The Midcoast Babe Ruth League will have a new team from Waldo County join its ranks on the diamond this coming season.

Waldo County will be the 11th team in the league and will draw players from the Mount View High School and Searsport District High School areas, which encompasses the towns of Searsport, Frankfort, Winterport, Stockton Springs, Brooks, Freedom, Jackson, Knox, Liberty, Monroe, Montville, Thorndike, Troy, Unity and Waldo.

The team will use the Searsport District High School baseball field as its home field.

The team will be coached by Mel Grant, who is not only the assistant coach for the SDHS varsity baseball team, but also has coached in both the Waldo County Little League and all-star teams in the past.

WCLL teams have been juggernauts in recent years at all age levels in District 2 Little League, winning several district titles and having impressive showings in its respective state tournaments.

Waldo County teams won the 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 age group district titles last year.

Grant led the 9-10 team in 2009, the 10-11 team in 2010 and the 11-12 team in 2011 to District 2 championships and consequently, state tournament berths. He also led several members of that year's 11-12 team to the Marty Lyons Classic tournament title in August 2011.

Waldo County will join Belfast (Swan Lake Grocery), Rockport, Camden, Rockland Café, Georges Valley, Waldoboro, Union Farm Equipment, Damariscotta Lions, Bristol and Wiscasset Merchants in the league.

Midcoast Babe Ruth League president Don Shields said he was informed officially in January of Waldo County's intentions to join the league.

Tryouts for Waldo County are Sunday, May 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. at SDHS.

The first game will be Sunday, May 19. The league will play exclusively on Sundays until June 14, when games will expand to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

The regular season ends July 2 with the championship game tentatively set for July 23 at the Oceanside High School baseball field in Thomaston, the home field of Georges Valley.

Babe Ruth baseball encompasses baseball players ages 13-15.

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