The Midcoast North Babe Ruth 15-year-old and 14-year-old squads battled in state tournaments seemingly worlds apart in Portland and Harrison in recent days, with the 15s experiencing a high level of success.

The Midcoast North 15s finished their double-elimination tournament 2-2 in games at Deering Oaks in Portland, including securing two solid, close victories over Portland and Southern York, and suffering losses to Westbrook and Portland. Click for photos from the Midcoast North 15s game with Southern York.

The Midcoast North 14s finished their double-elimination tournament 0-2 at the Field of Dreams in Harrison, losing to Tri-County South and Apple Valley of Lewiston.

The Midcoast North 15s lost to Portland 8-3 July 25 and Westbrook 10-4 July 24, while beating Southern York 7-6 July 23 and Portland 3-2 in eight innings July 22.

The Midcoast North 14s lost to Apple Valley 11-0 in five innings July 23 and to Tri-County South 6-4 July 22.

North 15s results

On July 25, Portland got a bit of revenge with a win over Midcoast North. Midcoast finished with seven hits and Portland six.

Midcoast led 2-0 until the top of the fourth inning. Midcoast pitcher Connor Hart had a no-hitter through 3 2/3 innings, including retiring 11 straight, until Volger reached on an error with two outs and Reichert belted a two-run homer to tie the game.

Hart then pitched the fifth and gave up one more run. He left the contest trailing 3-2. Then Midcoast used three additional pitchers for the sixth and seventh stanzas and that trio allowed five more runs, mostly on walks and errors. Midcoast North stranded seven runners.

Pitching for Midcoast were Hart (3 runs on 3 hits in 5 innings), Taylor Hall (3 runs on 2 hits, 3 walks in the sixth inning), Tyler Prescott (2 runs on 2 walks in 1 1/3 innings) and Scott Kulikowski (hit in 2/3 inning).

Pacing the locals’ offense were Adam Carlsen (single), Hart (single, run), Hall (2 singles, run), Kulikowski (single, 2 RBIs, run), Greg Clark (single, RBI) and Prescott (double).

For Portland, Boyce (single, 2 runs), Volger (3 runs), Reichert (home run, 2 RBIs, 3 runs), Dean (2 RBIs), Fraser (3 singles, 2 RBIs, run) and Powers (single, 2 RBIs) led the offense, On the mound, Dean (3 runs on 7 hits, 5 strikeouts in 7 innings) pitched a complete game.

On July 24, Westbrook outhit Midcoast 14-4 and outscored the locals 10-4. Carlsen (7 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks in 1 1/3 innings), Hall (2 runs on 4 hits, 7 walks, strikeout in 4 2/3 innings) and Prescott (run on 2 hits, 2 walks, strikeout in 1 inning) pitched for Midcoast.

Pacing Midcoast’s offense were Carlsen (double), Hall (2 runs), Hart (single, run), Kulikowski (RBI, run), Gabe Desjardins (RBI), Elliott Grindle (single) and Alex Crans (single, RBI).

For Westbrook, Z. Bean (single, 2 runs), K. Kent (tirple, 2 RBIs, run), K. Heath (single, RBI, run), K. Lowe (2 singles, double, 2 runs), C. Bollig (single, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, 2 runs), D. Bouchard (single, 2 RBIs, run), M. Rioux (2 singles), A. McCarthy (single) and C. Champagne (single, RBI, run) keyed the offense.

K. Lowe (4 runs on 4 hits, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts in 6 innings) and M. Rioux (3 strikeouts in 1 inning).

In a thrilling game July 23, Midcoast jumped to a 7-2 lead before Southern York climbed within 7-6 and threatened to tie — and perhaps win — the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.

With Midcoast leading 7-6, Southern York got two runners on base via walks in the bottom of the seventh inning before relief pitcher Carlsen recorded two outs, including one on a play by the shortstop to the third baseman.

And, to end the game in dramatic fashion, the potential tying runner was picked off third base by a throw from catcher Kulikowski, who had just entered the game after teammate Joel Berry suffered an ankle injury in the sixth inning.

Midcoast North finished with five hits and Southern York four.

Prescott (2 runs on a hit, 4 walks, strikeout in 3 1/3 innings), Hart (2 runs on a hit, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings), Clark (2 runs on 2 hits, walk in 1 1/3 innings), Hall (2 walks in 1 inning) and Carlsen (strikeout in 1 inning) pitched for Midcoast.

Keying the locals’ offense were Carlsen (run), Evan Drinkwater (single, RBI, run), Berry (2 singles, 2 RBIs, run), Hall (single, RBI, run), Hart (RBI) and Crans (single, 2 RBIs).

For Southern York, Markham (2 runs, RBI), Thyng (2 doubles, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Hamm (RBI), Buirke (single, RBI) and Newton (single, RBI, run) keyed the offense.

In a nailbiter July 22, Midcoast pulled out a thrilling one-run win over Portland in extra innings July 22.

Carlsen (2 runs on 3 hits, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts in 4.1/13 innings), Hall (no runs on a hit, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings) and Hart (no runs on no hits, no walks, strikeout in 1 1/3 innings) pitched for the winners.

Keying the locals’ offense were Carlsen (single, run), Berry (single, run, RBI), Hart (2 singles, run) and Marshall Crockett (single).

For Portland, Fraser (2 runs on 3 hits, 3 walks, 10 strikeouts in 7 innings) and Powers (run on 2 hits, 2 strikeouts in an inning) pitched. Boyle (double, run, RBI), Fraser (single, RBI), Reichert (single) and Berg (single, run) keyed the offense.

The game was scoreless through four innings. Portland held a 2-0 lead after six innings before Midcoast came to life in its final at-bat in the top of the seventh. Hall led the inning with a walk. With one out, Hart singled up the middle to move Hall to third and put the potential tying runs on base. However, the next batter struck out and Midcoast, still trailing 2-0, was down to its final out.

Hart stole second base and Desjardins reached on an error by the shortstop that allowed Hall to cross the plate to make it 2-1. Hart moved to third on the error. With Crockett at the plate with two outs and facing a two-strike count, the pitcher threw a wild pitch and Hart scored the tying run.

In the bottom of the seventh inning the intense drama continued as Hall retired the first two Portland batters and then loaded the bases with three straight walks. Hart stepped to the hill to face a daunting task and got the next batter to ground to the shortstop, who threw to third for the force out.

In the top of the eighth inning, Carlsen led with a hit and, after a strikeout, Berry singled to plate Carlsen with what would end up being the game-winning hit for Midcoast.

Hart then recorded three outs on the hills in the bottom of the eighth to give Midcoast the thrilling, come-from-behind victory.

North 14s results

On July 22, Tri-County South handed Midcoast North a 6-4 loss July 22 in Harrison. Sam Berry (8 hits, 7 strikeouts) for Midcoast and Ian McFawn (7 hits, 6 walks) for Tri-County both pitched complete seven-inning games.

Dan Hendricks (double, single, run), Caleb McFarland (single, double, RBI, run), Berry (RBI, run), Jake Davee (single, RBI), Matt Vitagliano (single, RBI), Joe Chamberlain (run) and Merrill Hall (single) keyed Midcoast’s offense.

For Tri-County, Kyle Stevens (single), Tanner Wentworth (single), Corey Cole (single), McFawn (single, triple, RBI, 2 runs), Matt Beauchesne (single, double, RBI, run), Eric Stevens (single, RBI, run), C.J. Martins (run) and Nick Priest (run) keyed the win.

On July 23, Apple Valley beat Midcoast North 11-0. McFarland started pitching for Midcoast and Brandon Goff started on the hill for Apple Valley. Midcoast pitchers allowed a total of nine hits and three walks, with three strikeouts. Apple Valley hurlers allowed two hits and a walk, with two strikeouts.

For Midcoast North, McFarland had a double and J.T. Tobin a single. Chamberlain also reached base via a walk.

For Apple Valley, Kyle Fletcher (single, run), Goff (single, double, 2 runs), Tyler Hutchinson (single, 2 runs), Zach Glazier (triple, run), Carson Dalheim (single, run), Tucker Whitman (single, 2 runs), Josh Bunker (triple, 2 runs) and Brady Dion (single) keyed the offense.

Apple Valley beat Tri-County South 14-6 July 25 for the state championship.

Village NetMedia Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.