BANGOR — Top-ranked Rock Coast Rip Tide was not only able to weather the storm. In terms of the Maine North Zone Junior Legion Baseball Tournament playoffs, they were the storm.

While the Rockport-based 17u team needed a walkoff hit in its first game of the tourney, Rock Coast Rip Tide outscored opponents 20-13 over the final two games — including a 7-4 win over the No. 4 Hermon Hawks on Sunday, Aug. 8 in the championship game — to claim the zone title at Mansfield Stadium.

Rip Tide, along with No. 2 Hampden Riverhawks, No. 3 Quirk Motor City and No. 4 Hermon Hawks, by virtue of being the top four remaining teams in the North Zone playoffs, played Friday through Sunday, Aug. 6-8, advance to the state tournament — along with the top four remaining teams in the south tournament — which will be played Thursday through Monday, Aug. 12-16, also at Mansfield Stadium.

No. 5 Tidewater Oil, based out of Belfast, went 0-2 in zone tourney play, as did No. 6 Downeast Storm.

Rock Coast Rip Tide’s Duncan Oakes-Nelsen. Ken Waltz

In the south, the No. 3 Ware Butler Eagles won the zone title, while No. 1 Skowhegan, No. 5 Capital Area Bombers and No. 4 Topsham Post 202 also advanced to the state tournament.

The first four scheduled games of the state tournament on Thursday, Aug. 12 are: No. 3 Capital Area Bombers versus No. 2 Hermon Hawks, 10 a.m.; No. 4 Hampden Riverhawks versus No. 1 Ware & Butler Eagles, 1 p.m.; No. 3 Quirk Motor City versus No. 2 Skowhegan, 4 p.m.; and No. 4 Topsham Post 202 versus No. 1 Rock Coast Rip Tide, 7 p.m.

 

Rock Coast Rip Tide and Tidewater Oil’s first two games of the zone tournament originally were scheduled to be played on Thursday night, Aug. 5, but were pushed to Friday due to rain.

Tidewater Oil’s Ashton Ellis. Ken Waltz

Complete North Zone tournament results included: No. 4 Hermon Hawks 8, No. 5 Tidewater Oil 0; No. 1 Rock Coast Rip Tide 7, No. 4 Hermon Hawks 6; No. 3 Quirk Motor City 10, No. 6 Downeast Storm 0; No. 3 Quirk Motor City 1, No. 2 Hampden Riverhawks 0; No. 4 Hermon Hawks 10, No. 6 Downeast Storm 4 (Downeast Storm eliminated), No. 2 Hampden Riverhawks 6, No. 5 Tidewater Oil 3 (Tidewater Oil eliminated), No. 1 Rock Coast Rip Tide 13, No. 3 Quirk Motor City 9; No. 4 Hermon Hawks 14, No. 2 Hampden Riverhawks 1; No. 4 Hermon Hawks 7, No. 3 Quirk Motor City 5; and No. 1 Rock Coast Rip Tide 7, No. 4 Hermon Hawks 4.

Rock Coast Rip Tide’s Connor Calderwood. Ken Waltz

The final 17u North regular-season standings were: Rock Coast Rip Tide 15-3, Bouchard Cleaning Riverhawks 13-5, Quirk Motor City 11-5, Hermon Hawks 8-9, Tidewater Oil 6-10, Downeast Storm 3-13 and Machias 1-12.

The final 17u South regular-season standings were: Skowhegan 13-3, Fairfield 12-4, Ware Butler Eagles 12-6, Topsham Post 202 9-9, Capital Area Bombers 8-10, Oxford Hills Vikings 3-12 and Turner Bandits 2-15.

Machias was the only team from the North not to qualify for the zone playoffs, while Oxford Hills and Turner did not qualify in the South.

The South playoffs were held at the CARA Complex in Augusta.

Tidewater Oil’s Nate Ashey. Ken Waltz

The following is a recap of zone playoff contests that involved area teams:

No. 1 Rock Coast Rip Tide 7, No. 4 Hermon Hawks 4

At Bangor Aug. 8, the Rip Tide maintained their undefeated playoff record and stormed to the zone championship. The Rip Tide scored two in the first, two in the fourth and three in the fifth, while the Hawks plated one in the second and three in the sixth.

The Rip Tide were led at the plate by Libby (3 singles), Connor Calderwood (run), Hunter Norton (2 runs), Duncan Oakes-Nelsen (double, 2 singles, run), Alex Bartlett (single), Ben Tohanczyn (run), Lucas Moody (single) and Ezra Landry (single).

For the Hawks (first names unavailable), Hopkins (single), Fowler (single), Marquis (single), Willis (run), Wickett (run), Simcox (2 singles, run) and White (run) paced the offense.

Libby and Bartlett each toed the rubber for the Rip Tide and allowed five hits and eight walks, with six strikeouts. Hermon Hawks pitchers surrendered nine hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.

No. 1 Rock Coast Rip Tide 13, No. 3 Quirk Motor City 9

At Bangor Aug. 7, the Rip Tide advanced to the championship game with a four-run victory. The Rip Tide scored one in the first, four in the second, three in the fourth, one in the fifth and four in the sixth, while Quirk Motor City plated one in the first, four in the fourth and four in the fifth.

The Ride Tide were led at the dish by Austin Chilles (2 singles, 2 runs), Connor Calderwood (triple, 3 runs), Duncan Oakes-Nelsen (double, single), Hunter Norton (single), Alex Bartlett (2 singles, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases), Lucas Moody (single, 4 runs, stolen base) and Owen Berez 2 singles, 2 runs, stolen base).

For Quirk Motor City (first names unavailable), J. Mason (single, 2 runs), M. Long (single, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases), J. Libby (2 runs), C. Lagassie (run), J. Morris (2 runs) and M. DeRespino (double) paced the offense.

Chilles, Calderwood and E. Libby pitched for the Rip Tide and allowed three hits, seven walks and four hit batters, with five strikeouts. Sanders and R. Libby pitched for Quirk Motor City and scattered 11 hits, eight walks and one hit batter, with six strikeouts.

No. 2 Hampden 6, No. 5 Tidewater Oil 3

At Bangor Aug. 7, Hampden piled on the runs in the late innings and bounced Tidewater Oil from the tournament. Tidewater Oil scored one in the first and two in the third, while Hampden plated two runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

The Tidewater Oil offense was paced by Pat McConnell (hit, run), Nate Ashey (hit, run), Cole Ellis (hit, 3 RBIs), Liam McConnell (2 hits), Eli Howard (hit), Drew Bagley (hit) and Ashton Ellis (run).

For Hampden (first names unavailable), M. Desjardins (hit, run, RBI), Adams (2 runs, RBI), T. Lerena (hit, run), Martin (hit, RBI), L. Burns (2 hits, RBI), N. Bates (2 hits, run, RBI), Donavan (2 hits, run, RBI) and Bates (hit) paced the offense.

Gage Ellis and Pat McConnell pitched for Tidewater Oil and allowed 10 hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. Pitching stats for Hampden were unavailable.

No. 1 Rock Coast Rip Tide 7, No. 4 Hermon 6

At Bangor Aug. 6, the Rip Tide got a walk-off single by Connor Calderwood and advanced to the next round. The Rip Tide scored two runs in the first inning, one in the fourth, one in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh, while Hermon plated two in the fifth, three in the sixth and one in the seventh.

The Rip Tide were led at the plate by Calderwood (double, 2 singles, 2 runs, game-winning RBI), Duncan Oakes-Nelsen (single, stolen base), Hunter Norton (run), Alex Bartlett (single), Lucas Moody (run), Eben Fagonde (single), Owen Hotchkin (run) and Owen Berez (run).

Rock Coast Rip Tide’s Eben Fagonde. Ken Waltz

For Hermon, with first names unavailable, Hopkins (single, 2 runs), England (run), Fowler (3 singles), Marquis (single), Willis (2 singles), Wickett (run), Scripture (run) and Crisafulli (run) paced the offense.

Oakes-Nelsen and Calderwood pitched for Rock Coast Rip Tide and surrendered seven hits and five walks, with 10 strikeouts. Willis and Andrei worked the bump for Hermon and allowed six hits and five walks, with five strikeouts.

Moody drew a walk to start the bottom of the seventh inning and stole a base before Fagonde and Hotchkin drew walks to load the bases. Calderwood then laced a game-winning single to right-center field as Moody stepped on home plate with the winning run.

Rock Coast Rip Tide’s Ezra Landry. Ken Waltz

No. 4 Hermon 8, No. 5 Tidewater Oil 0

At Bangor Aug. 6, Hermon held Tidewater Oil to three hits on the afternoon and bounced the lower seed to the loser’s bracket. Hermon scored two runs in the first inning, four in the fifth and two more in the sixth.

Pat McConnell, Eli Veilleux and Drew Bagley rapped hits in the losing effort for Tidewater Oil, while Hermon, with first names unavailable, were led offensively by M. Hopkins (3 hits, 3 runs), D. England (hit, run, 2 RBIs), D. Fowler (3 hits, 2 runs, 3 RBIs), C. Marquis (hit, RBI), C. Willis (RBI), J. Wickett (hit), C. Simcox (RBI), J. Morissette (run) and A. Crisafulli (hit, run).

Tidewater Oil’s Liam McConnell. Ken Waltz

Pat McConnell, Nate Ashey, Gage Ellis and Ashton Ellis toed the rubber for Tidewater Oil as the quartet scattered 10 hits and five walks, with two strikeouts. Marquis and B. White pitched for Hermon and combined on a three-hit shutout, as they allowed one walk with 11 strikeouts.

The game unraveled for Tidewater Oil in the fifth when Hermon’s lead grew from two to six runs as England drew a bases-loaded walk, Fowler plated Crisafulli on a single, Hopkins scored on a sacrifice fly by Marquis and Simcox drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Fowler.

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