While taking the road less traveled to get there, the Waldo County Senior League baseball team is one win from a state title.

Waldo County will face Coastal on Monday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor for the state crown and a berth in next week’s Eastern Regional tournament.

With no other competition in District 2 for Senior League baseball, which is designated for players ages 14-16, Waldo County advanced to the state tournament by obtaining a waiver from Eastern Regional Headquarters for Little League baseball and softball in Bristol, Conn.

With only two other teams in the double-elimination state tournament — District 1 representative Coastal and District 6 representative Scarborough — Waldo County’s path was shorter than most, which began with a tough 7-6 loss to Scarborough July 28, quickly knocking the locals into the loser’s bracket.

After Coastal defeated Scarborough 9-5 July 29 to advance to the finals, Waldo County returned the favor July 30 against Scarborough and advanced to the finals itself with an 11-1, five-inning victory.

Waldo County then forced a winner-take-all final with an 8-2 win over Coastal July 31.

The winner of Monday’s final will advance to the Eastern Regional Tournament, which will be played Friday through Thursday, Aug. 5-11 in West Deptford, N.J. The winner of the regional tournament will then advance to the Senior League World Series, which will be held back at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor.

Waldo County posted an 11-1 regular-season record, playing strictly District 3 teams.

District 3 champion Brewer already has earned a berth in the Senior League World Series, bypassing the regional tournament by bearing the distinction of the host team of the SLWS.

Waldo County team members include Adam Higgins, Adrian “Buddy” Ellis, Nick Rodgerson, Cody Varney, Dillon Corliss, Matthew Palmer, Luke Lockhart, Kaleb Cook, Patrick Later, Zach Beaudry, Garth Clements, Tomas Graham and James Harvey. The team is managed by Rick Rodgerson and coached by Nick Varney and Eric Lockhart.

The following is a recap of the past three games for Waldo County, leading to Monday’s state championship:

Waldo County 8, Coastal 2 … At Mansfield Stadium Sunday, Waldo County staved off elimination and forced Monday’s winner-take-all final with a six-run victory over Coastal.

Leading Waldo County at the plate were Rodgerson (single, double), Higgins (2 doubles), Palmer (single, triple), Clements (single) and Ellis (single).

For Coastal, Sam Grindle (single), Connor Morey (single) and Hayden Ciomei (single) paced the offense.

Corliss went the distance on the hill for Waldo County, allowing three hits and one walk, with five strikeouts. For Coastal, Anthony Bianco gave up seven hits and five walks, while striking out six.

Waldo County jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, while Coastal rallied to take a 2-1 lead after two frames. Waldo County then moved ahead 6-2 after a five-run fourth inning and tacked on two more in the sixth.

Waldo County 11, Scarborough 1 (5 inns.) … At Mansfield Stadium Saturday, Waldo County avenged its lone loss of the tournament with authority as they sent Scarborough packing with a mercy-rule victory, eliminating the Southern Maine team from the tournament.

Rodgerson (single), Palmer (inside-the-park-home run, single), Graham (single), Lockhart (2 singles) and Ellis (double, single) paced the Waldo County offense, while Ryan Collins (2 singles), Matt Hart (single), Sean Getchell (single) and Bryan Cross (single) led Scarborough at the plate.

Higgins tossed a complete game for Waldo County, allowing five hits and two walks, with six strikeouts through five innings. Cross, Collins and Hart combined to scatter eight hits and five walks, with six strikeouts for Scarborough.

Waldo County jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, while Scarborough cut its deficit in half at 2-1 after plating a run in the top of the second. However, Waldo County expanded its lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the frame, scored five more in the third and one in both the fourth and fifth innings to walk off with the win.

Scarborough 7, Waldo County 6 … At Mansfield Stadium Thursday, Waldo County quickly fell to the loser’s bracket after being dealt a tough-luck loss at the hands of Scarborough.

Leading Waldo County at the plate were Higgins (2 singles), Rodgerson (single, triple), Varney (single), Corliss (2 singles) and Clement (2 singles).

For Scarborough, Eric Pemberton (double), Bryan Collins (single, double) and Jake Halpin (single, triple) led the offense.

Varney started the game for Waldo County, allowing six hits and one walk, with three strikeouts. Cook also allowed one hit and three hits in relief, while Ellis gave up two hits and no walks, while fanning two.

Cordean, Cross, Hart and Pemberton combined to allow nine hits and five walks, with three strikeouts for Scarborough.

Scarborough scored two runs in the second, four in the fourth and one in the fifth, while Waldo County plated five runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth.

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