Little League baseball

Oceanside finishes 0-2 in state 10-11 pool play

District 2 champions fall to Old Town, Lewiston
By Staff | Aug 01, 2017
Photo by: Mark Haskell Oceanside's Jacob Watkinson throws a pitch against Old Town during the state Little League 10- and 11-year-old baseball tournament on July 28 in Bucksport. Oceanside lost 11-1 and finished 0-2 in pool play during the event.

Bucksport — The Oceanside Little League 10- and 11-year-old all-star baseball team finished 0-2 in pool play at the state tournament over the weekend, as the locals lost to Old Town 11-1 on Friday, July 28 and to Lewiston 15-5 on Saturday, July 29.

Those losses knocked Oceanside from the tournament, which was scheduled to finish on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Oceanside's two state games lasted four innings as it ran into two high-powered, talented opponents, one from Eastern Maine and the other from the Central part of the state.

Click for photos from the Oceanside and Old Town game.

The tournament's early pool-play format was completed by a blind draw process by the tournament committee and play changed to single-elimination on Monday, July 31.

Upon completion of each game teams selected two individuals from their opponent to be presented a pin which signified the best display of three factors host Bucksport officials believed can be controlled in baseball: attitude, effort, and execution.

Results from the tourney through Sunday, July 30 showed: Saco beat Ellsworth, Old Town beat Oceanside, Lewiston beat Oceanside, Scarborough beat Ellsworth, Scarborough beat Saco and Old Town beat Lewiston.

On Monday, July 31, Saco beat Old Town and Scarborough beat Lewiston. Thus, Saco and Old Town advance to the state final on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 4 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Field.

Oceanside team members included Reese Butler, Parker Darge, Nate Fogarty, Zak Higgins, Kaden Melquist, Ethan Bicaj, Brady Proctor, Gavin Ripley, Michael McCue, Rachean Dotson, Dominick Vose, Jacob Watkinson and Zach Woodman. The team is managed by Bill Darge and coached by Ted Ripley and Jeremy Proctor.

In Oceanside's first game, Old Town dispatched the District 2 champion 11-1, as the game-winning run crossed the plate on a bases-loaded walk.

Old Town plated two runs in the first inning, four in the second, one in the third and four in the fourth, while Oceanside’s lone tally came in the third stanza.

Bicaj singled for the lone Oceanside hit in the third inning and also scored the team’s only run of the contest.

Aiden Gomm (single), Evan Closson (2 runs), Carter Sevigny (single, 3 runs), Brody Harrington (double, single, run), Nate Tibbets (2 runs, stolen base), Ben Dickey (2 runs) andDylan  Davis (run) paced Old Town's offense.

Jordan Craft went the distance on the hill for Old Town, yielding one hit and one walk, with nine strikeouts. Dotson and Watkinson toed the rubber on the hill for Oceanside, allowing four hits and nine walks, with four strikeouts.

Old Town jumped on the board in the first inning when Closson and Sevigny walked and Closson was singled in by Harrington. Sevigny scampered home on a passed ball to give the home team a 2-0 lead.

Old Town extended its lead to 6-0 in the second when Dickey drew a walk and scored on a pair of errors, and an RBI-single by Sevigny. Closson came in on a passed ball and an RBI-double by Harrington.

Oceanside continued to battle and swung into the scoring column in the third when Bicaj reached on a single and eventually scampered home on an error, but Old Town increased its lead to 7-1 in the bottom of the frame on an RBI-single by Gomm.

Old Town plated four more runs in the fourth to walk off with the win as Bryson Madden drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the winning run.

On Saturday, in a loss to Lewiston, McCue was the starting pitcher. Oceanside scored one run in the second inning, three in the third and one in the fourth.

McCue (hit, run), Fogarty (hit), Higgins (hit, run), Darge (run), Ripley (hit, run) and Dotson (hit, run) keyed Oceanside's offense.

Lewiston scored six runs in the first inning when it sent 11 batters to the plate, one in the second, two in the third and six in the fourth to wrap up the victory. Timmy Ouellette's home run in the bottom of the fourth inning ended the contest.

For Lewiston, who saw Austin Vincent, Zack Bean and Ouellette pitch, the offense was led by Ashton Hammond (double, run), Vincent (single, double, 3 runs), Bean (single, 2 runs), Ouelllette (single, 2 doubles, home run, 2 runs), Connor Lampron (single, run),Ridge Dionne (2 singles, triple, 2 runs), Brady Cyr (2 singles, 2 runs), Payson Goyette (run), Matt Levasseur (single) and Zach Wallingford (2 singles, run).

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Oceanside's Parker Darge. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Parker Darge. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Rachean Dotson, front, and Michael McCue. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Rachean Dotson, left, and Old Town's Evan Closson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Jacob Watkinson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Ethan Bicaj. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Ethan Bicaj. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Ethan Bicaj. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Rachean Dotson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Rachean Dotson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Rachean Dotson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Rachean Dotson, right, and Old Town's Jordan Craft. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Gavin Ripley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Brady Proctor. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Gavin Ripley, front, and Old Town's Brody Harrington. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Jacob Watkinson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Gavin Ripley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Rachean Dotson, back, and Michael McCue. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Zak Higgins, right, and Old Town's Brody Harrington. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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