Busline League baseball

In North-South middle school showdown, Bristol stays step ahead of Oceanside

By Mark Haskell | Jun 13, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. Here, Mariner Hunter Norton slides safely across the plate.

Newcastle — The Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball teams knocked off the top seeds in their divisions to reach the coveted Busline League championship game.

And the Mariners and Blue Devils showed why on Tuesday, June 12 at John A. Bowers Field as the opponents put on a dandy of a diamond clash, which saw the squads enjoy leads as the contest was in doubt into the seventh inning.

In the end, a four-run third frame put the Blue Devils in front — as they also held off a late Mariner rally before tacking on a few insurance runs of their own — to emerge as Busline League champions with a 7-4 victory.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

Team members for Bristol (9-3), coached by Bob Onorato and Isaiah Onorato, included Levi Farrin, Eben Lord, Jacob Masters, Myles Wotton, Colin Bradbury, Matt Hanna, Austin Brown, Spencer Gamage, James Usher, Jacob Craig, Braxton Crockett, Ethan Pendleton, Ashton Foster and Brandon Kelsey.

Team members for Oceanside (9-5), coached by Mike King, included Austin Chilles, Hunter Norton, Connor Calderwood, Duncan Oakes-Nelsen, Landon Tabbutt, Brady Marchessault, Jacob Carroll, Andrew Peaco, Ben Witham, Max Bonzagni, Tyler Ingerson, Damien Monroy, Chase Allenwood, Josh Smalley and Collin Landry.

Bristol scored one run in the first inning, four in the third and one in the fifth and sixth innings, while Oceanside scored twice in the second and fourth frames.

The Mariners committed four fielding errors on the day, while the Blue Devils made three.

Leading Bristol at the plate were Farrin (run), Lord (hit, 3 runs, 2 RBIs), Masters (hit, 2 RBIs), Bradbury (run), Craig (hit, run) and Pendleton (run).

For Oceanside, Chilles (hit, RBI), Norton (2 hits, run), Calderwood (2 hits, run), Oakes-Nelsen (hit, RBI), Tabbutt (hit, run), Carroll (run), Witham (hit) and Bonzagni (hit) paced the offense.

Chilles and Calderwood split time on the hill for the Mariners, as the duo combined to allow three hits and three walks, with six strikeouts. Wotton and Lord toed the rubber on the hill for Bristol, allowing nine hits and two walks, with 12 strikeouts.

The Blue Devils burst out of the gate in the first when Lord reached on a one-out walk ahead of Masters, who blasted an RBI-triple to the gap in right-center field to put Bristol on the board.

But the Mariners responded in the bottom of the frame, which began when Norton reached on a shallow single, stole second base and Calderwood followed with an infield single to put runners at the corners.

Calderwood then stole second base — which drew the throw from the catcher — which allowed Norton to advance and score to tie the game as Calderwood scampered to third on an error.

Oakes-Nelsen plated Calderwood on a bloop single to give the Mariners the lead.

However, Bristol took advantage of fielding miscues by the Mariners in the third inning and, ultimately, took the lead for good.

Craig doubled and Farrin reached on an error to put runners at the corners. Another fielding error by the Mariners allowed the tying run to score, while Farrin came in on an groundout by Masters to give the Blue Devils a 3-2 lead.

The visitors added two more runs after Lord and Bradbury came in on two more errors.

After the Mariners stranded the bases loaded in the third stanza, they cut into their deficit in the fourth when Tabbutt doubled and scampered to third on a passed ball.

Carroll struck out — but reached first base on the dropped third strike — which allowed Tabbutt to come in the back door from third.

Witham then singled to put two runners on — and both moved into scoring position moments later after Carroll narrowly escaped a pickle between second and third — before Carroll scored on an single by Chilles.

However, the Mariners got no closer as the Blue Devils tacked on insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Oceanside, the North Division champs, defeated No. 6 Camden-Rockport 14-9 in the quarterfinals, No. 2 Medomak 8-4 in the semifinals and knocked off No. 1 Troy Howard of Belfast 6-3 in the North Division title game.

Bristol, the South Division champs, received a bye in the quarterfinals, defeated No. 6 Nobleboro-Jefferson in the semifinals and knocked off No. 1 Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta 5-4 in the South Division title game.

Oceanside versus Bristol baseball
Oceanside versus Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Oceanside and Bristol middle school baseball championship game on June 12 at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Busline League baseball champions for 2018 is Bristol, which includes, front from left, Ashton Foster, Brandon Kelsey, Ethan Pendleton, Matt Hanna, Spencer Gamage, Colin Bradbury and Braxton Crockett; and back, coach Isaiah Onorato, Austin Brown, Myles Wotton, Jacob Craig, Jacob Masters, Levi Farrin, Eben Lord, James Usher and assistant coach Bob Onorato. (Courtesy of: Bristol Consolidated School)
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