Foley Little League Field in Winterport was overrun Wednesday night with fans, parents and lovers of baseball as the Waldo County Little League championship was up for grabs in a best-of-three series between two talented young teams.

Winterport Blue and Waldo faced off Monday in Waldo in game one of the series, as Waldo emerged with a 4-1 win to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Thus, Waldo needed just one victory on the road Wednesday to claim the league championship.

And that is just what the squad did.

Trailing by two runs for most of the contest, Waldo rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth inning and held the hosts at bay in the bottom of the frame to get the chance to celebrate on the center of the diamond with a 3-2 victory that clinched the league championship for the visitors.

Winterport Blue defeated Stockton Springs 6-1 and Searsport 4-1 to advance to the championship series, while Waldo blanked both Brooks and Liberty 12-0 in four innings to earn a championship berth.

Leading the offense for Waldo in Wednesday’s final were Emery Dinsmore (2 singles), Gage Corson (single, run), Anthony Defeo (run) and Alex Canning (run).

For Winterport Blue, Holden Dudley (single, run) and Alex McKenney (RBI) keyed the offense.

Alex Canning went five innings on the mound for Waldo, allowing one hit and five walks, while striking out nine. Gage Corson closed the door in the sixth, walking one and striking out all three batters he faced.

McKenney and Colby Trask combined to allow three hits and six walks, while striking out 12 for Winterport Blue.

Winterport Blue struck first, taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, which the hosts held for the majority of the game. Trask drew a walk followed by a single from Dudley, but an error allowed Trask to come all the way around to score and put Dudley at third base with no outs.

Dudley later scored on a ground out from McKenney to put the hosts ahead by two runs.

The squads generated little offense throughout the rest of the game, until Waldo came to the plate in the top of the sixth inning in hopes of taking the lead.

Defeo walked to start the inning and scooted to second base on a passed ball, while Canning also walked to put two runners on base. Corson then plated Defeo with a single, while an error in the field allowed Canning to scamper in with the tying run on a close play at the plate.

Dinsmore then singled Corson to third, as Corson later scored with what proved to be the game-winning run after Alex Fritz plated him on a sacrifice bunt.

Corson took the mound in the sixth inning for Waldo and struck out the first batter he faced. And after Ginn drew a walk, Corson fanned the next two batters to clinch the league title for the visitors.

Team members for the league champions from Waldo were Kyle Artkop, Andrew Goguen, Sam Goguen, Defeo, Canning, Corson, Emery Dinsmore, Fritz, Grey Dinsmore, Bryan Lowe, Grady Doolan, Will Hyland and Dakota Doolan. The team is coached by Joe Chasse and assisted by Larry Doolan and Mark Goguen.

Team members for the league runners-up from Winterport Blue are Trask, Dudley, Alex Pease, Tommy Farrar, McKenney, Conrad Barberi, Brandon Sanipas, Derek Ginn, Wkatt Lord, Kenny Frazee, Theri Girardi, Brigham Mitchell and Culley Wilson. The team is coached by Reed Farrar and assisted by Doug Trask and Darren Lord.

Longtime volunteer Harry Buttery was also honored before the game Wednesday for his 25 years of service to Waldo County Little League. The team from Liberty also was honored prior to the game as its won the league’s sportsmanship award.

The league’s regular-season standings for the Eastern Division were: Winterport Blue, 13-4; Winterport Green, 12-5; Searsport, 9-9; Stockton Springs, 5-12; and Frankfort, 1-16.

The league’s regular-season standings for the Western Division were: Waldo, 13-4; Unity, 13-4; Brooks, 13-4; Liberty, 8-9; and Mount View, 2-15.

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