After 16 games in which it pitted itself against many of the top young teams in the state, Midcoast proved up to the task on the diamond during the Junior American Legion Zone 1 regular season and qualified for the playoffs.

Midcoast swung to a 10-6 record and claimed the fifth seed in the postseason as it earned a Saturday, July 21 quarterfinal playoff contest with No. 4 Fairfield in the Zone 1 quarterfinals at Colby College in Waterville.

In the end, Midcoast (10-7) dropped a 5-1 decision to Fairfield (12-5), and was eliminated from postseason.

The final regular-season standings included: Hartt Transportation Riverjacks 16-1, Quirk Motor City 15-2, Skowhegan Post #16 12-4, Fairfield Post #14 11-5, Midcoast 10-6, Bangor Cadets 11-9, Messalonskee 9-8, Acadians Post #207 6-10, Rowells Navigators 2-13, Hartt Transportation Longhaulers 1-15 and Machias Post #9 1-13.

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The top 10 teams qualified for the Zone 1 playoffs, thus, Machias Post #9 failed to qualify.

In prelim playoff games — played at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor — No. 7 Messalonskee defeated No. 10 Longhaulers and the No. 8 Acadians defeated No. 9 Rowell’s Navigators.

In other quarterfinal playoff games, No. 6 Bangor Cadets upset No. 3 Skowhegan Post #16 4-3, No. 7 Messalonskee upset No. 2 Quirk Motor City 4-2 and top-ranked Riverjacks beat No. 8 Acadians 8-1.

The winners of the four quarterfinal games advance to the state tournament — along with the four winners from the Zone 2 quarterfinals — which will begin on Thursday, July 26 at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor.

All eight teams will be reseeded for the state tournament. The winner of the state tournament will advance to the New England Regional, which will begin on Friday, Aug. 3 in Windsor Locks, Conn.

Team members for Midcoast include Brandon Cournoyer, Cody Reynolds, Jason Bartlett, Eamon Goscinski, Quincy Mosher, Jon Duso, Luke Hamlin, Aiden Schecter, Sam Moody, Dakota Payson, Sam Davis, Theo Dodge, Patrick McConnell, Liam McConnell, Neil Kenney, True Crane, Sam Conlan and Jason Greenleaf. The team is managed by Scott Cournoyer and coached by Chris Lavalle, Tim Moody, Penson Bartlett and Kurt Payson.

The following is a recap of Midcoast's playoff and final regular-season game:

Fairfield 5, Midcoast 1

At Colby College in Waterville on July 21, Midcoast's season came to an end.

Midcoast scored its run in the second inning. Crane (2 hits, hit batter, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts) started and pitched for the local squad.

Leading Midcoast on offense were Crane, who reached second in the fifth inning; Bartlett, who singled, walked and also reached third base in the first; Payson, who singled in the first; Greenleaf, who reached base twice and scored in the second; Kenney and Conlan, who reached base via walks; Dodge who singled in the seventh; and Moody, who reached base in the second.

Fairfield scored two runs in the first inning and three in the third. N. Robertson (3 hits, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts) pitched.

Keying the team's offense were K. Valleee (2 runs), D. Coombs (single, 2 runs), H. Caldwell (single) and Robertson (run).

Quirk Motor City 7, Midcoast 2

At Mansfield Stadium in Bangor July 18, Motor City motored to a five-run fifth frame and drove past Midcoast to clinch the No. 2 seed in Zone 1. Motor City also scored two runs in the third, while Midcoast plated its two runs in the fourth.

Leading Midcoast at the plate were Hamlin (2 singles, run), Bartlett (run), Payson (single), Schecter (2 singles, stolen base), Davis (single) and Cournoyer (single).

For Motor City, Max Chadwick (2 runs), Joe D’Angelo (double, run), Nate Young (double, run), Tanner Evans (single), Dylan Street (double), Ethan Hayes (single), Chris Albert (run), Nate Young (run) and Mike Brown (double, run) keyed the offense.

Evans and Cam Shorette pitched for Motor City, as the duo allowed seven hits and no walks, with eight strikeouts. Bartlett, Kenney, Payson and Hamlin pitched for Midcoast, as the group allowed six hits and two walks, with three strikeouts.

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