Six teams, nearly 100 athletes and a multitude of parents, fans and community members have called Lincolnville Central School their home over the past week, with the small town hosting the state Little League 10- and 11-year-old baseball championships.

Roughly 50 volunteers helped with the event, which began July 22 and wrapped up Wednesday, July 27 with Scarborough earning an 11-1, five-inning victory over Dirigo to claim the state crown (see other online story and photos from the game).

Between running concessions, field maintenance, daily operations and umpiring, there was never a dull moment throughout the tournament.

And through it all, no one missed a beat.

While larger Maine cities such as Westbrook, Portland and Ellsworth, to name a few, typically draw tournaments of such magnitude, Lincolnville, a town of roughly 2,100 residents, pulled together over six days, and made it an event to remember for baseball fans near and far.

“It’s just been wonderful the way everyone has pulled together,” said tournament director Elaine Huber-Neville. “It’s a great community we live in and great fields we have here. We’re very lucky with all the time all these community people have put into it. We’ve had kids that have played and sung the Star Spangled Banner [national anthem], we’ve had the Lincolnville community band play … we’ve just had a really fun time. And our kids didn’t even play.”

“I thought the tournament went wonderfully,” said volunteer Maureen Kremin, who helped run the concession stand. “Everyone was so gracious and it was great to bring all these people into Lincolnville and show them our field, our town and our kids. It was great.”

Huber-Neville also thanked, among the many volunteers, the Lincolnville Fire Department, which watered the field throughout the week to the tune of roughly 15,000 gallons.

On the field, many of the District 2 umpires donated a large chunk of time in calling 10 separate games throughout the tournament. They included Eddie Parra, Bill Stuart, Dan O’Connell, Chris Ferguson and Dennis Wooster, along with District 1 umpires Walt Sanders and Bob Gillis, among others.

Wooster, a 1967 graduate of Rockland District High School who also umpires high school and Babe Ruth games, was pleased to be involved in such a high-profile local tournament.

“You always go back to your roots,” he said. “When you look at Eddie and you look at Chris, we’re high school umpires and these are the kids that are going to be playing [at that level in the future]. Do the biggest games of their lives now, establish a good working relationship with them and establish that mutual respect, and that’s something that will carry all the way through.”

Ferguson agreed, adding that, while it’s a challenge, “It’s a real honor just to be asked” to volunteer to umpire Little League state games.

“You’re learning constantly and it’s neat to see the kids, see great games like today and see the kids grow up through high school and help the coaches and the kids along the way understand the game a little better,” he said.

Assistant tournament director Mike Marden, who was called the “backbone of the whole operation” by Huber-Neville and others, and also umpired, felt the tournament could not have gone better.

“I think it went great,” he said. “Just excellent people, excellent comments, can’t say anything bad happened at all. It was a great tournament.”

Both Marden and Huber-Neville said they would be open to hosting another state tournament down the road, should the opportunity present itself.

“We did get a lot of positive feedback from umpires and parents from kids on the different teams,” said Marden. “Nobody’s really talked about it yet, but our intention is to keep working on the fields and keep things going and try to make things better there. I think it could definitely be a possibility in the future.”

“I think our town could do it again for sure,” said Huber-Neville. “I think we could do a great job.”

While some focus on the future, it was Kremin who summed up the present tournament best.

“It was the epitome of what community spirit is and Lincolnville has it,” she said. “We’re pretty lucky.”

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