WASHINGTON — The District 2 Little League 9- and 10-year-old championship game between Waldo County and Five Town on Saturday, July 16 came down to the wire.

And while the teams experienced strong offensive surges in the middle innings, Five Town left the potential tying run on the bases in the top of the sixth inning as Waldo County hung on to earn an exciting, 11-10 victory, coveted district title on the field at Prescott Memorial School and trip to state tournament.

Five Town’s Brodie Archer, left, and Everett Dugal, right, along with Waldo County’s Emery Lister. Photo by Ken Waltz

The win advanced Waldo County to the states, which will begin on Saturday, July 23 in Westbrook.

Waldo County will kick off the state tournament and play the District 1 champions on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.

The District 2 tournament, which also featured teams from Medomak and Lincoln County, began Tuesday, July 5 as Waldo County earned a 12-5 win over Five Town, while Lincoln County bested Medomak 11-6 two days later on Thursday, July 7.

Waldo County’s Quinn Coleman. Photo by Ken Waltz

The action continued on Saturday, July 9 — and the bases were worn by day’s end as a whopping 73 runs crossed the plate — as Five Town emerged with a 23-22, walk-off victory over Medomak in an elimination game, while Waldo County advanced to the championship game with an 18-10 victory over Lincoln County.

Five Town then prevailed in its second straight elimination game with a 17-7 victory over Lincoln County on Monday, July 11 to advance to the championship round.

Five Town’s Colin Fitzpatrick. Photo by Ken Waltz

Team members for Waldo County, coached by Brian McCarthy. Chris Coleman and Ryan Lister, include Quinn Coleman, Campbell McCarthy, Grainger Wilson, Jedsen Otis, Gavin Milliken, Carter Story, Braylon Stover, Griffin Stover, Jakobe Cummings, Carter Bradford, Colton Alley, Bubba Dayan and Emery Lister.

Waldo County players in the dugout celebrate a teammate’s hit. Photo by Ken Waltz

Team members for Five Town, coached by Ryan Hurley, include Colton Butler, Enzo Citriglia, Zachary Dufour, Drake Merrifield, Ryan Irish, Oren Hurley, Cooper Todd, Julian Brown, Julian Funk, Brodie Archer, Colin Fitzpatrick, Anderson Janaitis and Everett Dugal.

Team members for Medomak, managed by Greg Rice and coached by Ryan McNelly and Lance Lailer, include Landyn Ambridge, Brayden McNelly, Gavin Burns, A.J. Simmons, Ace Lailer, Jules Blake, Abel Thibodeau, Sawyer Rogers, Gardner Gillespie, Grady Rice, Kyle Jensen, Roenan Ramsdell and Reed Kavanaugh.

Team members for Lincoln County, coached by David Osier, include Michael Pinkham, Lucas Grady, David Osier, Sawyer Cheney, Jason Jones, A.J. Nelson, Sterling McKernan, Jasper Bryant, Cyrus Reingardt, Brooks Savage, Aiden O’Donnel and Aiden Flanagan.

Five Town’s Oren Hurley. Photo by Ken Waltz

The following is a recap of games in the tournament:

Waldo County 11, Five Town 10

At Washington July 16, Waldo County held off a furious Five Town rally and prevailed to capture the coveted championship. Waldo County scored one in the third inning, eight in the fourth and two in the fifth, while Five Town plated one in the third, two in the fourth six in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Five Town’s Everett Dugal. Photo by Ken Waltz

Waldo County was led at the plate by Coleman (3 runs), McCarthy (triple, double, single), Otis (2 doubles, run, stolen base), Story (run, steal), Bradford (single, run), Stover (run) and Lister (run).

For Five Town, Dugal (2 singles, 2 RBIs, run), Fitzpatrick (2 singles, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Archer (3 singles, 2 RBIs), Hurley (2 runs), Todd (single), Merrifield (2 runs), Butler (2 singles, 2 runs, RBI) and Brown (single, 2 RBIs, run) paced the offense.

Coleman, Story and Wilson pitched for Waldo County and allowed 11 hits and five walks, with 13 strikeouts. Brown, Archer and Merrifield pitched for Five Town and allowed six hits and 11 walks, with 11 strikeouts.

“This was a very well-run tournament with four very good teams,” said Waldo County coach McCarthy. “I am proud of how quickly our boys came together. They have given up their summers to play the game they love and have worked extremely hard. We are excited to be off to the state tournament representing District 2.”

“Really proud of our boys,” said Five Town coach Ryan Hurley. “They came a long way in three weeks and we accomplished a lot with lots of help from the Five Town community. The future is bright for these ballplayers.”

Waldo County, 2022 District 2 Little League 9- and 10-year-old champions. Team members include, front from left, Gavin Milliken, Campbell McCarthy, Jedsen Otis, Braylon Stover, Emery Lister, Bubba Dayan, Grainger Wilson, Colton Alley, Carter Story, Quinn Coleman, Griffin Stover, Jakobe Cummings and Carter Bradford; and back, coaches Chris Coleman, Brian McCarthy and Ryan Lister. Photo courtesy of Melissa Wilson

Five Town 17, Lincoln County 7

At Washington July 11, Five Town punched its ticket to the championship game with a 10-run win over Lincoln County. Five Town plated four runs in the first inning, eight in the fourth and five in the sixth, while Lincoln County scored four in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Five Town was paced at the dish by Dugal (single, 2 runs), Fitzpatrick (2 doubles, 3 runs, 3 RBIs), Archer (triple, 2 singles, 3 runs, 2 RBIs), Merrifield (3 runs), Hurley (single, RBI), Irish (2 runs), Dufour (single, run, RBI), Janaitis (single, run), Todd (2 singles, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) and Brown (single, run).

Waldo County’s Colton Alley. Photo by Ken Waltz

For Lincoln County, Pinkham (single, run), Grady (2 runs, 2 stolen bases), Osier (run), Cheney (run), Jones (2 singles, 2 runs) and Nelson (single) paced the offense.

Brown and Irish pitched for Five Town and allowed four hits and four walks, with nine strikeouts. Osier and Pinkham pitched for Lincoln County and scattered 12 hits and eight walks, with eight strikeouts.

Medomak Valley’s A.J. Simmons. Photo by Mark Haskell

Waldo County 18, Lincoln County 10

At Washington July 9, Waldo County clinched a berth in the championship game with an eight-run win over Lincoln County. Waldo County scored two runs in the first inning, three in the third, two in the fourth, five in the fifth and six in the sixth, while Lincoln County plated one in the first, two in the second, one in the third, four in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Waldo County was keyed at the plate by Coleman (double, 2 singles, 3 runs, stolen base), McCarthy (triple, double, single, 2 runs), Wilson (4 singles, 3 runs, 2 steals), Otis (double, 2 singles, 4 runs, 3 steals), Story (3 doubles, single, 4 runs), Dayan (2 singles, run), Bradford (run) and Cummings (single).

For Lincoln County, Pinkham (single, run), Grady (single, 2 runs), Osier (double, single, 2 runs), Jones (double, run), Cheney (triple, single, 2 runs), Savage (single, run) and Reingardt (run) paced the offense.

Coleman and Lister pitched for Waldo County and allowed eight hits and six walks, with 12 strikeouts. Grady, Pinkham, Cheney and McKernan pitched for Lincoln County and scattered 20 hits and 13 walks, with seven strikeouts.

Medomak’s Jules Blake, left, and Lincoln’s Jason Jones. Photo by Mark Haskell

Five Town 24, Medomak 23

At Washington July 9, Five Town got the walk-off single by Archer and advanced in the double-elimination tournament. Five Town scored seven runs in the firs inning, six in the second, five in the third, four in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the sixth, while Medomak plated five in the second, five in the third, five in the fourth, five in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Five Town was paced at the plate by Dugal (3 singles, 5 runs), Fitzpatrick (2 singles, 2 runs), Archer (triple, 3 singles, 3 runs, 3 RBIs), Merrifield (run, RBI), Hurley (single, 3 runs), Irish (3 runs), Citriglia (run), Dufour (2 runs), Todd (single, run, RBI), Butler (single, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) and Janaitis (single, run).

Medomak’s Landyn Ambridge. Photo by Mark Haskell

For Medomak, Ambridge (2 doubles, 2 singles, 3 runs, stolen base), McNelly (triple, 3 singles, run, steal), Burns (double, 2 RBIs), A.J. Simmons (single, run), Gillespie (3 runs, steal), Lailer (single, 3 runs, 2 steals), Blake (double, 5 runs), Rogers (2 runs), Kavanaugh (run), Thibodeau (3 runs) and Rice (double, run) paced the offense.

Archer, Merrifield, Irish, Dugal and Funk pitched for Five Town and allowed 13 hits and 19 walks, with 10 strikeouts. McNelly, Burns, Simmons, Lailer and Rogers pitched for Medomak and combined to allow 12 hits and 18 walks, with 10 strikeouts.

With the score tied 23-23 in the bottom of the sixth, Dugal and Fitzpatrick reached on back-to-back walks ahead of Archer, who singled to left field and plated Dugal for the winning run.

Lincoln County 11, Medomak 6

At Washington July 7, Lincoln County manufactured a handful of runs in the first inning on a handful of walks and errors and emerged with a five-run win. Lincoln County plated four in the first, one in the second, three in the third and three in the fifth, while Medomak scored three in the second, one in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Medomak was led on offense by Ambridge (run, 2 stolen bases), McNelly (run, steal), Burns (single, run, 2 steals), Thibodeau (single, steal), Rogers (single, run), Gillespie (single, run) and Jensen (run, 2 steals).

For Lincoln County, Pinkham (single, 2 runs, 2 steals), Grady (double, single), Osier (2 singles, 3 runs, 5 steals), Chaney (run, steal), Jones (triple, single, 2 runs, steal), Nelson (2 runs, 3 steal) and Reingardt (run) paced the offense.

Osier, Grady, McKernan and Pinkham pitched for Lincoln County and allowed four hits and nine walks, with nine strikeouts. Gillespie, Blake, Ambridge and Simmons pitched for Medomak and allowed seven hits and 14 walks, with 11 strikeouts.

Five Town’s Brodie Archer. Photo by Ken Waltz

Waldo County 12, Five Town 5

At Washington July 5, Waldo County went on the offensive in a significant way and advanced in the winner’s bracket round of the tournament. Waldo County scored one run in the first inning, two in the second, one in the third, one in the fourth, five in the fifth and two in the sixth, while Five Town plated one in the first and four in the fifth.

Waldo County players wait for the throw to second base. Photo by Ken Waltz

Waldo County was paced at the dish by Coleman (single, 2 runs), Campbell (double, 2 runs), Wilson (run), Otis (home run, triple), Bradford (single), Story (double), Braylon Stover (run), Griffin Stover (run), Dayan (single, 2 runs) and Lister (2 runs).

For Five Town, Dugal (single, run), Fitzpatrick (3 singles, 2 runs), Archer (double, single, run) and Janaitis (single) paced the offense.

Five Town’s Cooper Todd. Photo by Ken Waltz

Archer, Merrifield and Dufour pitched for Five Town as the trio yielded seven hits and 11 walks, with eight strikeouts. Coleman and Lister worked the bump for Waldo County and allowed seven hits and two walks, with 16 strikeouts.

Waldo County held a 5-1 lead in the fifth inning before it doubled its offensive output with a five-run frame that put the game out of reach.

Waldo County’s Jed Otis, left, rounds the bases en route to a triple. Five Town’s Drake Merrifield is at right. Photo by Ken Waltz

Dayan reached on an error and Lister and Coleman on back-to-back walks to load the bases. Multiple runs came in on a double by Campbell and home run by Otis to put Waldo County in front 10-1.

Five Town did its best to rally as it got runs from Janaitis, Dugal, Fitzpatrick and Archer in the bottom of the frame, but Waldo County tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the sixth to put the game on ice.

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