District 2 Little League baseball

Waldo County tops C-R to clinch 10-11 title

Waldo County earns spot in state tournament in Waldoboro
By Staff | Jul 26, 2012
Photo by: Bryan Gess Waldo County Little League 10- and 11-year-old baseball all-star players and coaches stand with their newly-won District 2 championship banner July 20 in Knox.

Knox — With the best-of-three series knotted 1-1, Camden-Rockport and Waldo County put it all on the line July 20 with the District 2 Little League 10- and 11-year-old baseball championship on the line in the pivotal third and final game.

Waldo County scored early and often in the contest and C-R never recovered as the champs came away with a 8-3 win to claim the district championship.

The win earns Waldo County a spot in the state tournament, which will begin on Saturday, July 28 in Waldoboro. Waldo County's first game will be against the District 6 champion on Sunday, July 29 at 3 p.m.

The tournament essentially became a best-of-three series with the two squads as the only local participants in the double-elimination tournament. Waldo County prevailed 10-3 in game one July 14, while Camden-Rockport evened the series with a 10-7 win July 16.

All games were played in Knox.

Friday's win gave Waldo County a clean sweep of all three District 2 Little League baseball championships, with both the 9-10 and 11-12 squads also capturing their respective titles.

Team members for the newly-crowned District 2 champions from 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. Frey.

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.

Leading Waldo County at the plate were Curtis (3 hits, run), Frey (4 hits), Fowler (2 hits, run), Butler (2 hits, run), Dakin (3 hits, run), Kenney (hit, run), Dodge (hit, run), Tomlin (2 hits, run), Russell (2 hits, run), Denardo (hit), Doughty (hit) and Kelley (hit).

For Camden-Rockport, Sabanty (hit, run), Morse (hit), Hebert (3 hits, run), Cayouette (hit), Merrifield (hit), Conlan (hit), Brown (run) and Johnson (hit) paced the offense.

Von Lonchuyzen and Conlan pitched for Camden-Rockport, scattering 22 hits and three walks, with three strikeouts. Frey and Butler pitched for Waldo County, allowing 12 hits and one walk, with eight strikeouts.

In the final game, Camden-Rockport was retired in order in the first inning, while Waldo County scored seven runs in the opening frame, an uprising that was highlighted by a double from Curtis, singles by Frey, Fowler, Dakin, Tomlin and Dodge, a triple from Russell and walks to Curtis, Fowler and Butler.

Waldo County sent 12 batters to the plate in the initial frame.

Camden-Rockport plated a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning, while both teams scored one run apiece in the fifth.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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