With the District 2 Little League 10-11 baseball title up for grabs, Belfast and Waldo County hit Walsh Field in Belfast Friday to settle the score once and for all. And while they undoubtedly took the long road to get there out of the loser’s bracket, it was Belfast celebrating in the center of the diamond after the final out was recorded.

Belfast jumped out to a 7-0 lead in a game they never trailed, posting a convincing 12-4 win over Waldo County to claim the District 2 crown. Belfast forced the “if” game in the first game of the District 2 10-11 championship held Thursday.

Belfast will now represent District 2 in the state tournament, which will begin Friday, July 22 in Lincolnville. Belfast will play its first game at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23 against the winner of Friday’s game between Bangor East and Scarborough.

Belfast lost to Knox Suburban 10-4, then defeated Knox Suburban 14-4 in four innings to advance to the championship round via the loser’s bracket, where they defeated Waldo County 5-2 in game one. Waldo County defeated Knox Suburban 9-2 to advance via the winner’s bracket. The 10-11 tournament featured only three teams this season.

In addition to winning this year’s 10-11 title, many of this year’s players were on the 9-10 team that won the District 2 championship last season.

Leading the newly crowned District 2 champs at the plate were Stan Sturgis (double, 2 singles), Dean Grass (single), Tyler Bartlett (2 singles), Zach Dyer (single), Skylar Perkins (single), Connor Harford (single), Ricky Smith (double) and Andrew Akles (single).

For Waldo County, Colby Furrow (single), Ben Powell (single, double), Liam Cail (single, 2 doubles), Connor Kneeland (3 singles), Brandon Reynolds (single) and Liam MacMillan (2 singles) paced the offense.

Perkins and Dean Grass combined to allow 14 hits, and three walks, with four strikeouts on the hill for Belfast. For Waldo County, Furrow, Ben Powell, Cail, Reynolds and Eric Gower combined to allow 12 hits and 11 walks, with 11 strikeouts.

Belfast jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the game, scoring one in the first, five more in the second and plated another run in the third. Waldo County scored got on the board with a two-run third inning, but Belfast posted three more runs in the fifth to take a 10-2 lead.

Waldo County scored two more in the fifth inning, while Belfast responded with a pair in the top of the sixth. Belfast then held Waldo County scoreless in the bottom of the frame to claim the District 2 crown.

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