Midcoast 15s ousted from state tournamentLocal squad finishes with one victory in three games
Portland — The Midcoast Babe Ruth League 15-year-old tournament squad's state championship run ended July 22 at Deering Oaks Park, as the locals fell to Franklin County 8-2 in the final game of the day.
Midcoast, which includes players from Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties, kicked off the tournament July 20 with a 14-6 loss to Auburn, a defeat that dropped the locals to the losers' bracket.
Midcoast battled to win its second game 11-1 in five innings over Westbrook, but ultimately fell to Franklin County, in a pair of Sunday contests.
The winner of the tournament will advance to the New Englands, which begin on Friday, Aug. 3 in Quincy, Mass.
The following is a recap of Midcoast's three games:
Franklin County 8, Midcoast 2
At Portland July 22, Midcoast could not keep up with its opponent and was ousted from the tournament.
Leading Midcoast at the plate were Micah Williamson (single), Aubrey Pennington (single), John Hall (single, run), Drew Stanley (single) and Sam Gimlewicz (single).
Williamson, Pennington and Ryan Allender pitched for Midcoast, allowing seven hits and five walks, with seven strikeouts.
Information for Franklin County was unavailable.
Midcoast 11, Westbrook 1 (5 inns.)
At Portland July 22, Midcoast had its bats working overtime as it eliminated Westbrook from the state tournament.
Leading Midcoast at the plate were Williamson (double, run), Pennington (3 singles, 3 stolen bases, 4 runs), Sean Pierce (triple, double, single, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases), Travis Frye (single), Ben Rollins (single), Travis Creamer (single) and Allender (single, run, stolen base).
For Westbrook, Tom LeBlanc (double) and Pat Weimer (single) led the offense.
Pitcher Creamer tossed a two-hitter for Midcoast, walking three and striking out five. Jake Fillmore, Weimer, Bailey Ryan and Jake McCullough pitched for Westbrook, allowing 11 hits and three walks, with four strikeouts.
Midcoast scored three runs in the top of the first inning, while Westbrook scored once in the bottom of the frame in an attempt to seize back momentum. However, the locals would not be stopped, adding two runs in the second, three in the fourth and three more in the fifth to run away with the victory.
Auburn 14, Midcoast 6
At Portland July 21, Midcoast had a handful of fielding miscues late in the game, which resulted in seven Auburn runs in the top of the seventh inning, essentially sending the locals to the losers' bracket.
Leading the Midcoast offense were Williamson (single, RBI), Pennington (single), Pierce (triple, 2 doubles, run, 3 RBIs), Connor Graffam (single), John Hall (single, RBI), Rollins (single, run), Creamer (single, run), Matt Smith (2 singles, run) and Sam Gimlewicz (single, run).
For Auburn, K. Romero (3 singles, run), B. Knapp (2 singles, run) and E. Raymond (2 singles, run) keyed the offense.
Creamer, Graffam, Hall and Pierce pitched for Midcoast, allowing a combined 12 hits and 11 walks, with 10 strikeouts. Knapp, Raymond, M. Hammond and T. Schaeffer pitched for Auburn, allowing 12 hits and four walks, with six strikeouts.
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