Waldo County eliminated from 10-11 state tourneyLocal squad falls in two lopsided games in two days
Waldoboro — Despite playing its games roughly 40 miles from home, Waldo County had two tough "home" games July 29-30 in the state Little League 10- and 11-year-old baseball all-star tournament.
Waldo County, the host of the event as the District 2 champions by virtue of the tourney being held in Waldoboro, mustered only one run in two games over the recent two days and was eliminated from the state tournament.
The locals fell 11-1 in four innings to District 4 Saco July 30 after dropping a 10-0 decision to District 6 Westbrook July 29.
Ellsworth (District 1) was eliminated as well, along with Waldo County on July 30.
The first three days of the tournament, which began July 28, were pool play for the six participating teams, with the top four teams slated to move on to the semifinals on Tuesday, July 31.
Holbrook (District 3), Saco (District 4), Augusta (District 5) and Westbrook (District 6) all advanced to the semifinals, with Augusta and Saco squaring off at 3 p.m., followed by Westbrook and Holbrook at 5 p.m.
The winners from Tuesday's games will face off in the championship game slated for Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 3 p.m on Sukeforth Field, while the consolation final between the two losing squads will be played at 1 p.m.
The following is a recap of Waldo County's two state tournament games:
Saco 11, Waldo County 1 (4 inns.)
On July 30 against Saco, the locals managed a run in the fourth inning, but lost via the mercy rule for the second straight day and eliminated from the tournament. Garrett Butler suffered the pitching loss for Waldo County, while Luke Chessie pitched the win for Saco.
George Dakin had two singles to lead Waldo County, while Brogan Searle-Belanger (2 doubles), Hunter Penley (home run, single), Michael Bourgault (home run), Chessie (2 singles) and Andrew DeGeorge (2 singles) led Saco.
Westbrook 10, Waldo County 0 (4 inns.)
On July 29 against Westbrook, Eli Higgins tossed a one-hit shutout on the hill for Westbrook, walking one and striking out five. Cole Frey allowed 11 hits and one walk, while striking out three in the pitching loss for Waldo County.
Dakin (double) had Waldo County's lone hit, while Kyle Champagne (2 doubles, single, 2 runs), Brandt Herbert (2 doubles, single, 3 runs), Cam Morrison (double, run), Derek Corbett (double), Noah Knapton (single) and Michael Young (single, run) led Westbrook.
Westbrook scored three runs in both the second and third innings and walked off with the win after plating four runs in the bottom of the fourth stanza.
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