Semifinal baseball playoff battles on-deckWaldo County hosts Rockport, Swan Lake Grocery hosts Rockland Café
The quarterfinal round of the Midcoast Babe Ruth League single-elimination playoffs is in the books with the conclusion of the game between No. 1 Waldo County and No. 9 Camden on Wednesday, July 9.
Waldo County (11-1) came away with an 11-1 win in five innings over Camden (1-11), and will host No. 4 Rockport (6-5) on Monday, July 15 at 5 p.m. at Searsport District High School in the semifinals.
Rockport defeated No. 5 Waldoboro (5-7) 11-5 in another quarterfinal playoff on July 7.
No. 2 Swan Lake Grocery and No. 3 Rockland Café also pulled away late to earn victories in a pair of quarterfinal contests on Tuesday, July 8, and, in turn, will face one another in a semifinal game on Monday, July 14 at 5 p.m. at Belfast Area High School.
Swan Lake Grocery (10-2) defeated No. 7 Damariscotta Lions (4-8) 10-4, while Rockland Café (8-4) dispatched No. 6 Union Farm Equipment (5-7) 11-4, in their respective quarterfinal playoff encounters.
The league championship game is slated for Wednesday, July 16 at 5 p.m. Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro.
The following is a recap of recent playoff contests:
No. 1 Waldo County 11, No. 9 Camden 1 (5 inns.)
At Searsport July 9, Waldo County proved why it is the top seed in the playoffs as it prevailed via the mercy rule over Camden. Waldo County wasted little time as it plated eight runs in the first inning, added two more in the third and one in the fifth. Camden's lone run came in the first.
Leading the Waldo County offense were Brandon Smith (4 singles, RBI, 3 runs), Max Thomas (double, single, RBI, run), Barrett Grant (2 singles, 3 RBIs, run, stolen base), Colby Furrow (2 singles, run), Kyle Moore (double, 2 RBIs), Emmett Shell (double, RBI, run), Mitchell Philbrook (double, RBI, run), Cole Frey (single, RBI), Joey Danna (run), Liam Cail (run) and Evan Thomas (run).
For Camden, Nick Cammelieri (single, run), Conrad Crans (single, stolen base) and Joergen Ostensen (single) paced the offense.
Owen Hilt and Jacson Mooers pitched for Camden, allowing 14 hits and four walks, with four strikeouts. Danna went the distance on the hill for Waldo County, allowing three hits and no walks, with six strikeouts.
No. 2 Swan Lake Grocery 10, No. 7 Damariscotta Lions 4
At Belfast July 8, Swan Lake Grocery pulled away from the lower seed with a six-run sixth inning and surged into the semifinals. Swan Lake Grocery scored one run in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings, along with its six-run sixth, while Damariscotta Lions scored one run in the first, third, sixth and seventh stanzas.
Skylar Perkins, Grey Dinsmore and Zach Dyer pitched for Swan Lake Grocery, allowing a combined five hits and striking out a combined nine batters. Chad Carter and Cody Tozier combined to allow nine hits, while striking out five for the visitors.
Leading the hosts at the plate were Zak Sheafe (single, RBI), Perkins (2 singles, RBI), Dyer (2 singles, RBI), Lucien Gordley-Smith (single, double, 2 RBIs) and Garrett Hamlin (single, triple, 2 RBIs.
For the Damariscotta Lions, Carter (2 singles), Gus Hunt (single), Baker Gove (single) and Andrew Martin (single) paced the offense.
No. 3 Rockland Café 11, No. 6 Union Farm Equipment 4
At Thomaston July 8, UFE jumped on the higher seed early with a four-run first inning, but Rockland Café plated 11 unanswered runs and saw starting pitcher Logan Sheridan retire 18 of the final 19 batters he faced as the hosts moved onto the semifinals.
Rockland Café scored four runs in the third inning to tie the game, took the lead with a run in the fourth and then plated six runs in the fifth inning.
Sheridan allowed four runs (2 earned) on four hits and one walk without fanning a batter. The last 15 outs of the game were on ground balls, including a third base-to-second base-to first base (5-4-3) double play to end the game.
Riley McCollett went the first four frames on the hill for UFE, while Adam Wilcox, Patrick Madden and Nathan Emerson saw time in relief. The four hurlers combined to allow six hits and eight walks, with eight strikeouts, with seven of the eight strikeouts credited to McCollett.
Leading Rockland Café at the plate were Anthony Moore (2 singles), Sheridan (single), Coby Dorr (single), Michael Dougherty (single) and Connor Harvey (single).
For UFE, Madden (double), Wilcox (double), Brendan Lash (single) and Quinn Ashmore (single) each had first-inning hits for the visitors.
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