BANGOR —  After gutting it out on the mound for seven innings, Connor Calderwood picked a heck of a time to get his only hit of the night.

With Rock Coast Rip Tide down 1-0 heading to the bottom of the seventh inning in the Maine State Junior American Legion baseball tournament, the Rockport-based squad got three straight hits — the latter, Calderwood’s double to deep left-center field — that scored the game-winning run in a thrilling, 2-1 victory over Ware Butler Eagles (Messalonskee of Oakland) to win the state championship on Monday night, Aug. 16 at Mansfield Stadium.

Maine Junior Legion baseball champion for 2021 Rock Coast Rip Tide, based out of Rockport. Mark Haskell

After dropping its first game of the tournament, to drop to the loser’s bracket, the Rip Tide, ultimately, won six games in a row — in four days no less — to swing to the coveted crown.

The No. 1 North Rip Tide lost its first game of the tournament 7-5 on Thursday, Aug. 12. Since then, the Rip Tide eliminated No. 3 North Quirk Motor City 12-2 in six innings on Friday, Aug. 13, No. 2 North Hermon Hawks 10-9 in a game Rip Tide trailed by four runs and weathered a rain delay and No. 4 North Hampden Riverhawks 8-7, both on Saturday, Aug. 14.

On Sunday, the Rip Tide avenged their lone loss of the tournament with a 13-2, five-inning victory over No. 4 South Topsham Post 202 and defeated No. 1 South Ware Butler Eagles 7-4 to force the winner-take-all championship game on Monday night.

The Rip Tide entered the tournament as the North Zone champions and Ware & Butler Eagles the South Zone titlists.

“The nice thing about it is what we preached all season long,” said Rock Coast Rip Tide coach Barrett Brown. “Which is, ‘We never get too high, we never get too low.’ We believe in our teammates, we believe in our team and battle to the last out. In this tournament we came from behind five times I think and we were down to our last out twice. These kids are battlers.”

Scores from the tournament were: No. 2 North Hermon Hawks 2, No. 3 South Capital Area Bombers 2-1; No. 1 South Ware Butler Eagles 3, No. 4 North Hampden Riverhawks 0; No. 2 South Skowhegan 6, No. 3 North Quirk Motor City 3; No. 4 South Topsham Post 202 7, No. 1 North Rock Coast Rip Tide 5; No. 4 North Hampden Riverhawks 4, No. 3 South Capital Area Bombers 1; No. 1 North Rock Coast Rip Tide 12, No. 3 North Quirk Motor City 2; No. 1 South Ware Butler Eagles 10, No. 2 North Hermon Hawks 0; No. 4 South Topsham Post 202 12, No. 2 South Skowhegan 5; No. 4 North Hampden Riverhawks 10; No. 2 South Skowhegan 8; No. 1 North Rock Coast Rip Tide 10, No. 2 Hermon Hawks 9; No. 1 South Ware Butler Eagles 8, No. 4 South Topsham Post 202 4; No. 1 North Rock Coast Rip Tide 8, No. 4 North Hampden Riverhawks 7; No. 1 Rock Coast Rip Tide 13, No. 4 South Topsham Post 202 2; No. 1 North Rock Coast Rip Tide 7, No. 1 South Ware Butler Eagles 4; and No. 1 North Rock Coast Rip Tide 2; No. 1 South Ware Butler Eagles 1.

Rock Coast Rip Tide’s Alex Bartlett. Zack Miller

Rip Tide team members include Alex Bartlett, Owen Berez, Blade Brann, Cameron Brown, Connor Calderwood, Austin Chilles, Franklin Coffey, Eben Fagonde, Owen Hotchkin, Ezra Landry, Eric LeBlond, Elias Libby, Lucas Moody, Duncan Oakes-Nelsen, Hunter Norton, Elias Pluecker and Benjamin Tohanczyn. The team is coached by Barrett Brown, Joe Nelsen and Joe Coffey.

Team members for Ware Butler Eagles include Ethan Mayo, Bjorn Brickett, Jacob Moody, Parker Reynolds, Braden Mayo, Ty Bernier, Andrew Beckwith, Brady Bumford, Kaden Fitzmorris, Jack Hammond, Jack Darling, Jacob Thomas, Jordan Lewis, Brock Stanhope, Jacob Love, Cash Biziere, Drake Brunelle and Aiden Ridgers. The team is coached by Ray Bernier, Jesse Beckwith and Jeremiah Bizier.

Rock Coast Rip Tide’s Austin Chilles. Zack Miller

The all-tourney team included Connor Calderwood and Hunter Norton of Rip Tide; Mason Hopkins and Connor Marquis of Hermon; Ryan Adams and T.J. Llerena of Hampden; Andrew Clemons of Topsham; and Braden Mayo, Cash Biziere and Aiden Rogers of Messalonskee.

Scott Cournoyer, one of legion’s leaders, said the players were “selected for overall outstanding baseball play during the state tournament.”

State Junior Legion all-tourney team members, including Rock Coast Rip Tides’s Hunter Norton, front left, and Connor Calderwood, back left. Scott Cournoyer

The following is a breakdown of Rock Coast Rip Tide’s seven state tournament games:

Rock Coast Rip Tide’s Cam Brown. Mark Haskell

No. 1 North Rock Coast Rip Tide 2, No. 1 South Ware Butler Eagles 1

At Bangor Aug. 16, the Rip Tide got a sensational effort from the always-smiling, seemingly-happy Calderwood — on the mound and at the plate — and walked off with the coveted state title.

The Rip Tide scored its runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, while Ware Butler scored in the third.

Calderwood roped a walkoff double to deep left-center field to plate Cam Brown with the game-winning run.

In addition to Calderwood’s walkoff hit, Brown (single, run), Fagonde (run), Libby (single) and Bartlett (double, single) totaled the Rip Tide’s five hits on the night. For Ware Butler, Thomas (single, RBI), Hammond (single) and Love (single) paced the offense.

Calderwood tossed a three-hitter, with the one run allowed being unearned. He walked one and struck out one, while throwing only 69 pitches.

Rock Coast Rip Tide’s Lucas Moody dives back to first base on Aug. 12 in the state Junior Legion baseball tournament at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor Zack Miller

Rodgers tossed a sensational game for Ware Butler and went 6 2/3 innings, but had to be lifted after he reached his pitch count. he allowed only two hits and two walks, to go along with 11 strikeouts. Thomas, who relieved Rodgers, allowed three straight hits to end the game.

“It certainly was helpful to have him come out,” said coach Brown of Rogers. “Our kids battled and got him to that pitch count. And the amazing thing was at that point Connor was only at 70 pitches. He could have gone for more innings if we’d needed him to.”

In the seventh, after a strikeout, Moody struck out, but scampered to first on a dropped third strike. After Moody stole second base and Oakes-Nelsen flew out to right field, Rodgers was lifted for Thomas, which proved the boost the Rip Tide needed.

Rock Coast Rip Tide’s Duncan Oakes-Nelsen. Mark Haskell

Brown legged out an infield single that went to deep short and put runners at the corners, while Libby did the same on a slow roller to third base that plated Moody to tie the game.

That set the table for Calderwood, who timed the pitch right and grooved it toward the fence with what proved the championship-winning tally.

The Ware Butler Eagles got on the board in the third inning when Bumford reached and got to second base on a pair of errors before a sacrifice fly moved Bumford to third base.

Thomas plated Bumford on a sacrifice fly to left after Brown left the ground and made a full-extension catch ranging toward the line for the second out of the inning.

Maine Junior Legion baseball champion for 2021 Rock Coast Rip Tide, based out of Rockport. Mark Haskell

No. 1 North Rock Coast Rip Tide 7, No. 1 South Ware Butler Eagles 4

At Bangor Aug. 15, the Rip Tide jumped  to an early 5-0 lead and never trailed to force the all-important “if” game for the state title. The Rip Tide scored four runs in the first inning, one in the second and two in the fifth, while Ware Butler Eagles plated single runs in the fourth and fifth innings and two in the sixth.

The Rip Tide were led at the plate by Brown (hit, run, RBI), Libby (hit, 2 runs), Calderwood (2 hits, run, RBI), Chilles (RBI), Bartlett (2 hits, 2 runs, RBI), Moody (hit, run, 2 RBIs), Fagonde (RBI) and Berez (hit).

For the Ware Butler Eagles, Bumford (2 hits, RBI), Thomas (2 hits, run, RBI), Hammond (hit, run), Bizier (hit), Love (run) and Bernier (run) paced the offense.

Oakes-Nelsen and Bartlett toed the rubber for the Rip Tide and allowed eight hits and three walks, with eight strikeouts. Bizier and Bumford pitched for Ware Butler Eagles and yielded eight hits and seven walks, with three strikeouts.

Coach Brown said head-first diving catches by left fielder Cam Brown in the second inning and center fielder Eli Libby in the fourth “were the best defensive plays I have seen by any team all tournament.”

From left, Rock Coast Rip Tide’s Connor Calderwood, Austin Chilles and Hunter Norton. Mark Haskell

“Winning five straight elimination games is a major accomplishment, particularly when played over only three days,” said Rip Tide head coach Barrett Brown. “We have emphasized all season the importance of being mentally resilient. Players have worked on bouncing back when things go wrong and staying focused when things are going well. This has been put to the test time and again during the tournament. We have come from behind in three of five wins, and we have rallied to win trailing by two runs and down to our last out.”

No. 1 North Rock Coast Rip Tide 13, No. 4 South Topsham Post 202 2 (5 inns.)

At Bangor Aug. 15, the Rip Tide avenged its only loss of the state tournament in a big way by eliminating Topsham Post 202 in five innings. The Rip Tide plated seven runs in the first inning and six more in the second, while Topsham Post 202 scored one in the second and fifth frames.

The Rip Tide were led at the dish by Brown (hit, RBI, 2 runs), Libby (2 hits, 3 RBIs, run), Chilles (hit, 2 runs), Norton (hit, 2 runs), Bartlett (2 runs, RBI), Tohanczyn (hit, run, RBI), Moody (hit, run, 2 RBIs) and Berez (2 runs).

For Topsham Post 202, with first names unavailable, Chase (hit), R. Staples (hit, RBI), Vashon (hit, run) and Cook (hit, run) paced the offense.

Calderwood and Moody pitched for the Rip Tide and allowed four hits and one walk, with one strikeout. Merrill and Clemons pitched for Topsham Post 202 and scattered seven hits and three walks, with four strikeouts.

Rock Coast Rip Tide’s Cam Brown. Mark Haskell

No. 1 North Rock Coast Rip Tide 8, No. 4 North Hampden Riverhawks 7

At Bangor Aug. 14, in a game that started around 9:45 p.m. and concluded right around midnight, the Rip Tide won its third straight elimination game, this time over the Riverhawks.

The Rip Tide scored five runs in the first inning and three in the second, while Hampden scored four in the first and three in the fourth.

Brown (2 hits, run), Tohanczyn (2 hits, 3 RBIs) and Bartlett (2 hits, RBI) paced the Rip Tide offense, while Libby (hit, 2 runs), Calderwood (hit, run, RBI), Chilles (hit, 2 runs), Norton (hit, RBI, 2 runs), Moody (hit) and Coffey (RBI) also contributed.

For the Riverhawks, with first names unavailable, Adams (hit, run), Desjardins (hit, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), T. Ilarena (2 hits, run, RBI), Bates (hit, run, RBI), Lyons (2 RBIs), Phelps (2 hits, run), Burns (run) and B. Bishop (hit) paced the offense.

Coffey, Moody and Bartlett pitched for the Rip Tide and allowed eight hits and five walks, with two strikeouts. Young and Burns pitched for Hampden and yielded 11 hits and five walks, with four strikeouts.

Rock Coast Rip Tide’s Owen Berez. Mark Haskell

No. 1 North Rock Coast Rip Tide 10, No. 2 North Hermon Hawks 9 (9 inns.)

At Bangor Aug. 14, after trailing by four runs in the sixth inning before a long rain delay, the Rip Tide weathered the storm late and walked off and eliminated the Hawks in extra innings.

The Rip Tide, which beat the Hawks to win the North Zone title six days prior, scored one run in the first and third innings, three in the sixth and seventh innings and two in the ninth. The Hawks scored three in the first, one in the fifth, two in the sixth and seventh and one in the ninth.

“We loaded the bases with no outs on a double and two singles,” said coach Barrett Brown, as he recalled the ninth-inning rally. “Next batter [Tohanczyn] grounded hard to third [base] and they get the force at home. With one out, next batter is Bartlett and he hits a clean single up the middle to score the tying run. Then Franklin Coffey rips a clean line drive over the third baseman’s head driving home the winning run.”

The Rip Tide previously trailed 6-2 in the sixth inning before the rain delay.

“Lots of great contributions including a raucous dugout,” the coach said. “But Franklin came in as a late sub, pitched three innings of one-hit baseball and had the game-winning hit. Not too shabby.”

Tohanczyn had three hits, two RBIs and a run scored to lead the Rockport-based squad, while Libby (hit, 2 runs), Calderwood (2 hits, 3 runs, RBI), Chilles (2 hits, 2 RBIs, run), Norton (hit, 3 runs), Bartlett (hit, RBI), Berez (RBI) and Coffey (hit, RBI) also chipped in on offense.

The Hermon Hawks, with first names unavailable, were led by Hopkins (2 hits, 2 RBIs, run), England (2 runs), Fowler (2 hits, run, RBI), Marquis (2 hits, 2 RBIs, run), Willis (run), Wickett (2 hits, 2 RBIs, run), Simcox (run), Whilte (run) and Crisafulli (hit, RBI).

Libby, Brown and Coffey pitched for the Rip Tide and allowed nine hits and seven walks, with six strikeouts. Crisafulli and Hopkins pitched for the Hermon Hawks and allowed 11 hits and four walks, with five strikeouts.

No. 1 North Rock Coast Rip Tide 12, No. 3 Quirk Motor City 2 (6 inns.)

At Bangor Aug. 13, the Rip Tide staved off elimination and prevailed by mercy rule. The Rip Tide scored two runs in the third inning, five in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth, while Quirk Motor City scored runs in the third and fifth frames.

Chilles tossed a complete-game, five-hitter in the victory for the Rip Tide as he struck out 11, while he also led the offense with three singles. For Quirk Motor City, with first names unavailable, J. Libby went four innings on the hill and took the loss as he allowed seven hits and struck out six.

The Rip Tide also had hits from Calderwood (triple, double), Brown (triple, single), Libby (triple), Berez (single), Norton (single) and LeBlond (single).

For Quirk Motor City, J. Libby (double), M. Roberts (double), R. Libby (single), J. Mason (single) and A. Sanders (single) paced the offense.

No. 4 South Topsham Post 202 7, No. 1 North Rock Coast Rip Tide 5

At Bangor Aug. 12, the Rip Tide fell by two runs under the lights in their first game of the state event. The Rip Tide scored two runs in the first inning and single runs in the second, third and sixth, while Topsham Post 202 plated four in the third and two in the sixth (one Topsham Post 202 run was unaccounted for).

Rock Coast Rip Tide’s Duncan Oakes-Nelsen. Zack Miller

The Rip Tide was led at the plate by Libby (single), Chilles (single, 2 runs, 3 stolen bases), Calderwood (single, run), Norton (3 singles, 2 stolen bases, run), Moody (single, run, stolen base) and Fagonde (single).

For Topsham Post 202, with first names unavailable, Clemons (2 singles, run), R. Staples (double, 2 singles, run), Chase (single, run), Merrill (run), Berry (double), Picard (run) and Worwood (run) paced the offense.

Rock Coast Rip Tide’s Austin Chilles, left, and Eben Fagonde. Zack Miller

Calderwood, Oakes-Nelsen and Bartlett pitched for the Rip Tide and allowed a combined seven hits, five walks and two hit batters, with seven strikeouts. Chase and Clemons worked the bump for Topsham Post 202 and allowed eight hits, two walks and two hit batters, with nine strikeouts.