Power outage: Waldo County eliminated from state tournamentDistrict 2 champs outscored 20-0 in two games
Biddeford — The Waldo County Little League 11- and 12-year-old all-star baseball team learned quickly that they were not the only district champions hungry for a state title, a lesson they learned twice in three days at the state tournament at the Biddeford Little League Field on Mill St.
Waldo County, which outscored teams 23-13 en route to a 3-0 record in the District 2 tournament, was outscored 20-0 in two games as they were eliminated from the double-elimination tournament.
Waldo County fell 8-0 to District 3 champion Hampden Friday, July 18 and were then eliminated by District 4 champion Saco 12-0 Sunday, July 20.
District 1 Coastal was also eliminated Sunday, leaving Hampden, Saco, Auburn Suburban (District 5) and Falmouth (District 6) as the final four teams remaining in the state tournament.
Team members for Waldo County include Dylan Moody, Anferney Glidden, Charlie Spiegel, Christopher Kelley, Dylan Abbott, Donald Resh, Isaiah Runci, Anthony Sanborn, Tanner Veilleux, Riley Boulay, Colby Snow and Vincent Bonarrigo. The team is coached by Mike Abbott, Luke Boulay and Travis Veilleux.
Team members for Hampden included Robert Buzzini, Kent Oliver, Ethan Quimby, Deakin Dow, Sam Economy, Wyatt Harriman, Jacob Pechman, Jay Hatch, Ryan Sears, Kergan Perkins, Mychal Beaulieu, Jackson Thayer and Alex Mahoney. The team is coached by Frank Peckham, Rod Ronco and Peter Economy.
The following is a recap of the team's July 18 game with Waldo County. Information on the team's July 20 game with Saco will appear later with this story if it becomes available.
Hampden 8, Waldo County 0
At Biddeford July 18, Waldo County mustered only three hits and were sent to the loser's bracket after falling to the District 3 champs. Hampden scored two in the first inning, one in the second, three in the third and two in the fifth.
Snow, Runci and Spiegel singled for Waldo County, while leading Hampden at the plate were Economy (3 singles, run, 4 RBIs), Quimby (home run), Oliver (single), Beaulieu (single, run) and Harriman (home run, single, 3 runs).
Runci, Spiegel, Abbott and Kelley pitched for Waldo County, allowing a combined eight hits and six walks, with seven strikeouts. Thayer tossed a three-hit shutout for Hampden as he walked one and struck out seven.
Hampden got out to a hot start as Economy singled before Quimby belted a pitch over the fence to put the visitors ahead 2-0 early in the game.
Waldo County looked to be well on its way to tying the game as Snow and Runci started the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles.
However, Thayer settled in and retired the next 10 batters and 17 of the next 19 as Spiegel singled in the fourth and Runci walked in the sixth to account for the only Waldo County base runners.
Harriman belted a solo home run in the second inning to put Hampden up 3-0 and the squad added to its lead in the third after one run came in on an error and Economy slapped a two-run single to right field.
Hampden added two more tallies in the fifth on another two-run single by Economy.
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