Three teams remained in the District 2 Little League 9- and 10-year-old softball double elimination tournament heading into Thursday night’s play, with Knox Suburban and Camden-Rockport set to settle the score with the winner advancing to championship game on Friday, July 8 at 5:30 p.m. to face unbeaten Waldoboro.

In a game played Thursday at Marge Jones Recreation Field in Rockport, Knox Suburban jumped to a commanding first-inning lead and, while Camden-Rockport made it interesting, Knox Suburban pulled away and earned an 18-9 win to advance to Friday’s championship game.

Well-rested Waldoboro, which has not played since defeating Knox Suburban 17-10 July 2 at George C. Hall Field, will face that same team for the district crown at John Foster Little League Field in Waldoboro.

Should Knox Suburban knock off Waldoboro, a winner-take-all final will take place on Monday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. site to be determined.

The District 2 champion will move on to the state tournament, which will begin Saturday, July 16 in Glenburn.

Rockland, which won the District 2 11- and 12-year-old softball crown last week, will begin play in its respective state tournament on Sunday, July 10 at 2:30 p.m. in Westbrook, where it will face the winner of the game between District 1 and District 5.

Exhibition play also is wrapping up for 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 baseball, with their respective double-elimination tournaments kicking off Saturday, July 9.

The District 2 winners for 9-10 baseball will play in the upcoming state tournament in Augusta, beginning Saturday, July 16, while the District 2 winners for 10-11 baseball will play in the upcoming state tournament in Lincolnville, beginning Friday, July 22. The District 2 champions for 11-12 baseball will participate in the upcoming state tournament in Portland, which will begin Saturday, July 23.

Softball

Knox Suburban 19, Camden-Rockport 9 … At Rockport Thursday, Knox Suburban jumped to an 8-0 lead early in the game and held off any chance of a C-R comeback as it advanced to Friday’s championship game by doubling up the hosts.

Leading Knox Suburban at the plate were Kristina Ferguson (2 hits, 2 runs), Laticia Billings (2 hits, 2 runs), Gillian Lafleche (3 hits, 3 runs), Payton Wiley (2 hits, 3 runs), Abby Veilleux (2 hits, 3 runs), Lauren Arsenault (hit, 2 runs), Aubrey Schaffer (2 runs), Sydney Lytton (2 hits, run) and Hattie Watmough (hit).

For Camden-Rockport, top hitters were Meghan Gallagher (hit), Emily Long (hit), Abbey O’Donal (2 hits, run), Sarah Contento (hit, run), Megan Gordon (2 hits, 2 runs), Audrey Clement (hit, run), Nicole Brown (hit, run), Amanda McFarland (run) and Ashley Williams (2 hits, run).

Lafleche pitched for Knox Suburban, allowing 11 hits, while striking out one. Long and Gallagher combined to pitch for CR, scattering 15 hits while striking out five.

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Baseball

Waldo County 21, Lincoln County 3 (5 inns.) … At Nobleboro Thursday, Waldo County showed why it could be the team to beat in the upcoming double-elimination tournament with a convincing win over Lincoln County. Waldo County led 8-3 in the fourth inning before scoring 13 runs in the top of the fifth to run away with the game.

Leading Waldo County at the plate were Emmett Shell (5 singles, 3 runs, 2 RBIs), Jake Black (3 singles, double, 4 runs, 3 RBIs), Colby Trask (4 singles, 2 runs, 3 RBIs), Max Thomas (3 singles, 2 runs, 3 RBIs), Barrett Grant (2 singles, 4 runs, RBI), Kyle Moore (double, run), Brandon Smith (double, run, RBI), Eric Phillips (single, 2 runs), Mitchell Philbrook (single, run, RBI) and Kevin Richards (run).

For Lincoln County, Kevin Fitzpatrick (double, single, run), Austin Pooler (double, 3 RBIs), Chad Carter (run) and Austin Bouchard (run) paced the offense.

Trask, Shell, Moore and Smith combined to allow three hits and one walk, while striking out nine for Waldo County. Chad Carter, Brett McLain, Austin Pooler, Kolten McKenney, Nathan Simmons combined to scatter 22 hits and seven walks, while striking out four for Lincoln County.

Camden-Rockport 13, Rockland 2 (4 inns.) … At Rockport July 5 in 9-10 exhibition play, C-R earned a convincing victory over Rockland by an 11-run margin.

Leading C-R at the plate were Austin Charkwick (single), Cole Anderson (home run), Spencer Johndro (single) and Nate VonLonkhuyzen (single). Anderson and VonLonkhuyzen combined to allow three hits, while striking out nine working from the hill.

Information for Rockland was unavailable.

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