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U19/U17 diamond play

As campaign wanes, Maine Independent Baseball League teams vie for playoff position

Rock Coast Rip Tide 6-3-1, Midcoast 6-5, Maineiacs 4-5, Tidewater Oil 3-5, Raiders 3-10
By Staff | Jul 21, 2020

As the end of the Maine Independent Baseball League regular season rapidly approaches, area teams prepare to reshuffle the deck for all-important postseason runs.

The league, which features teams statewide, has five Midcoast squads in two divisions, all of which hope for successful playoff runs.

In recent 19U play, Tidewater Oil (Midcoast) finished 2-2 in four games, including victories over Skowhegan and Acadians, and the locals have played their way into the middle of the pack in the 10-team division.

In recent 17U play — which has separate 10-team divisions — Midcoast (Belfast), Rock City Rip Tide (Camden), Maineiacs (Waldoboro) and the Raiders (Waldoboro) have turned in a mixed bag of results the past week.

The recent scores include:

Sunday, July 19 — Rock Coast Rip Tide 11, Downeast Storm 4; Machias 5, Midcoast 2; Machias 22, Midcoast 12; Rock Coast Rip Tide 14, Hermon 4; River Hawks 2, Raiders 1; and River Hawks 4, Raiders 0.

Friday, July 17 — Rock Coast Rip Tide 5, Sebasticook 5; and Skowhegan 5, Raiders 4.

The standings after games through Sunday, July 19 included:

19U — Skowhegan 6-2, Motor City 4-2, River Dogs 4-2, Sluggers 18U 3-2, Messalonskee 3-3, Acadians 3-3, Tidewater Oil (Midcoast) 3-5, Sluggers 15U 1-3, Fairfield 1-3 and River Jacks 1-4.

17U North — Motor City 10-2, Machias 7-2, Rick Coast Rip Tide 6-3-1, Midcoast 6-5, Downeast Storm 5-6, Hermon 5-7, Sting 2-4, River Hawks 4-7, Houlton 1-4 and Sebasticook 3-8-1.

17U South — Falmouth 9-2, Turner Bandits 9-2, Sluggers 1-0, Skowhegan 5-4-1, Winthrop 5-4-1, Maineiacs 4-5, Capital Bombers 4-6-2, Fairfield 4-8, Messalonskee 2-6 and Raiders 3-10.

The playoffs are forthcoming, with higher seeds scheduled to host games.

The 17U division will begin with prelim games Monday, Aug. 3; quarterfinals, Wednesday, Aug. 5; semifinals, Friday, Aug. 7; division championships, Saturday, Aug. 8 and the state championship Sunday, Aug. 9.

The 19U division will begin playoffs with prelim games Tuesday, Aug. 4; quarterfinals, Aug. 6; semifinals, Aug. 8 and the championship game Sunday, Aug. 9.

Area 17U rosters

Maineiacs (Waldoboro) — Isaac McCollett, Ethan Reed, Garret Hutchins, Hayden Staples, Isaac Simmons, Tucker Holgerson, Aaron Reed, Isaac Bickford, Eli Pluecker, Porter Gahagan, Donnie Havener, Walker Simmons, Blake Morrison and Wyatt Simmons. The team is coached by Keith Simmons.

Raiders (Waldoboro) — Max Moody, Noah Crosby, Isaiah Staples, Ryan Jarvis, Kallon Mortensen, Tyler Metcalf, Logan Look, Tristan Francis, Ivan Murphy, Matthew Holbrook, Sam Moody and Kyle Smith. The team is coached by Matt Moody.

Midcoast (Belfast) — Oliver Tarbox, Zepherin Leppanen, Kyle Ingraham, Matthew LeBlanc, Curtis Littlefield, Dakota Harriman, Cody Reynolds, Jacob Lindelof, Andrew Donald, Cole Ellis, Ashton Ellis, Gage Ellis, Declan Knowlton, Daveon Raven, Noah Hurd, Anthony Lepore, Liam McConnell, Patrick McConnell and Nathan Ashey. The team is coached by Fred Black.

Rock Coast Rip Tide (Five Town) — Elias Libby, Duncan Oakes-Nelsen, Alex Bartlett, Bowen Brann, Joe Coffey, Cameron Brown, Sawyer Olsen, Mason Chadwick, Lucas Moody, Blade Brann, Owen Hotchkin, Owen Berez, Landonn Tabbutt, Eben Fagonde and Ben Tohanczyn. The team is coached by Barrett Brown.

Area 19U roster

Tidewater Oil (Midcoast in Belfast) — Dylan Abbott, Jason Bartlett, Isaac Bernosky, Brandon Cournoyer, True Crane, Joey Curtis, Reid Gagnon, Eamon Goscinski, Liam McConnell, Patrick McConnell, Obie Miller, Sam Moody, Dakota Payson, Ethan Porter, Aiden Schecter, Tanner Veilleux and Tommy Walker. The team is coached by Kurt Payson, Tim Moody and Penson Bartlett.

The following is a recap of reported recent contests for area squads:

17U

Rock Coast Rip Tide 11, Downeast Storm 4

At Rockport July 19, the Rip Tide surged through the Storm and prevailed by seven runs. Rock Coast scored three runs in the third inning, four in the fourth, one in the fifth and three in the seventh, while Downeast scored two in the fourth, one in the fourth and one in the sixth.

Leading the Rip Tide at the plate, with duplication possible when information was unclear, were Tohanczyn (run), Tabbutt (run), Bartlett (double, single, run), Bowen Brann (single, 2 runs), Libby (double, single, 2 runs), Fagonde (single, run), Oakes-Nelsen (2 singles, run), Moody (single), Chadwick (single), Brown (single, run), Olsen (single, run), Coffey (single, run), Hotchkin (run) and Blade Brown (run).

Libby and Bartlett pitched for the Rip Tide as the duo allowed five hits and five walks, with six strikeouts. Downeast Storm pitchers allowed 11 hits and six walks, with five strikeouts.

Rock Coast Rip Tide 14, Hermon 4 (6 inns.)

At Rockport July 19, the Rip Tide’s offensive onslaught continued with a mercy rule-win over Hermon. Rock Coast scored five runs in the first inning, one in the second, two in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth, while Hermon scored one in the first, one in the third and two in the fourth.

Leading the Rip Tide at the dish, with duplication possible when information was unclear, were Libby (single, run), Bartlett (2 runs), Hotchkins (run), Bowen Brann (double, single, 3 runs, stolen base), Moody (2 singles, 2 runs), Fagonde (double, 3 singles, 2 runs), Brown (run), Olsen (run), Tabbutt (run), Chadwick (2 singles) and Perez (single).

For Hermon, with first names unavailable, Foley (double, 2 singles, 2 runs), Kokoska (run), England (double, run) and Moses (double) paced the offense.

Rip Tide pitchers allowed five hits and five walks, with eight strikeouts. Hermon pitchers allowed 12 hits and six walks, with five strikeouts.

Machias 5, Midcoast 2

At Searsport July 19, Machias batted past Midcoast by a three-run margin. Machias plated two runs in the second inning and three more in the third, while Midcoast plated two in the sixth.

Leading the Midcoast offense were Cole Ellis (2 hits, run), Knowlton (2 hits, run), LeBlanc (hit, RBI) and Liam McConnell (hit, RBI).

For Machias, with first names unavailable, Emery (2 hits, run), Fitzsimmons (run), Gray (hit, RBI), Finney (2 hits, 2 runs, RBI) and Anderson (hit, run, RBI) paced the offense.

Knowlton and Reynolds pitched for Midcoast, as the duo allowed six hits and six walks, with five strikeouts. Fitzsimmons, Schwinn and Gray pitched for Machias, allowing six hits and five walks, with 13 strikeouts.

Rock Coast Rip Tide 5, Sebasticook 5 (8 inns.)

On July 17, the Rip Tide and Sebasticook ended their contest in a tie after eight innings. Rock Coast scored one run in the fourth inning, one in the fifth, one in the seventh and two in the eighth, while Sebasticook plated one in the second, two in the seventh and two in the eighth.

Leading the Rip Tide at the plate were Libby (2 singles, run, 2 stolen bases), Bartlett (single), Bowen Brann (double, single, run), Moody (single), Coffey (2 runs), Oakes-Nelsen (double, single), Tohanczyn (single) and Berez (run).

For Sebasticook, with full names unavailable, H. Upton (single, run), Bottenfield (double, run), Martinez (run), O. Upton (triple, run), Hawthorne (single, stolen base) and Cote (double, run) paced the offense.

Rip Tide pitchers allowed five hits and four walks, with 11 strikeouts. Sebasticook pitchers allowed seven hits and four walks, with eight strikeouts.

Midcoast 7, River Hawks 6

At Searsport July 12, Midcoast outlasted the River Hawks by a run. Midcoast scored four runs in the first and three in the second, while the River Hawks scored two in the first and four more in the fifth.

Leading the Midcoast offense were Leppanen (hit, 2 runs), Nate Ashey (2 hits, run), Liam McConnell (hit, 2 runs, 4 RBIs), Pat McConnell (3 hits, run, RBI), LeBlanc (hit, RBI), Ingraham (RBI), Cody Reynolds (hit, run), Cole Ellis (hit) and Gage Ellis (hit).

For the River Hawks, with first names unavailable, Desjardins (3 hits, 2 runs), R. Adams (hit, 2 runs), Loenzo (hit, run), Bates (2 hits, 4 RBIs, run), Donavan (2 hits, RBI), Cote (hit) and Phelps (RBI) paced the offense.

Gage Ellis and Pat McConnell pitched for Midcoast, as the duo allowed 10 hits and three walks, with six strikeouts. Desjardins went the distance for the River Hawks, as he allowed 11 hits and two walks, with three strikeouts.

19U

Tidewater Oil 1, Skowhegan 0 (9 inns.)

At Searsport July 18, Tidewater Oil came away with the winning run in the ninth inning of a marathon affair with Skowhegan.

Leading the Tidewater Oil offense were Veilleux (hit), Moody (2 hits), Bartlett (hit), Curtis (2 hits), Miller (run), Bernosky (hit), Porter (hit), Goscinski (hit) and Cournoyer (RBI).

For Skowhegan (first names unavailable), Berry, Louder, McEwen and Bickford rapped hits.

Curtis and Schecter pitched for Tidewater Oil, allowing four hits and six walks, with seven strikeouts. Berry, Miller and Debras pitched for Skowhegan, allowing nine hits and four walks, with 14 strikeouts.

Curtis, Bernosky and Porter each singled in the ninth inning, while Cournoyer drew a bases loaded walk to plate Miller — who entered as a courtesy runner for Curtis — for what proved the game-winning run for Tidewater Oil.

Acadians 8, Tidewater Oil 7

At Searsport July 18, the Acadians edged Tidewater Oil for a one-run win. Tidewater Oil scored thrice in the first and seventh innings and plated one more in the sixth, while the Acadians tallied three runs in the third and fifth stanzas and one in the sixth and seventh.

Leading the Tidewater Oil offense were Veilleux (hit, run), Moody (run), Schecter (run), Payson (hit, RBI), Bernosky (hit, run), Abbott (hit, 2 runs), Bartlett (run), Curtis (2 hits, 3 RBIs) and Miller (RBI).

For Acadians, with first names unavailable, H. Curtis (2 hits, 3 runs, 3 RBIs), Malefant (hit, run), J. Curtis (3 hits, 3 RBIs), Isaacs (hit), Wagstaff (hit, run, RBI), C. Burnett (3 hits, 2 runs) and Parker (hit, run) paced the offense.

Moody and Cournoyer pitched for Tidewater Oil, as the teammates allowed 12 hits and no walks, with four strikeouts. H. Curtis, Moore and Parker pitched for the Acadians, as the trio allowed six hits and seven walks, with six strikeouts.

Tidewater Oil 9, Acadians 1

At Searsport July 16, Midcoast went on the offensive and swung past the Acadians. Midcoast scored one run in the first inning, two in the second, one in the third, two in the fourth and fifth and one more in the sixth, while the Acadians’ lone run came in the first.

Leading Tidewater Oil at the dish were Veilleux (run), Curtis (hit), Moody (3 hits, run, RBI), Payson (2 hits, 2 RBIs, run), Abbott (2 hits, run, RBI), Crane (hit, run, RBI), Gagnon (2 hits, 2 runs), Walker (hit, run, 2 RBIs) and Miller (run).

For the Acadians, with first names unavailable, H. Curtis (hit, run), J. Curtis (hit, RBI), Wagstaff (hit), Guty (hit) and Bragdon (hit) paced the offense.

Crane went the distance on the bump for Tidewater Oil, as he allowed five hits and five walks, with five strikeouts. M. Burnett, C. Burnett and J. Curtis pitched for the Acadians, as the group allowed 12 hits and four walks, with six strikeouts.

Motor City 7, Tidewater Oil 3

At Hermon July 14, Motor City came alive in the middle innings and emerged victorious over Tidewater Oil. Motor City scored one in the first inning, two in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the sixth, while Tidewater Oil’s runs came in the seventh.

Leading Tidewater Oil at the dish were Schecter (run), Payson (hit, run), Miller (run) and Veilleux (3 hits).

For Motor City, with first names unavailable, D’Angelo (2 runs), Evans (hit, RBI), Harman (hit), Hopkins (hit, run, 2 RBIs), Richards (hit), Spear (RBI), Crowley (2 runs), Seymour (hit, 2 runs) and Brown (RBI) paced the offense.

Curtis, Abbott and Cournoyer pitched for Tidewater Oil, as the trio allowed five hits and nine walks, with nine strikeouts. Motor City pitchers allowed four hits and one walk, with 14 strikeouts.

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