After being no-hit and losing in a shortened affair in its first game of the state Little League 9- and 10-year-old baseball all-star tournament, perhaps Waldo County was considered an afterthought as it prepared to face District 5 champion Lewiston in an elimination game on Tuesday, July 24.

However, Waldo County showed the same grit and determination it used to win the District 2 championship and stood toe-to-toe with Lewiston throughout the six-inning affair, as the opponents combined for a whopping 29 runs.

While it battled valiantly, Waldo County’s bid for a state crown drew to a close Tuesday night as Lewiston outlasted Waldo County and emerged with a 16-13 win.

Team members for Waldo County included 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 Lewiston included Quinn Fournier, Brody Walling, Riley Daigle, Lonnie Thomas, Noah Bailey, Jacoby Turcotte, Chase Ullrich, Cole Ridley, Kyle Fish, Carter Mercier, Jaymason Bouchard, Elliot Hill and Spencer Chartier. The team is coached by Craig Turcotte, Tom Daigle and Ron Chartier.

Coach Knowlton said, "We can all be proud how they represented Waldo County on and off the field. They were true gentlemen, which made it very easy and fun to teach and coach."

“I’m very proud of this great group of boys. It was a great accomplishment to sweep through and win District 2, especially with seven players having never played a regular Little League-ruled game. The learning curve was huge and they bit off a big chunk every day. They really showed great heart, especially after losing to South Portland and starting off [down] 8-0 to Lewiston. They never gave up and to watch them keep their heads up and turn the game around and take a lead was amazing.”

Waldo County went on the offensive to the tune of an eight-run third inning, added three in the fourth and one in the fifth and sixth frames, while Lewiston scored six in the first, one in the second, one in the third, six in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Leading Waldo County at the plate were Stuart Knowlton (single), Thornley (single, 2 runs), Powers (3 singles, 2 runs), Littlefield (single, run), Tripp (single, run), Carson (single, run), Ha (run), Whitney (run), Bradeen (run), Gibbs (run) and Bryant (2 runs).

For Lewiston, Turcotte (2 singles, 2 runs), Thomas (single), Daigle (3 singles, 3 runs), Chartier (double, 3 singles, 3 runs), Walling (3 singles, 3 runs), Hill (single, run), Fournier (single, run), Mercier (2 singles, run), Ullrich (single, 2 runs) and Fish (single).

Powers started the game on the hill for Waldo County, as did Thomas for Lewiston. Waldo County pitchers scattered 18 hits, three walks and one hit batter, with six strikeouts. Lewiston pitchers allowed eight hits, two walks and three hit batters, with eight strikeouts.

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