The old adage states “defense wins championships,” but for the Brooks baseball team, it was the team’s pitching that got the job done.

Brooks’ pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts and only gave up five hits in a 4-1 victory over Searsmont on Thursday, June 14 the the top-ranked squad finished unbeaten and captured the Waldo County Little League baseball title.

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The tournament was a single-elimination format, which made the journey to the top of the mountain more difficult. Most postseason tourneys are double-elimination and gives teams a chance to experience one down performance and still be able to keep playing

Team members for Brooks (15-0), coached by Brandon Hurd and Joe LePore, included Noah Hurd, Noah Houghton, Brady Clements, Levi Winslow, Aidan Davis, Cameron Rae, Vinnie Hegestrom, Logan Powers, Bernie Dodge, Kyle Kluney, Luke Bickford and Sean Pooler.

Team members for Searsmont (9-7), coached by Randy Abbott, included Joseph Parker, Ethan Abbott, Curtis Littlefield, Eli Veilleux, Calvin Sheldon, Sam Duval, Abbott Craig, Caden Nickerson, Dawson Tripp, Hagen Chase, Sully Bryant and Joe Lemon.

Brooks, which registered five hits, scored one run in the first inning, two in the second and one in the fourth. Searsmont scored its lone run in the second inning.

Leading Brooks at the plate were Hurd (run), Clements (single, run), Winslow (single), Davis (single), Rae (single, inside-the-park home run, run, RBI) and Hegestrom (run).

For Searsmont Abbott (single), Curtis (2 singles) and Veilleux (single, home run, run, RBI) had strong at-bats.

Hurd and Winslow split the game on the hill for Brooks, as the duo allowed one run on five hits, with 16 strikeouts.

Curtis went the distance for Searsmont, as he allowed four runs on five hits, with seven strikeouts.

Curtis got two quick outs to start the game, but the Brooks' bats came alive starting with Clements, who ripped a single for champs’ first hit. Winslow followed with a single, which allowed Clements to come home for the game’s first run and put Brooks ahead 1-0.

Searsmont tied the score in the top of the second inning when Veilleux hit a monster home run to straight away center field.

In the bottom of the frame, Brooks countered with a home run of its own, only the ball did not clear the fence. Rae hit a hard ground ball through the right-side which rolled to the fence, which allowed Rae to turn on the jets and cross home plate standing, which put Brooks back ahead.

Brooks added another run in the frame after Hegestrom walked, stole second and scored on a passed ball.

Brooks got its final run in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Hurd walked, but the pitch scooted to the backstop and Hurd advanced to second. Hurd stole third base and home in a play that caught everyone off guard.

Searsmont’s bats came alive in the top of the sixth inning, when Abbott hit a one-out single. Littlefield smacked a single and Veilleux followed with his second hit of the game. But, a bit later, the tying runs were left on base as Winslow struck out the game’s final batter to clinch the victory.

No. 1 Brooks, 13-0 during the regular season, received a bye to start the single-elimination tournament and beat No. 5 Searsport/Stockton to advance to the championship game. No. 3 Searsmont knocked off No. 2 Mount View 6-4 to advance to the final game.

In another postseason result, No. 5 Searsport/Stockton beat No. 4 Belfast.