WESTBROOK — The District 2 Little League champions from Waldo County wasted little time making their presence felt in the state 9- and 10-year-old baseball tournament on Saturday afternoon, July 23 against District 1 titlist Machias as their first two runners reached base and promptly crossed the plate.

However, Machias answered the call in the early innings — as it matched Waldo County run-for-run — and ended the game with 12 unanswered tallies before it, ultimately, swung to a 14-4, four-inning victory.

Machias’ Brently Wood, left, and Waldo County’s Gavin Milliken. Photo by Mark Haskell

Waldo County got more of the same against District 4 champion Biddeford on Monday, July 25 at the same venue as the District 2 champions were eliminated from the tournament with an 11-1, five-inning defeat.

Biddeford lost to District 3 champion Bangor 9-4 in the second game on Saturday.

On Sunday, July 24, Machias swung to a 9-4 win over District 5 champion Hall-Dale, while District 6 champion Portland bested Bangor 2-1.

The state championship game is slated for Thursday, July 28 at 7:05 p.m., with an “if” game slated for Friday, July 29, also at 7:05 p.m.

Waldo County’s Colton Alley. Photo by Mark Haskell

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.

The following is a recap of Waldo County’s participation in the state tournament:

Biddeford 11, Waldo County 1 (5 inns.)

At Westbrook July 25, Waldo County came up on the short end of a lopsided defeat and was eliminated from championship contention. Biddeford scored two runs in the first inning, two in the second, one in the third, three in the fourth and three in the fifth, while Waldo County plated its run in the third.

Lister and Coleman pitched for Waldo County as the duo allowed nine hits and one walk, with three strikeouts. Braydon Lyons, Conner Norman and Cam Mondor pitched for Biddeford and allowed one hit and one walk, with 12 strikeouts.

Stover had the lone hit for Waldo County — a single in the third frame — while he also stole two bases and scored the team’s lone run in the losing effort.

Biddeford was paced at the dish by Braydon Lyons (2 singles, 3 runs, stolen base), Rexx Ready (run, steal), Anthony Curro (double, single, 3 runs), Tyler Blais (home run, single), Jackson Gonneville (run), Cam Mondor (single, run, steal), Tucker Scott (single, run) and Lucas Hall (single).

Machias 14, Waldo County 4 (4 inns.)

In Saturday’s opening contest, Waldo County plated a pair of runs in the first and second innings, while Machias tallied two in the first, two in the second, six in the third and four in the fourth.

Waldo County’s offense was keyed by Coleman (single, run), McCarthy (2 runs), Wilson (single), Otis (single), Story (single) and Alley (run).

For Machias, Brently Wood (2 singles, 2 runs), Casey Fitzsimmons (double, 2 singles, 4 runs), Lincoln Ferguson (double, 2 runs), Kenneth Johnson (2 singles, run), J.B. Redman (3 singles, run), Luke Davis (double), Jase Albert (single), Finn Barkor (run), Parker Davis (2 runs), Emmett Alley (single) and Eric Libby (run) paced the offense.

Waldo County’s Campbell McCarthy, left, talks with a coach. Photo by Mark Haskell

Wilson, Coleman, Story and Otis pitched for Waldo County and combined to allow 14 hits and seven walks, with five strikeouts. Wood and Davis pitched for Machias and allowed four hits and four walks, with seven strikeouts.

Waldo County jumped to a 2-0 lead after Coleman singled and McCarthy reached on an error. Otis plated Coleman with a single, while McCarthy scampered home on a passed ball. Machias answered in the bottom of the frame as Johnson rapped a two-run single to knot the score.

In the second, Colton Alley reached on a walk and made his way over to third base ahead of McCarthy, who also reached on a walk and promptly stole second base.

Colton Alley motored to the plate and scored on the throw — followed by an RBI-single by Wilson — as Waldo County retook a two-run advantage.

Fitzsimmons and Redman tied the game in the bottom of the frame on run-scoring singles for Machias, the start of what proved 10 straight runs for the District 1 champs to help them walk off with the win.

After Machias plated six runs on five hits to take a 10-4 lead after three innings, they plated four more in the fourth — which included a walk-off single by Johnson — to win the game.