The Troy Howard Middle School eighth-grade baseball team was perfect throughout the regular season and looked to keep that run going on Tuesday, June 13 against Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta in the Busline League middle school championship game at Medomak Valley High School.

The Lions fell behind early, but did not panic and displayed poise and confidence throughout the seven-inning affair, as they swung to a 4-1 win and the coveted league title.

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Team members for Troy Howard (11-0), coached by Kurt Payson, Penson Bartlett, Jeff Mosher, Chris Kelley and Chris LaValle, include Tommy Walker, Eamon Goscinski, Jason Bartlett, Chris Kelley, Tanner Veilleux, Finn Tarbox, Thomas Parker, Chase Sanders, Ethan Porter, Chance Clark, Steven Friel, Matt LeBlanc, Sawyer Carson and Colby Benjamin.

Team members for Great Salt Bay (11-3), coached by Andy Bartlett, include Nathan True, Cedar Cannon, Adam Sirois, Nick Prior, Julian Hupp, Cooper Waltz, Josh Tomasello, Brendan Stone, Carlos Canny, Gavin Doloff, Andrew Lyndaker, Ryan Sullivan and Cameron Bragg.

Troy Howard, the top seed in the North Division, defeated No. 4 St. George in the semifinals and bested No. 2 Oceanside in the divisional final to advance to Tuesday’s title game.

Great Salt Bay, the number two seed in the South Division, defeated No. 7 Camden-Rockport in the quarterfinals, No. 6 Bristol in the semifinals and No. 1 Troy Howard — the school’s sixth and seventh-grade team — in the divisional final to advance to Tuesday’s championship.

In the finale, Troy Howard scored one run in the second, third, fifth and seventh frames, while Great Salt Bay’s lone run came in the first.

Leading the Lions at the plate were Walker (single), Goscinski (single, run), Bartlett (triple, single, 2 runs), Veilleux (triple, single), Parker (single, run) and Porter (single).

For the Cougars, True (single, run) and Prior (2 singles) paced the offense.

Kelley, Bartlett and Goscinski toed the rubber on the hill for the Lions as the trio combined to allow three hits and three walks, with 12 strikeouts. Bartlett pitched the bulk of the afternoon as he tossed six innings, striking out 10 of 12 batters.

Sirois and Cannon pitched for the Cougars, scattering eight hits and three walks, with five strikeouts.

The Cougars got on the board quickly in the bottom of the first when True slapped a single and eventually was forced home on a bases-loaded walk issued to Waltz, but the Lions responded and plated the final four runs of the contest.

Troy Howard tied the game in the second when Parker and Porter rapped singles, as Walker eventually plated Parker on a single.

Bartlett gave the Lions the lead for good in the second when he reached on a lead triple and scampered home on another RBI-single by Kelley.

Goscinski singled in the fifth and came home on a single by Veilleux, while Bartlett singled and was plated on a triple by Veilleux in the seventh to round out the scoring.

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