Little League baseball

Searsport surges past Mount View for Waldo County crown

Searsport wins first two games in best-of-three series
By Mark Haskell | Jun 23, 2014
Photo by: Mark Haskell Searsport's Isaiah Runci makes a crazy flip to first base, while teammates Colby Snow and Spencer Philbrook look on during the Waldo County Little League baseball championship Tuesday, June 17 in Freedom. Searsport bested Mount View to win the WCLL title.

Freedom — Searsport proved a cut above the rest throughout the 2014 Waldo County Little League regular season, and showed its top-seeding in the playoffs was no fluke on Tuesday, June 17.

Facing No. 3 Mount View in the best-of-three championship series, Searsport earned an 11-10 win on Monday, June 16 in Searsport and wrapped up the coveted league championship in style with a 9-1 win Tuesday in Freedom.

Click for photos from the June 17 game.

The regular-season records included: Searsport 10-1, Searsmont 4-3, Mount View 2-3, Brooks 2-3 and Stockton Springs 0-8.

Team members for Searsport include Colby Snow, Aaron Wiley, Isaiah Runci, Charlie Spiegel, Donnie Resh, Dylan O'Brien, Cody Reynolds, Dominic Francis-Mezger, Spencer Philbrook, Michael Stanhope, Toby Kroening and Talon Staples. The team is coached by Tim Philbrook and Keith Ashey.

Team members for Mount View include Draedyn Furrow, Hunter Penney, Hannah Coolen, Hayden Hunt, Brady Moulton, Will Russell, Trevor Bryant, Garrett Smith, Eric Turner, Atlas Hubbard, Isaac Ingraham and Riley Boulay. The team is coached by Monica Furrow, Wally Furrow and Luke Boulay.

Leading Searsport at the plate Tuesday were Snow (single, run), Wiley (double, run), Runci (triple, 2 singles, 3 runs), Spiegel (triple, double, single, run), O'Brien (single), Reynolds (single, run), Francis-Mezger (run) and Stanhope (run).

For Mount View, Hunt, Furrow and Bryant singled, while Penney scored the team's lone run.

Runci and Spiegel pitched for Searsport, allowing three hits and four walks, with 13 strikeouts. Boulay, Bryant and Moulton pitched for Mount View, allowing 10 hits and two walks, with 10 strikeouts.

Searsport scored one run in the first and second innings, two in the fourth and fifth frames and three in the sixth, while Mount View's run came in the fifth.

Searsport scored early when Runci tripled and was singled home by Spiegel in the first, while Reynolds came home on a wild pitch in the second to put them up 2-0.

The visitors continued to surge in the fourth when Francis-Mezger scored on a wild pitch and Stanhope came in on an RBI-double by Spiegel, doubling their lead.

Speigel then doubled home Runci in the fifth, while Resh plated Spiegel on an RBI-groundout as Searsport's lead swelled to six runs.

Mount View got a run on the board in the fifth when Penney scored on an RBI-single by Boulay, but Searsport countered in the sixth when Spiegel cleared the bases on a three-run triple, putting the game out of reach for the hosts.

Game one

Searsport 11, Mount View 10

At Searsport June 16, Searsport rallied and scored eight unanswered runs and prevailed over the visitors. Searsport scored three in the first, two in the fourth, two in the fifth and four in the sixth, while Mount View scored three in the third and seven in the fourth.

Leading Searsport at the plate were Snow (3 singles, 2 runs), Wiley (double, single, run), Runci (2 doubles, single, 2 runs), Spiegel (2 singles, run), Resh (single, run), O'Brien (triple, run), Reynolds (triple, run), Stanhope (2 singles, 2 runs) and Staples (single).

For Mount View, Boulay (2 singles, 2 runs), Hunt (double, single, 2 runs), Moulton (2 singles, 2 runs), Smith (single, run), Furrow (run), Bryant (run) and Ingraham (run) paced the offense.

Spiegel pitched for Searsport, allowing seven hits and 15 walks, with nine strikeouts. Hunt pitched for Mount View, allowing 16 hits and no walks, with nine strikeouts.

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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School.

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