Midcoast Babe Ruth League championship

Union Farm Equipment harvests sweet title against Penobscot Bay Dentistry

Championship clash between top teams provides twists, turns at Belfast Area High School
By Mark Haskell | Jul 07, 2017
Photo by: Mark Haskell Union Farm Equipment's Isaac McCollett, back, goes airborne as he is tagged out by Penobscot Bay Dentistry's Luke Hamlin during the July 5 Midcoast Babe Ruth League baseball championship game in Belfast. Union outlasted Penobscot Bay 12-11 for the title.

Belfast — The Midcoast Babe Ruth League championship baseball game between top-ranked Penobscot Bay Dentistry and No. 2 Union Farm equipment on Wednesday, July 5 — while certainly not the best performances of the season by either squad — was one for the ages and likely will not soon be forgotten.

It was a diamond battle filled with ebbs and flows, and peaks and valleys, for both squads. A game that saw Union Farm Equipment plate seven runs in the top of the first inning without the benefit of a hit and also saw Penobscot Bay Dentistry have a chance to win the game with a hit in the bottom of the seventh and final frame.

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But, in the end, the hole the higher seed dug itself proved too deep when the final batter popped out as Union Farm Equipment held to claim the league title in a 12-11 thriller at Belfast Area High School.

The league is for players ages 13-15.

It was the second straight year Penobscot Bay Dentistry — formerly Swan Lake Grocery — competed for the league crown, having won the crown over Georges Valley a season ago.

It was first the league title for Union Farm Equipment, though Waldoboro — which also is part of the Medomak Valley High School district — won league titles in 2005 and 2007, respectively.

“Medomak Valley baseball is growing by leaps and bounds,” said Union Farm Equipment coach Jake Emerson, who also coaches the Medomak Middle School eighth-grade baseball team. “And winning that trophy is something that is going to continue to help the Medomak program grow. Getting the gold and bringing it home. Winning creates winning. You get a trophy, and more usually follow.”

Emerson said, given the 7-0 lead his team was spotted early on, his feeling of winning the title resembled more relief than elation.

“We had it [the lead], and then we started to lose it, and that’s been a problem with Medomak,” he said. “But to get that first trophy for Medomak baseball in a while is a huge step and I’m sure more are going to come.”

Team members for Union Farm Equipment (9-2) include Travis Wyman, Ryan Creamer, Duncan Widdecombe, Hayden Daigle, Wyatt Fillmore, Jordan Powell, Conner Simmons, Jake Bickmore, Aiden Starr, Noah Crosby, Jonah Miller and Isaac McCollett. The team is managed by Jake Emerson and coached by Scott Martin, Andy Bickmore and Marty Creamer.

Team members for Penobscot Bay Dentistry (9-3) include Jason Bartlett, Luke Hamlin, Dakota Payson, Max Lewis, Tanner Veilleux, Dylan Abbott, Eamon Goscinski, Chase Sanders, Brandon Cournoyer, Chris Kelley, Chance Clark and Matt LeBlanc. The team is managed by Kurt Payson and coached by Chris Lavalle, Scott Cournoyer, Penson Bartlett and Chris Kelley.

Leading the newly-crowned league champs at the plate on Wednesday were Wyman (single, 2 runs), Creamer (single, 3 runs, RBI), Widdecombe (single, run), Fillmore (double, run, 2 RBIs), Powell (run), Bickmore (run), Starr (run), Crosby (run) and Miller (run).

For Penobscot Bay Dentistry, Bartlett (2 singles, run, 2 stolen bases), Hamlin (run), Payson (double, single), Lewis (single, run), Veilleux (run), Abbott (run), Goscinski (single, run), Sanders (2 singles, 2 runs), Cournoyer (2 singles, 2 runs) and Kelley (double, run, RBI) paced the offense.

Bartlett, Kelley and Payson toed the rubber on the mound for Penobscot Bay Dentistry, as the trio combined to allow four hits and 14 walks, with five strikeouts. Creamer, Wyman and Simmons pitched for Union Farm Equipment, as the trio allowed 11 hits and 11 walks, with six strikeouts.

A few pitchers for both teams had two stints on the mound during the game.

Union Farm Equipment scored seven runs in the first inning, four in the third and one in the fifth, while Penobscot Bay Dentistry scored one in the first, three in the fourth, four in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Penobscot Bay Dentistry had three hurlers work the hill in the first inning. Bartlett walked the first five batters — the last of which forced in a run — before he gave way to Kelley, who walked two of the three batters he faced before Payson came in to pitch.

Payson helped the higher seed record its first out and walked just one in the inning, but the total of eight walks in the frame — in addition to an error that brought in two more runs — allowed Union Farm Equipment to sit pretty with a 7-0 lead before a Penobscot Bay Dentistry hitter even stepped into the batter’s box.

The higher seed did not quit, however, as it plated a run in the first on a sacrifice fly to get on the board, but UFE continued to tack on runs in the third when Creamer rapped an RBI-single up the middle, an RBI-groundout by Widdecombe and a two-run double by Fillmore put the visitors ahead 11-1.

With the threat of a mercy-rule loss looming, Penobscot Bay Dentistry began to turn the tide in the fourth stanza as it ultimately scored seven runs through the fifth — while Union Farm Equipment tacked on one — as the higher seed found itself down 12-8 after five completed innings.

Kelley grooved an RBI-double to left, while Bartlett followed suit with a two-run single to round out the scoring in the fourth.

In the fifth, Creamer rapped an RBI-single for the visitors, while in the bottom of the frame, the hosts got a run on a bases-loaded walk to Goscinski, grabbed two more on a single to right by Sanders and another on an infield single by Cournoyer.

Penobscot Bay Dentistry continued to close the gap as Hamlin came in on a balk in the sixth, which set the scene for the pivotal seventh stanza.

While the higher seeded team's pitchers battled control problems in the first inning, things began to seemingly unravel for the league’s second seed in the seventh as it walked the bases loaded and plunked Bartlett with a pitch to force in Sanders to make the score 12-10.

An groundout by Payson plated Cournoyer to bring Penobscot Bay Dentistry within a run.

After intentionally walking Lewis to set up a force at any base with two outs, the game ultimately would be decided at the plate by Veilleux, one of the host's top hitters.

However, Veilleux popped out to Powell at shortstop as Union Farm Equipment held on to claim the crown.

Earlier in the playoffs, No. 2 UFE beat No. 7 Georges Valley 7-6 in eight innings in the quarterfinals and beat No. 3 Damariscotta Lions 9-7 in the semifinals, while No. 1 PBD beat No. 8 Waldoboro 5-3 in the quarterfinals and No. 5 Granite Coast Orthodontics 14-0 in the semifinal round.

More recent previous league champions were: Swan Lake Gorcery 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.

Union Farm Equipment versus Penobscot Bay Dentistry
Union Farm Equipment versus Penobscot Bay Dentistry on July 5 in Midcoast Babe Ruth League championship game in Belfast. (Video by: Zack Miller of VStv)
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.

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