In July 2021 Post 30 was contacted by Coach Barrett Brown of a local under-17 baseball team. After explaining that Post 30 was absolutely unaware of the team, the post also said they would quickly rally behind them. The post was able to make a small donation to help them offset some costs with the promise and expectation that in 2022 Post 30 would be there again.
The team became a focus for the post with members attending local games and also quickly finding out that this was a group of young men who enjoyed playing together. The Tide rolled through their season and found themselves winning their division to move into the Under-17 state playoffs held in Bangor, Maine.
After dropping its first game of the tournament and being put into the loser’s bracket, the Rip Tide ultimately won six games in a row, in four days, to swing to the coveted crown. The No. 1 North Rip Tide lost its first game of the tournament 7-5 on Thursday, Aug. 12m but went on to eliminate No. 3 North Quirk Motor City 12-2 in six innings on Friday, Aug. 13, No. 2 North Hermon Hawks 10-9 in a game Rip Tide trailed by four runs and weathered a rain delay and No. 4 North Hampden Riverhawks 8-7, both on Saturday, Aug. 14.
On Sunday, the Rip Tide avenged their lone loss of the tournament with a 13-2, five-inning victory over No. 4 South Topsham Post 202 and defeated No. 1 South Ware Butler Eagles 7-4 to force the winner-take-all championship game on Monday night which was capped off by a two-run uprising that rallied the Riptide to the Junior American Legion Baseball state championship with a 2-1 victory over the Ware-Butler Eagles of Oakland, Maine.
It was a pleasure for Legion Post 30 to be associated with this group of ball players and young men, and we look forward to 2022 and a continued sponsorship.
The Rip Tide consisted of: Team Manager Barrett Brown; Team Coaches Joe Coffey and Joe Nelson; Ezra Landry; Alex Bartlett; Blade Brann; Owen Berez; Eben Fagonde; Duncan Nelsen; Franklin Coffey; Cameron Brown; Benjamin Tohanczyn; Owen Hotchkin; Lucas Moody; Elias Libby; Elias Pluecker; Austin Chilles; Eric LeBlond; Hunter Norton and Connor Calderwood.