After putting the finishing touches on an unbeaten season, Rockport Automotive claimed its rightful crown as the state Senior League Babe Ruth champions over the weekend, fittingly, on its home field.

No. 1 Rockport beat No. 2 Farmington 10-4 in the championship game of the three-day state tournament played on Tolman Field at the Marge Jones Recreation Facility.

The weekend games pitted Rockport Automotive, Farmington, Waldo County, Lisbon and South China against each other.

The teams final regular-season records heading into the weekend play were: Rockport Automotive 11-0, Farmington 7-4, Lisbon 6-4-1, Waldo County 3-7-1 and South China 1-10.

When the dust had cleared after the weekend’s play, Rockport Automotive had finished its campaign 14-0 overall and Waldo County 5-9-1.

The scores from the state tourney were:  No. 1 Rockport Automotive 10, No. 2 Farmington 4; No. 2 Farmington beat No. 4 Waldo County;  No. 2 Farmington 11, No. 3 Lisbon 8; No. 1 Rockport Automotive 8, No. 4 Waldo County 6; No. 4 Waldo County 9, No. 3 Lisbon 7 (8 inns.); No. 1 Rockport Automotive 7, No. 2 Farmington 3; and No. 4 Waldo County 6, No. 5 South China 1.

Rockport Automotive includes Isaac Grindle, Kyle Olehnik, Chris Hart, Adam Landwehr, Taylor Gartley, Thomas Kennedy, Kevin Pierce, Joel Gabriele, Mykel Calloway, Billy-Ray Denman, Chris Josselyn, Cam Gartley, Mike Crockett, Adam Carlsen, Connor Hart, Taylor Hall and Alex Crans. The team was managed by Ashley Hunt and coached by Will Gartley, Tom Kennedy and Andy Hart.

Waldo County included Winston Simmons, Scott Kulikowski, Craig Herbert, Chris Brown, T.J. Walton, Joel Berry, Derrick Bernosky, Eric Peters, Nick Thibodeau, Josh Beal, Mike Berry and Allen Conner. The team was managed by Paul Thibodeau, while Caroline Carr helped with the squad.

Coach Hunt said he was proud of his team for finishing as unbeaten state champs. He said the squad was able to finish undefeated because of “talent. Every kid on my roster is a talented baseball player.”

Hunt said he did not feel there was a player on his team who played every game so it was hard to maintain continuity and consistency. Thus, that makes the team’s overall accomplishments more impressive.

“That’s really a feat in itself, I think for summer baseball, with all the things that are going on and sometimes kids don’t make games that they maintained an undefeated season,” he said.

Hunt said the squad, which is for those through age 19, had four 15-year-old players who “stepped in and never skipped a beat. They did a good job. I was very pleased with the 15-year-olds I had this year.” They were Connor Hart, Carlsen, Hall and Crans.

Overall, the coach said, “It was a great bunch of kids. I thoroughly enjoyed coaching them. [I’m] very pleased with the season.”

In the state championship game July 18, Rockport Automotive maintained their status as the undefeated king of the hill and defeated Farmington 10-4. “We played great ball,” Hunt said, adding that pitcher Chris Josselyn was especially impressive.

Josselyn was away for much of the season but returned for the team’s final few games and he “stepped up big at a time where we were a little tight on pitching — had some sore arms or some kids missing that were pitchers — and won a state championship,” Hunt said.

Josselyn pitched the first five innings for Rockport. He gave up six hits and three walks, with seven strikeouts. Taylor Gartley finished the game and allowed a walk, with four strikeouts.

Jordan Whitney pitched the first five innings for the state runner-ups and allowed eight hits, with two strikeouts. Alex Whitt finished and gave up three hits, with a strikeout.

For Rockport, Grindle (single), Olehnik (single, run), Chris Hart (2 singles, triple, 3 runs, RBI), Taylor Gartley (single, double, 2 runs, RBI), Kennedy (triple, run, RBI), Pierce (single, run), Denman (single, run, 2 RBIs), Josselyn (single, 2 RBI) and Calloway (run) offensively keyed the win.

For Farmington, Shane Smith (single, double, RBI), Shawn Keach (single, run), Jordan Whitney (2 singles), Kyle Fletcher (single), Matt Crowley (run), Alex Whitt (run) and Clint Orcutt (run) were keys offensively.

Rockport Automotive scored two runs in the first inning, one in the second, one in the third, four in the fifth and two in the sixth. Farmington scored two runs in the second inning, one in the third and one in the sixth.

In its first game against Farmington, Rockport Automotive won 7-3, as Landwehr pitched the first six innings for Rockport and gave up seven hits, with nine strikeouts. Cam Gartley finished the game and allowed a walk, with a strikeout.

Blake Hart, nephew of longtime Camden Hills boys basketball coach Jeff Hart, pitched for Farmington and allowed nine hits and four walks, with four strikeouts.

For Rockport Automotive, Chris Hart (double), Kennedy (single), Taylor Gartley (double, run), Landwehr (run), Cam Gartley (2 singles, 2 runs, RBI), Ohlenik (2 singles, 2 runs, RBI) and Hall (2 singles, run, 3 RBIs) keyed the win.

For Farmington, Hart (2 singles, run), Smith (2 singles, run, RBI), Crowley (run), Whitt (single, RBI) and Keach (2 singles) contributed.

Against Waldo County, Rockport Automotive won 8-6. Calloway pitched for Rockport and gave up 10 hits, a walk and five hit batters, with five strikeouts. Peters started pitching for Waldo and allowed 10 hits and three walks, with five strikeouts. Beal pitched the final inning and gave up two hits and two walks, with a strikeout.

For Rockport Automotive, Taylor Gartley led his team with a grand slam in the final inning. Gartley also had a triple.

Also contributing offensively for Rockport were Crockett (single, RBI), Chris Hart (single, double, run), Grindle (single, double, run), Connor Hart (run), Landwehr (single, run), Calloway (double, run), Olehnik (2 singles, run) and Denman (run).

For Waldo County, Peters (run), Berry (single, run), Beal (triple, RBI, run), Kulikowski (2 singles, run), Simmons (2 singles, RBI), Brown (single, run) Thibodeau (double, RBI, run) and Conner (2 singles) contributed.

Against South China, Waldo County won 6-1. Berry and Beal pitched for Waldo and, combined, gave up five hits and two walks, with eight strikeouts. Pardo pitched for Erskine and allowed six hits and a walk, with nine strikeouts.

Peters (double, single, 2 runs), Thibodeau (2 singles, run) Beal (triple, single, run), Berry (run) and Conner (runs) keyed the win.

Matt White (3 singles) and Pardo (single, run) led Erskine’s offense.

In an eight-inning game, Waldo County beat Lisbon 9-7. Berry, Beal and another pitcher combined to allow 11 hits and four walks, with seven strikeouts for Waldo. Hall and Carter gave up seven hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts, for Lisbon.

For Waldo County, Berry (2 singles, run), Thibodeau (single, double, run), Beal (single, run), Brown (single, run) Kulikowski (single, 2 runs), Herbert (run) and Connor (run) contributed offensively.

Omery (2 singles, double, 2 runs), Cameron (double, single), Alex Hall (2 singles, run), Whitney (single, 2 runs), Boyington (run) keyed Lisbon.

Waldo County lost 6-3 to Farmington. Bernosky pitched for Waldo and allowed eight hits and three walks, with six strikeouts. Smith threw for Farmington and gave up 10 hits and a walk, with three strikeouts.

For Waldo, Peters (3 singles, run), Brown (3 singles, run), Thibodeau (2 singles) and Walton (2 singles, run) contributed.

Alex Whitt and Hart led Farmington. Whitt had a home run and Hart two runs.

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