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Hot baseball blast: Oceanside Little League 9-10s split two state games

Midcoast team faces Bangor in elimination game on July 23 at night
By Mark Haskell | Jul 22, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Oceanside's Nathan Walton, left, grabs and hugs teammate Owen Simmons on July 20 in state Little League 9- and 10-year-old baseball action in Westbrook.

Westbrook — A walk-off, extra-inning victory and mercy rule-shortened loss had District 2 champion Oceanside feeling the highs and lows of the state Little League 9- and 10-year-old tournament on Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21 at Warren Field as the Midcoast diamond stars remain alive in a quest for a crown.

On Saturday, Oceanside bested District 1 champion Calais with a 7-6, seven-inning victory, while on Sunday, Oceanside returned and dropped a 12-0, four-inning loss against District 6 champion Standish.

Watch video and see more photos below.

On Monday, July 22, Oceanside was scheduled to face District 3 champion Bangor in an elimination game under the lights at Volunteer Field — at the same Bridge Street complex — with a scheduled 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

However, that game has been pushed to Tuesday, July 23 at 7:05 p.m. due to inclement weather, which will push back future games in the tournament.

District 4 champion Saco and District 5 champion Lewiston round out the six-team field.

Saturday’s game between Oceanside and Calais began roughly 70 minutes after its scheduled 3:30 p.m. first pitch. With temperatures in the high 90s — and humidity high — and following the 1:05 p.m. scheduled opener between Bangor and Lewiston, the games moved at a snails’-pace, not only due to the heat, but for frequent water breaks for the players throughout the afternoon.

Oceanside team members include Carter Elliott, Grady Geretz, Donovan Guptill, Hunter Hamilton, Alonzo Hoose, Dylan Poland, Roro Roberts, Owen Simmons, Braeden Toothaker, Nicholas Tripp, Nathan Walton and Easton Willis. The team is coached by Jason Geretz, Jason Simmons, Brian Toothaker and Ben Tripp.

The following is a recap of Oceanside's first two games of the tournament:

Oceanside 7, Calais 6 (7 innings)

At Westbrook July 20, Calais rallied to tie the score and force extra innings, but Oceanside pushed the winning run across in the seventh and advanced in the double-elimination tournament. In addition to one run in the seventh, Oceanside scored two in the second, three in the fourth and one in the fifth, while Calais scored two in the first, one in the fourth and three in the sixth.

Leading Oceanside at the plate were Hoose (2 singles, run), Tripp (double, single), Hamilton (run), Walton (single, 2 runs), Simmons (single, 2 runs), Roberts (single, run) and Willis (single).

For Calais, Noah White (single, double, 2 runs), Thomas Richardson (3 singles, 2 runs), Gaige Farrar (single), Ike Soucy (3 singles, run), Nolan Sewell (2 singles, run), Turner Redding (single), Mikah Smith (single) and Isaac Downing (single) paced the offense.

Hamilton and Hoose pitched for Oceanside as the duo scattered 14 hits, two walks and two hit batters, with 11 strikeouts. Richardson and Farrar pitched for Calais, as the teammates allowed eight hits and seven walks, with 14 strikeouts.

Calais jumped to an early 2-0 lead after White and Richardson reached on back-to-back hits ahead of Farrar, who plated White on a groundout before Soucy scored Richardson on an infield hit.

However, Oceanside responded in the second, as it rallied to knot the score. Walton, Simmons and Willis reached base ahead of Hoose, who connected on a two-run single to make it 2-2 after two full frames.

Calais then took a 3-2 lead in the fourth when White doubled, followed by a single from Farrar to put runners at the corners. Soucy plated White with a single.

Oceanside, then for the second time in four frames, rose to the occasion and, ultimately, took its first lead of the game.

Simmons and Roberts reached on back-to-back, one-out hits ahead of Hoose, who singled to load the bases.

Then, Tripp ripped a two-run single up the middle to plate Simmons and Roberts — while Hoose scampered in the back door after the catcher threw to third base in an attempt to pick him off — as Oceanside went from down one run to up two with a 5-3 advantage.

Oceanside tacked on its sixth run in the fifth when Willis was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, which forced in Hamilton from third.

Calais made things interesting in the sixth, however, with three straight runs to tie the game and force extra innings.

After Calais went quietly in the seventh, Oceanside had Walton, Simmons and Willis reach on walks before a tapper back to first base by Hoose plated Walton to win the game.

Standish 12, Oceanside 4 (4 inns.)

At Westbrook July 21, one game removed from its walk-off, extra-inning win, Oceanside came up on the short end of a lopsided score and fell to Standish by mercy rule. Standish scored seven runs in the second and tacked on five more in the third.

Hoose and Willis singled for Oceanside, while Atticus Dixon (triple, single, 2 runs), Mason McGlinn (2 singles), Parker Bjorklund (double, single, 2 runs), Lucas Klehn (2 singles, 2 runs), Brady Roy (single, 2 runs), Liam O’Hara (run), Aiden McCormick (single, 2 runs), Gavin Reynolds (single) and Jackson Humphrey (single, run) paced Standish at the dish.

Geretz, Guptil, Toothaker, Walton and Tripp pitched for Oceanside, as the group scattered 12 hits, five walks and three hit batters. Standish pitchers tossed a two-hit shutout as they yielded no walks and struck out six.

Oceanside and Calais baseball
Oceanside and Calais on July 20 in state Little League 9- and 10-year-old baseball in Westbrook. (Video by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Hunter Hamilton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Hunter Hamilton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Grady Geretz. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Grady Geretz. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Grady Geretz. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Hunter Hamilton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Alonzo Hoose. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Roro Roberts. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Roro Roberts. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Nicholas Tripp. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Nicholas Tripp. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Nicholas Tripp. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Nicholas Tripp. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Nicholas Tripp. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Nicholas Tripp. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Nicholas Tripp. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Braeden Toothaker. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Hunter Hamilton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Hunter Hamilton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Hunter Hamilton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Noah Walton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Noah Walton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Noah Walton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Alonzo Hoose. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Alonzo Hoose. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Alonzo Hoose. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Owen Simmons and coach Jason Geretz. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Owen Simmons. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Owen Simmons. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Owen Simmons. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Owen Simmons is safe at the plate during the team's game against Calais. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Noah Walton, left, and Owen Simmons. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Noah Walton, left, and Owen Simmons. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Owen Simmons. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Braeden Toothaker. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Grady Geretz. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside coach Jason Geretz chats with his infield. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Alonzo Hoose. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Alonzo Hoose. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Alonzo Hoose. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Noah Walton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Owen Simmons. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside coach Jason Geretz and Nicholas Tripp. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside coach Jason Geretz and Nicholas Tripp. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside coach Jason Geretz and Nicholas Tripp. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside coach Jason Geretz and Nicholas Tripp. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Nicholas Tripp. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Braeden Toothaker. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Hunter Hamilton and Roro Roberts. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Hunter Hamilton and Roro Roberts. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Hunter Hamilton and Roro Roberts. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Hunter Hamilton slides into third base. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Hunter Hamilton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Hunter Hamilton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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