 3 Camden-Rockport 8th 12-3 and No. 1 Oceanside 8th 11-7 to advance to the league championship.
Great Salt Bay, also the second seed and South Division champs, defeated No. 7 Oceanside 7th, No. 3 Richmond and No. 4 Camden-Rockport 7th (scores unavailable) to advance to the league championship.
Leading the Riverhawks at the plate in the championship game were Riley McCollett (single, 3 stolen bases, 2 runs), Ollie Brown (triple, 2 runs), Ben Turner (double, single, 2 runs), Adam Wilcox (single, run), Patrick Madden (double, 2 runs), Brendan Lash (single) and Cortland Fischer (single, run, steal).
For Great Salt Bay, Baker Gove (double, single, 2 runs), Chad Carter (single, run), Matthew Tomasello (single, run), Garrett Eugley (single) and Cody Tozier (single) led the offense.
Nick DePatsy went the distance on the hill for Medomak, allowing six hits and six walks, with 11 strikeouts. Tomasello started on the mound for GSB, but other teammates also worked the bump. Cougar pitchers combined to scatter seven hits, 10 walks and two hit batters, with four strikeouts.
Great Salt Bay took the early 1-0 lead after Carter walked and later scored on a hit, but the Panthers tied the score 1-1 in the second after Turner crossed the plate and tacked on two more in the third inning after McCollett and DePatsy scored on a pair of errors.
The Riverhawks then blew the game open in the fifth inning when Turner rapped an RBI-single, followed by a three-run double by Madden, to put the hosts up 7-1. Madden later scored on a wild pitch, while Fischer, who singled later in the stanza, also came in to give the 'Hawks an eight-run edge.
Medomak made a heads-up play on defense in the fifth inning when Cougar Tomasello hit a tapper back to DePatsy with Carter on third base. Carter got caught in a rundown and was tagged out at the plate, while Gove later came in to score on a wild pitch, to cut the GSB deficit to seven runs.
Medomak put any thoughts of a Cougar comeback to rest in the sixth inning as Wilcox and Lash each rapped two-run singles, making the score 13-2.
Tozier had a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning for GSB, but DePatsy fanned two of the final three batters he faced, to clinch the title for Medomak.
Team members for the newly-crowned league champs from MMS include McCollett, Lash, Brown, Wilcox, Turner, Depatsy, Nick McAuliffe, Justin Bowman, Jackson Vail, Tucker Prescott, Owen Gilbert, Fischer, Madden, Dion Emery, Ethan Swan and Jesse Dunn. The team is coached by James Havener.
Team members for the league runners up from GSB include Carter, Gove, Tomesello, Eugley, Tozier, Liam Brinkler, Autin Kaler, Marshall Dodge, Brandon Barter, Sean Sullivan, Kolton McKenney and Liam Dworkin. The team is coach by Bob Pisco.
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