Waldo County, C-R vie for 10-11 crown July 20Squads split first two games in best-of-three series
Knox — Do not look now, but the District 2 Little League 10- and 11-year-old baseball all-star tournament is nearly over.
This year's tournament essentially has been a best-of-three championship series between Waldo County and Camden-Rockport, the only two entrants, with both squads sporting one win apiece after Camden-Rockport's 10-7 win July 16.
Waldo County bested C-R 10-3 July 14, which means the winner-take-all final between the squads is set for Friday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m. in Knox.
Waldo County will try and join its 11- and 12-year old and 9- and 10-year old counterparts as District 2 champions, both of whom clinched spots in their respective state tournaments the past 10 days.
Friday's winner moves on to the 10-11s state tournament, which begins on Saturday, July 28 on Sukeforth Field in Waldoboro. The first game of the tournament for District 2 will be on Sunday, July 29 at 3 p.m. against the District 6 champ.
Team members for Camden-Rockport include Austin Charkowick, Samuel Conlan, Bennet Geis, Quinn Brown, Eben Merrifield, Hayden Christie, Nathan Von Lonchuyzen, Sam Hebert, Jack Morse, Kerry Sabanty, Ethan Cayouette, Nicholas Johnson and Seth Yates. The team is managed by Barrett Brown and coached by Chris Christie and Brian Hebert.
Team members for Waldo County include Garrett Butler, Logan Curtis, George Dakin, Christopher Dodge, Damion Doughty, Dylan Denardo, Cole Frey, Darrett Fowler, Neal Kenney, William Russell, Max Tomlin and Matt Kelley. The team is managed by Jim Butler and coached by Dan Curtis and D.J. Frye.
The following is a recap of the first two games between the squads:
Camden-Rockport 10, Waldo County 7
At Knox July 16, C-R pulled away during the course of the game and held off a late Waldo County rally to force Friday's winner-take-all final.
Leading Camden-Rockport at the plate were Brown (single, 2 runs), Sabanty (2 singles, run), Cayouette (single), Von Lonchuyzen (single), Morse (single, run) and Hebert (single, run).
For Waldo County, Curtis (double, single, 2 runs), Fowler (single, run), Denardo (single), Doughty (single), Kenney (double, run) and Frey (2 runs) paced the offense.
Cayouette and Von Lonchuyzen pitched for Camden-Rockport, allowing six hits and six walks, with eight strikeouts. Frey and Butler worked the hill for Waldo County, allowing seven hits and four walks, with eight strikeouts.
Waldo County took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Frey drew a lead walk and later scored on a wild pitch, while Camden-Rockport plated five runs in the bottom of the second inning and never trailed again after Christie drew a bases-loaded walk, an RBI-ground out, an RBI-single by Sabanty and a two-run single by Von Lonchuyzen.
Waldo County cut its deficit to 5-3 after Curtis doubled and later crossed the plate on a wild pitch, followed by an RBI-single by Denardo, to plate Frey.
Camden-Rockport essentially put the game out of reach with a five-run third inning when Hebert came in on a wild pitch, Christie plated Geis on an RBI-ground out, Yates came in on a wild pitch and Sabanty singled, moved to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch.
Waldo County made it interesting in the top of the sixth inning when Fowler rapped a two-run single to right and an error allowed him to come around to score to the squad's deficit to 10-7. However, Von Lonchuyzen fanned the final batter to give Camden-Rockport the win.
Waldo County 10, Camden-Rockport 3.
At Knox July 14, Camden-Rockport scored first, but it was Waldo County that scored often as it rolled to a seven-run win and a 1-0 lead in the series.
Leading Waldo County at the plate were Frey (4 singles, 3 runs), Fowler (2 singles), Dakin (single) and Butler (single, run).
For Camden-Rockport, Brown and Morse both singled and scored a run, while Sabanty also scored for the visitors.
Waldo County pitchers allowed two hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts. Sabanty started for Camden Rockport. The team's pitchers combined to allow eight hits and four walks, with 10 strikeouts on the hill.
Camden-Rockport took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Brown singled and Sabanty reached on an error. Both runners came in to score on another error.
However, Waldo County knotted the score at 2-2 when Curtis and Frey both scored, while the hosts added five more runs in the second, another in the fourth and two more in the fifth. C-R also added a run in the sixth inning.
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