Falmouth moved into control of the Little League Baseball state tournament for 11- and 12-year-olds Monday with a 6-5 victory over Bronco Little League of Hampden in a winners’ bracket game at Biddeford.
Falmouth remains undefeated in the double-elimination event and needs just one more victory to win the state championship, while Bronco faces a must-win scenario at 4 p.m. Wednesday when it faces the winner of Tuesday’s elimination game between Saco and Auburn Suburban.
Falmouth jumped out to a 6-0 lead against Bronco, but a grand slam by Wyatt Harriman in the top of the sixth cut the gap to 6-5.
Hampden then put the tying and go-ahead runners on base before Falmouth recorded the game’s final out.
On Sunday, Saco eliminated Waldo County 12-0 and Auburn Suburban ousted Coastal of Blue Hill 8-5 in elimination games.
In the first game, Saco put on an impressive display of offense by belting four home runs in the first inning and jumping out to a 6-0 lead. Kobe Gaudette and Ben Ham hit back-to-back solo homers and Ethan Tsomidies hit a two-run blast after Calvin Christoforo’s single scored Grant Dow. Hayden Lehigh’s solo shot ended the scoring.
Grant Dow added a solo homer in the second and Pat Sawyer connected on a two-run blast in the third after a Ryan Penney single.
Kobe Gaudette, Ben Ham and Grant Dow combined to shut out Waldo County, allowing just two hits from Colby Snow and Charlie Speigel.
In the second game, Coastal took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on singles by Caden Mattson,
Memphis Parker and Parker Allen, but Auburn Suburban came back with two runs in
the bottom of the first. Ricky Cote singled and moved to third on a double by Ben Cassidy. Both runners scored on a wild pitch and a throwing error.
Auburn added to the lead in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by Marius Morneau.
Auburn made it 5-1 in the third as Bobby Tremaine reached on an error and scored on a triple by Morneau. Morneau later scored on a single by Drew Bennett.
Coastal tied it at 5-5 with four runs in the top of the fourth on three walks, a single by Owen Vinall, and some aggressive baserunning.
Auburn answered with two runs in its fourth when Jake Jackson singled, and scored on an Austin Brown double. Brown later scored on a sacrifice fly by Ben Cassidy.
Mattson singled twice for Coastal.
Saco 612 3 — 12 13 0
Waldo 000 0 — 0 2 0
Gaudette, Ham (2), Dow (4) and Christoforo; Boulay, Abbott (1), Kelley (3), Spiegel (4) and Vellieux, Runci
Coastal 100 400 — 5 6 3
Auburn 212 21x — 8 9 0
Allen, Snow (2), Mattson (5) and Mattson, Parker (5); Stubbs, Cote (3), Paradis (4), Brown (5) and Paradis, Brown (4), Paradis (5)
State, 9-10 all-stars
Cape Elizabeth wins two
At Waldoboro, Cape Elizabeth recorded two victories in the second day of the Little League all-star softball state tourney for ages 9-10 Sunday.
Cape Elizabeth beat Medomak 24-7 in the day’s first game and then defeated Biddeford 11-1 in the second game. Biddeford then topped Medomak 21-4 in the day’s final game.
In the first game, Anna Cornell recorded four singles to help Cape Elizabeth prevail. Abby Agrondia and Kathryne Clay each chipped in with two singles while Katharine Blackburn and Dana Schwartz each added a double. Clark Parker, Helena Rieger, Katherine Callahan and Analise Gordon each singled.
Autumn Ripley and Taylor Podrasky each recorded a double to lead Medomak. Stephanie Morse, Eliza Nelson, Cameron Bains and Baylee Steward each had a single.
In the second game, Cape Elizabeth’s Anna Cornell allowed only one hit to help her team prevail as Cape took advantage of walks to score its runs.
In the third game, Charlotte Donovan notched a triple and three singles to power Biddeford to victory. Chantelle Bouchard and Jayme Walton each added two singles while Laura Perreault, Anna Lavigne and Aliyah Bureau added a single apiece.
(Sunday’s First Game)
Medomak 010 6 — 7 6 10
Cape E. 27(12) 3 — 24 13 1
(Sunday’s Second Game)
Biddeford 010 0 — 1 1 2
Cape E. 103 7 — 11 0 0
(Sunday’s Third Game)
Medomak 012 1 — 4 3 2
Biddeford 288 3 — 21 11 0