ROCKLAND — “A great day of playoff baseball” included a pair of upsets and the emergence of two lower seeds to battle in a best-of-three series to determine which will be the 2021 Midcoast Babe Ruth League champion.
In single-elimination playoff games on Saturday, July 10 in the baseball league for players ages 13-15, No. 3 Damariscotta Lions (6-5) and No. 4 Granite Coast Orthodontics (4-8) emerged to earn spots in the final postseason diamond clashes.
The games were played morning and afternoon on Saturday after the area saw significant rain the previous day.
The final opponents, who have put their best performances together at the right time, will face off on Sunday, July 11 at postseason tournament site of Morrill Field on Thomaston Street.
The opponents will play a doubleheader on Sunday, with game one at 11 a.m. and the second 30 minutes after the finish of the first contest.
If one of the teams wins Sunday games, it will be deemed the league champion. If the squads split in Sunday’s contests, a winner-take-all finale will be on Monday, July 12 at 5 p.m. at the same venue.
Don Shields, longtime league president, said Saturday’s opening playoff games were tight affairs not decided until the final innings. He said it was “a great day of playoff baseball.”
When the dust settled, No. 4 Granite Coast edged No. 5 P.G. Willey (1-10) 7-6, No. 4 Granite Coast outlasted No. 1 Waldoboro (9-2) 9-7 and No. 3 Damariscotta Lions bested No. 2 Rockland Ford (8-3) 7-6.
Additionally, the league will field an all-star team for the 15-year-old state tournament on Saturday and Sunday, July 17-18 at the Morton Field Complex in Augusta. That local group of players and coaches will be announced at a later date.
Rockland Ford 8, Damariscotta Lions 5.
Waldoboro 12, P.G. Wiley 1.
Waldoboro 10, Rockland Ford 4.
Damariscotta Lions 11, Granite Coast 3.
Granite Coast 3, P.G. Willey 0.
P.G. Willey 11, Granite Coast 10.
Waldoboro 6, Damariscotta Lions 2.
Rockland Ford 16, P.G. Willey 6.
Waldoboro 16, Granite Coast 1. (5 inns.)
Waldoboro 13, Damariscotta Lions 6.
Rockland Ford 9, Damariscotta Lions 2.
Rockland Ford 10, Granite Coast 0.
Damariscotta 11, P.G. Willey 3.
Waldoboro 17, P.G. Willey 2.
Waldoboro 7, Rockland Ford 6. (9 inns.)
Damariscotta Lions 5, Granite Coast 4. Granite Coast 14, P.G. Willey 12.
Rockland Ford 12, P.G. Willey 0.
Waldoboro 7, Granite Coast 1.
Rockland Ford 11, Granite Coast 1. (5 inns.)
Rockland Ford 3, Damariscotta Lions 2.
Damariscotta Lions 12, P.G. Willey 4.
Waldoboro 18, P.G. Willey 0.
Rockland Ford 10, Waldoboro 5.
Damariscotta Lions 18, Granite Coast 4.
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