One of the tell-tale signs of summer being on the horizon is the start of the Midcoast Babe Ruth League, which swung in with its first baseball games for those ages 13-15 on Sunday, May 23.

The league has three teams based in Knox County and two in Lincoln County.

In season-opening action, Rockland Ford swung to a 10-5 win over Waldoboro and Damariscotta Lions earned an 18-4 victory over Granite Coast Orthodontics.

On Sunday, May 30, Waldoboro defeated P.G. Willey 18-0.

On Sunday, June 6, Damariscotta Lions defeated P.G. Willey 12-4, Rockland Ford defeated Granite Coast Orthodontics 11-1 and Rockland Ford beat Damariscotta Lions 3-2.

On Sunday, June 13, Rockland Ford posted a 12-0 win over P.G. Willey, while Waldoboro swung to an 8-1 win over Granite Coast Orthodontics.

The standings as of Wednesday, June 16 were: Rockland Ford 4-0, Damariscotta Lions 2-1, Waldoboro 2-1, P.G. Willey 0-3 and Granite Coast Orthodontics 0-3.

The first four weeks of the season played exclusively on Sundayss, though the schedule will expand to weekdays now that school has concluded.

On Thursday, June 17, Granite Coast Orthodontics will host P.G. Willey at 5:30 p.m. in Rockport, while on Sunday, June 20, Rockland Ford will host Waldoboro in Rockland and Damariscotta Lions will host Granite Coast Orthodontics, both at 1 p.m.

The regular season will conclude on Tuesday, July 6 and the playoffs will begin on Saturday, July 10. The championship will be a best-of-three format on Sunday, July 11 and, if necessary, Monday, July 12.

The following is a recap of reported regular-season results:

Waldoboro 8, Granite Coast Orthodontics 1

At Rockport June 13, Waldoboro swung past the hosts and prevailed by seven runs. Waldoboro scored four runs in the fourth inning, three in the fifth and one in the seventh, while GCO scored one in the fifth.

Waldoboro’s offense was led by Aaron Reed (2 singles, 2 runs, 4 stolen bases), Porter Gahagan (double, single, run, stolen base), Isaac Simmons (run), Sam Moody (double, single, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases), Kyle Smith (single, run), Jaiden Starr (double, single, run, stolen base) and Walker Simmons (single, stolen base).

For GCO, Gavin Campbell scored the lone run on an error.

Simmons and Gahagan combined on a no-hitter for Waldoboro as the duo walked five and hit one batter, to go with 12 strikeouts. Franklin Coffey, Thomas Leadbetter and Owen McManus pitched for GCO and allowed 10 hits and three walks, with 10 strikeouts.

Rockland Ford 12, P.G. Willey 0 (5 inns.)

At Rockland June 13, the hosts motored past the visitors en route to a mercy rule-shortened win. Rockland Ford scored five runs in the first inning, three in the second and third and one more in the fourth.

Jacon Watkinson went the distance on the hill for Rockland Ford and allowed four hits and one walk, with six strikeouts. Walker Hedrich and Brian Leonard pitched for P.G. Willey.

The Rockland Ford offense was led by Watkinson (2 singles, 3 runs, RBI), Taygan McAllister (2 runs, RBI), Gavin Ripley (double, run, RBI), Kavie Maloney (single, run, RBI), Bryson Mattox (single, run), Dominic Frisone (2 runs), Joey Brown (single, RBI), Gilbert Stewart (single, run), Joshua Pratt (run) and Dylan Winslow (single, RBI).

For P.G. Willey, Brian Leonard (double), Caleb Butler (single), Roan Aldridge-Peacock (single) and Matthew Mitchell (single) paced the offense.

Rockland Ford 3, Damariscotta Lions 2

At Rockland June 6, the hosts edged the Lions by a single run. Rockland Ford scored single runs in the first, third and seventh innings, while the Lions scored single runs in the third and sixth.

The hosts were led at the dish by Jacob Watkinson (single, RBI), Gavin Ripley (double, RBI) and Blade Bowen (3 singles, walk-off RBI).

For the Lions, A.J. Giberson (single, 2 runs), Micah Tomasello (single, RBI) and Blake Grady (double, RBI) paced the offense.

Ripley and Watkinson pitched for Rockland Ford and allowed three hits, while Giberson and Tomasello pitched for the Lions.

Rockland Ford 11, Granite Coast Orthodontics 1 (5 inns.)

At Rockland June 6, the hosts motored to their second win in as many games, this time over GCO. Rockland Ford scored one run in the first, seven in the second and one in the third, fourth and fifth frames, while Granite Coast Orthodontics scored in the first.

Rockland Ford was led at the plate by Gavin Ripley (double, 2 RBIs), Bryson Mattox (double, 3 RBIs) and Kavie Maloney (2 singles, 2 RBIs).

Owen McManus led GCO with an RBI-single.

Maddox pitched for Oceanside and allowed three hits on the day, while Owen McManus, Alden Howard and Owen Hotchkin pitched for GCO and surrendered seven hits.

Waldoboro 18, P.G. Willey 0 (5 inns.)

At Rockport May 30, the visitors scored in each inning and bested the hosts by a lopsided score. Waldoboro scored two runs in the first, one in the second, four in the third, five in the fourth and six in the fifth.

Waldoboro was led offensively by Josh Blake (single, run), Aidyn Herring (single, run, stolen base), Aaron Reed (single, 3 runs), Porter Gahagan (2 singles, 2 runs, stolen base), Eli Pluecker (run), Isaac Simmons (2 singles, 2 runs, stolen base), Sam Moody (double, single, 3 runs, stolen base), Kyle Smith (single, 3 runs, stolen base), Gabe Lash (run) and Jaiden Starr (4 singles, run, 2 stolen bases).

Gahagan, Lash and Reed combined to toss a no-hitter for Waldoboro as the trio walked two and struck out 10. Caleb Butler and Brian Leonard pitched for P.G. Willey and allowed 14 hits and six walks, with six strikeouts.

Rockland Ford 10, Waldoboro 5

At Waldoboro May 23, Rockland Ford doubled up the hosts and prevailed by five runs. Rockland Ford scored three runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings and one more in the seventh, while Waldoboro plated one in the first and two in the firth and fifth frames.

Parker Darge, Levi Philbrook, Gavin Ripley, Dylan Winslow, Taygan McAllister, Gilbert Stewart and Jacob Watkinson pitched in the win for Rockland Ford.

Winslow rapped a two-run double and McAllister reached base five teams to lead Rockland Ford, while Aaron Reed tripled and plated two runs for Waldoboro.

Damariscotta Lions 18, Granite Coast Orthodontics 4

At Rockport May 23, the Lions scored early and often en route to a lopsided win. The Lions scored six runs in the second inning, two in the third, two in the fourth and eight in the fifth, while Granite Coast Orthodontics scored two in the first and two in the fifth.

The Lions, with first names unavailable, were led at the plate by Hallowell (single, 2 runs), Giberson (run), Tomasello (2 singles, 2 runs), Grady (3 runs), Baldwin (2 runs), McDaniel (run), Pierpont (single, 2 runs), Ball (2 runs) and Bartrug (3 runs).

For Granite Coast Orthodontics, Alden Howard (single, 2 runs), Jonathan Ward (run) and Owen Hotchkin (run) paced the offense.

Landon Geis, Howard, Hotchkin, McManus, Ezra Landry and Micah Fagonde pitched for GCO and allowed four hits and 17 walks, with six strikeouts. Lion pitchers allowed one hit and five walks, with 13 strikeouts.

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

 

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz

Scene from Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball play on June 13. Ken Waltz