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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Delaite, Hillier lead Bangor baseball to Eastern Maine title

Bangor- The Bangor Rams baseball team had won 11 straight games entering their matchup with the Brewer Witches on Wednesday evening in the Eastern Maine Class A title game at Mansfield Stadium.  The Rams extended that winning streak to 12, squeeking out a 1-0 victory behind the arm of starting pitcher Trevor Delaite, who turned in one of the most impressive performances in recent memory.

Bangor would strike for the only run of the contest in the bottom of the first inning.  Jordan Derrah got it started with a walk and was sacrificed to second base on a bunt by Delaite.  Andrew Hillier would hit a hard line drive back through the box and into center field, scoring Derrah to make it 1-0.  Delaite was overpowering at times, mixing a good curveball and fastball to keep Brewer hitters off balance. Brewer only managed one hit over the first three innings while Delaite struck out 8 out of the first 10 batters he faced striking out the side in both the second and third inning.

Brewer starter Matt Pushard was also very impressive keeping the Witches in the ballgame only allowing 3 Bangor hits.  Bangor looked to extend the lead in the fifth inning with one out as Marcus McCue would single and Derrah would draw a walk.  Pushard then would strike out Delaite for the second out.  Hillier would be the next batter up and would drive a long fly ball to left field that looked as if the Rams would add some insurance but the ball was tracked down at the edge of the warning track by Brewer left fielder Tyler Williams.

Brewer would have one more chance in the seventh inning after a Mike Grimble groundout to first base for the first out of the inning, Alex Brooks was hit with a Delaite fastball in the back giving the Witches a baserunner.  Delaite wouldn't be rattled and while keeping pinch runner Michael Bailey close to the bag at first, he would strike out Evan Riva looking and then Alex Maxsimic swinging to end the game and spill the rest of the Rams out of the dugout and onto the field to begin the celebration as the Rams beat the Witches for the third time on the season.

Delaites' final pitching line was 7 innings pitched 3 hits 0 walks and 17 strikeouts to earn the victory. Pushard was the tough luck loser going 6 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits 3 walks and 6 strikeouts.

Brewer finishes their season with a record of 14-5 with three of those losses coming against Bangor.
Bangor improves to 17-2 and will face South Portland on Saturday at 3 pm at Morton Field in Augusta for the Class A State Championship.

Bucksport baseball wins Eastern Maine Title

Bangor- The Bucksport Golden Bucks faced a familiar foe on Wednesday afternoon in the George Stevens Academy Eagles.  The two downeast rivals, who split their two regular season meetings, met again in the Eastern Maine Class C title game. Bucksport got a strong pitching effort from Carter Deredin and built a 5-0 lead and held off a late GSA rally to capture their first Eastern Maine title since 2006 with a 5-3 victory at Mansfield Stadium.

Bucksport struck early in the bottom of the first inning as third baseman Jack Cyr would crush a 2-2 pitch to left field for a triple scoring Chase Carmichael who had singled with one out to make it 1-0.  George Stevens had a great chance in the top of the fourth with one out as Harrison Vinall was hit by a pitch, followed by a William Ricker single and a walk to Jacob Keenan to load the bases.  Deredin would bare down and strike out Kelsey Allen and then get William Entwisle to ground into a fielders choice to end the threat.

The Golden Bucks would stretch the lead in the bottom of the 5th, starting with a walk to Matt Stewart and then an infield single by Hayden Craig. A sacrifice bunt by Carmichael turned into an infield hit to load the bases with nobody out.  Cyr would pick up his second RBI of the game by lifting a sacrifice fly to left field to make it 2-0.  Asher Bowden would then come up with the biggest hit of the game with a 2 run RBI triple to deep right field to make it 4-0 and proved to be the game winner. Deredin added an RBI single scoring Bowden to make it 5-0.

GSA would rally in the top of the 7th inning beginning with a walk to Entwisle.  After Dakota Chipman popped out Nicholas Bianco would single. That would end the day on the hill for Deredin as Bucksport would bring Asher Bowden into the game to try and get the final two outs.  Garrison Looke would reach on an error by shortstop Hayden Craig who tried to flip the ball to Stewart at second but the ball would get away and go into shallow right field allowing a run to come in to make it 5-1.  Vinall then would hit a fly ball to left center that looked like it would be the second out but instead the ball would drop between the left fielder and center fielder to bring another run in to cut it to 5-2.  A fly ball to center field for the second out would bring Looke across to make it 5-3.  With two runners on, Bowden would strike out Jacob Keenan swinging to end it.

On the hill for Bucksport, Deredin picked up the victory going 6.1 innings allowing 2 runs only 1 earned 4 hits 4 walks and 6 strikeouts. Bowden picked up the save going the final 2/3 of an inning giving up 1 run 0 earned on 1 hit and 1 strikeout. William Ricker took the loss going 4 innings allowing 2 runs both earned on 5 hits and 3 strikeouts.  Beckett Slayton went the last 2 innings allowing 3 runs all 3 earned on 4 hits.

George Stevens Academy ends their season with a record of 15-4 while Bucksport improves to 15-4. Bucksport will face St. Dom's on Saturday at 3 pm at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor for the Class C State Championship.

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