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Baseball for ages 13-15

Midcoast Babe Ruth League will not step to plate

Oldest Babe Ruth league in state hoped to find a way to play, but will be sidelined for 2020
By Mark Haskell | May 11, 2020
Courtesy of: Midcoast Babe Ruth League

Thomaston — And the hits — or lack thereof relative to baseball — keep on coming.

League president Don Shields said, after several weeks of consideration, the Midcoast Babe Ruth League has decided to cancel the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Shields said “several reasons led to the decision.”

“First, the governor’s limit on gatherings of no more than 10 [people] means no practices until June,” he said. “However, when June arrives, gatherings can increase to 50 [people], but social distancing must still be followed. Another obstacle is the fact that many of our teams do not have a field to use for practices or games, as many school fields will not be available to be used for practice or games.”

The MBRL, the oldest active Babe Ruth league in Maine and the first local league to charter with Babe Ruth in 1950, Shields said, will resume play on May 16, 2021.

Babe Ruth baseball is open to players ages 13-15.

Last season, Tidewater Oil of Belfast defeated Rockland Ford for the coveted Allan T. Wilcox championship trophy, which signifies the postseason tournament titlist of the Midcoast Babe Ruth League.

Last season, those teams, in addition to Newcastle, Damariscotta Lions, Union Farm Equipment, Waldoboro, P.G. Willey and Granite Coast Orthodontics, participated in the eight-team league.

Squads from Knox, Waldo and Lincoln county participate in the league.

The more recent previous league champions included: Rockland Ford 2018, Union Farm Equipment 2017, Swan Lake Grocery 2016, Waldo County 2015, Waldo County 2014, Waldo County 2013, Rockport Automotive 2012, Rockport Automotive 2011, Rockport 2010, Rockport 2009, Newcastle 2008, Waldoboro 2007, Mount View 2006, Waldoboro 2005, Damariscotta 2004, Rockland 2003, Damariscotta 2002, Camden 2001 and Camden 2000.

Of note, Babe Ruth League Inc., an international league for youth baseball and softball players, has yet to announce a cancellation of the season and have made timelines more flexible in an effort to allow district and state tournaments to take place, according to a May 1 release on the website.

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