Waldo County, Rockland remain in District 2 11-12 title huntLittle League baseball: Rockland outlasts Camden-Rockport 6-5 in 7 innings July 10
Rockland — The District 2 Little League 11- and 12-year-old baseball all-star tournament is down to its final two teams, with a berth in the state tournament on the line for the survivor.
Rockland and Camden-Rockport squared off in an elimination game on Tuesday, July 10 in Rockland, with Rockland holding on for a 6-5, 7-inning victory and moving on to face Waldo County for the district title on Friday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Should Waldo County lose Friday, a winner-take-all final for the double-elimination tournament title is slated for Saturday, July 14 at 5:30 p.m.
All 11-12 tournament baseball games are held at E. Allen Gordon Field in Rockland.
Rockland knocked Lincoln County to the losers' bracket with a 12-1 win July 5, while Camden Rockport defeated Knox Suburban 10-3 in an elimination game July 6. Waldo County upended Rockland 9-2 July 8, while Camden-Rockport survived elimination for the second time in three days with a 17-7 win over Lincoln County.
The following is a recap of recently-reported results:
Rockland 6, Camden-Rockport 5 (7 inns.)
At Rockland July 10, the hosts got a walk-off hit from Logan Sheridan for the second time in the tournament as Rockland advanced to the District 2 championship game.
Sheridan ripped a double down the left-field line that rolled to the fence and plated teammate Jackson Arnsdorf from first base to lead Rockland to the win.
Sheridan also singled earlier in the game for Rockland, while Jack Wadsworth (double, 2 runs), Mike Norton Jr. (triple, single, 2 runs), Arnsdorf (2 runs) also chipped in on offense.
For Camden-Rockport, Noah Erskine (single, run), Jesse Frasier (double, run), Lucas Boetsch (2 singles, run), Braden Fisher (single, run) and Michael Russillo (2 singles) paced the offense.
Sheridan, Hunter Davis, Arnsdorf and Jack Freeman pitched for Rockland, allowing a combined seven hits and nine walks, with 14 strikeouts. Boetsch and Frasier pitched for Camden-Rockport, allowing five hits and five walks, with six strikeouts.
Rockland jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Wadsworth drew a lead walk and came in on a triple by Norton, who later scored on an error. Camden-Rockport rallied and scored five straight runs thanks to a two-run single by Fisher, an RBI-single by Russillo and an RBI-double by Fraser, who scored on a wild pitch.
Sheridan then closed Rockland's gap to 5-3 with an RBI-single in the bottom of the third and Rockland tied the game in the fifth when Wadsworth came in on a passed ball and Sheridan plated Norton Jr. on an RBI-ground out.
For Rockland, Norton Jr. rapped a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning followed by an walk to Arnsdorf. Both runners moved up on a passed ball.
Norton Jr. then moved up to third and tried to score on a passed ball, but a nice play by Camden-Rockport’s catcher Cole Anderson prevented the winning run from scoring.
Sheridan then doubled in the winning run, for his third RBI of the game. Sheridan hit a walk-off grand slam in Rockland's 12-1 win against Lincoln County July 5.
Waldo County 9, Rockland 2
At Rockland July 8, Waldo County jumped to an early lead and never trailed, knocking Rockland into the losers' bracket.
Leading Waldo County at the dish were Emmett Shell (home run, 2 singles, 3 RBI, 2 runs), Joey Danna (3 singles, 2 RBI, 1 run), Liam Cail (2 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Dean Grass (2 singles, 3 runs), Ben Powell (RBI) and Colby Furrow (run).
For Rockland, Jack Wadsworth (single, run), Jack Freeman (single, RBI), Jackson Arnsdorf (single, RBI), Vaughn Faller (single) and Mike Norton (run) paced the offense.
Furrow went three innings on the hill for Waldo County, allowing two hits, one walk and two hit batters, with three strikeouts. Powell then tossed two innings in relief, allowing two hits, one walk and one hit batsmen, with three strikeouts. Shell shut the door in the sixth inning, walking one and fanning three.
For Rockland, Arnsdorf allowed two hits and two walks, with two strikeouts in the first inning; while Norton went 4 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. Freeman went the final 2/3 of an inning, allowing two hits.
Waldo County wasted little time getting on the board, with Grass and Furrow each drawing walks ahead of Shell, who blasted a three-run home run to left field. Danna singled later in the inning and came in on an RBI-ground out by Powell.
Rockland got one run back when Wadsworth scored on Arnsdorf's RBI-single, but Waldo County added one run in both the second and fourth innings and capped off its offensive onslaught with a three-run sixth on an RBI-double by Cail and a two-run single by Danna.
Rockland added a run in the fifth on an RBI-single by Freeman.
Camden-Rockport 17, Lincoln County 7 (5 inns.)
At Rockland July 8, Camden-Rockport staved off elimination and moved on in the tournament with a 10-run victory over Lincoln County.
Leading Camden-Rockport at the plate were Erskine (2 singles, 3 runs), Anderson (2 singles, 2 runs), Frasier (2 singles, run), James Orne (single, 3 runs), Russillo (double, single, 2 runs), Fisher (double, 3 singles, 2 runs) and Conrad Crans (home run, single, 2 runs).
Anderson started on the hill for Camden Rockport, whose pitchers allowed a combined six hits and one walk, with five strikeouts. Lincoln County pitchers scattered 15 hits and eight walks, with six strikeouts.
Rockland 12, Lincoln County 1 (5 inns.)
At Rockland July 5, Rockland picked up a walk-off victory and did so in dramatic fashion, thanks to the bat of Logan Sheridan.
With Rockland leading 8-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Sheridan blasted a grand slam to left-center field to win the game for Rockland via the mercy rule.
Leading Rockland at the plate were Jack Wadsworth (single, 2 runs), Mike Norton (4 singles, 2 runs), Jackson Arnsdorf (single, run), Logan Sheridan (grand slam, triple, 2 runs, 5 RBIs), Jack Freeman (2 singles, double), Vaughn Faller (single), Connor Harvey (2 singles) and Bradley Nystrom (2 singles).
Norton, Freeman and Davis pitched for Rockland, allowing four hits and three walks, with seven strikeouts. Three pitchers worked for Lincoln County, scattering 16 hits and seven walks, with seven strikeouts.
Nystrom singled to start the bottom of the fifth inning, while Wadsworth drew a walk and Norton singled to load the bases. Arnsdorf then singled in Nystrom, followed by Sheridan, who ended the game with a walk-off grand slam.
Information on other recent games, including two involving Camden-Rockport, was unavailable.
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