Waldo County dominates en route to District 2 11-12 championshipShell tosses no-hitter against Rockland in finale, Waldo County advances to states
Rockland — No-hitters are indeed an impressive achievement for any pitcher, particularly at the highest level of Midcoast youth competition.
Those on hand at E. Allen Gordon Field witnessed that first-hand Friday night, July 13, with Waldo County and Rockland vying for the coveted District 2 Little League 11- and 12-year-old baseball all-star tournament championship.
Waldo County's Emmett Shell tossed a no-hitter and his teammates included plenty of run support in a 7-0 win as the team claimed the district championship.
Waldo County will move on to the state tournament, which begins on Friday, July 20 in Bar Harbor.
Waldo County will face District 4 Biddeford East at 3 p.m. that day. If Waldo County wins its first state game, it will face District 6 titlist Scarborough on Saturday, July 21 at 3 p.m.; however, if Waldo County loses that first game, it will play on Sunday at noon against an opponent to be determined.
Waldo County went 4-0 in the District 2 tournament, while Rockland finished 3-2, its two losses coming at the hands of Waldo County. Waldo County outscored foes 27-3 in three district games.
Team members for the newly-crowned District 2 champs from Waldo County include Kenney Brewer-Frazee, Liam Cail, Joey Danna, Colby Furrow, Eric Gower, Dean Grass, Connor Kneeland, Liam MacMillan, Ben Powell, Brandon Reynolds, Shell and Chris Evans. The team is managed by Monica Furrow and coached by Wally Furrow and Otis Kneeland.
Team members for the District 2 runners-up from Rockland include Jackson Arnsdorf, Hunter Davis, Michael Dougherty, Vaughn Faller, Jack Freeman, Eric Glaser, Connor Harvey, Matthew Waldron, Michael Norton Jr., Bradley Nystrom, Logan Sheridan and Jack Wadsworth. The team is managed by Jason Butman and coached by Sebastian Arnsdorf. The scorekeeper is Alan Harvey.
On Friday, Shell struck out 13 batters in the impressive District 2 championship performance, striking out the side in the first, third and sixth innings.
"It was good," said Shell. "I was just more focused on winning, so I was just happy to throw a shutout and get the win. It's great to throw a no-hitter and I'm glad I did, but I was just focused on winning."
Rockland's Sheridan, who has been the team's top offensive player in this year's tournament with two walk-off hits, was the only Rockland player to reach base Friday via a second-inning walk.
Sheridan and Norton both pitched for Rockland, allowing a combined six hits and five walks, with five strikeouts.
Grass (single, run), Cail (single, run), Shell (single), MacMillan (single, run), Powell (single) and Brewer-Frazee (single, run) led Waldo County at the plate.
Waldo County jumped to a 3-0 lead in the second inning after Evans plated Kneeland on a sacrifice fly, while MacMillan and Grass scampered in on a Rockland fielding error. The "hosts," playing on Rockland's home field but the home team by virtue of advancing to the game via the winner's bracket, scored again in the fourth when Cail drew a walk and score xon a wild pitch.
Waldo County continued to pile on runs late in the game, plating two more in the fourth and another in the fifth.
Brewer-Frazee started a two-out rally in the fourth with a single through the right side of the infield and came in on an RBI-single by Grass. Cail then rapped an RBI-single, which went off an infielder's glove and into center field, to plate Grass and put Waldo County up 6-0.
The final run was scored in the fifth inning by Kneeland, who walked and came around to score on a hit by Powell, coupled with a pair of Rockland fielding miscues.
Previous district scores leading to Friday's championship game included: Rockland defeated Camden-Rockport 6-5 in seven innings July 10, Camden-Rockport beat Lincoln County 17-7 and Waldo County defeated Rockland 9-2 in games played July 8, Camden-Rockport defeated Knox Suburban 10-3 July 6, Rockland bested Lincoln County 12-1 July 5 and Rockland beat Knox Suburban 3-1 and Waldo County defeated Camden-Rockport 11-1 in games played July 1.
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