The Waldo County Little League 10- and 11-year-old baseball all-star squad secured itself a well-earned spot in the state championship game/games Aug. 3 with a 6-2 victory over Bucksport in the double-elimination state tournament on the Knights of Columbus Little League Field.

Waldo County suffered a devastating 9-8 loss to Augusta in the first game of the tourney when Augusta scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth — and final — inning to secure the comeback victory. However, Waldo County players and coaches picked themselves up and have won three straight games to earn an opportunity to play for the state crown.

Tuesday’s victory now pits Waldo County (3-1) against undefeated York (2-0) in a championship game on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 4 p.m. in Bucksport. If York wins, it captures the title. If Waldo County wins, a winner-take-all finale will be played on Thursday, Aug. 5 at 4 p.m. on the same field.

There is no New England or regional tournament in the Little League 10-11 age division. The state championship will be the final stop for one of those teams.

To reach the state final, Waldo County defeated, in order, Westbrook (9-8), Old Town (8-7) and Bucksport (6-2). York beat Westbrook 7-2 and Bucksport 11-1 to reach the championship game.

In District 2 play, Waldo County finished 6-0 and is 3-1 in the state tournament for an overall mark of 9-1.

The team includes Barrett Grant, Eric Phillips, Anthony Fuller, Emmett Shell, Colby Trask, Brandon Smith, Matt Barlow, Kyle Moore, Alex Runci, Kevin Richards, Alex McKenney, Jacob Higham and Mitchell Philbrook. The team is managed by Melvin Grant and coached by David Smith and Jason Richards.

On Tuesday against Bucksport, Waldo County grabbed a 4-1 first-inning lead and never looked back.

Shell and Smith pitched for the victors and, combined, allowed six hits and two walks, with six strikeouts. Matt Vincent and Dylan Robbins worked the hill for Bucksport and gave up six hits and nine walks, with four strikeouts. Bucksport pitchers hit two batters.

For Waldo County’s offense, Barlow (run), Grant (2 runs), Smith (2 singles, run), Trask (single, run), Shell (double, single, run) and McKenney (single) keyed the win.

For Bucksport, Vincent (single, run), Austin Mason (run), Tyler Hayes (double, single), Riley Macleod (single), Noah Lenor (single) and Lucas Brown (single) contributed offensively.

Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at