Waldoboro blanks Georges Valley to advance in playoffsNo. 8 Waldoboro faces No. 1 Damariscotta July 9 in quarterfinal clash
Waldoboro — In a game dominated by the hosts' bats and defense that seemed to always catch the ball — even when it appeared nearly impossible to make the play — No. 8 Waldoboro topped No. 9 Georges Valley 8-0 Saturday afternoon, July 6 in a Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball prelim playoff game on Begley Field.
Waldoboro (7-6), which finished with eight hits and one error, tallied two runs in the first inning, five in the second and one in the sixth. Georges Valley (5-8) ended with four hits and three fielding miscues.
Waldoboro advances to play No. 1 Damariscotta (10-2) on Tuesday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m. on Begley Field in Waldoboro. Although the game will be on Waldoboro's home field, Damariscotta will be the home team by virtue of being the higher seed.
With Saturday's loss, Georges Valley was eliminated from the playoffs.
In Saturday's playoff, Waldoboro grabbed early control. In the first inning, Waldoboro scored two runs as Ollie Brown reached on an error and stole second. Nick DePatsy singled and stole second, while Bryce Collamore's sacrifice fly scored Brown. Adam Eustler's single plated DePatsy.
In the second inning, Brett Collamore doubled and Isaac Eustler singled to drive him home. Maty Moore walked and Brown singled to plate Isaac Eustler. DePatsy reached on an error, which allowed Moore to score, Bryce Collamore grounded out to drive in Brown and DePatsy scored on a wild pitch.
Waldoboro sealed its victory in the sixth inning when Brown and DePatsy doubled for a run.
On the mound for Waldoboro, Jackson Vail earned the complete-game pitching win by allowing no runs on four hits and four walks, with four strikeouts.
On the hill for Georges Valley were Levi Post, who suffered the loss, Titus Kaewthong and Riley Sprague. Post pitched one-plus innings and allowed five runs — three of which were earned — four hits, one walk and struck out none. Kaewthong worked four innings and allowed two runs — one of which was earned — two hits, two walks and fanned three. Sprague pitched one inning and gave up one run, which was earned, two hits, no walks and struck out one.
Notable offensive players for Georges Valley were Thomas Curtis, who had a single and double. For Waldoboro, Brown, DePatsy and Brett Collamore each collected a single and double.
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