On the heels of winning the Little League Senior League state crown the previous week at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor, Waldo County had aspirations of making a return trip to that same field, which is the site of the Senior League World Series, in the coming days.

However, the competition got much tighter this weekend at the Eastern Regional tournament as Waldo Country was bounced from the double-elimination event in two games in West Deptford, Conn.

Waldo County fell to Quincy, Mass 10-0 in five innings Aug. 6 and were subsequently eliminated by host West Deptford 9-6 Aug. 7.

Waldo County was vying to be the first team from Maine to earn a berth in the Senior League World Series.

The Maine District 3 champion represents the state each year by default as the host of the tournament, which relocated to Mansfield Stadium in Bangor in 2002 after 16 years in Kissimmee, Fla.

The following is a recap of Waldo County’s two games in the Eastern Regional tournament:

West Deptford N.J. 9, Waldo County 6 … On Sunday, Waldo County was dealt a disappointing loss to host West Deptford, which eliminated the locals from the tournament.

Leading Waldo County at the plate were Nick Rodgerson (single, triple), Cody Varney (2 singles), Patrick Later (triple), Buddy Ellis (single), Matt Palmer (single) and Garth Clements (single).

For West Deptford, Tom Jakubowski (grand slam), Ty Castellano (2 hits, RBI, 2 runs), Tyler Maher (2 hits), Jason Roselli (hit, run), Chris Dellaquilla (hit, run) and Dominic Bisiri (hit, 2 RBIs, run) paced the offense.

Adam Higgins went four innings on the hill for Waldo County, allowing four hits and three walks, while striking out one. Ellis tossed an inning of relief, scattering three hits and one walk, while Varney went two innings on the mound, allowing two hits and four walks, while striking out three.

Castellano, Danny Riley and Brendan Glass combined to allow eight hits and one walk, while striking out 12 for West Deptford.

Waldo County scored in the first inning when Rodgerson singled, went to second on a fielder’s choice, stole third and scored on an error. Waldo County scored again in the third stanza after Later tripled and crossed the plate on an RBI-groundout by Clements.

Waldo County plated two more runs in the fifth inning after Rodgerson tripled and scored on an RBI-groundout by Adam Higgins. Ellis later singled, took second on a passed ball and came in on an RBI-single by Palmer.

Waldo County scored another run in the sixth inning after Beaudry scored on an error, while Varney did the same in the seventh.

Quincy Mass 10, Waldo County 0 (5 inns) … On Saturday, Waldo County was knocked to the loser’s bracket in convincing fashion, as the locals mustered only two hits in a mercy rule-shortened game against Quincy.

Rodgerson and Clements had the only two hits for Waldo County, while Pat Verhault (2 hits, 2 RBIs, run), Jason Pekkinen (2 hits), Tom Garland (hit, 2 RBIs, run) Andrew Jaehnig (hit, 2 RBIs, run) and Josh Hayward (hit, RBI, 2 runs) paced the offense for Quincy.

Dillon Corliss tossed two innings on the hill for Waldo County, allowing four hits and four walks, while striking out two. Kaleb Cook allowed one hit and four walks in one inning of relief, while Varney allowed two hits and two walks, while fanning one in another inning of relief.

Dan Cobban and Andrew Currie combined to allow two hits and one walk, while striking out seven for Quincy.

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