Portland Babe Ruth wins two games to advance to title match with Westbrook

Once-beaten Portland won two games Sunday for a chance to play unbeaten Westbrook today for the Babe Ruth state championship for 15-year-olds. The tournament is being played at Deering Oaks.

Portland advanced to the title round with an 8-3 win over Midcoast North. Up 3-2 in the sixth inning, Portland took advantage of three errors to pull away. Tom Dean pitched a six-hitter with five strikeouts.

Kaleb Frazier had two RBI-singles for the winners. Kyle Reichert added a two-run homer.

Taylor Hall had two singles for Midcoast.

In the first game, Portland eliminated Southern York 7-2 as Tom Dean hit a two-run double and Reichert added a two-run single during a six-run sixth inning. Tim Rovnak and Nick Bolger had three hits apiece for Portland.


BABE RUTH 14: Tyler Hutchinson went 4 for 4 with two singles, a double and a triple with six RBI to pace Apple Valley, of Winthrop and surrounding communities, to a 14-6 state championship win over Tri-County South at Harrison. Apple Valley advanced to the title game earlier in the day with a 6-2 win over Tri-County South, which represents the Bridgton-Harrison-Naples area.


BABE RUTH 13: Dylan Hapworth hit a home run, a double and a single and drove in three runs to lead Central Maine to a 12-5 win over Somerset in the championship game of the Babe Ruth 13-year-old state tournament at Memorial Field in Skowhegan.

Austin Woodbury, Ryan Dubois, Cole Robinson and Jack Flynn had two hits apiece for Central Maine and Zach Mathieu earned the win. Central Maine advances to the regional tournament in Burlington, Vt.

Somerset was led by Chase Nelson and Anthony Hunt, who each had two hits.


NECBL: Effrey Valdez went 3 for 5 with two doubles, a home run, five RBI and two runs scored as the Lowell All-Americans (11-23) scored five unanswered runs to rally for an 11-10 victory over the Sanford Mainers (21-16) at Lowell, Mass.

Michael Roth went 4 for 5 with three doubles, three RBI and two runs scored to pace the Mainers. Doug Elliot added three hits and three RBI for Sanford.