DAMARISCOTTA — The District 2 Little League 11- and 12-year-old double-elimination baseball all-star playoffs proved an exciting tournament from start to finish.

And it proved especially exhilarating for Five Town, which, ultimately, took the long road to the coveted championship — and spot in state tourney — on Sunday, July 17 at the Central Lincoln County YMCA field.

Advancing to the title game via the loser’s bracket, Five Town, ultimately, won four straight elimination games — including back-to-back victories Sunday against host Lincoln County, to claim the district crown.

Five Town’s Carter Campbell. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Five Town swung to a 7-3 win in game one to force the “if” game and used a hot start to emerge with a hard-fought, 11-5 victory.

Five Town will represent District 2 in the state tournament, which will begin on Saturday, July 23 in Waldoboro. Five Town will play the District 3-District 1 winner on Sunday, July 24 at 1 p.m. at the Clyde Sukeforth Memorial Field.

Five Town’s Jake Perez. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

The district tournament began on Tuesday, July 5 when Five Town defeated Medomak 5-3 in eight innings, while Waldo County came from behind to defeat Oceanside 7-6 the following day on Wednesday, July 6.

Lincoln County later defeated Five Town 6-5, while Medomak eliminated Oceanside with a 9-3 win in games played on Saturday, July 9.

Medomak’s Caleb Gagnon. Photo by Mark Haskell

On Monday, July 11, Lincoln County advanced to the championship round with an 11-3 win over Waldo County, while Five Town staved off elimination with a 7-3 win over Medomak on Wednesday, July 13 and advanced to the championship game with a 10-0, four-inning win over Waldo County on Friday, July 15.

Five Town’s Ryder Lombardo. Photo by Mark Haskell

Team members for Five Town, coached by Andrew Hedrich, Jay Perez and Weber Roberts, include Larkin Mott, Carter Campbell, Cole Hedrich, Jake Perez, Wes Butler, Ryder Lombardo, Jack Lytton, Atalanta Roberts, Tyler Dorr, Quinn Dufour, James Helstetter, Landon Merrifield, Charlie Lenard and Daniel Schenk.

Five Town’s Wes Butler. Photo by Mark Haskell

Team members for Medomak, coached by Justin Korenkiewicz, include Trent Wallace, Devin Benedix, Eli Korenkiewicz, Jaydiin Ruiz, Cole Esancy, Landon Winchenbach, Parker Eaton, Caleb Gagnon, Jamieson Frost, Tanner Kopishke, Riley Nelson and Kaysen Palino.

Team members for Waldo County, coached by Brent Waterman, include Chamberlain Coombs, Alex Miller, Thatcher Otis, Iven Ingraham, Brody Ingraham, Colton Mackay, Zack Bailey, Elijah Daylan, Rylen Hargrove, Cole Dusoe, Ross Philbrook, Landon Lemar and Tyson Bryant.

Five Town’s Atalanta Roberts. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Team members for Oceanside, coached by Jeremy Proctor, include Aiden Boody, Felix Cline, Evertt Tolman, Owen Simmons, Ryan Maynand, Reid Robishaw, Avery Proctor, Jordan Morrison Finn Eddy, Trevor Farrington and James Halik.

Team members for Lincoln County include Andrew Nichols, Indiana Robinson, Andreas Eraklis, Brody Day, Colin Mitchell, Reed Prentis, Jacob Tomasello, Wesley Poole, Sam Wissman, Connor Nelson, Kelly Manahan and Elijah Libby.

Oceanside’s Evertt Tolman. Photo by Mark Haskell

The following is a recap of tournament games:

Five Town 11, Lincoln County 5

At Damariscotta July 17, Five Town won its fourth straight elimination game — and second of the day — and clinched the coveted championship. Five Town scored four runs in the first inning, three in the second, one in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth, while Lincoln County plated one in the second, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth.

“Our kids showed up to play and were confident from the first pitch that we would be playing two games,” said coach Hedrich. “All these kids executed when they needed to and worked flawlessly as a team.”

Five Town’s Wesley Bulter. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

The newly-crowned district champs were led at the dish by Schenk (run, stolen base), Hedrich (home run, single, 3 runs, 2 RBIs), Perez (double, run, RBI), Campbell (2 singles, run), Lytton (double, single, 2 runs, steal), Dorr (2 singles, run, RBI), Roberts (single, run) and Helstetter (double, run).

For Lincoln County, Nichols (single), Eraklis (single, run), Mitchell (double, single, 2 runs), Manahan (run), Tomasello (single), Libby (2 singles) and Poole (single) paced the offense.

Campbell and Butler toed the rubber for Five Town and allowed eight hits and three walks, with 10 strikeouts. Eraklis and Nichols allowed 11 hits and four walks, with four strikeouts, for Lincoln County.

Five Town, 2022 District 2 Little League 11- and 12-year-old baseball champions. Team members include, front from left, Daniel Schenk, Wesley Butler, Landon Merrifield, James Helmstetter, Atalanta Roberts, Quinn Dufour and Tyler Dorr; and back, coaches Weber Roberts, Jay Perez and Andrew Hedrich, Jack Lytton, Cole Hedrich, Jake Perez, Charlie Leonard, and Carter Campbell. Not pictured are Larkin Mott and Ryder Lombardo. Photo courtesy of Anna Dugal

Five Town jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first frame after Butler drew a walk and Hedrich homered over the fence. Moments later, Campbell singled and was doubled in by Lytton, who came in on a passed ball.

“We stuck to our game plan and didn’t deviate,” said coach Hedrich. “We lost our first game to them, but we beat ourselves that first game. A couple of errors cost us, but we knew we would get to play them again. We have a great group of team players who are always willing to do what the team needs and work very hard every day to improve.”

Five Town 7, Lincoln County 3

At Damariscotta July 17, Five Town forced the all-important, winner-take-all final with a victory over Lincoln County. Five Town plated one run in the first inning, three in the second and three in the fourth, while Lincoln County scored three in the fourth.

Leading Five Town at the plate were Schenk (single, run), Butler (double, run, RBI), Hedrich (double, 2 runs), Perez (double, single, 3 RBIs), Campbell (single, run), Lytton (double, single, run) and Lenard (single, run, 2 RBIs).

For Lincoln County, Nichols (single), Eraklis (single), Day (single), Mitchell (run), Tomasello (single, run) and Wissman (run) paced the offense.

Hedrich and Lytton pitched for Five Town and allowed four hits and seven walks, with eight strikeouts. Mitchell and Libby allowed nine hits and four walks, with five strikeouts, for Lincoln County.

With a 5-3 lead in the fourth inning, Five Town put the game out of reach after Hedrich was intentionally walked, which put two runners on for Perez, who belted a two-run double to center to give Five Town a four-run cushion.

Five Town 10, Waldo County 0 (4 inns.)

At Damariscotta July 15, Five Town punched its ticket to the championship round with authority with a mercy-rule win over Waldo County. Five Town plated five runs in the second stanza, two in the third and three in the fourth.

Five Town was paced at the plate by Schenk (triple, single, 2 runs), Hedrich (home run, 3 RBIs), Campbell (double, 2 runs, stolen base), Lytton (2 runs), Dufour (single), Dorr (run), Roberts (2 runs) and Merrifield (single).

For Waldo County, Coombs doubled for the lone hit.

Campbell tossed a one-hit shutout for Five Town and walked one to go along with nine strikeouts. Iven Ingraham and Miller pitched for Waldo County and allowed six hits and four walks, with five strikeouts.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Merrifield and Schenk singled ahead of Hedrich, who walloped a three-run, inside-the-park home run to center field to give Five Town the walk-off win in four innings.

Waldo County’s Alex Miller. Photo by Mark Haskell

Five Town 7, Medomak 3

At Damariscotta July 13, Five Town bounced Medomak from the tournament with a four-run win. Five Town scored three runs in the first inning, three in the fourth and one in the fifth, while Medomak plated one in the second and two in the fourth.

Five Town was keyed on offense by Lytton (single), Hedrich (triple, double, run), Perez (double, run, RBI), Lombardo (2 singles, 2 runs, RBI), Campbell (RBI), Dorr (single), Butler (double, run), Lenard (single, run) and Merrifield (single, run).

For Medomak, Ruiz (double, run), Winchenbach (single, run) and Frost (run) paced the offense.

Campbell and Lombardo worked the bump for Five Town and combined to allow two hits and four walks, with 15 strikeouts. Benedix, Esancy and Winchenbach pitched for Medomak and allowed 10 hits one walk, with seven strikeouts.

Lincoln County 11, Waldo County 3

At Damariscotta July 11, Lincoln County coasted into the championship round with an eight-run win over Waldo County. Lincoln County scored one run in the first inning, nine in the fourth and one more in the fifth, while Waldo County plated one in the third and two in the fourth.

Waldo County was led at the dish by Miller (2 runs, stolen base), Otis (single, run), Iven Ingraham (2 doubles, single) and Brody Ingraham (2 singles).

For Lincoln County, Nichols (single, 2 runs), Nelson (single, 2 runs), Day (single, run), Mitchell (2 singles, run), Prentice (run), Tomasello (single, 2 runs), Libby (single, run)and Manahan (run) paced the offense.

Miller pitched for Waldo County and allowed seven hits and five walks, with seven strikeouts. Day pitched for Lincoln County and allowed five hits and 11 walks, with nine strikeouts.

Lincoln County 6, Five Town 5

At Damariscotta July 9, Lincoln County bounced Five Town to the loser’s bracket with a one-run win. Five Town scored thrice in the first and twice in the fourth, while Five Town plated one in the first, three in the second, one in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Lincoln County was led at the dish by Nichols (2 doubles, 2 runs), Eraklis (double), Mitchell (triple, run), Prentis (single, run), Poole (run) and Wissman (run).

For Five Town, Mott (run), Campbell (single), Hedrich (single, run), Perez (double, run, 2 RBIs), Butler (run) and Lombardo (run) paced the offense.

Wissman and Eraklis pitched for Lincoln County and allowed three hits and four walks, with seven strikeouts. Campbell, Butler and Lombardo pitched for Five Town and allowed five hits and four walks, with six strikeouts.

Medomak Valley 9, Oceanside 3

At Damariscotta July 9, Medomak Valley stayed alive in the double-elimination tournament with a six-run win over Oceanside. Medomak plated seven runs in the first inning and added single runs in the second and fourth frames, while Oceanside scored single runs in the first three innings.

Medomak was led at the plate by Wallace (3 singles, run, 2 stolen bases), Benedix (single, run, 2 steals), Korenkiewicz (single, run), Ruiz (home run, 2 runs, RBI, steal), Esancy (home run, 2 runs, RBI, 2 steals), Gagnon (single), Palino (single, run, 2 steals) and Nelson (run).

For Oceanside, Boody (run), Cline (single, run, stolen base), Simmons (2 singles, stolen base) and Robishaw (double, run, stolen base) paced the offense.

Benedix pitched for Medomak and allowed four hits and three walks, with 12 strikeouts. Cline pitched for Oceanside and allowed nine hits and five walks, with 10 strikeouts.

Waldo County 7, Oceanside 6

At Damariscotta July 6, Waldo County plated the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and walked off on Oceanside. In addition to a two-run sixth, Waldo County scored one in the first and four in the third, while Oceanside plated one in the second, four in the third and one in the fourth.

Waldo County was paced on offense by Coombs (2 singles, run), Miller (home run, triple, 2 doubles, 3 runs), Otis (single, 2 runs), Iven Ingraham (double, run, stolen base), Dusoe (double, stolen base) and Bailey (single).

Oceanside’s Reid Robishaw. Photo by Mark Haskell

For Oceanside, Cline (single, run), Tolman (single, run), Simmons (single, run), Maynard (run), Robishaw (single), Proctor (single, 2 runs), Morrison (single) and Eddy (single) paced the offense.

Miller and Iven Ingraham pitched for Waldo County and allowed seven hits and two walks, with 10 strikeouts. Ingraham struck out the final seven batters to help keep Oceanside off the board over the final two frames.

Simmons and Tolman pitched for Oceanside and allowed 10 hits and five walks, with 11 strikeouts.

The game was tied 1-1 early before Oceanside took a 5-1 lead in the third, highlighted by a two-run single from Proctor. However, Waldo County got a two-run single by Otis, an RBI-double by Iven Ingraham and a RBI-bloop single by Bailey to knot the score 5-5 in the bottom of the frame.

In the fourth, Oceanside retook a 6-5 advantage on an RBI-single by Simmons, but Waldo County got a one-out, inside-the-park homer by Miller to knot the score in the sixth and Otis scampered in on an error a few batters later to give Waldo County the walk-off win.

Five Town 5, Medomak 3 (8 inns.)

At Damariscotta July 5, Five Town plated a pair of runs in extra innings, which proved the difference in a two-run victory over Medomak. Five Town plated a pair of runs in the fourth and eighth innings and a single run in the fifth, while Medomak scored two in the third and one in the fifth.

Five Town’s Jake Perez. Photo by Mark Haskell

Five Town was led at the plate by Schenk (2 singles, run), Campbell (run), Hedrich (double, 2 singles, run), Perez (RBI), Butler (single, RBI), Lombardo (single, run) and Lytton (single).

For Medomak, Benedix (run), Ruiz (double), Kopishke (run) and Nelson (run) paced the offense.

Medomak’s Devin Benedix. Photo by Mark Haskell

Hedrich and Butler pitched for Five Town as the duo combined to allow one hit and six walks, with a whopping 18 strikeouts. Benedix and Esancy pitched for Medomak and allowed eight hits and no walks, with 14 strikeouts.

Medomak took a 2-0 lead in the third when Nelson and Benedix came in on a throwing error. Five Town knotted the score in the fourth after Hedrich singled and advanced to third on a pair of errors and scored on a single by Lombardo, who also motored around the bases and touched the plate on another Medomak error.

The teams were knotted at 3-3 as they headed to extra innings before Five Town plated the winning runs in the eighth.

Campbell reached on catcher interference, followed by Hedrich’s double, which put the teammates in scoring position. Campbell scored on an groundout by Perez, while Hedrich came in on a single by Butler.

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