Just a few days after dropping a heartbreaking one-run decision to Augusta, the Waldo County Little League 10- and 11-year-old baseball all-star team earned two straight one-run victories — a 9-8 win over Westbrook Aug. 1 and an 8-7 decision over Old Town Aug. 2 — to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament at the Knights of Columbus Field.

Waldo County (3-1) continued its hot streak with a 6-2 win over Bucksport Aug. 3 to earn a spot in the state final(s), this after losing its tournament opener in tough fashion. Waldo County fell to Augusta 9-8 July 30 when Augusta rallied for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

With the recent victories, Waldo County advances to play unbeaten York on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 4 p.m. in the first of potentially two state title games in Bucksport. If York wins, it is the state champion, If Waldo County wins, another winner-take-all game will be played.

Information and photos from the Waldo County-Bucksport game will appear in a separate story.

On Aug. 2, Waldo County edged Old Town 8-7. Barrett Grant and Emmett Shall shared the mound for Waldo as the two combined to allow seven hits and two walks, with six strikeouts. Nick Boutin and Austin Lacadie threw for Old Town and gave up 10 hits and a walk, with four strikeouts.

Brandon Smith (3 singles, 2 runs), Colby Trask (double, single, runs, 3 RBIs), Alex McKenney (double, 2 singles, run, RBI), Kyle Moore (single, run, RBI), Grant (single, RBI), Eric Phillips (RBI), Anthony Fuller (run), Alex Runci (run) and Shell (run) keyed the offense for Waldo County.

For Old Town, Boutin (single, run), T.J. Crawford (single, triple, run, RBI), Lacadie (double, run, 2 RBIs), John Kenneway (single, run), Chad Bartlett (double, run, RBI), Dana Ouellette (single, RBI), Jacob Ketch (run) and Cam Sullivan (run) contributed to the offense.

Waldo County, the visitors, scored three runs in the third inning, two in both the fourth and fifth and one in the sixth. Old town scored two runs in the third stanza and five more in the bottom of the sixth as Waldo County had deja vu of its opening loss. Waldo County held on for the 8-7 victory.

On Aug. 1, McKenney and Trask pitched for Waldo County and, combined, gave up four hits and 10 walks, with five strikeouts. Bailey Ryan, Connor Blake, and Dylan Francoeur shared the mound for Westbrook. Together they allowed 10 hits and six walks, with five strikeouts.

For Waldo County offense, McKenney (2 singles, double, 5 RBIs), Trask (3 singles, 4 runs, 2 RBIs), Grant (double, single, 2 runs), Shell (single, 2 runs), Moore (single, RBI), Phillips (RBI) and Matt Barlow (run) led the charge.

For Westbrook, Ryan (3 RBIs, triple, run), Derek Higgins (single, RBI, run), Kyle Hebert (single, RBI, 2 runs), Logan McCarthy (single), Alex Jacobs (run), Bailey Sawyer (run, RBI), Blake (run) and J. Champagne (run) contributed offensively.

Waldo County was on the losing side of an 8-1 game in the third inning before it rallied back, sort of in the fashion Augusta did two days earlier.

Waldo County scored a run in the first inning, as did Westbrook. Then Westbrook scored another in the second and six more in the third to take an 8-1 advantage.

In the bottom of the third inning, Waldo County scored three runs followed by two in the fourth and three more in the fifth to take the lead for good.

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