At first glance, the Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball playoffs appeared to be business as usual, with the top seeds expected to advance from Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

That is, before fine play by the lower seeds and Mother Nature got involved.

Whether it was thunder clapping, flashes of lightning, heavy rain or a collection of all three, all four playoff games Wednesday ended early due to inclement weather — with three of the four lower seeded squads reaping the benefits.

The biggest upset came in Wiscasset, where No. 8 Waldoboro (6-9) pulled out a 7-5 victory over top-seeded Wiscasset Ford (12-2). No. 5 Damariscotta (7-5-1) also earned a 5-2 win over No. 4 Rockland Café (9-5), while No. 6 Belfast (6-6) defeated No. 3 Camden-Rockport (8-4) 11-7.

The lone top seed to advance was No. 2 Rockport Automotive (13-1), which earned an 8-6 win over No. 7 Newcastle (4-7-1). In fact, the higher seed may have been bailed out by the weather, with Newcastle scoring six unanswered runs before the weather hit the area.

The semifinals are set for Thursday, July 7 at 5:45 p.m. as No. 2 Rockport Automotive will host No. 6 Belfast and No. 5 Newcastle will host No. 8 Waldoboro — in Waldoboro.

The winners will face off Saturday, July 9, time to be announced, at Medomak Valley High School for the Midcoast Babe Ruth crown.

The following is a recap of results from Wednesday’s four quarterfinal playoff games:

No. 8 Waldoboro 7, No. 1 Wiscasset Ford 5 (6 inns.) … At Wiscasset Wednesday, the visiting squad was the beneficiary of stormy weather and got timely hitting in the late innings to eliminate the tournament’s top seed after the game was called due to lightning.

Leading Waldoboro at the plate were Tim Farrar (home run), David Herron (single), Spencer Weiss (single), Micah Williamson (single) and Ryan Ripley (triple, run). For Wiscasset Ford, Travis Padilla (triple, single), Chandler Longfellow (two singles) and Graves (single) led the offense.

Williamson went the distance on the hill for Waldoboro, scattering five hits to pick up the win. Longfellow, Padilla and Eddie Stewart combined to allow five hits for Wiscasset Ford.

Williamson reached on an infield hit to kick off the top of the sixth inning, followed by Flint sacrificing Williamson to second base with a bunt. Later, Ripley tripled home Williamson to tie the game 5-5. Ripley scored on a wild pitch to give Waldoboro the lead, followed by a home run from Farrar to center to put the visitors up by two runs.

Waldoboro then retired Wiscasset Ford in order in the bottom on the sixth as the dark skies converged before the lightning came, giving the visitors the win.

No. 6 Belfast 11, No. 3 Camden-Rockport 7 (5 2/3 inns.) … At Belfast Wednesday, Belfast used the precarious position Camden-Rockport was in as far as home field was concerned to its advantage and knocked the higher seed from the playoffs after the game was called due to lightning.

Camden-Rockport and Rockport Automotive share the same home field, prompting the Camden-Rockport and Belfast game to be moved to Belfast.

Leading Belfast at the plate were Damien Benner (3 singles, 2 runs), Drew Nealey (single, run, RBI), Alex Flagg (triple, 2 runs), Lucas Clark (3 singles, double, run, 2 RBIs), Jacob Powell (2 doubles, run, RBI), Jesse Snider (single), Sam Kulikowski (single, run), Tim Sticht (2 singles, run), Matt Smith (single, triple, RBI, 2 runs), Zavier Roman (single) and Emery Dinsmore (2 singles).

Leading C-R offensively were Joe Chamberlain (2 singles, double, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Sam Berry (double, run, RBI), John Hall (single, triple, run), Merrill Hall (single), Andrew Hall (single, run), Cam Lafleche (single), Ben Rollins (single, run) Teddy Laurita (single, run) and Henry Laurita (RBI).

Connor Graffam, Andrew Hall and Berry pitched for C-R, combining for 21 hits and one hit batter, with six strikeouts. Benner and Flagg pitched for Belfast, combining for 11 hits, two walks and two hit batters, with six strikeouts

No. 2 Rockport Automotive 8, Newcastle (5 1/2 inns.) … At Rockport Wednesday, the hosts were the only team to defend their home field as they moved on to the semifinal round in a game halted early due to inclement weather.

Leading Rockport Automotive at the plate were Chandler Crans (single, run), Caleb McFarland (2 singles, 2 runs, RBI), Sean Pierce (run), Daulton Oakes (run), Cailan Schecter (single), Sam Gimlewicz (run), Ryan Pierce (single, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) and Nate Pascal (single, RBI).

Sean Pierce tossed three innings, allowing one hit and no walks, with seven strikeouts. Pascal worked the final three frames, allowing five hits and two walks.

Sean Pierce struck out seven of the first nine batters of the game as Rockport Automotive took a 2-0 lead in the first on a pair of unearned runs. The top seed scored two more in the second stanza, one in the third and three in the fourth to take an 8-0 lead. Newcastle scored two in the fifth and four more in the sixth before the game was halted due to inclement weather.

No. 5 Damariscotta 5, No. 4 Rockland 2 (6 inns.) … At Rockland Wednesday, Damariscotta got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth inning and got an assist from Mother Nature when the thunder clapped as the visitors knocked Rockland Café out of the playoffs after the game was called due to thunder.

Leading Rockland at the plate were Zac Roman (double, run) and Nick Mazurek (run). For Damariscotta, S. Butterfield (2 doubles) and A. Tomasello (2 singles, 2 runs) led the offense.

A.J. Oliver had a superb pitching outing for Damariscotta, walking one and striking out 10 on the hill. Jordan Carter allowed three hits, while striking out two for Rockland Café, while Hunter Grindle tossed 1 2/3 innings of relief and Mazurek the final three frames.

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