Thunder rolls: Rockland, Knox Suburban 11-12 final postponedDiminishing light, dangerous weather pushes game to July 3 in Thomaston
Rockport — The District 2 Little League 11- and 12-year-old softball championship is within grasp for two Midcoast squads ready to put it all on the line for a state tournament berth.
However, after Monday night's postponement, Rockland and Knox Suburban, the two finalists, will have to wait one more day to figure out who will claim the district crown.
The teams were knotted 6-6 heading into the top of the third inning July 2 at the Marge Jones Recreational Facility, when thunder clapped and lightning was visible in the distance, which prompted an automatic 30-minute delay, according to Little League rules.
With inclement weather approaching and diminishing daylight a factor, the umpires decided to push the title game to Tuesday, July 3 at 6 p.m.
That game will be played at the Thomaston Little League Field. The game will resume in the top of the third inning, with Knox Suburban at bat.
Should Knox Suburban defeat Rockland, a winner-take-all finale in the double-elimination tournament will immediately follow under the lights at the same field.
The winner will claim the District 2 championship and a berth in the state tournament, which will begin Friday, July 6 in Bar Harbor.
To view photos from Monday's partial game between Rockland and Knox Suburban, click here or on the link below.
Rockland (2-0), advancing via the winners' bracket, defeated Knox Suburban 17-5 in four innings June 27 and then bested Camden-Rockport 18-8, also in four innings, on June 29, to move on to the finals.
Knox Suburban (1-1), after dropping its opener to Rockland, defeated Camden-Rockport in an elimination game 13-10 June 30 to advance to the finals of the double-elimination tournament.
Rockland 18, Camden-Rockport 8 (4 inns.)
At Rockport June 29, Rockland piled on the runs early in the game and never trailed, advancing to the championship round with a mercy-rule victory.
Leading Rockland at the plate were Gabby Simmons (2 hits, 2 runs), Alexis Mazurek (3 hits, 2 runs), Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes (2 hits, 2 runs), Emily Hutchinson (hit, run), Casey Pine (2 hits, 3 runs), Kim Roman (2 hits), Taylor Hamlin (3 hits) and Payten Simmons (2 hits).
For Camden-Rockport, Meghan Gallagher (2 hits), Emily Long (hit), Julia Holt (hit), Amelia Tausek (hit) and Sarah Contento (hit) paced the offense.
Davis-Oakes pitched for Rockland, allowing six hits and 11 walks, with four strikeouts. Long and Gallagher pitched for Camden-Rockport, scattering 17 hits and seven walks, with four strikeouts.
Knox Suburban 13, Camden-Rockport 10
At Rockport June 30, both teams had little trouble plating runs, but it was Knox Suburban which held off a late Camden-Rockport rally and prevailed by three runs to earn a berth in the championship game.
Leading Knox Suburban at the plate were Laticia Billings (double, single 2 runs), Payton Wiley (single, run), Madison Maxwell (single, run), Hannah Moholland (single, 3 runs), Lauryn Arsenault (2 singles, run), Katie York (single), Chloe Jones (run), Gillian Lafleche (run), Emilee Clough (run) and Kristina Ferguson (run).
For Camden-Rockport, Meghan Gallagher (single) and Amelia Tausek (single) keyed the offense.
Emily Long and Alley Wells pitched for Camden-Rockport, combining to allow eight hits and 10 walks, with three strikeouts. Kristina Ferguson pitched for Knox Suburban, allowing two hits and seven walks, with 11 strikeouts.
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