With the start of the District 2 Babe Ruth 13-year-old tournament having been initially pushed back one day for Midcoast North, it is only fitting that that squad’s championship game would be pushed back one day as well.

After fighting through the double-elimination playoff bracket to reach the championship game via the winner’s bracket, Brunswick upended Midcoast North to force a winner-take-all championship that was initially scheduled for July 19 in Topsham.

However, with severe thunderstorms forecast for that day, the game has been pushed back one more day with the championship game between the two teams set for Tuesday, July 20 at 5 p.m. at Mt. Ararat Middle School in Topsham.

The winner of the July 20 game will represent District 2 in the upcoming double-elimination state tournament, which will kick off less than 24 hours later against Somerset on Wednesday, July 21 at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Field in Skowhegan.

The winner of the state tournament will advance to the New England Regional Tournament, set to take place from Saturday through Thursday, July 31-Aug. 5 in Winooski, Vt.

Midcoast North currently is 2-1 in the district tournament, having defeated Midcoast South 11-7 and Brunswick 7-4 to advance to the championship game. Midcoast North then lost the first game of the championship to Brunswick 13-8 to set up Tuesday’s winner-take-all championship final.

While Midcoast North is set to play in the championship, Midcoast South went home early as it finished with a 1-2 record in the tournament.

Midcoast South dropped its opening game to Midcoast South, while battling from Saturday into Sunday to pull out an 11-8, eight-inning victory against Mt. Ararat in a game that was initially suspended after seven innings due to darkness.

Midcoast South was then eliminated from the tournament after being bested 9-0 by Brunswick.

The following is a recap of recent games played by Midcoast North and Midcoast South in the District 2 tournament. Midcoast North’s additional game results will be added later to this story.

On Saturday, Midcoast North earned an 11-7 victory over Midcoast South. Top hitters for Midcoast North were Taylor Benner (4 singles, 2 runs), Xavier Roman (single, run), John Hall (single, 2 runs), Sean Pierce (triple, single, run), Connor Graffam (single, RBI, 2 runs) and Matt Crockett (single, run).

For Midcoast South, Micah Williamson (single, run), Greg Anderson (2 singles, run, RBI), Brett Cowan (single, 2 runs), Dylan McMahan (single, RBI), Travis Padilla (single, run) and Walker Ranney (single, run) led the offense

Pitching stats from Saturday’s contest were unavailable.

Also Saturday, Midcoast South earned an 11-8 victory over Mt. Ararat in a game that took eight innings and two days to complete. The game was knotted 7-7 after seven innings and was then suspended due to darkness, before the two teams came back Sunday morning to continue the game.

Midcoast South tallied four runs in the top of the eighth inning and held Mt. Ararat to only one as the South prevailed by a three-run margin.

Top hitters for Midcoast South were Williamson (2 singles 2 runs), Scott Strong (single) Jamie Temple (3 singles, RBI), McMahan (double, 3 singles, 2 RBIs), Travis Padilla (single 2 runs), Cal Robbins (3 singles, 2 RBIs, 2 runs) and Ranney (2 singles, RBI).

McMahan pitched 1/3 of an inning before he was lifted in favor of Strong, who allowed four hits and eight walks, while fanning seven in relief. Midcoast South coach Richard Williamson added that Strong “was outstanding” in the game.

In another game played Saturday, Midcoast North defeated Brunswick by a 7-4 score. Top hitters for Midcoast North were Daulton Wickenden (two singles, two runs) and Sean Pierce (two singles). For Brunswick, Derek Devoroux (double, single, two runs) and Parker Wild (two singles, run) led the offense.

Taylor Benner, Sean Pierce and Connor Graffam all pitched for Midcoast North, allowing nine hits and six walks, with seven strikeouts. Wild, Adam Casey and Cam Berry combined to allow four hits and eight walks, while fanning 11.

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