The Waldo County Little League 11- and 12-year-old baseball all stars experienced a strong overall performance in the state tournament last week, but ran into one opponent they simply could not beat.

York proved a tough foe as it defeated the locals twice to knock them from the double-elimination tourney.

Waldo County finished 1-2 in the state tourney, with Thursday’s 6-2 loss to York knocking the locals from the event.

Home runs keyed York to the win over Waldo County Thursday, as Jack Bouchard and Chris Neilson went deep for the winners. Waldo County outhit York 8-7 in the game, but the two long balls proved the difference.

York (4-2) went on to lose to Yarmouth (3-0) 6-3 in eight innings in the state championship game later in the week. In fact, York’s two losses came against Yarmouth.

Earlier, Waldo County lost to York 3-2 and beat Auburn Suburban 4-3. Waldo County and York were to play July 27, but inclement weather pushed another tourney game to a different day and forced Waldo County and York to play July 28 instead.

On Thursday, Jake Black (2 singles, 2 RBIs), Kyle Moore (2 singles), Colby Trask (double), Brandon Smith (single), Eric Phillips (single, run), Kevin Richards (single, run) led Waldo County’s offense.

Black (4 hits, no walks, 3 strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings) and Moore (3 hits, 2 walks, strikeout in 2 2/3 innings) pitched for the locals.

Waldo County stranded five runners and York two.

York used five pitchers in Jack McDonald, Brayton Chayer, Trevor LaBonte, Sam Johnson, and Colby Todd. Combined, the group allowed eight hits, struck out 10 and walked none.

York scored three runs in the first inning on a three-run home run by Bouchard, which followed singles by Johnson and Neilson. York’s Sam DesMaris scored a run in the third stanza on a passed ball after he had singled. The winners also tallied two runs in the fifth inning on a two-run home run by Neilson, which followed a walk to Johnson.

Waldo County scored two runs in the fifth inning when Black belted a long bases-loaded single to plate Phillips and Richards, both of whom had singled.

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