2001 Maine State Little League® Tournament Results

Maine State Tournament

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Maine State Tournament
Host - New Auburn (District 5)
At Pulsifer Park

Participating Teams:
District 1 Champions Bucksport
District 2 Champions Lincoln (Damariscotta)
District 3 Champions Millinocket
District 4 Champions East Biddeford
District 5 Champions Gardiner
District 6 Champions Cape Elizabeth

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Bucksport 3, Cape Elizabeth 1
East Biddeford 10, Millinocket 0 (4 innings)

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Gardiner 5, Bucksport 0
Lincoln 1, East Biddeford 0 (7 innings)

Loser's Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Cape Elizabeth 11, Millinocket 5 (elim.)
East Biddeford 8, Bucksport 2 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Lincoln 3, Gardiner 2

Loser's Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Cape Elizabeth 9, East Biddeford 6 (elim.)

Loser's Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Gardiner 6, Cape Elizabeth 3 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Gardiner 1, Lincoln 0 (7 innings)
Lincoln 8, Gardiner 2 (TITLE)


Three games into the Maine state tournament, the Lincoln Little League all-star team had scored a whopping four runs.

For most teams, that level of offensive output is a recipe for quick elimination.

Not for Lincoln. The Damariscotta-based league turned those four runs and stellar pitching by Ryan Parlin and Brendan Moran into a pair of wins and a 1-0 loss that forced the tournament to an 'if' game.

Then Lincoln's offense finally began to click.

Scoring four runs in the second and adding three more in the third, Lincoln raced to a 7-0 lead before defeating Gardiner 8-2 in the state championship game at Auburn's Pulsifer Park. The win was Lincoln's second of the tournament over Gardiner, and gave the league its first ever state championship.

The early title game lead was a welcome relief for Lincoln. The District 2 champions won a pair of games in the bottom of the last inning, and dropped a 1-0 extra inning contest to Gardiner earlier in the day that forced the final meeting. When Chris Taylor's bases-loaded single in the second inning of the 'if' game scored Jesse Bagley, it marked the first time in the tournament that Lincoln had the lead while a game was still in progress.

Lincoln quickly added to the lead. Travis Brewer's single scored Matt Burch, and Moran, Lincoln's pitcher, helped himself by singling home Taylor and Brewer. The next inning, Taylor and Brewer scored on Nathan Brewer's two-run single, and Parlin followed with a triple that plated Nathan Brewer.

Gardiner scored a pair of runs late in the contest, but Lincoln remained in control. Moran, who scattered five hits, pitched a complete game in picking up his second state tournament victory.

Lincoln's first three games at the state tournament all came down to the last at-bat. After receiving an opening round bye, the District 2 champions edged East Biddeford 1-0 in seven innings. Matt Ford reached on a two-base throwing error, Travis Brewer drew an intentional walk, and Nathan Brewer slapped a single that scored Ford with the game's only run. Parlin pitched a complete game, striking out twelve and surrendering only five hits.

Lincoln then faced Gardiner in the winner's bracket finals, and rallied for a 3-2 win. Gardiner scored single runs in the second (Peter Lewis' RBI double) and sixth (Peter Kelly's RBI groundout), and took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth. But after Nathan Brewer opened the inning with a single and Moran walked, Parlin drove the first pitch he saw over the center field fence for a walk-off three-run home run. Moran pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and striking out six, while losing pitcher Lewis allowed only three Lincoln hits.

Gardiner earned a rematch by eliminating Cape Elizabeth 6-3 in the loser's bracket finals. Pitcher Kyle Stilphen, who had no-hit Bucksport earlier in the tournament, allowed only two hits, but five walks and four Gardiner errors helped Cape threaten throughout the game. Cape Elizabeth scored three times in the third on two walks and three errors, but Gardiner tied the game on Matt Simon's two-run single in the bottom of the inning. Gardiner pulled away when Bass Chadwick and Will Phelps scored on wild pitches in the fourth, and Simon capped the scoring with a solo home run in the fifth.

Gardiner then forced the 'if' game by beating Lincoln 1-0 in seven innings. Lewis and Parlin both took shutouts into the seventh, and Simon's third home run of the tournament in the top of the seventh provided the game's only scoring. Lewis struck out eight and scattered five hits, while Parlin lost for the first time in six tournament decisions. His twelve strikeouts gave him 73 in 38 innings of work in the District 2 and state tournaments.

Lincoln bounced back from the loss to win the tournament in the second game of the doubleheader. With the win, Lincoln joined Waldo County's 1983 squad as the only District 2 leagues to win the Maine state tournament. Lincoln advanced to the New England region tournament, where they finished with a 1-3 record.

Follow Lincoln at the New England Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


  Loser's Bracket Semifinals 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Cape Elizabeth 1 3 1 0 1 3 9 - -
East Biddeford 2 0 0 0 4 0 6 - -
  Winner's Bracket Finals
Gardiner 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 -
Lincoln 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 3 -
  Loser's Bracket Finals
Cape Elizabeth 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 2 -
Gardiner 0 1 2 2 1 x 6 - 4
  Championship Series
Gardiner 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0
Lincoln 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 -
  Championship Series
Gardiner 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 5 -
Lincoln 0 4 3 0 1 x 8 - -

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