While champion Waldo County navigated through the District 2 tournament with relative easy and an undefeated record, the players and coaches understood their trip to the state Little League 9-and 10-year-old tournament — which began on Saturday, July 21 — would be no cakewalk.

That fact was reaffirmed after their first game against District 6 champion South Portland, which wielded mighty sticks and had topnotch pitching to boot on its way to a decisive, 10-0, four-inning victory on Sunday, July 22 at the Knights of Columbus Field.

With the loss, Waldo County fell to the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament, where it will face District 5 champion Lewiston in an elimination game on Tuesday, July 24 at 6 p.m. at the same venue.

South Portland defeated District 1 champion Machias and District 4 champion Saco bested Lewiston in games on Saturday, while Saco beat District 3 champion Old Town and South Portland beat Waldo County 10-0 in games on Sunday.

Team members for Waldo County include Kaden Bradeen, Brady Bryant, Raven Carbisiero, Shane Carson, William Gibbs, Minh Ha, Stuart Knowlton, Luke Littlefield, Logan Powers, Dyson Thornley, Dawson Tripp and Alexander Whitney. The team is coached by Lenny Knowlton, Chester Tripp and Kyle Gibbs.

Team members for South Portland include Caiden Johnson, Hudson Iacuessa, Parker Reny, Cam Barrett, Kason Lewis, Ben Morin, Alex Horton, Jacob Cyr, Michael McManus, Brady Main and John MacLean.

The following is a recap of the first game of the tournament for Waldo County:

South Portland 10, Waldo County 0 (4 inns.)

At Old Town July 22, South Portland put up five-spots in the second and third innings and moved on in the tournament via the mercy rule.

Waldo County had two hits on the day — a double by Tripp in the second and single by Powers in the fourth — but could not push a run across and fell to the loser’s bracket.

For South Portland, Johnson (single, run), Iacuessa (2 singles, 2 runs), Reny (2 singles, 2 runs), Barrett (single), Lewis (single), Morin (single, run), Horton (single, run), Cyr (single, run), MacLean (single, run) and Main (run) paced the offense.

Knowlton and Powers toed the rubber on the hill for Waldo County as the duo allowed 11 hits and three walks, with five strikeouts. Reny went the distance for South Portland and tossed a two-hit shutout as he yielded no walks and fanned six batters.

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