OLD ORCHARD BEACH – David Cusson singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning and Nate Blais added a two-run single as Lewiston beat Seacoast Law and Title 4-1 to win the Junior Legion baseball state championship Monday at The Ballpark.

Winning pitcher Chris Madden worked into the eighth inning before needing relief help from Tucker Beaudoin after the first two batters reached base. Beaudoin retired the next three batters to earn the save.

Seacoast (19-7) forced a deciding game by handing Lewiston (21-3) its first loss of the double-elimination championship round earlier in the day, winning 7-2.

Joe Dvilinsky (6-0) pitched six strong innings for Seacoast, which went ahead for good in the second inning when Matt Moody hit a bases-loaded triple for a 4-2 lead.

John Delong had three hits and knocked in both runs for Lewiston.

Lewiston (21-3) advances to the regionals in Manchester, N.H., starting Friday.


NORTH SHORE 1, SANFORD 0: Crayton Bare pitched a five-hitter to lead the North Shore Navigators to a victory over the Sanford Mainers in the opening game of their best-of-three East Division playoff series at Fraser Field in Lynn, Mass.

North Shore got the game’s only run in the bottom of the first when Braxton Graven hit a leadoff triple and scored on a groundout by Cody Dent.

Shane Davis took the loss despite holding North Shore without a hit for the rest of the game. He struck out five and walked one.

Game 2 is at 6:30 p.m. today at Goodall Park.