BANGOR, Maine — Bronco Little League of the Hampden, Hermon, Winterport and Newburgh area completed its run through the Maine Junior League Baseball State Championship tournament on Sunday with a 5-2 victory over Falmouth at Mansfield Stadium.
Bronco, which beat Ellsworth 10-1 and downed Falmouth 8-1 on Saturday, advances to the East Regional in Freehold, N.J., and begins play on Aug. 3 against the New Jersey state champion.
In Sunday’s elimination contest, Falmouth beat Ellsworth 14-4. Falmouth also had topped Ellsworth 9-1 on Saturday.
In Sunday’s title game, Noah Gardner’s sacrifice fly in the third inning gave Bronco (3-0) the lead for good.
Tyler Beaton spaced two hits and struck out four, giving up two unearned runs. He also slapped an RBI single in the first inning and added another single. Ben Huston hit two singles and a sacrifice fly
Chris Camelio and Max Fortier singled for 2-2 Falmouth.
Falmouth 200 000 0 — 2 2 3
Bronco 201 110 x — 5 5 5
Camelio, Robbie Armitage (6) and Reece Armitage; Beaton and Gardner
In Sunday’s first game, Falmouth scored eight runs in the second inning to take charge.
Chris Camelio led the way with a double, two singles and two RBIs, while Robbie Armitage singled three times. Colin Lento and Hogan Tracy each plated two runs with a pair of singles.
Nicholas Bagley paced 0-3 Ellsworth with a double, a single and two runs scored.
Falmouth 080 006 — 14 14 4
Ellsworth 201 010 — 4 4 4
Guarino, Preston (6) and Fortier, Reese Armitage (4); Bagley, Henderson (6) and Barnes
In Game 1 on Saturday, Zach Nash pitched a complete game, allowing 1 run on 2 hits, with 3 strikeouts, to lead Bronco.
Bronco broke the game open with a six-run sixth inning, highlighted by Matt Leach’s RBI triple and Jackson Gilmore’s RBI double. Matt Leach drove in three runs with a triple and a single and Christian Greener singled twice.
Cooper Henderson and Jack Lee singled to pace Ellsworth.
Bronco 110 206 0 — 10 8 2
Ellsworth 000 100 0 — 1 2 4
Nash and Greener; York, Giffin (5), Folmer (7) and Barnes
In Game 2 on Saturday, Chris Carmelio, Cam Guarino and Hogan Tracy combined to limit Ellsworth to 3 hits and earn the victory.
Robbie Armitage knocked in three runs with a double and two singles and Reese Armitage tripled and doubled with an RBI for 1-0 Falmouth. Camelio singled twice.
Nicholas Bagley, Sam Giffin and Zack McGraw singled for 0-2 Ellsworth.
Falmouth 330 003 0 — 9 12 1
Ellsworth 000 100 0 — 1 3 1
Camelio, Guarino (2), Tracy (3) and Ro. Armitage; McGraw, Henderson (7) and Giffin, Barnes (7)
In Game 3 on Saturday, Andrew Gendreau pitched a four-hitter, allowing 1 unearned run with one walk and two strikeouts to keep Bronco unbeaten.
The winners (2-0) scored five times in the first two innings behind Tyler Beaton’s two-run single and Noah Gardner’s run-scoring hit, both in the first inning.
Jackson Gilmore belted a two-run double and a single and Matt Leach added an RBI double for Bronco.
Chris Camelio singled twice for 1-1 Falmouth.
(1-1) Falmouth 000 000 1 — 1 4 1
(2-0) Bronco 320 012 x — 8 8 1
Re. Armitage, Preston (5) and Ro. Armitage, Camelio (3); Gendreau and Gardner
At Waldoboro, Caleb McCartney and Quinton Hastings combined on a four-hitter with seven strikeouts to propel Windham to the win in Sunday’s first game.
Brady Afthim singled twice for the 1-1 winners, while Nolan Kent and Harrison Boyle each hit a triple and Dylan Gorman doubled.
Kolby Moore led 0-1 Waldo County with a double.
Windham 373 1 — 14 8 1
Waldo County 000 1 — 1 4 2
At Waldoboro on Sunday, Tanner Evans tripled and singled to help Old Town improve to 2-0 in the tournament.
Zack Dill, Matt Seymour and Casey Downs combined on a three-hitter with nine strikeouts for Old Town, which got singles from Micah Betters and Sam Martin.
Jackson Curtis singled twice and Chase Johnson added a single for 0-1 Ellsworth.
Old Town 015 210 — 9 4 1
Ellsworth 100 030 — 4 3 0
In Game 1 on Saturday, Kurtis Edgerton doubled and singled and Matt Rouselle singled twice to spark Biddeford.
Scott Kelley tripled and Ashton Crowell doubled as five pitchers combined on the win for 1-0 Biddeford.
Nolan Kent doubled for 0-1 Windham.
Windham 002 000 — 2 1 3
Biddeford 036 02x — 11 7 1
In Game 2 on Saturday, Tanner Evans rapped two doubles and combined with Sam Martin and Zack Dill on a four-hitter.
Martin singledt wice and Casey Downs hit a double for the 1-0 winners.
Dom Chasse singled twice to pace Elliot Avenue Little League of Lewiston.
Old Town 003 130 — 7 8 2
Elliot Ave. 002 000 — 2 4 0