ROCKPORT — Perfection is a difficult thing to achieve. It takes determination, hard work and sometimes, a little luck.

Hope-Appleton-Lincolnville proved to concoct the perfect formula through the 2022 regular season — and playoffs — and ended its campaign with an unblemished record with a 17-4 win over Medomak in the Busline League middle school baseball championship game on Friday, June 10 at Marge Jones Recreational Facility.

Hope-Appleton-Lincolnville, champions for 2022 in Busline League middle school baseball. Photo by Mark Haskell

Team members for HAL, coached by Tom Hedstrom, Andrea Campbell, Bart Hotchkin and Mike Egeland, include Alec Brown, Gavin Campbell, Zachary Egeland, Micah Fagonde, Robert Bixby, Landon Hotchkin, Thomas Leadbetter, Liam Day-Lynch, Mickey Nowell, Thomas Pickford, Jake Reichert, Quinn Ryan, Jacob Talbot, Ian Hammond and Tucker Whitley.

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Team members for Medomak, coached by Shep Brown and Landon Lewis, include Nolan Wellman, Jacoby Severson, Lanny Morrison, Liam Feeley, Keith Miller, Wyatt Hood, Gavin Parlin, Avery Kunesh-Lowe, Zac Curtis, Jacoby Miller, Liam Ruffner, Nick Bowman, Kollin Donlin, Nick Russo and Gavin Ambridge.

HAL includes sixth- through eighth-graders from Hope Elementary School, Lincolnville Central School and Appleton Village School. Medomak includes seventh-graders from that Waldoboro-based school.

Medomak 7th-graders, 2020 Busline League middle school baseball tournament runners-up. Photo by Mark Haskell

In the North playoffs, HAL (13-0), the top seed, received a bye in the quarterfinals, beat No. 4 Camden-Rockport in the semifinals and defeated No. 2 Troy Howard of Belfast to advance to Friday’s league final.

In the South playoffs, Medomak (9-4), the third seed, defeated No. 6 Nobleboro/Jefferson in the quarterfinals, No. 7 Camden-Rockport in the semifinals and No. 4 Oceanside of Rockland in the division final to advance to the league title game.

Hope-Appleton-Lincolnville’s Thomas Leadbetter. Photo by Mark Haskell

In Friday’s title clash, HAL scored two runs in the second inning, four in the third, three in the fourth, three in the sixth and five in the seventh, while Medomak plated three in the fourth and one in the sixth.

HAL was led at the plate by Nowell (3 singles, 4 runs), Hotchkin (triple, double, 2 runs), Whitley (2 singles, run), Day-Lynch (2 singles, 3 runs), Egeland (RBI), Hammond (triple, 2 runs), Talbot (RBI), Leadbetter (2 singles, RBI), Fagonde (single), Pickford (single, run), Brown (2 singles, run), Reichart (run) and Campbell (2 singles, 2 runs).

Lynsey Carr, athletic trainer, tends to injured Medomak player Jacoby Miller. Photo by Mark Haskell

For Medomak, Wellman (2 singles), Severson (double, single), Morrison (single), Keith Miller (single), Hood (single, run), Parlin (single, run), Ruffner (single), Kunesh-Lowe (run) and Jacoby Miller (single, run) paced the offense.

Leadbetter and Fagonde pitched for HAL and combined to allow 10 hits and nine walks, with five strikeouts. Wellman, Morrison and Hood pitched for Medomak and allowed 18 hits and five walks, with six strikeouts.

HAL took a 2-0 lead in the second frame when Hammond belted an RBI-triple to plate Day-Lynch and quickly came in to score on an RBI-ground out by Leadbetter.

Medomak’s Nolan Wellman. Photo by Mark Haskell

In the third, HAL extended its advantage to 4-0 after Nowell came in on a hit by Hotchkin, who moments later crossed the pate on a passed ball. That advantage swelled to 6-0 after a two-run single from Leadbetter.

In the fourth, HAL’s edge increased to 9-0 after Brown scored on a passed ball, Campbell on a bases-loaded walk and Nowell on a passed ball.

However, Medomak made its most significant offensive surge in the bottom of the fourth inning when Jacoby Miller rapped an RBI-single, Severson drew a bases-loaded walk and a third run came in on an error to close the gap to 9-3.

However, the Riverhawks got no closer than six runs the rest of the way as Whitley socked an RBI-single, came in moments later on a passed ball and an RBI-single by Leadbetter gave HAL a 12-3 edge.

Medomak’s Liam Feeley, with Nolan Wellman in background. Photo by Mark Haskell

Severson’s RBI-double brought Medomak within eight runs in the sixth inning, but HAL, ultimately, put the game out of reach with a five-run seventh frame.