The District 2 Little League 11- and 12-year-old  baseball all-star tournament kicked off at E. Allen Gordon Field July 1 with a handful of local teams looking to get off on the right foot in the double-elimination tournament. The tourney began after many exhibition games played between the district’s squads.

Rockland and Waldo County picked up wins to begin the tournament, with Rockland earning a 3-1 victory over Knox Suburban and Waldo County upending Camden-Rockport 11-1 in four innings, respectively.

The tournament continues into next week, with the championship game scheduled for Friday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m. The winner earns a spot in the state tournament, which begins Friday, July 20 in Bar Harbor.

All District 2 11-12 baseball tournament games will be played at E. Allen Gordon Field in Rockland.

Rockland 3, Knox Suburban 1

At Rockland July 1, Rockland broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and its pitcher struck out the side in the sixth en route to a two-run victory in the first game of the tournament.

Rockland will move on to face Lincoln County on Thursday, July 5 at 5:30 p.m., while Knox Suburban will face Camden-Rockport in an elimination game on Friday, July 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Leading Rockland at the plate Sunday were Mike Norton Jr. (2 singles), Matthew Waldron (single, stolen base), Vaughn Faller (single, 2 runs), Hunter Davis (single) and Jack Wadsworth (run).

For Knox Suburban, Korbin Daniels had the lone hit, while Uriah Thongsophaph scored the lone run.

Logan Sheridan tossed a dazzling one-hitter on the hill for Rockland, walking six and fanning 14, leading his team to victory. Dylan Taylor allowed five hits and one walk, with seven strikeouts.

The score was tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning when Davis singled and was promptly pinch-run for by Faller.

After Wadsworth was plunked putting two runners on base, Norton rapped an RBI single to plate Faller and Jackson Arnsdorf belted a sacrifice fly to center field, plating Wadsworth for a much-needed insurance run.

Waldo County 11, Camden-Rockport 1 (4 inns.)

At Rockland July 1, Waldo County scored early and often and allowed only two Camden-Rockport hits as it rolled to victory via the mercy rule.

Waldo County will play on Sunday, July 8 at 2 p.m. against an opponent yet to be determined. Camden-Rockport will face Knox Suburban in an elimination game on Friday, July 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Leading Waldo County at the plate Sunday were Dean Grass (3 singles, 2 runs), Liam Cail (single, run), Emmett Shell (2 singles, 2 runs), Joey Danna (2 doubles, 2 runs) and Liam MacMillan (triple, 2 runs).

For Camden-Rockport, Noah Erskine (single, run) and Jesse Fraser (single) paced the offense.

Shell tossed a two-hitter for Waldo County, walking two and striking out 10. Lucas Boetsch and Cole Anderson pitched for Camden-Rockport, allowing nine hits and three walks, with five strikeouts.

Erskine and Fraser started the game with back-to-back singles for Camden-Rockport, with Erskine coming in to score on a sacrifice by Boetsch.

Shell, however, did not allow a hit the remainder of the game as Waldo County scored four times in both the first and second innings, another in the third and two in the fourth to walk off with the win. Danna scored the game-ending run after Liam MacMillan drew a bases-loaded walk.

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