Freeport’s baseball team whoops it up during last week’s 2-1 regional final win over York. The Falcons’ title dream ended Saturday with a 2-0 loss to Ellsworth in the Class B state final.

The best season in the history of the Freeport baseball program came to a close Saturday a mere two runs shy of a coveted state title.

The Falcons, who produced a program-best 13-3 regular season record, earned the No. 3 seed in Class B South and defeated No. 6 Wells, 10-3, in the quarterfinals, then upset No. 2 Greely, 4-2, in the semifinals.

Last Tuesday, Freeport went to St. Joseph’s College in Standish to battle top-seeded York in the regional final.

In the top of the second, Eriksen Shea tripled, then came home with the game’s first run on Kempton Von-Glinsky-Gregoire’s ground out.

In the third, Heath Cockburn singled and stole second and Toby Holt singled to bring him home for a 2-0 lead.

“We really wanted to get more and you might not think that those two early runs will hold up, but today it did,” Holt said.

After York got a run back in the fourth, it threatened again in the fifth and Cockburn was replaced by Blaine Cockburn, who slammed the door, striking out four of the seven batters he faced to finish off the 2-1 victory.

“The ‘Cockburn combo’ was phenomenal,” said Falcons first-year coach Kyle Goodrich. “They were both 100 percent all in.”

Freeport advanced to meet Ellsworth in the state final Saturday in Standish, the program’s second appearance on the big stage in four years (the Falcons lost to Old Town in 2016).

Shea Wagner helped blank Ellsworth for four-plus innings, but Freeport couldn’t score and in the fifth, the Eagles took a 2-0 lead.

The Falcons couldn’t rally, as they only mustered three hits and a 2-0 setback ended their season at 16-4.

“The boys took us on a fantastic ride this year,” said Goodrich. “They sacrificed all their personal goals for the overall goal of the team. I told the boys everyone wants to sit on top of the mountain, but growth and happiness occurs on the climb. That is so true for this group of young men. They made memories that will last a lifetime and built relationship that they will have forever. This group of boys will live on in lore for what they did for their school, their teammates, the program and Freeport.”

The Falcons lose some key players to graduation, but should be in the hunt for big things again in 2020.

“Next year, we bring back a talented group of players,” Goodrich said. “Besides those guys, we have many younger players who will get an opportunity to step up on the varsity level. The success and experience gain this year will bring the baseball culture to a new level, which hopefully results in us making another deep playoff.”

Times Record staff writer Bob Conn contributed to this story.

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