Updated with link to photos

Waldo County 9-10 train choo-choos along title track against Oceanside

Waldo County outscores opponents 30-7 in two games; steams past Oceanside in title clash
By Ken Waltz | Jul 15, 2017
Photo by: Ken Waltz Waldo County Little League 9- and 10-year-old baseball all stars run around E. Allen Gordon Field in Rockland on July 15 with their newly-won District 2 championship banner.

Rockland — When the freight train that is the hard-hitting, hard-running Waldo County Little League 9- and 10-year-old all-star baseball team gets rolling down the offensive tracks, it seems nothing can stop it, least of all other District 2 opponents.

That again was the case on Saturday afternoon, July 15 as Waldo County's aggressive nature at the plate and on the bases — along with strong pitching — proved too much for Oceanside in the district championship game at E. Allen Gordon Field.

When the dust settled, Waldo County — which outscored opponents 30-7 in two victories — had earned an 11-1, 4-inning victory to finish 2-0 and win the three-team, double-elimination tournament.

Click for photos form the Waldo County and Oceanside finale game.

Click for photos from Little League games this season.

With the banner-clinching victory, Waldo County earned a berth in the state tournament, which will run Friday through Thursday/Friday, July 21-28 at Benton Park in Sanford.

Waldo County will face the District 6-District 3 winner on Saturday, July 22 at 1 p.m. in the double-elimination state tourney.

Waldo County and Oceanside emerged from the early district fray — both of which secured wins over Lincoln County, the third team in the tournament — and squared off for the district crown.

Oceanside and Lincoln County met in an elimination game on Thursday, July 13, as Oceanside emerged with an 11-10 win to advance to the title game.

It was an important win for Oceanside. Not only did it advance to the title game, but it avenged a 13-0 loss to Lincoln County earlier in the tournament.

Additionally in the tourney, Waldo County swung to a 19-6, 5-inning victory over Lincoln County. Oceanside also lost to Lincoln County 13-0 in four innings to start the tourney.

Oceanside and Lincoln County finished 1-2 in the district tournament.

Waldo County team members include Jacob Lindelof, Stuart Knowlton, Lucas Newsom, Gary Gale, Colton Luce, Evan Fountain, Ethan Abbott, Ashton Ellis, Dyson Thornley, Dakota Harriman, Logan Powers and Sam Duval. The team is managed by Lenny Knowlton and coached by Colton Luce and Gary Gale.

Oceanside team members include Jacob Barstow, Liam Butler, Jack Fifield, Alonzo Hoose, Jackson Kay, Connor Kingsbury, Quinten Kruger, Matthias McPhail, Christian Mills, Evan Morse, Joshua Pratt, Karly Putansu and Easton Willis. The team is managed by Davin Putansu and coached by Chris Barstow and Bryan Morse.

Lincoln County team members include A.J. Giberson, Owen Cotta, Sam Markowitz, Maddox Cusumano, Roan Donaghy, Zaid Osman, Liam Jacobs, Will Bradley, Tyler Blanc, Tucker Geyer, Aiden Sanborn, Cleyton Splaine and Nick Heaberlin. The names of the coaches were unavailable.

The following is a recap of recently-reported tournament results:

Waldo County 11, Oceanside 1 (4 inns.)

At Rockland July 15, Waldo County broke open a 1-1 game in the second and third innings en route to the easy victory.

Oceanside scored a run in the first inning, while Waldo County plated one in the first, four in the second, four in the third and two in the fourth. Ellis had the game-ending hit for the champs with one-out in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Gale and Harriman pitched for Waldo County, as the duo did not allow a hit and finished with four walks and nine strikeouts. Kingsbury, Putansu and Mills worked on the mound for Oceanside, as the trio allowed 13 hits, walked six and fanned six.

The high-powered Waldo County offense was paced by Ellis (2 singles, home run, 2 runs, stolen base), Knowlton (2 singles, 2 runs, 2 steals), Fountain (single, run, steal), Harriman (single, run), Powers (single, run), Abbott (2 singles, 2 runs), Newsome (single, run) and Luce (2 singles, run).

For Oceanside, Pratt scored the lone run in the first inning. Only one other Oceanside player advanced to third base and another to second.

Oceanside 11, Lincoln County 10

At Rockland July 13, Oceanside avenged its earlier loss to Lincoln County and advanced to the 9-10 title game. Oceanside scored two in the second, five in the fourth and four in the fifth, while Lincoln County scored one in the first, one in the second, three in the third and five in the fourth.

Oceanside’s lone hit came from Kingsbury, with the remainder of the team’s runs coming after a handful of walks, wild pitches, passed balls and stolen bases.

For Lincoln County, Giberson (singe, 3 runs), Cusumano (single, 2 runs, stolen base), Osman (single, run), Markowitz (double, single, 2 runs, stolen base), Geyer (single, run stolen base) and Sanborn (single, run) paced the offense.

Giberson started on the hill for Lincoln County, while McPhail and Kingsbury toed the rubber for Oceanside. It is unknown if Lincoln County had relievers take the hill.

Oceanside pitching allowed seven hits and three walks, with eight strikeouts. Lincoln County pitching allowed one hit and 21 walks, with 10 strikeouts.

Coupled with its 13-0 loss to Lincoln County to start the tournament, Oceanside had only two hits and two games, which proved just enough to advance to the title game.

Waldo County 19, Lincoln County 6 (5 inns.)

At Rockland July 11, Waldo County opened the offensive floodgates with an eight-run fourth inning and surged past Lincoln County and into the title game. Waldo County added one run in the first inning, six in the second, two in the third and two in the fifth, while Lincoln County scored one in the first, two in the second and third innings and one in the fourth.

Leading Waldo County at the plate were Ellis (3 runs, 2 stolen bases), Knowlton (single, 2 runs,), Powers (run), Harriman (single, 2 runs, 4 stolen bases), Thornley (2 runs, stolen base), Lindelof (triple, run, stolen base), Gale (2 runs, stolen base), Abbott (3 runs, stolen base) and Luce (3 runs, stolen base).

For Lincoln County, Cotta (2 singles, run, 4 stolen bases), Giberson (single), Cusumano (run), Osman (double, single, run), Sanborn (2 singles, 2 runs, stolen base) and Bradley (single, run) paced the offense.

Donaghy and Cotta pitched for Lincoln County, allowing three hits and 16 walks, with eight strikeouts. Ellis pitched for Waldo County, allowing eight hits and two walks, with eight strikeouts.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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