What started with 12 teams just two days ago is now down to only four as the Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball playoffs continue to chug alone in recent days.

The North and South Division champions are on tap for Thursday, July 8 with the final field of four set. In the North Division, top-seeded Rockport (10-5) will host No. 3 Camden (8-5) for the right to advance to the Babe Ruth final on Saturday, July 10.

Rockport defeated No. 5 Searsport (4-12) 16-6 in five innings, while No. 3 Camden rallied to defeat No. 2 Belfast (9-6) 6-4 in semifinal games July 6.

The July 8 North Division final will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Marge Jones Recreational Facility (formerly the Rockport Recreation Park) in Rockport.

In the South Division, it will be top-seeded Damariscotta (14-1) hosting No. 2 Newcastle (10-6) with a berth in the league championship on the line. Damariscotta defeated No. 5 Georges Valley (8-8) 7-2 to earn a berth in the South Division final, while No. 3 Newcastle bested No. 2 Wiscasset (10-6) 4-3 in the other South semifinal playoff games July 6.

The South Division championship will kick off at 5:30 p.m. in Damariscotta.

The time and venue for the Saturday, July 10 Midcoast Babe Ruth League championship will be 5:30 p.m. at the Marge Jones Recreational Facility in Rockport.

The North Division champion hosts the championship game this season, and both Rockport and Camden share the same home field.

The following is a recap of Babe Ruth playoff games played July 6 throughout the area. Coaches are encouraged to report scores and/or results by calling 594-4401 or by e-mailing sports@villagesoup.com.

Rockport 16, Searsport 6 (5 inns.) … At Rockport, the hosts batted around in the first inning and jumped to a sizable lead en route to a 10-run mercy-rule victory in five innings over Searsport.

Sam Berry went three innings for top-seeded Rockport, allowing 10 hits and six walks, while striking out five batters. Connor Graffam tossed two innings of relief, allowing six hits and a walk, with three strikeouts. James Harvey and Darren Harriman pitched for Searsport, allowing a combined 13 hits.

Evan Drinkwater (double, 2 RBIs), Connor Hart (two singles, 2 RBIs), Taylor Hall (2 singles, 4 RBIs), Sam Berry (2 singles, 2 RBIs), Connor Graffam (single), Matt Vitagliano (2 singles, RBI), Joe Chamberlain (single, double, 3 RBIs) and Aubrey Pennington (single, 2 RBIs) led Rockport at the plate.

For Searsport, Austin Bean (single), Matt Coffin (single), Will Hutchinson (single, double, 2 RBIs), Josh Powell (single), Jake Powell (single) and Harriman (triple, 2 RBIs) led the visitors.

Camden 6, Belfast 4 … At Belfast, Camden rallied in the late innings and pulled away from Belfast by a two-run margin.

Camden scored its first run in the top of the fifth inning, added two more in the sixth and three in the seventh to propel it to victory.

Adam Carlsen (single, RBI), Alex Crans (double, run), Sean Pierce (single, double, 2 runs, RBI), Caleb MacFarland (single, 2 runs, RBI), Chandler Crans (2 singles, RBI), Cailean Schecter (2 singles, run, 2 RBIs) and Eliot Grindle (single) led Camden at the dish.

For Belfast, Gabe Desjardins (single), Sam Kulikowski (2 singles, run), Damion Benner (double, 2 singles, 2 runs), Greg Clark (2 doubles, 3 RBIs, run), Larry Dyer (double, single, RBI) were the top offensive contributors.

Chandler Crans pitched 4 2/3 innings for Camden, allowing eight hits and three walks, with six strikeouts. Carlsen went the rest of the way, allowing two hits and one walk, while fanning one.

Tyler Prescott went 5 2/3 innings on the hill for Belfast, allowing five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Dyer allowed five hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief.

Damariscotta 7, Georges Valley 2 … At Damariscotta, the hosts took an early 2-0 lead and added crucial insurance runs the sixth inning as Damariscotta eliminated Georges Valley from the playoffs with a five-run victory.

Top hitters for Damariscotta were Israel Daiute (double, triple, 2 runs, RBI), Travis Creamer (single, run), Andy Bartlett (double, single, run, stolen base), A.J. Oliver (triple, run, 2 RBIs) and Spencer Allen (single, RBI).

For Georges Valley, Philip Atwood (single), Dylan Maloney (single, run), Seth Batty (single, RBI), Ben Oakes-Boynton (single) and Nick Judge (single, stolen base) paced the offense.

Jeff Cheney, Oliver and Creamer combined to allow five hits and four walks, while fanning 10 batters on the hill for Damariscotta. Scott Strong went 5 1/3 innings for Georges Valley, scattering seven hits and one walk (intentional), with three strikeouts. Maloney allowed one hit and fanned two in relief for the visitors.

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