Camden-Rockport outlasts Rockland Café for Babe Ruth crownNos. 3 and 5 squads reach finals, as lower seed secures championship
Rockport — The third- and fifth-ranked teams during the regular season battled for the Midcoast Babe Ruth League championship Sunday afternoon, July 8 on Tolman Field at the Marge Jones Recreational Facility off Route 90 in Rockport.
And when the dust settled in the tense, closely-fought contest, the higher of the two seeds walked off the field with the championship, proving when a squad gets hot at the right time — and plays sound all-around baseball for several games in a row — it can win the title, no matter its regular-season ranking.
Thus, No. 3 Camden-Rockport (11-4) outlasted No. 5 Rockland Café (9-6) 3-1 for the league crown Sunday afternoon.
Rockland Café beat No. 8 Damariscotta (5-10) 12-8 and Camden-Rockport upended No. 2 Penobscot Bay Dentistry of Belfast (10-4) 7-4 in semifinal playoff games July 7 to advance to the league championship.
The double-elimination tourney began July 3.
Team members for Camden-Rockport include Aubrey Pennington, Ben Rollins, Connor Graffam, John Hall, Andrew Hall, Teddy Laurita, Matt Hall, Cam Lefleche, Jared Gilbert, Henry Laurita, Louis Laurita, Cam Gushee and Nick Denny. The team is managed by Ted Graffam and coached by Doug Pennington and Jeff Hall.
Team members for Rockland Café include Ryan Allender, Zac Roman, Nick Mazurek, Zach Peaco, Jake Bartlett, Alex Rackliffe, Ryan Davis, Noah Slivinsky, Zach Gledhill, Mazlin Higbee, Jackson Arnsdorf, Isaiah Green, Emmanuel Simons and Nick Tinker, The team is managed by Rich Mazurek and coached by Chris Roman and Brian Bartlett.
Leading Camden-Rockport at the plate Sunday were Pennington (single, 2 runs), Rollins (double), Graffam (run), Andrew Hall (double, single) and Teddy Laurita (double).
For Rockland Café, Allender (single, run), Roman (2 singles, stolen base), Mazurek (double, RBI) and Rackliffe (single) paced the offense.
Mazurek went the distance on the hill for Rockland Café, allowing five hits and five walks, with seven strikeouts. Graffam and Andrew Hall pitched for Camden-Rockport, allowing five hits and six walks, with five strikeouts.
Camden-Rockport took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Pennington singled, stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Rollins and scored on an RBI-single by Andrew Hall.
C-R plated single runs in the third and fourth stanzas to grab a 3-0 lead. In the third, Graffam walked, moved to second after Andrew Hall was hit by a pitch and Graffam scored on an RBI-double by Laurita. In the fourth, Pennington walked and scored on an RBI-double by Rollins.
In the top of the fifth, Allender singled and scored on an RBI-double by Mazurek for the only run for Rockland Café.
No. 5 Rockland Café 12, No. 8 Damariscotta 8
At Rockland July 7, Rockland Café plated seven unanswered runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and advanced with a four-run victory.
Leading Rockland Café at the plate were Allender (2 doubles, 3 runs), Roman (3 singles, 3 runs), Mazurek (2 singles, run), Peaco (single, run), Bartlett (2 singles, run), Rackliffe (single) and Davis (double, run).
For Damariscotta, Creamer (2 singles, 2 runs), Tomasello (2 singles, 2 runs), Morton (double), Tozier (single, run), Carter (2 singles), Sullivan (single) and Dodge (single, 2 runs) paced the offense.
Allender and Mazurek pitched for Rockland Café, allowing nine hits and four walks, with nine strikeouts. Gove and Tomasello pitched for Damariscotta, allowing 12 hits and four walks, with six strikeouts.
No. 3 Camden-Rockport 7, No. 2 Penobscot Bay Dentistry 4
At Belfast Saturday, Penobscot Bay Dentistry grabbed an early advantage before C-R rallied to pull out the victory. C-R, which finished with eight hits and no errors, scored two runs in the first inning, four in the fifth and one in the sixth. Pen Bay, which had two hits and three errors, scored all four runs in the second stanza.
Graffam (3 strikeouts, 3 hit batters in 2 innings) and Teddy Laurita (8 strikeouts in 5 innings) pitched for C-R. On the mound for Belfast were Asa Lewis (5 innings), Zavier Roman (3 innings) and Matt Smith (1 inning).
Pacing C-R's offense were Graffam (single, home run), Pennington (single), Rollins (single), Teddy Laurita (single), Matt Hall (single) and Andrew Hall (single, double).
For Belfast, Emery Dinsmore (single) and Sam Kulikowski (single) were the only players to reach via hits.
The quarterfinal playoffs kicked off July 5 and saw four teams prevail in convincing fashion to advance to the semifinals.
No. 8 Damariscotta pulled off the 9-5 upset over No. 1 Rockport Automotive (9-4) in Rockport, while No. 5 Rockland Café defeated No. 4 Georges Valley (8-5) 12-2 in five innings in Thomaston. Additionally, No. 2 Penobscot Bay Dentistry of Belfast earned a 13-3 win in five innings over No. 7 Waldoboro (3-10) in Belfast, while No. 3 Camden-Rockport beat No. 6 Wiscasset Ford (5-8) 12-3 in Rockport.
No. 5 Rockland Café 12, No. 4 Georges Valley 2 (5 inns.)
At Thomaston July 5, the visitors scored early and often and eliminated the higher seed from the postseason via the 10-run mercy rule.
Leading Rockland at the dish were Allender (single, 4 runs, 2 stolen bases), Roman (double, 4 runs, 2 RBIs, stolen bases), Mazurek (2 singles, 3 RBIs, 2 stolen bases), Peaco (RBI), Bartlett (RBI), Rackliffe (single, run), Slivinsky (run), Davis (double, 2 runs, 2 RBI) and Gledhill (single).
For Georges Valley, Titus Kaewthong (single, RBI, stolen base), Walker Ranney (run, stolen base), Zach Robinson (single, RBI, 2 stolen bases) and Dallas Ball (single, run, stolen base) paced the offense.
Mazurek tossed a three-hitter for Rockland Café, allowing two runs (1 earned) and no walks, while fanning five batters. Scotty Strong pitched four innings for Georges Valley, allowing seven runs (3 earned) on two hits and four walks, with two strikeouts. Rico Baudanza tossed an inning of relief in the loss, allowing five runs (all earned) on four hits and two walks, with two strikeouts.
Georges Valley committed six errors, including three in the third inning, which led to two first-inning runs for the visitors. Roman and Davis each had two-run doubles for Rockland Café, while Mazurek rapped a two-run single.
No. 2 Penobscot Bay Dentistry 13, No. 7 Waldoboro 3 (5 inns.)
At Belfast July 5, the hosts made their hits count and scored almost at will throughout the contest to eliminate the lower seed from the playoffs.
Leading Penobscot Bay Dentistry at the plate were Alex Flagg (single), Lucien Gordley-Smith (single), Sam Kulikowski (double), Alex Canning (triple), Matt Smith (2 singles) and Jake Powell (triple, single).
The names of top hitters for Waldoboro were unavailable.
Zavier Roman went three innings on the hill and picked up the win for Penobscot Bay Dentistry, while Smith tossed two frames and Emery Dinsmore one.
Micah Williamson tossed two innings for Waldoboro and was tagged with the loss, while Tyler Emerson went the final three frames for the visitors.
No. 8 Damariscotta 9, No. 1 Rockport Automotive 5
At Rockport July 5, the eighth seed scored seven runs in the sixth inning and pulled off the stunning upset, knocking the top seed from the playoffs.
Leading Damariscotta at the plate were Creamer (single, 2 runs), Tomasello (2 singles, 2 runs), Morton (double, run), Tozier (single, run), Gove (single) and Dodge (single).
For Rockport Automotive, Ryan Pierce (single, 2 runs), Sam Gimlewicz (2 singles, 2 runs), Drew Stanley (double, run) and Sean Pierce (2 singles) led the offense.
Sean Pierce and Stanley pitched for Rockport Automotive, allowing seven hits and four walks, with 10 strikeouts. Creamer went the distance for Damariscotta, allowing six hits and five walks, with 14 strikeouts.
No. 3 Camden-Rockport 12, No. 6 Wiscasset Ford 3
At Rockport July 5, the hosts distanced themselves from the competition with a six-run third inning and twice came within a run of winning via mercy rule only to prevail by a nine-run margin.
Leading Camden-Rockport at the dish were Connor Graffam (double, single, 3 runs), Aubrey Pennington (single), John Hall (3 runs), Andrew Hall (double, 2 singles, run), Teddy Laurita (run), Cam LaFleche (single, run) and Matt Hall (double, single, 3 runs).
For Wiscasset Ford, Daren Wood rapped two singles to pace the offense.
Andrew Hall, and several others, pitched for Camden-Rockport, allowing four hits and seven walks, with seven strikeouts. Wood pitched for Wiscasset Ford, scattering nine hits and four walks, with six strikeouts.
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