ROCKLAND — The Oceanside Little League baseball championship was vied for on Saturday, June 25 — for the first time in two years — as No. 3 Elks and No. 4 Kenniston Machine & Engineering went on the offensive on a perfect summer day at E . Allen Gordon Field.

Runs were far from a premium as the opponents combined to plate 25 runs, including the first four by the lower seed.

Scene from Elks and Kenniston Machine & Engineering on June 25 in Oceanside Little League baseball in Rockland. Photo by Mark Haskell

In the end, Elks scored 13 in a row — including a six-run third frame — and rode that momentum at the plate and on the bases to a thrilling, 13-8 championship victory.

For Oceanside Little League, it was the first baseball champion crowned since 2019. The league canceled the season in 2020 due to the pandemic, while it opted out of league and district all-star championships in 2021.

Team members for Elks included Ezra Philbrook, Finn Eddy, Everett Tolman, Owen Simmons, Gabe Robertson, Reid Robishaw, Blake Page, Abel Philbrook, Silas White and Jack Page.

Scene from Elks and Kenniston Machine & Engineering on June 25 in Oceanside Little League baseball in Rockland. Photo by Mark Haskell

Team members for Kenniston Machine & Engineering included Eli Lavi, Archie Pemberton, Quinn Commeau, Jordan Morrison, James Hallock, Todd Reid, Kayden Molloy, Oliver Quinn, William Molloy, Zack Wilson, Jack Monroe and Tristan Etheridge.

In Saturday’s final, Kenniston Machine & Engineering scored four runs in the first inning, two in the fifth and two in the sixth, while Elks plated two in the first, three in the second, six in the third and two in the fourth.

Scene from Elks and Kenniston Machine & Engineering on June 25 in Oceanside Little League baseball in Rockland. Photo by Mark Haskell

Leading the newly-crowned champs at the plate were Philbrook (2 hits, run), Eddy (3 hits, 2 runs), Tolman (2 hits, 2 runs), Simmons (2 hits), Robertson (hit), Robishaw (hit, run), Blake Page (3 runs), White (2 hits, 3 runs) and Jake Page (run).

For Kenniston Machine, Lavi (hit, 2 runs), Pemberton (hit, run), Commeau (hit, run), Morrison (hit, run), Hallock (hit, run), Kayden Molloy (2 hits, run), Quinn (hit, run), William Molloy (hit) and Wilson (hit) paced the offense.

Scene from Elks and Kenniston Machine & Engineering on June 25 in Oceanside Little League baseball in Rockland. Photo by Mark Haskell

Philbrook and Robishaw split time on the mound for Elks and allowed a combined 10 hits and four walks, with seven strikeouts. Commeau and Hallock pitched for Kenniston Machine and allowed 13 hits and four walks, with 10 strikeouts.

Kenniston Machine continued to motor — as it did in its previous round upset of the top seed — with four first-inning runs, plated by Lavi, Commeau, Morrison and Hallock.

Scene from Elks and Kenniston Machine & Engineering on June 25 in Oceanside Little League baseball in Rockland. Photo by Mark Haskell

However, Elks responded in the bottom of the frame with a two-run single by Simmons and tied the game in the second with a two-run single by Philbrook. Moments later, Elks took a 5-4 edge on an RBI-single by Eddy.

Elks threatened for further damage, but Kenniston Machine tiptoed out of danger after Commeau fielded a tapper at the mound for the final out of the inning.

Scene from Elks and Kenniston Machine & Engineering on June 25 in Oceanside Little League baseball in Rockland. Photo by Mark Haskell

In the third, Elks pulled away after Robishaw rapped a hit, ended at third base on the play and scampered home on a wild pitch.

It was the first of a six-run third inning — highlighted by run-scoring hits from White, Simmons and Robertson — as the higher seed took an 11-4 advantage.

Elks scored a league-high 160 runs in the regular season.

The final regular-season standings included: Vinalhaven Ravens 9-1, Lions 7-3, Elks 8-4, Kenniston Machine & Engineering 5-7, St. George Dragons 3-9 and Rotary 2-10. Because teams played different number of games, Lions grabbed the second spot over Elks due to better winning percentage (.700 to .667).

Earlier in the playoffs, No. 3 Elks beat No. 6 Rotary, No. 3 Elks beat No. 2 Lions 11-3, No. 4 Kenniston Machine & Engineering beat No. 5 St. George Dragons and No. 4 Kenniston Machine & Engineering upset top-seeded Vinalhaven Ravens 5-3 in extra innings.

Also of note this season for Elks, Robertson belted over-the-fence, three-run homers against two opponents, while White had three in-the-park homers in one game.