The Midcoast Babe Ruth League postseason concluded on Sunday, July 10 as the top seeds — No. 1 Rockland Ford and No. 2 Waldoboro — vied for the coveted title.

Waldoboro jumped to a lead in the top of the first inning and never trailed. And, after capitalizing on a boatload of Rockland Ford errors — particularly in the later frames — swung to a 12-5 win to clinch the crown.

Waldoboro, 2022 tournament champions for Midcoast Babe Ruth League. Photo by Mark Haskell

It was Waldoboro’s first time winning the Allen T. Wilcox championship trophy since 2007 and seventh straight year a new league titlist was crowned.

The six-team, single-elimination postseason tournament began on Wednesday, July 6 as No. 3 Damariscotta Lions beat No. 6 Tidewater Oil (2-9) 10-4 and No. 5 P.G. Willey bested No. 4 Granite Coast Orthodontics (2-8-1) 6-3.

Waldoboro manager Andrew Havener has water dumped on him by his players, including Liam Winchenbach, Jacob Hendrickson, Josh Blake and Liam Feeley. Photo by Mark Haskell

Then, in the semifinals, No. 1 Rockland Ford beat No. 5 P.G. Willey (3-9) 13-3 in five innings, while No. 2 Waldoboro beste No. 3 Damariscotta Lions (7-4-1) 9-5 on Thursday, July 10 to set up Sunday’s title tilt.

Waldoboro and Rockland Ford saw their seasons conclude with identical 10-2 records. In fact, the opponents split two 4-1 decision in regular-season play.

Rockland Ford’s Gil Stewart. Photo by Ken Waltz

Waldoboro defeated Rockland Ford 4-1 on June 30 to end the regular season, while Rockland Ford defeated Waldoboro by the same score on June 12.

Additionally, 15 players have been named to represent the MBRL in the 13-15-year-old all-star tournament Friday through Sunday, July 15-17 in Sanford. The local team will play Augusta on Friday, July 15 at 2:30 p.m. in its first game.

P.G. Willey’s Garrett Hall. Photo by Ken Waltz

The complete all-star tournament schedule will be released later.

Waldoboro’s Aaron Reed. Photo by Mark Haskell

The MBRL team will include: Jacob Watkinson, Dominic Frisone, Bryson Mattox, Dylan Winslow and Blade Brann of Rockland Ford; Porter Gahagan and Josh Blake of Waldoboro; A.J. Giberson and Spencer McDaniel of the Damariscotta Lions; Hayden Brimer and Garak Brimer of Tidewater Oil; Owen Hotchkin, Eric LeBlond and Owen McManus of Granite Coast Orthodontics; and Caleb Butler of P.G. Willey. The team will be managed by Tom Hedstrom of GCO and coached by Bart Hotchkin of GCO.

Tidewater Oil’s Hayden Brimer. Photo by Mark Haskell

The following is a recap of reported playoff results in the MBRL tourney, including Sunday’s championship final:

Championship: No. 2 Waldoboro 12, No. 1 Rockland Ford 5

At Rockland July 10, Waldoboro capitalized on 10 Rockland Ford errors — seven of which were committed in the fifth and sixth innings — and swung to the coveted crown.

Waldoboro, which committed no errors on the afternoon, scored four runs in the first inning, one in the third, three in the fifth and four in the sixth, while Rockland Ford plated one in the second, three in the third and one in the fifth.

Rockland Ford’s Bryson Mattox. Photo by Mark Haskell

Team members for Waldoboro included Liam Winchenbach, Aaron Reed, Kyle Smith, Porter Gahagan, Walker Simmons, Kristian Schuman, Donnie Havener, Jacob Hendrickson, Austin Lash, Josh Blake, Wyatt Simmons, Owen Dostie, Griffen Holgerson, Wyatt Hood, Liam Feeley, Jacoby Severson and Liam Ruffner.

Team members for Rockland Ford included Abram Philbrook, Blade Brann, Dylan Chiarmonte, Parker Darge, Gilbert Stewart, Dylan Winslow, Landin Doherty, Jayden Doherty, Dominic Frisone, Bryson Mattox, Jacob Watkinson, Levi Philbrook, Adrian Hunter, Tuk Steinberger, Brady Phillips and Brady Proctor.

Waldoboro’s Porter Gahagan. Photo by Mark Haskell

Waldoboro was led at the dish by Lash (run), Blake (2 runs), Reed (run, stolen base), Gahagan (2 runs), Simmons (2 singles, 4 runs), Smith (2 singles, 2 runs), Schumann (single) and Hendrickson (triple).

For Rockland Ford, Darge (home run, single, 2 runs, RBI), Stewart (double), Winslow (single, stolen base), Frisone (single, run), Mattox (2 singles, run, steal), Brann (single) and Philbrook (run) paced the offense.

Blake and Smith toed the rubber for Waldoboro as the duo combined to allow eight hits, four walks and three hit batters, with eight strikeouts. Mattox, Stewart and Brann pitched for Rockland Ford as the trio allowed six hits, seven walks and four hit batters, with eight strikeouts.

In a cloud of dust on a play at the plate by Rockland Ford’s Blade Brann, top, and Waldoboro’s Porter Gahagan, umpire Lee Smith gives the safe sign. Photo by Mark Haskell

Waldoboro took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, which began when Blake and Reed were plunked on back-to-back at-bats and a groundout by Gahagan moved the pair into scoring position. Simmons rapped a two-run single up the middle to put Waldoboro on the board.

Smith singled and he and Simmons moved into scoring position on an error, before Schuman smacked an run-producing single to plate Simmons. Smith scampered in moments later on an error to give Waldoboro a four-run cushion.

Rockland Ford got on the board in the second when Mattox singled and eventually was plated on a single by Brann, but Waldoboro retook that four-run advantage in the third when Smith plated Simmons on a sacrifice fly.

Waldoboro’s Kyle Smith. Photo by Mark Haskell

The higher seed pulled within a run in the third when Philbrook drew a walk and Darge and Stewart were hit by pitches to load the bases. Frisone and Mattox followed with RBI-singles, while Frisone came in on a wild pitch to cut the Rockland Ford deficit to one run.

In the fifth, Smith plated Gahagan with an RBI-single, another run crossed the plate in on an error and after an RBI-groundout by Havener, Waldoboro retook an 8-4 edge.

After Darge belted an inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning to cut the higher seed’s deficit to three runs, Waldoboro put the game out of reach with a four-run sixth, with several of those runs coming in on fielding miscues.

No. 2 Waldoboro 9, No. 3 Damariscotta Lions 5

At Waldoboro July 8, it was determined there would indeed be a new champion in the MBRL this season as Waldoboro ousted the defending titlist from contention. Waldoboro scored twice in the first, second and third innings and once in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames, while the Lions plated one in the first, two in the second, one in the fourth and one in the sixth.

Waldoboro’s Porter Gahagan, right, is tagged out as teammate Kyle Smith looks on behind. Photo by Mark Haskell

Waldoboro was keyed at the plate by Austin Lash (run, stolen base), Josh Blake (triple, run), Aaron Reed (3 runs, 2 steals), Porter Gahagan (run), Walker Simmons (single, run), Kyle Smith (single, run), Donnie Havener (single) and Jacoby Severson (steal, run).

For the Lions, Kaden Bartrug (2 singles, run), A.J. Giberson (double), Blake Gamage (run, steal), Abraham Blanc (single, run, steal), Forrest Storer (single, run) and Atticus Donaghy (run) paced the offense.

Gahagan and Smith pitched for Waldoboro and allowed five hits and seven walks, with seven strikeouts. Giberson and Spencer McDaniel pitched for the Lions and allowed four hits, five walks and two hit batters, with seven strikeouts.

No. 1 Rockland Ford 13, No. 5 P.G. Willey 3 (5 inns.)

At Rockand July 8, the hosts advanced to the league championship game with a lopsided win over P.G. Willey. Rockland Ford scored four runs in the second inning, two in the third, three in the fourth and four in the fifth, while P.G. Willey plated three in the third.

Rockland Ford’s Parker Darge. Photo by Ken Waltz

Rockland Ford was led at the plate by Parger Darge (single, run, stolen base), Gilbert Stewart (3 singles, run, steal), Dylan Winslow (single, 2 runs, 2 steals), Dominic Frisone (double, single, 3 runs), Bryson Mattox (3 singles, 2 runs, steal), Jacob Watkinson (2 singles, run), Blade Brann (double, single, run), Brady Proctor (single, run) and Brady Phillips (run, steal).

For P.G. Willey, Caleb Butler (single, run), Karl Hokkanen (run), Kai Young (single), Garrett Hall (single), Thomas Pickford (single) and Mickey Nowell (run) paced the offense.

Jacob Watkinson tossed a gem on the hill for Rockland Ford as the southpaw allowed four hits and two walks, with six strikeouts. Butler, Young and Walker Hedrich pitched for P.G. Willey and allowed 15 hits and nine walks, with one strikeout.

Rockland Ford’s Dylan Winslow. Photo by Ken Waltz

No. 3 Damariscotta Lions 10, No. 6 Tidewater Oil 4

At Newcastle July 6, the defending league champions moved onto the semifinals with a six-run victory. The Lions plated one run in the first inning, three in the second, three in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth, while Tidewater Oil scored four runs in the sixth.

The Lions were led at the dish by Kaden Bartrug (single, 2 runs, 3 stolen bases), Blake Grady (single, run), Carson Hallowell (2 singles, 4 steals, run), Lincoln Ball (single, run), Blake Gamage (2 singles, 2 runs, 2 steals), Forrest Storrer (2 singles, 2 runs, 4 steals) and Jayden Orne (run, steal).

For Tidewater Oil, Hayden Brimer (run, steal), Miles Tolliver (single, run), Stuart Knowlton (run) and Dawson Tripp (run) paced the offense.

Grady and Bartrug pitched for the Lions and allowed one hit, eight walks and five hit batters, with 15 strikeouts. Brimer and Knowlton pitched for Tidewater Oil and allowed nine hits, five walks and two hit batters, with nine strikeouts.

No. 5 P.G. Willey 6, No. 4 Granite Coast Orthodontics 3

At Rockport July 6, P.G. Willey doubled up GCO and advanced to the next round of the playoffs. P.G. Willey plated thrice in the first inning, twice in the third and once in the seventh, while GCO tallied single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh.

P.G. Willey was led on offense by Caleb Butler (single, run, stolen base), Karl Hokkanen (run), Kai Young (run), Walker Hedrich (run, 2 steals), Tucker Whitley (2 singles, run), Ian Hammond (single) and Garrett Hall (run).

For GCO, Owen Hotchkin (single), Eric LeBlond (single, run, 3 steals), Owen McManus (double, run, steal), Thomas Leadbetter (triple, run) and Gavin Campbell (single) paced the offense.

Hokkanen and Butler pitched for P.G. Willey and allowed five hits and four walks, with eight strikeouts. Leadbetter and Landon Hotchkin pitched for GCO and allowed three hits and four walks, with six strikeouts.