WALDOBORO — The Little League baseball 11- and 12-year-old all-star tournament swung in on Saturday July 23 at Clyde L. Sukeforth Field, as six Maine teams looked to swing closer to the dream of a state championship.

And, after three days of spirited play, the tournament is down to its final four teams.

The six teams who represent their districts in the state tournament are Sunrise of Milbridge (District 1), Five Town (District 2), Bangor (District 3), Saco (District 4), Augusta (District 5) and Bonny Eagle (District 6).

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

The action began on Saturday, July 23 as Bangor defeated Sunrise 12-2 in five innings, while Saco swung to a 6-3 win in seven innings over Bonny Eagle (regulation Little League play is six innings).

On Sunday, July 24, Bangor beat Five Town 9-2 and Augusta bested Saco 8-3.

On Monday, July 25, Five Town and Sunrise were eliminated from the tourney as Five Town lost 3-0 to Bonny Eagle, while Sunrise also came up short against Saco (score unavailable).

The action is slated to continue on Wednesday, July 27 as Bangor and Augusta will square off with a spot in the championship game on the line, while Saco and Bonny Eagle will face off in an elimination affair on Thursday, July 28.

Those games are slated to start at 5:30 p.m.

Five Town’s Daniel Schenk slides safely across the plate. Bangor’s Caden Karam is the pitcher. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

The state championship game is slated for Saturday, July 30 at 2 p.m., with an “if” game, should the team that advances via the loser’s bracket prevail, slated for 5 p.m. at Sukeforth Field.

The champion will advance to the New England tournament, which will be Saturday through Thursday, Aug. 6-11 in Bristol, Conn. The winner of that tournament will advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

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 Cole Hedrich, at the plate, is framed by a teammate near the dugout. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

The following is a summary of Five Town’s participation in the state event:

Bonny Eagle 3, Five Town 0

At Waldoboro July 25, Five Town saw its state run draw to a close as the District 2 champions were shut out by Bonny Eagle, which plated single runs in the first, second and fourth frames.

Schenk doubled for the lone hit of the game for Five Town — in the game’s first at-bat — while Bonny Eagle was led at the plate by Nathan Collins (double, run), Parker Bjorklund (double, stolen base), Garrett Secord (single, 2 stolen bases, run), Michael Moran (single, 2 stolen bases, run) and Kason Wadsworth (double, stolen base).

Campbell pitched for Five Town and allowed five hits and one walk, with five strikeouts. Collins, Secord and Wyatt Shaw pitched for Bonny Eagle and tossed a one-hit shutout as trio yielded one walk and 14 in a strong performance on the hill.

Bonny Eagle took a 1-0 lead in the first off back-to-back doubles by Collins and Bjorklund, got an another run in the second when Moran singled and stole around the bases and an insurance run in the fourth when Secord singled and was doubled in by Wadsworth.

Five Town managed only two base runners — Schenk in the first on a double and Hedrich after a walk in the fourth — throughout the six-inning affair.

“What an amazing experience it was to make it as far as we did,” said coach Hedrich. “This team is full of hard-working, great kids. It was fun to coach and work nearly every day with them for the last six weeks.”

He added the amazing support of the parents “and all those that helped during games and practices made this a very magical experience.”

“The kids knew they were going up against the best of the Bangor area [in game one] and then the best of the Portland area [in game two]. Never once did they stop fighting or give up. Very proud of how we played and fought to the end.”

Bangor 9, Five Town 2

At Waldoboro July 24, Bangor got topnotch pitching across the full six innings and bounced Five Town to the loser’s bracket. Bangor scored one run in the first inning, five in the third and three in the sixth, while Five Town plated runs in the first and second stanzas.

Caden Karam and Gavin Hughes combined to toss a no-hitter on the hill for Bangor as the duo walked six and struck out 17 in a dominant performance. Karam and Hughes struck out the side through the first five innings as Bangor got the first 17 outs of the game by way of the ‘K’ before a ground out ended the game for Five Town.

Campbell, Lombardo and Hedrich worked the bump for Five Town as the trio yielded four hits, walked seven and hit one batter, with 11 strikeouts.

Bangor was paced at the dish by Daxton Gifford (single, run), Max Kenney (run), Oliver Mattei (run), Jacoby Harvey (run), Kaleb Johnson (2 doubles, 2 runs), Hughes (single, run) and Karam (run).

Schenk and Perez scored runs for Five Town in the first two innings as each reached on walks and made their way around the bases on wild pitches and passed balls.

Bangor broke the game open in the third frame with a two-run single by Hughes, in addition to a bases-loaded walk, bases-loaded hit by pitch and Five Town error.