AUGUSTA — After a hot start in the state 13- to 15-year-old Babe Ruth baseball tournament — winning its first two games — Midcoast experienced a tougher day on the diamonds on Saturday, July 17 and, ultimately, were bounced from the event.

Midcoast began its tournament run with an 11-10 victory over Capital Area of Augusta on Thursday, July 15 and swung to a 9-0 win over Saco Bay on Friday, July 16.

However, Midcoast dropped the next two games and was eliminated from tournament.

Skowhegan bested Midcoast 14-11 in a winner’s bracket game — which sent Skowhegan to the finals — and then the locals were bounced from the bracket when they dropped a hard-fought, 9-8 decision to Capital Area.

Skowhegan and Capital Area were scheduled to play in championship games on Sunday, July 18 at 2 p.m., with a 5 p.m. game to follow, if necessary.

Tri-County was the fifth team in the five-team state event.

Games were held at the Capitol Area Recreation Area (CARA) Complex, Morton and McGuire Fields, on Piggery Road.

The state champion will advance to the New England Tournament, which will begin Friday, July 23 in Trumbull, Conn.

Midcoast was represented by A.J. Giberson and Micah Tomasello from Damariscotta Lions; Josh Blake, Porter Gahagan, Gabe Lash and Sam Moody from Waldoboro; and Blade Brann, Dominic Frisone, Bryson Mattox, Taygan McAllister, Gavin Ripley, Gilbert Stewart, Jacob Watkinson and Dylan Winslow from Rockland Ford. Don Shields from Rockland Ford was the manager, with Allen Tomasello from Damariscotta and Matt Moody from Waldoboro the coaches.

“This was a fun team to coach,” said Shields. “All 14 boys got along great, were all wonderful kids, they played hard and I had a blast. I feel bad that we didn’t get to the state finals, but each player did everything you could ask from them.”

Shields said only four of the 14 players on the roster were 15-years-olds, along with eight 14-year-olds and two 13-year-old players.

“What a great experience for each of them,” he said.

Midcoast Babe Ruth League 13- to 15-year-old all stars, which competed in the state tournament in Augusta, include, front from left, Dylan Winslow, Blade Brann, Jacob Watkinson, A.J. Giberson, Porter Gahagan, Gavin Ripley and Josh Blake; and back, manager Don Shields, Taygan McAllister, Bryson Mattox, Micah Tomasello, Gabe Lash, Dominic Frisone, Sam Moody, Gilbert Stewart, coaches Allen Tomasello and Matthew Moody. Dawn Watkinson

The following is a recap of the four games of Midcoast’s run in the state tournament:

Capital Area 9, Midcoast 8

At Augusta July 17, Capital Area avenged its loss to Midcoast earlier in the tourney and bounced the locals from the bracket.

“The game against Capital was just a game where each team battled and we were evenly-matched,” said Shields. “I think if we played them 10 times each team would have won five.”

Capital Area scored one run in the second inning, two in the third, one in the fourth, four in the fifth and one in the sixth, while Midcoast plated two in the first, two in the second, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Midcoast was led at the plate by Watkinson (single, 2 runs), Ripley (2 singles, 2 runs), Tomasello (single), Brann (single), Winslow (single, run) and Mattox (double, single, 3 runs, stolen base).

For Capital Area, with first names unavailable, Foster (run, stolen base), Peaslee (2 singles, run), Corliss (single, run), Burgess (single, 2 runs, stolen base), Latter (run), Tyler (single), Pelletier (single, 2 runs, stolen base) and Bailey (2 singles, run) paced the offense.

Ripley and Tomasello pitched for Midcoast and allowed eight hits and two walks, with six strikeouts. Foster, Burgess, Peaslee and Corliss pitched for Capital and allowed eight hits and six walks, with nine strikeouts.

Skowhegan 14, Midcoast 11

At Augusta July 17, Skowhegan bounced Midcoast to the loser’s bracket with a three-run victory. Skowhegan scored one run in the second inning, one in the third, eight in the fourth and four in the sixth, while Midcoast tallied one in the first, three in the second, two in the third, three in the fourth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Midcoast was led at the plate by McAllister (run, stolen base), Blake (run, stolen base), Giberson (run, stolen base), Gahagan (double, 2 singles, run, stolen base), Tomasello (2 singles, 3 runs, stolen base), Lash (single, run), Brann (run), Moody (single), Winslow (run, stolen base) and Stewart (run).

For Skowhegan, Brady Bumford (double, 2 runs, stolen base), Maddox Santore (double, 2 singles, run, 3 stolen bases), Cameron Dostie (2 singles, 2 runs), Michael Hamlin (double, 2 singles, stolen base), Jordan Lewis (single, 2 runs), Jake Frazee (single, 4 runs, stolen base), Michael Achorn (double, 2 singles, run), Bjorn Brackett (single, stolen base) and Ben Foster (single) keyed the offense.

Santone, Lewis and Bumford pitched for Skowhegan and allowed seven hits and five walks, with five strikeouts. Giberson started for Midcoast, and he and relievers combined to allow 16 hits and three walks, with four strikeouts.

Shields said: “In the loss to Skowhegan, we were in control and they starting stringing hits together and got on a great roll.”

Midcoast 9, Saco Bay 0

At Augusta July 16, Midcoast emerged with a convincing, shutout win over Saco Bay. Midcoast scored one run in the second inning, two in the fourth, three in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Midcoast was led at the dish by Winslow (run), Ripley (single, stolen base), Gahagan (run), Tomasello (2 runs, stolen base), Moody (single, run), Brann (2 singles, run, 2 stolen bases), Mattox (run, stolen base), Blake (single, run, stolen base) and Giberson (single, run, stolen base).

For Saco Bay, with first names unavailable, Eagerly (single), Kaiser (single), Casavant (single) and Harbour (2 singles) paced the offense.

Watkinson tossed six shutout innings and Stewart one frame for Midcoast. The duo allowed five hits and one walk, with nine strikeouts. Saco Bay pitchers, led by Kaiser, combined to allow six hits and three walks, with three strikeouts.

Midcoast 11, Capital Area 10

At Augusta July 15, Midcoast fell behind early, but exploded for 10 runs in the fourth inning, before the hosts fended off Capital Area’s late rally to pull out the victory.

Midcoast scored 10 runs in the fourth inning and one in the sixth. Capital Area tallied one in the first and third innings, three in the fifth and five in the seventh.

At the plate, Midcoast was led by Tomasello (2 singles, run), McAllister (double, 2 runs), Ripley (single, 2 runs), Moody (single, run), Watkinson (single, run), Gahagan (single), Stewart (single), Winslow (run) and Giberson (run).

Midcoast’s Gavin Ripley Zack Miller

C. Peaslee (single, double, 2 runs) led the Capital Area offense, while T. Corliss (2 singles, 2 runs), C. Foster (single, 2 runs), H. Burgess (2 singles, run), I. Bezanson (single, run), G. McGrane (single), K. Kronneis (run) and J. Latter (run) had strong showings. First names for Capital Area were unavailable.

Gahagan, Mattox, Lash and Ripley worked the bump for Midcoast, and combined to allow 10 runs on nine hits, with four walks and 11 strikeouts.

Foster, Corliss and Peaslee pitched for Capital Area, and combined for 11 runs on eight hits, with five walks and six strikeouts.

It took a couple of innings for the Midcoast bats to come to life, as the hosts did not record a hit through the first three frames.

The fourth inning is when Midcoast did the majority of its damage, as the squad had 15 at-bats, plated 10 runs and smacked eight hits, including McAllister’s double — the only extra-base hit of the game for Midcoast.

The hosts took the large lead into the top of the seventh inning, as Midcoast held an 11-5 advantage, and secured two quick outs out of the first three batters faced.

From there, however, Capital Area gained momentum, and sent seven batters to the plate, scored five runs, and had the tying and go-ahead runs on base.

Midcoast’s Jacob Watkinson. Zack Miller

The momentum swung back in Midcoast’s direction for long enough, though, as Ripley struck out the final batter to give the hosts the victory.

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