After securing the top spot in Zone 1 during the regular season and advancing to the semifinals of the postseason, the Midcoast Junior American Legion baseball team made quite a go of it over five straight days in the state tournament at Mansfield Stadium.

Midcoast, the third seed in the North Division — with north and south divisions sending four semifinal teams to participate in the eight-team, double-elimination tourney — advanced to the final day of state play on Tuesday, Aug. 6, and finished a mere win from the state championship game.

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Alas, Midcoast, playing its fifth game in five days — and sporting a pitching staff running largely on fumes — saw its state title train derailed by Quirk Motor City of Hampden, the second seed in the North, as the eventual state champs earned a 13-3, five-inning victory.

After its win over Midcoast in the 5 p.m. game on Tuesday, Quirk Motor City advanced to the 7:30 p.m. state final against Fairfield — the No. 3 seed in the South — where it defeated Fairfield 9-4 to claim the state title.

Quirk Motor City advances to the regional, which will begin on Friday, Aug. 9 in Concord, N.H.

While Midcoast, which represents Legion Post 43, had players from Knox and Waldo counties (Camden Hills, Belfast and Mount View high schools, as well as Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield) on its roster, Quirk Motor City also had two local ties as Searsport District High School varsity baseball coach John Frye was an assistant manager on the team and Viking Daegan Moody was a bench player (both were part of the Vikings' state Class D championship team in the spring).

Interestingly enough, Moody entered the game as a pinch runner against Midcoast in the bottom of the fifth inning and crossed the plate with the deciding run, and was on the mound for the final two-thirds of an inning to help close out Quirk Motor City’s state title.

Of note, Quirk Motor City also beat Midcoast in the Zone 1 playoffs.

Midcoast, sponsored by Penobscot Bay Dentistry in Belfast and led by manager Scott Cournoyer, assistant manager Christie LeVesque, head coach Chris Lavalle and assistant coaches Penson Bartlett and Tim Moody, include Dylan Abbott, Andrew Abelon, Jason Bartlett, Brandon Cournoyer, True Crane, Joey Curtis, Eamon Goscinski, Jason Greenleaf, Chris Kelley, Liam McConnell, Sam Moody, Ethan Porter, Logan Putansu, Aidan Schecter, Tanner Veilleux and Tommy Walker.

Midcoast finished 21-7 overall this summer, including 1-1 in the Zone 1 playoffs and 3-2 in the state tournament.

On Wednesday, Quirk Motor City's bats came to life early and often, as it scored two runs in the first inning, six in the second, four in the fourth and one in the fifth, while Midcoast scored all three runs in the fourth frame.

Quirk Motor City finished with 14 hits and one error and Midcoast nine hits and three fielding miscues.

Leading the Midcoast offense was Moody (single, stolen base), Bartlett (double, single, run), Schecter (double, single, run), Crane (single, run), Veilleux (2 singles) and Putansu (single).

For Quirk Motor City, Joseph D’Angelo (2 singles, run, stolen base), Michael Brown (2 singles, 2 runs, stolen base), Nolan Hodgkins (double, single, 2 runs), Sam Harman (3 singles, run), Moody (run), Thomas Knott (2 runs, stolen base), Alex Tash (double, single, run, 2 stolen bases), Casey Downs (single), Isaac Dodge (single, run), Alan Wheaton (single, run) and Zach Doore (single, run, stolen base) paced the offense.

Crane, Schecter and Kelley pitched for Midcoast, as the trio allowed 15 hits, four walks and one hit batter. Brown went the distance for Quirk Motor City, as he allowed nine hits and no walks, with two strikeouts.

Hodgkins doubled home Brown in the first to put Quirk Motor City on the board and later scored on a fielder’s choice to double his team's lead before a six-run second, ultimately, put the game out of reach.

D’Angelo rapped an RBI-single and later scored on an error and Harman plated Brown with a single before two more runs came in on the second error of the inning and an RBI-single by Downs made the score 8-0 in a hurry.

In the fourth, Schecter doubled to left to plate Bartlett, Crane singled to left to score Schecter and Putansu plated Crane on a single to center field to account for Midcoast’s scoring.

After Quirk got four back in the fourth to make the score 12-3, Harman rapped a single and was pinch run for by Moody, who moved to second on a passed ball and advanced to third on an error.

From there, Tash laid down a sacrifice bunt and Moody scampered in the back side from third on the throw to first base as Quirk Motor City walked off with the win.

Earlier in the state tournament, Midcoast posted a victory over Hammond Lumber Loons, the No. 2 seed in the South, 5-4 in eight innings; bested the Acadians, the No. 1 seed in the North, 7-2; lost to Fairfield 7-4; and then beat Lisbon, the No. 1 seed in the South, 4-2, to advance to Tuesday’s game with Quirk Motor City.

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