The Belfast/Northport/Swanville Little League baseball championship was up for grabs Friday night at beautiful Walsh Field as the league’s two top teams took the field for the right to call themselves the best for 2010.

And while the Angels may have gotten on the scoreboard, it was the Tigers who roared in the late innings to grab the crown.

The Tigers took advantage of timely hitting, fielding miscues from the opposition and were savvy on the base paths as they pulled away from the Angels late and clinched the league crown with an 11-3 victory.

Top hitters for the Tigers were Sam Kulikowski (2 triples, single, 3 runs), Philip Wich (triple, 2 singles), Alex Flagg (single, 2 runs), Dean Gross (single, 2 runs), Ethan Merry (double), Owen Falvey (double, run) and Ben Trundy (double, run).

For the Angels, Soran Moesswilde (3 singles), Zach Darres (double), Lucian Smith (single, 2 runs), Zach Dyer (single) and Tyler Macleod (single) led the offense.

Flagg and Kulikowski each pitched for the Tigers, allowing a combined seven hits and three walks, while striking out 14 batters. Flagg, who started the game, struck out the side in both the second and fourth innings. Kulikowski also struck out the side in the sixth, clinching the crown for the Tigers.

Peter Spectre and Moesswilde combined to allow 11 hits and walked eight batters, along with eight strikeouts for the Angels.

Smith singled in the first inning and later came in to score on a single by Dyer to put the Angels ahead 1-0. Kulikowski tripled in the third inning for the Tigers and came in to score on a double by Wich to tie the score 1-1.

The Tigers then turned on the offensive firepower, outscoring the Angels 10-2 over the final two innings to clinch the victory. The Tigers scored five runs in the fourth inning and five more in the fifth.

Ramsey doubled to start the fourth inning and scored after three of the next four batters were issued walks to put the Tigers on top 2-1. Trundy scored on a fielder’s choice and Kulikowski then rapped a two-run triple to extend the lead. The advantage swelled to 6-1 after Wich came through with a triple of his own to plate Kulikowski.

The Angels scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning after Dyer connected on a double that plated both Parsons and Smith, but the Tigers again manufactured a five-run rally in the bottom of the frame as Trundy, Howard, Flagg, Gross and Kulikowski all crossed the plate to extend the lead.

Team members for the league champion Tigers are Alex Flagg, Dean Gross, Sam Kulikowski, Philip Wich, Ethan Merry, Zack Ramsey, Ben Trundy, Austin Merando, Matt Howard, Sage Kelly, Christopher Thayer and Owen Falvey. The team is coached by Bob Kulikowski and Casey Flagg.

Team members for the league runner-up Angels are Soran Moesswilde, Lucian Smith, Zach Darres, Zach Dyer, Peter Spectre, Rick Wyman, Tyler Macleod, Rick Smith, Israel Parsons, Alex Newcomb, David Maxey and Randy Elwell. The team is coached by Larry Dyer.

League all stars

All-star teams have also been finalized for both the 9-10 and 11-12 age groups, with play set to begin in the coming days. The BNS 11-12-year-old team will begin play on Saturday, June 26 in Rockland, where it will face Camden-Rockport at noon at E. Allen Gordon Field. The BNS 9-10-year-old team will host Waldo County at Walsh Field on Monday, June 28 at 6 p.m.

Team members for the BNS 9-10-year-old all-star team are: Zach Dyer, Ricky Smith and Alex Newcomb of the Angels; Stan Sturgis, Garrett Hamlin, Tyler Bartlett and Rudi Schnetzer of the Giants; Skylar Perkins and Andrew Akles of the Indians; Konnor Hartford, Nicholas LaRochelle and Nathaniel Johnson of the Yankees; and Dean Grass of the Tigers.

Team members of the BNS 11-12-year-old all-star team are: Soren Moesswilde, Lucien Smith, Zach Darres and Peter Spectre of the Angels; Nolan Woods of the Giants; Jesse Snider, Drew Nealey and Tyler Stickney of the Indians; and Alex Flagg, Ben Trundy Sam Kulikowski, Ethan Merry and Philip Wich of the Tigers.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.