After a dominant effort as it surged through the District 2 Little League 11- and 12-year-old baseball all-star tournament, Waldo County hit a pair of bumps in the road — namely, District 5 Lewiston and District 6 Scarborough — in a pair of contests on Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22 in the state tournament.

Those bumps turned out to be enough to take Waldo County's journey for a state title off course, and, ultimately, saw it knocked from of the double-elimination tourney.

Waldo County gave Lewiston a run for its money in its first contest on Saturday, but Lewiston pushed across a late run and held on for a 2-1 victory.

That loss pushed Waldo County to the loser's bracket on Sunday — where it ran into Scarborough — and was dealt a 6-1 defeat.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

In recent state tournament games, District 4 champion Saco defeated Scarborough 8-4 and Lewiston edged District 3 Old Town 2-1 in games on Friday, July 20; Saco defeated District 1 Machias 11-1 and Lewiston edged Waldo County in games on Saturday, July 21; and Scarborough beat Waldo County 6-1 (Waldo County eliminated) and Old Town beat Machias 5-1 in eight innings (Machias eliminated).

Games continue in the coming days.

Team members for Waldo County include Noah Hurd, Brady Clements, Dakota Harriman, Levi Winslow, Eli Veilleux, Drew Bagley, Calvin Jewett, Noah Houghton, Ashton Ellis, Mike Gould, Aidan Davis and Ethan Abbott. The team is coached by Brandon Hurd, Tony Bagley and Travis Veilleux.

Team members for Lewiston include Tanner Anctil, Zakary Bean, Michael Caron, Ridge Dionne, Payson Goyette, Ashton Hammond, Mason LaFlamme, Timmy Ouellette, Daniel Pelletier, Jeffrey Randall, Austin Vincent, Owen Whitlow and Connor Wolverton. The team is coached by Jim Caron, Nate Randall and Joe Wolverton.

Team members for Scarborough include Tyler Archambault, Ashton Blanchette, Owen Fellows, Harrison Griffiths, Blake Harris, Liam Jefferds, Tyler Kenney, Jason LiPonis, Mason Porter, Lewie Moynihan, Nathan Roberge, Zakary Sanders and Cameron Wellman. The team is coached by Chad Blanchette, Brian Kenney and Nat Harris.

Coach Brandon Hurd said while it is disappointing to see its season end, the team's goal was to win the district and advance to the state tournament.

That stated, the season proved a successful one.

"We made a great run in districts aided by strong starting pitching and enough hitting to get the job done," the coach said. "We achieved our major goal beating Lincoln [County], who knocked us out last year. At states we knew we had to elevate our entire game but we also felt we were capable of upsetting any team we played."

Coach Hurd, who pointed out his team did not give up an earned run in the state tournament, tipped his hat to his players and their families as "they have been dedicated and supportive throughout this all-star season."

The following is a recap of Waldo County’s state tournament contests:

Scarborough 6, Waldo County 1

At Machias July 22, Scarborough pulled away with a three-run sixth inning and bounced Waldo County from the tournament. Scarborough also scored runs in the second, third and fifth innings, while Waldo County’s lone run came in the third.

Leading Waldo County at the plate were Hurd (2 hits), Clements (hit) and Harriman (hit, RBI).

For Scarborough, Liponis (hit, run), Blanchette (hit, run), Kenney (3 hits, RBI), Porter (hit, run), Harris (hit), Fellows (run), Sanders (run, RBI) and Moynihan (run) paced the offense.

Hurd, Houghton, Jewett and Veilleux pitched for Waldo County, as the group allowed seven hits and four walks, with six strikeouts. Griffiths, Porter, Blanchette and Fellows pitched for Scarborough, as they allowed four hits and three walks, with eight strikeouts.

Lewiston 2, Waldo County 1

At Machias July 21, Lewiston scraped together a run in the fifth inning and emerged with a one-run win over Waldo County. Lewiston’s other tally came in the second inning, while Waldo County’s lone run came in the third.

Jewett homered and Hurd singled for the two Waldo County hits on the afternoon, while Caron (single), Wolverton (triple, RBI) and Randall (run) paced Lewiston.

Hurd, Winslow and Gould pitched for Waldo County as the trio allowed two hits and two walks, with 10 strikeouts. Randall, Caron and LaFlamme pitched for Lewiston, as the teammates allowed two hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.

Lewiston got on the board in the second inning when Randall reached and eventually scored on an error, which was the extent of the scoring for either team for several innings.

Waldo County’s best scoring opportunities materialized with Hurd at the dish as he drew a walk in the first inning and made his way to third base before Randall later recorded a strikeout to end the inning, and in the second when Hurd singled, but was thrown out at second base as Lewiston again danced out of danger.

Lewiston did not escape danger in the fifth, however, as Jewett deposited Caron’s third pitch of the game in relief of Randall over the fence in center field to knot the score 1-1 for Waldo County.

However, Lewiston did not back down as Caron reached on an error in the bottom of the frame ahead of Wolverton, who connected with an RBI-triple to give Lewiston back its one-run lead.

Waldo County also turned the classic “strike ‘em out throw ‘em out” double play in the third when Randall drew a walk, which put Goyette at the plate.

Winslow struck out Goyette and Hurd — who was relieved on the hill by Winslow the previous inning and was then playing behind the plate — fired a bullet to Houghton at first base to double off Randall. Two more runners reached in the frame for Lewiston, but Waldo County emerged from the fray unscathed.

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