The official games have stepped to the plate — and the young athletes provided plenty of powerful heroics to kick off the tournament.

After facing off in a slew of previous exhibition games, the best of the best started the District 2 Little League 11- and 12-year-old baseball double-elimination tournament, on Saturday and Sunday, June 30-July 1 on Petrillo Field at the Central Lincoln County YMCA.

The tourney began with exhibitions on Saturday, June 17, while the first four games of the double-elimination tourney are in the books after weekend games.

Teams from Oceanside, Five Town, Waldo County, Lincoln County and Medomak Valley will participate.

Watch videos, and see many other photos, below.

In games played June 30, Waldo County bested Medomak Valley 5-4 and Oceanside swung to a 4-3 win over Five Town earlier in the day.

Then, in games played July 1, Lincoln County defeated Oceanside 6-1 in a winner's bracket game, while Five Town swung past Medomak Valley 8-5 in eighth inning in an elimination game.

Waldo County and Lincoln County will square off in a winner's bracket game on Thursday, July 5 at 5:30 p.m., while Five Town and Oceanside will face off in an elimination game on Monday, July 9, also at 5:30 p.m., at the same venue.

The winner of the tournament will represent District 2 at the state level, set to begin on Saturday, July 20 in Machias.

A list of area team members include:

Oceanside — Matthias McPhail, Evan Morse, Liam Porter, Brady Proctor, Gavin Ripley, Jacob Watkinson, Dylan Winslow, Daniel Butler, Connor Curtis, Jack Fifield, Dominic Frisone, Zak Higgins and Rhys Jones. The team is coached by Roger Porter, Bryan Morse and Jeremy Proctor.

Waldo County — Ethan Abbott, Drew Bagley, Brady Clements, Aiden Davis, Ashton Ellis, Michael Gould, Dakota Harriman, Noah Houghton, Noah Hurd, Calvin Jewett, Eli Veilleux and Levi Winslow. The team is coached by Brandon Hurd, Tony Bagley and Travis Veilleux.

Five Town — Aiden Aselton, Cameron Brown, Franklin Coffey, Landon Geis, Owen Hotchkin, J.T. Johndro, Ezra Landry, Owen McManus, Quincy Messer, Eli Pluecker, Charlie Pons, Owen Reynolds, Dominic Roy and Camden Simonton. The team is coached by Barrett Brown, Kenny Johndro and Carl Aselton.

Medomak Valley — Isaac Simmons, Isaac Bickford, Gabe Lash, Kyle Smith, Mike Sabiens, Kristian Shumann, Sam Moody, Aaron Reed, Jaiden Starr, Donnie Havener, Porter Gahagan, Connor Benner and Kory Donlin. The team is coached by Keith Simmons, Matt Lash and Matt Moody.

Lincoln County — Micah Tomasello, Lucas Houghton, Carson Hallowell, Kaden Bartrug, Tucker Stiles, Aidan Bryant, Gryffan Christian, Finn Harkins, Ryan Amaral, Gabe Hagar and Isaac Thompson. The team is coached by Allen Tomasello, Seth Hagar and Adam Harkins.

The following is a breakdown of reported games played in the tournament:

Lincoln County 6, Oceanside 1

At Damariscotta July 1, Lincoln County bounced Oceanside to the loser’s bracket. Lincoln County scored two runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings, while Oceanside’s lone run came in the third.

Leading Oceanside at the plate were Winslow (double, single), Butler (single), Jones (single) and Proctor (double).

For Lincoln County, Bartrug (single, run), Tomasello (single, run), Christian (single), Stiles (2 singles, run), Houghton (2 singles, run), Hagar (2 runs), Harkins (double), Thompson (single) and Amaral (single) paced the offense.

Christian and Tomasello pitched for Lincoln County, as the duo allowed five hits and two walks, with 13 strikeouts. Watkinson pitched for Oceanside, as he allowed 10 hits and no walks, with five strikeouts.

Five Town 8, Medomak Valley 5 (8 inns.)

At Damariscotta July 1, Five Town plated three runs in extra innings and bested Medomak Valley in an elimination game. Five Town also scored three in the third and one in the first and fourth innings, while Medomak Valley scored two in the third and one in the second, fourth and sixth innings.

Leading Five Town at the plate were Landry (2 hits), Brown (2 hits, 2 runs), Messer (hit, 2 runs, RBI), Reynolds (hit, 2 runs), Coffey (hit, run, RBI) and Pluecker (2 hits, RBI, run).

For Medomak Valley, Lash (run), Simmons (3 hits, run, RBI), Bickford (hit, run, RBI), Reed (3 hits, 2 runs, RBI) and Moody (hit, RBI) paced the offense.

Brown and Messer pitched for Five Town, as the two alllowed eight hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. Smith and Reed pitched for Medomak, as the twosome allowed nine hits and one walk, with 12 strikeouts.

Oceanside 4, Five Town 3

At Damariscotta June 30, Oceanside broke a 3-3 tie with a walk-off solo leadoff home run by Daniel Butler in the bottom of the sixth inning to swing past Five Town. Oceanside also scored two runs in the second and another in the fourth, while Five Town scored two in the second and one in the sixth.

Leading Oceanside at the plate were Butler (game-winning home run, double, 3 runs), Watkinson (single), Jones (2 singles, run) and Proctor (single).

For Five Town, Landry (single), Reynolds (double), Aselton (single, run), Coffey (3 singles, 2 runs) and Messer (double, 2 singles) paced the offense.

Aselton and Brown pitched for Five Town, as the teammates allowed six hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. Jones and Watkinson pitched for Oceanside, as the duo allowed nine hits and two walks, with 13 strikeouts.

Waldo County 5, Medomak Valley 4

At Damariscotta June 30, Waldo County edged Medomak Valley by a run. Waldo County scored three runs in the first inning and one in the second and third frames, while Medomak Valley scored twice in the fourth and fifth innings.

Leading Waldo County at the plate were Hurd (double, run, RBI), Clements (run), Bagley (run, RBI), Winslow (home run, double, RBI, run) and Houghton (single, run).

For Medomak Valley, Simmons (single, 2 runs), Reed (run), Smith (single, run, RBI) and Bickford (double, 2 RBIs) paced the offense.

Simmons pitched for Medomak Valley, as he allowed four hits and five walks, with 11 strikeouts. Winslow and Hurd pitched for Waldo County, as the teammates allowed three hits and three walks, with 11 strikeouts.

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