Youth baseball

Belfast all-star squads make noise in Cal Ripken tourneys

Waldo County teams fall short of claiming District 5 titles
By Staff | Jun 24, 2014
Photo by: Mark Haskell Belfast U10 shortstop Joseph Baker, left, looks back a Skowhegan runner as teammate Chase Sanders waits for the throw. Belfast finished second in the U10 Cal Ripken tournament in Skowhegan, while the Belfast U12 team also had a strong run in its Cal Ripken tournament in Fairfield.

The Belfast U12 and U10 Cal Ripken baseball teams each had strong runs in their respective District 5 all-star tournaments, though both squads came up short of their ultimate goal.

Click for photos from Belfast U10 baseball action.

Click for photos from Belfast U12 baseball action.

The U12s went 2-2 in its tournament as they bested Madison 12-1 in four innings Thursday June 19; upended Fairfield 8-0 Friday, June 20; lost to Skowhegan 6-3 Saturday, June 21 to fall to the loser's bracket and were eliminated by Messalonskee 15-3 in four innings Sunday, June 22.

The U10s went 4-2 in its tournament as they beat Winslow 20-1 in four innings Thursday, June 19, lost to Skowhegan 4-3 in seven innings Friday, June 20; beat Waterville 13-0 in four innings and then beat Fairfield 8-2 in a pair of games Saturday, June 21; and beat Messalonskee 5-4 in eight innings before falling to Skowhegan in the championship game 6-4 in a pair of games played Sunday, June 22.

The U12 tournament was played at the Richard McGee Athletic Complex in Fairfield, while the U10 tournament was played at the Carl Wright Baseball Complex in Skowhegan.

Both tournaments featured seven teams — Belfast, Madison, Fairfield, Messalonskee, Waterville, Skowhegan and Winslow.

Team members for the Belfast U12 team included Dakota Payson, Luke Hamlin, Sam Spectre, Carter Nichols, Jack Hansen, Isaak Cunningham, Caleb Hall-Arnett, Ryder Wagenknecht, Noah Jacobs, Tommy Walker, Christian Pillitteri and Jacob Mills-Lightner. Alternates are Brandon Cournoyer and Isaac Hamm. The team is managed by Nate Spectre and Kurt Payson and coached by Rich Wagenknecht.

Team members for the Belfast U10 team included Eamon Goscinski, Jacoby Grotton, Chase Sanders, Matt LeBlanc, Joe Baker, Elias Howard, Jason Bartlett, Finn Tarbox, Jacob Daley, Cameron Rae, Gavynn Young and Zeph Leppanen. Alternates are Colby Benjamin and Michael Hamm. The team is managed by Allison Goscinski and coached by Penson Bartlett and Scott Baker.

The following is a recap of reported results from Belfast games:

U12s

Messaonskee 15 Belfast 3 (5 inns).

At Fairfield June 22, Belfast was eliminated by Messalonskee in a mercy-rule shortened contest. Belfast scored runs in the first, third and fifth frames, while Messalonskee scored six in the second, five in the third and four in the fifth.

Leading Belfast at the plate was Wagenknecht (single), Jacobs (single), Payson (single), Hamlin (home run) and Spectre (2 singles).

For Messalonskee, Dylan Cunningham (double, single) and Hunter Smith (3 singles) paced the offense.

Wagenknecht, Payson and Jacobs all pitched for Belfast, allowing a combined eight hits and six walks, with six strikeouts.

Cunningham was among two pitchers for Messalonskee, which combined to allow six hits and four strikeouts.

Skowhegan 6, Belfast 3

At Fairfield June 21, Belfast was doubled up by Skowhegan and dealt its first loss of the tournament. Skowhegan scored three runs in the first and three more in the second, while Belfast scored runs in the first, fifth and sixth frames.

Leading Belfast at the plate was Jacobs (2 singles), Hamlin (single, RBI), Hansen (run), Hall-Arnett (run) and Wagenknecht (run).

For Skowhegan, Lucas Patchell (home run) Ryan Savage (single) paced the offense.

Payson, Hamlin and Jacobs all pitched for Belfast, allowing a combined five hits and one walk, with three strikeouts. Marcus Christopher was among two pitchers for Skowhegan, which combined to allow three hits and strike out nine.

Belfast 8, Fairfield 0

At Fairfield June 20, Belfast blanked the tournament's host team by eight runs. Belfast scored five runs in the third and three in the sixth.

Leading Belfast at the plate was Wagenknecht (single, run), Jacobs (single, run), Payson (3 singles, run), Hamlin (2 singles, run), Mills-Lightner (triple), Pillitteri (2 singles, 2 runs), Hall-Arnett (single) and Cunningham (triple, single).

For Fairfield, Nikolas Pomerleau and Ethan Caldwell rapped singles.

Wagenknecht and Hamlin pitched for Belfast, allowing two hits and three walks, with seven strikeouts. Parker Cole and Ethan Caldwell pitched for Fairfield, allowing 13 hits and seven walks, with six strikeouts.

Belfast 12, Madison 1 (4 inns.)

At Fairfield June 19, Belfast came away with the win via the mercy rule. Belfast scored two in the first, one in the second, one in the third and eight in the fourth, while Madison scored one in the third.

Payson and Jacobs combined to toss a no-hitter for Belfast as the duo combined to walk three and hit three batters, while striking out six. Austin McKenna pitched for Madison, allowing 13 hits and seven walks, with seven strikeouts.

Leading Belfast at the plate was Wagenknecht (home run, single, 2 runs), Jacobs (double, 3 singles, 2 runs), Payson (2 runs), Hamlin (2 doubles, run), Spectre (single), Walker (single, run), Mills-Lightner (double, single, 2 runs), Hansen (run) and Cunningham (run).

U10s

Belfast 13, Waterville 0 (4 inns.)

At Skowhegan June 21, Belfast scored early and often as they rolled into the next round of the tournament. Belfast scored four in the first, two in the second, five in the third and two in the fourth.

Leading Belfast at the plate was Leppanen (2 singles, 2 runs), Bartlett (single, run), Baker (double, single, 2 runs), Daley (triple, run), Tarbox (double, run) and Sanders (single, 2 runs).

Goscinski pitched for Belfast. Additional information was unavailable.

Skowhegan 4, Belfast 3 (7 inns).

At Skowhegan June 20, Belfast scored all three of its runs in the first inning, but Skowhegan rallied late and prevailed in extra innings.

Leading Belfast at the plate was Tarbox (triple) and Sanders (single), while Baker, Goscinski and Bartlett each scored one run.

Bartlett pitched for Belfast. Additional information was unavailable.

Belfast 20, Madison 1 (4 inns.)

At Skowhegan June 19, Belfast had no trouble and surged to its first win of the tournament. Belfast scored 10 runs in the first inning, five in the second, three in the third and two in the fourth. Madison scored its lone run in the third inning.

Leading Belfast at the plate was Leppanen (3 singles, 4 runs), Goscinski (single, 3 runs), Bartlett (home run, single, 3 runs), Baker (double, 2 singles, 3 runs), Daley (5 singles, run), Tarbox (triple, double, single, run), Sanders (single, run), LeBlanc (single, 2 runs) and Young (single, 2 runs).

Bartlett pitched for Belfast, allowing three hits and no walks, with eight strikeouts. Madison pitching scattered 20 hits and no walks, with three strikeouts.

Full names for Madison players were unavailable.

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