Waldo County looked to be the favorite early on in the District 2 11-12 baseball tournament, and proved why in the district championship game July 18 in Knox against Waldoboro.

Waldo County did have two runs scored on them for the first time in the double-elimination tournament, but benefited from an eight-run third inning and Eric Phillips delivered what proved to be the game-winning hit as Waldo County clinched the District 2 championship with a 12-2 win over Waldoboro in four innings.

Waldo County will now represent District 2 in the upcoming state tournament, which begins Saturday, July 23 at Payson Park in Portland. Waldo County will face York (District 4) at 2:30 p.m. in the first game of the tournament.

If Waldo County wins its first game, it will next play against Yarmouth (District 6) at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 24. If Waldo County loses its first game, it will play Monday, July 25 at 5:30 p.m. in an elimination game.

Waldo County has outscored its opponents 41-2 in four District 2 tournament games. Not only that, but five of the team’s players — Emmett Shell, Barrett Grant, Kyle Moore, Colby Trask and Brandon Smith — have been part of District 2 championship teams for Waldo County for the past three years, along with manager Melvin Grant and coach David Smith.

The Waldo County 10-11 baseball team won the District 2 title and finished second in the state in 2010, while the Waldo County 9-10 team won the District 2 crown in 2009.

Team members for Waldo County include Phillips, Maxwell Thomas, Jake Black, Jarrod Grodewald, Barrett Grant, Moore, Smith, Mitchell Philbrook, Kevin Richards, Anthony Fuller, Shell and Trask. The team is managed by Melvin Grant and coached by David Smith and Kevin Black.

Team members for Waldoboro include Ollie Brown, Isaac Eutsler, Bradey Luce, Riley McCollett, Adam Eutsler, Brett Collamore, Channing Soper, Nicholas Grover, Duncan Morrell Jr., Jacob Faria, Patrick White, Owen Jameson, Simon Fischer and Josh Goldrup. The team is managed by Bob Soper and coached by Shep Brown.

Leading Waldo County at the plate Monday were Jake Black (triple, double, single), Max Thomas (double), Emmett Shell (single), Colby Trask (triple, 2 singles), Kyle Moore (triple), Mitchell Philbrook (single), Kevin Richards (double) and Eric Phillips (double).

For Waldoboro, Ollie Brown (home run), Adam Eutsler (single), Channing Soper (single) and Jacob Faria (single) paced the offense.

Black pitched for Waldo County, allowing four hits and one walk, wile striking out nine through only four innings of work. Isaac Eutsler and Channing Soper combined to scatter 12 hits and three walks, while striking out two.

Waldo County jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, while Waldo battled back to tie the score after Adam Eutsler singled, followed by a two-run blast by Brown.

Then, as has often happened to Waldo County opponents during the District 2 tournament, the floodgates quickly opened.

Shell rapped a two-run single to plate Black and Thomas and came all the way around to score on a pair of Waldoboro fielding errors, helping Waldo County jump out in front 5-2. Then after Trask tripled and came in to score to push the lead to four runs, Brandon Smith drew a walk and came around to score on another triple, this time hit by Moore.

Moore later came in to score on a wild pitch to make the score 8-2, while Black plated Phillips and Grant on Waldo County’s third triple of the game, rounding out the eight-run third inning.

Trask then singled to lead off the fourth and alter scored on an error, while Moore came in to score on an RBI double by Phillips, ending the game via the 10-run mercy rule.

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