Mid Coast 15 Babe Ruth All-stars defeated Coastal North 15-7 in the first round of the District 2 playoffs in Thomaston on July 6. Cole Stevens (3I,4B,1HPP,3H,4R), Ben Ripley (2I,1B,4K,0H,1R) and Luke Hamlin (1B,1K,2H,2R) pitched in the win.
Coastal North took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI single from Ian Brady, scoring Gabe Aucion.
Mid Coast came back with four runs in the top of the second. Tiger Cumming walked, Quincy Perry reached on a dropped third strike and both scored on errors. Joseph Giberson hit a double and scored on a Darius Pierpont single. Luke Hamlin walked and drew the throw, then danced in a pickle until Pierpont scored.
Coastal came back with three runs in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 4-4. Cam Daly singled and scored on a baulk. Ty Knowlton was hit by a pitch and scored when Aucion reached on an error. Aucion scored on a Mason Brigham sacrifice fly .
Mid Coast took the lead for good in the third with three runs. Ben Ripley and Duncan Widdecombe drew walks to set up a RBI fielder’s choice to Cumming and two run sacrifice bunt to Perry.
Both teams added a run in the fifth. Hamlin reached on a dropped third strike, stole to third and scored on a Ripley sacrifice fly. For Coastal, Trevor Brown reached on an error and scored on a Henry Burnham single.
Mid Coast added a run in the sixth when Perry hit a double and scored on a Karl Ilvonen ground out. Coastal plated two runs in the sixth to pull within two, 9-7. Aucion reached on an error and scored with T. Brown reached on an error. Brown came home on a Burnham single.
Mid Coast batted around in the top of the seventh for six runs to put the game away. Giberson hit a lead off single, Chase Crockett reached on a bunt single and Hamlin walked to load up the bases for a RBI walk to Dakota Payson. Ripley hit a two run single. Payson scored on an error and Ripley on a baulk. Duncan Widdecombe singled and scored on a wild pitch. Bennett Geiss walked and scored on an error.
Apple Valley 9 – Coastal West 4