Down? Maybe. Out? Far from it.

After dropping its first game of the state Little League 11- and 12-year-old baseball all-star tournament to York July 23, Waldo County had its back against the wall July 25 in Portland, facing Auburn Suburban in an elimination game.

Waldo County fell behind 3-2 in the sixth inning, but rallied to push across the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the same frame and walked off with a thrilling 4-3 victory to eliminate Auburn Suburban (0-2) from the double-elimination tourney.

Waldo County (1-1) was scheduled to face the winner of York (1-1) and Down East YMCA of Ellsworth (0-1) Wednesday, July 27 at 5:30 p.m. on Loring Field at Payson Park. However that game has been pushed to Thursday, July 28 at 3 p.m. due to York and Down East YMCA’s game scheduled for Tuesday, July 26, being pushed to Wednesday due to thundershowers.

Waldo County has not faced Down East but did lose 4-3 to York to start the tourney.

Leading Waldo County at the plate Monday were Max Thomas (double), Barrett Grant (single), Emmett Shell (single), Colby Trask (single) and Mitch Philbrook (single), while Gavin Bates (2 singles), Austin Cox (home run, double, single) and Taylor Blanchard (single) paced Auburn’s offense.

Trask and Grant pitched for Waldo County, allowing a combined six hits and three walks, while striking out 10. Caleb Hebert, Blanchard and C.J. Jipson combined to allow five hits and six walks, while striking out four for Auburn.

Cox belted a solo home run in the second inning to put Auburn Suburban on the board, while Grant rapped an RBI-single in the bottom of the frame, plating Jarod Grodewald, to tie the game for Waldo County.

Shell gave Waldo County a brief 2-1 lead after scoring in the bottom of the third inning after Trask, dancing from first base, baited the throw from the catcher, allowing Shell to scamper home. However, Auburn Suburban rallied in the top of the fourth inning after Cox came in when Race Bouchard reached on an error. Bouchard was caught stealing on the next pitch to end the inning.

With the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning for Auburn Suburban, Blanchard scored on a ball put in play by Jacob Dubuc after shortstop Jake Black fired home in an attempt to get the force at the plate, but the throw was just late to the catcher.

Now in a 3-2 hole in the bottom of the sixth inning, Waldo County responded.

Trask started the inning by singling off the second baseman’s glove, while Brandon Smith reached on an error to quickly put runners at the corners. While Smith later stole second base, a heads-up play by Auburn Suburban’s Jipson at third base tagged Trask for the first out of the inning after Jipson faked the throw to first base on a ball put in play by Eric Phillips.

Both Smith and Phillips quickly moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, which prompted the same scenario as Philbrook put the ball in play to Jipson at third base, but Jipson could not draw Smith off the bag at third as Philbrook reached to load the bases.

Smith then scored on a wild pitch and, after Moore drew a walk to reload the bases, Grant drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Phillips for the winning run.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at