District 2 Little League baseball

Big inning propels Lincoln County past Waldo County to 11-12 title

County teams square off for second time in double-elimination tourney
By Staff | Jul 15, 2017
Photo by: Mark Haskell Lincoln County players celebrate moments after clinching the District 2 Little League 11- and 12-year-old all-star baseball championship July 14. Lincoln County posted a 13-5 victory over Waldo County and advance to the state tournament in Westbrook.

Rockland — Lincoln County demonstrated throughout the District 2 Little League 11- and 12-year-old baseball all-star tournament its impressive ability to score runs in droves.

Big innings had driven the squad in two of its first three previous games of the double-elimination tournament leading into the championship game on Friday, July 14 against Waldo County at E. Allen Gordon Field.

And that aptitude again was on display Friday and, in turn, helped Lincoln County cement its first district championship in years with a 13-5 victory over Waldo County.

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The game was back-and-forth in the early innings as Waldo County built a 5-3 lead, before Lincoln County’s big bats went on the offensive to the tune of 10 unanswered runs — and ultimately, the district crown.

Lincoln County finished 4-0 in the tourney and Waldo County 2-2.

Now, Lincoln County will represent District 2 at the state tournament, set to begin on Friday, July 21 in Westbrook.

Team members for both district finalists included:

Waldo County — Cole Ellis, Gage Ellis, Nate Ashey, Brady Clements, Drew Bagley, Curtis Littlefield, Eli Veilleux, Gavyn Young, Jeremiah Porter, Noah Hurd, Anthony LePore, Cameron Rae and Levi Winslow. The team is managed by Brandon Hurd.

Lincoln County — Micah Tomasello, Cody Cleaveland, Cedar Cannon, Nick Prior, Myles Wotton, Jake Masters, Lucas Houghton, Aiden Gallagher, Gryffin Kristen, Ben Sawyer, Spencer Gamage and Gage Hagar. The team is managed by Adam Gamage and coached by Bill Mansfield.

Lincoln County scored two runs in the first inning, one in the second, three in the fifth and seven in the sixth, while Waldo County plated four in the first and one in the fourth.

Leading the newly-crowned district champs at the plate were Gamage (single, run), Cleaveland (home run, single, 2 runs), Cannon (3 singles, 3 runs, stolen base), Prior (double, single, 3 runs, 2 stolen bases), Wotton (double, 2 singles, run, 3 stolen bases), Houghton (double, single, run, 2 stolen bases), Hagar (single, run, stolen base) and Masters (home run, single).

For Waldo County, Hurd (2 singles, run, 2 stolen bases), Young (single, run, stolen base), Porter (run, 2 stolen bases), Ashey (home run), Cole Ellis (double, single, run), Winslow (single) and Gage Ellis (single) paced the offense.

Hurd, Littlefield and Winslow pitched for Waldo County as the trio scattered 16 hits and three walks, with five strikeouts. Cannon pitched for Lincoln County, allowing eight hits and two walks, with three strikeouts.

The teams were knotted 2-2 in the early going when Ashey belted a two-run home run to put Waldo County ahead 4-2, but Lincoln County responded in the second with a solo blast from Masters to bring it within 4-3.

Waldo County tacked on an insurance run in the fourth when Cole Ellis doubled to the fence, Clements moved him to third on a groundout and Winslow plated Ellis on an groundout to put it in front 5-3.

But Lincoln County rallied to take a 6-5 lead in the fifth, which began when Cleaveland belted a solo home run, followed by an RBI-double by Wotton to tie the score and Prior scampered home on an error to ultimately give it the lead for good.

Lincoln County scored seven runs on five hits in the top of the sixth inning to pull away.

Lincoln County defeated Oceanside 2-0, bested Five Town 11-0 and upended Waldo County 6-1 to advance to the title game via the winner's bracket.

Waldo County defeated Medomak Valley 15-3, lost to Lincoln County 6-1 and then defeated Five Town 12-4 to advance to Friday's title game via the loser's bracket.

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