Oceanside 10-11 all stars knocked from prestigious state tournamentAs of July 31, Scarborough, Saco, Bucksport, Auburn Suburban remained in hunt
Windham — The Oceanside Little League 10- and 11-year-old baseball all-star team got off to a hot start over the weekend in the state tournament, as the Midcoast squad bested its first opponent by a whopping nine runs.
However, the District 2 champs went on to drop two games in two days, and were eliminated in the double-elimination tournament Thursday, July 31.
Oceanside was blanked by District 6 champion Scarborough 9-0 Wednesday, July 30, which sent the team to the loser's bracket. Oceanside then jumped to a strong lead against District 1 Bucksport Thursday, July 31 but ultimately were eliminated 10-7.
Oceanside defeated District 5 champion Auburn-Suburban 18-9 on Saturday, July 26.
Scarborough will face District 4 champion Saco Friday, Aug. 1 at 5:45 p.m., while Bucksport will take on Auburn Suburban Saturday, Aug. 2.
Oceanside and District 3 champion Brewer have been eliminated.
The state championship game is slated for Sunday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m., with a second game slated to be played, if necessary, at 3:30 p.m.
All state games are being played at Lowell Field.
Oceanside team members include Nathaniel Barnard, Austin Chilles, Joey Curtis-Hamilton, Will Eaton, Darik Johnson, Finn Lynch, Hunter Moore, Hunter Norton, Logan Putansu, Tyler Sukeforth, Zach Upham and Landdon Willis. The team is managed by Davin Putansu.
The following is a recap of the final two games of the tournament for Oceanside:
Bucksport 10, Oceanside 7
At Windham July 31, the District 2 champs closed out the month of July after dropping their final game of the tournament to Bucksport. Oceanside scored six runs in the first inning and one in the third, while Bucksport scored three in the first, two in the second, one in the third and four in the fifth. Both teams committed two errors.
Leading Oceanside at the plate were Lynch (run), Putansu (single, run), Hunter Moore (2 singles, run), Norton (single, run), Curtis-Hamilton (run), Eaton (run), Sukeforth (single), Chilles (double) and Willis (run).
For Bucksport, Ryan Howard (single, 2 runs), Brady Kennedy (double, run), Ty Gilbertson (single, run), Logan Stanley (run), Brady Findlay (2 singles), Owen Gaudreau (single, 2 runs), Tyler Hallett (2 singles, run) and Jordan Malenfont (single) paced the offense.
Curtis-Hamilton and Barnard combined to pitch for Oceanside, and they allowed eight hits and six walks, with six strikeouts. Findlay and Stanley pitched for Bucksport, allowing six hits and six walks, with six strikeouts.
Scarborough 9, Oceanside 0
At Windham July 30, Oceanside managed three hits, but were sent to the loser's bracket by Scarborough. The game originally was slated for Sunday, July 27, but was postponed due to rain.Scarborough scored four times in the second inning and five more in the third to round out the scoring.
Leading Scarborough at the plate Wednesday were Zach Aloffs (2 singles, 2 runs), Caleb Bogdanovich (2 singles, run), Don Spina (single), Conor Lally (3 singles, run), Evan Foley (single, run), Jacob Goff (home run), Teddy Forsley (single, 2 runs) and Owen Cascio (single, 2 runs).
For Oceanside, Lynch (single), Putansu (single) and Moore (single) paced the offense.
Kelly and Spina pitched for Scarborough, allowing three hits and two walks, with nine strikeouts. Putansu and Eaton pitched for Oceanside, scattering 12 hits and two walks, with three strikeouts.
Scarborough struck in the second inning on a pair of two-run singles by Cascio and Bogdanovich, while the District 6 champs broke the game open in the third.
Lally singled, stole second and came around to touch the plate on a two-run home run to center field by Goff, which put Scarborough ahead by six runs. The Southern Maine squad continued to pile on after that when Forsley singled and was pinch run for by Foley, who came around to score after he stole second base and the subsequent throw went into the outfield.
Bogdanovich plated Cascio with an RBI-single, while Aloffe also scampered home on the same play when an error occurred.
Oceanside's defense began to tighten in the later innings as it staved off being defeated by the mercy rule, highlighted by a pair of impressive catches in center field by Chilles in the fourth and fifth innings.