Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Zone 1 American Legion tournament schedule

Jordan Treadwell and the Bangor Comrades earned the top seed in the zone 1 American Legion tournament with a 16-2 record. Photo by Marc Calnan

All games will be played at the Winkin Complex on the campus of Husson University

Tuesday, July 22nd- play in game
  • G1- Motor City 11 VS Penquis 0- 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 23rd- Double elimination tournament begins
  • G2- Trenton VS Brewer- 4 p.m.
  • G3- Bangor VS Motor City - 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 24th

  • G4- G2 loser VS G3 loser- 4 p.m.- Loser is eliminated
  • G5- G2 winner VS G3 winner- 7 p.m. 

Friday, July 25th
  • G6- G4 winner VS G5 loser- 4 p.m. - loser is eliminated
  • G7 (championship game 1) - G5 winner VS G6 winner- 7 p.m.- G 5 winner wins championship if they win.
Saturday, July 26th
  • G8 (championship game 2 if necessary)- G5 winner winner VS G6 winner- 7 p.m.

Note: Due to Zone 1 being the host of the state tournament, both the champion and runner up will advance to the state tourney being held from July 30th-August 3rd at the Winkin Complex on the campus of Husson University.

Monday, July 21, 2014

John Winkin did it all in his 94 years

A legendary baseball coach in the state of Maine, have an award named after you, inducted into 11 halls of fame, a friend to Joe DiMaggio, a friend to Ted Williams, and a witness to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

John Winkin did all those things.

On Saturday afternoon, Winkin died at the age of 94.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

American Legion- Bangor 13 Penquis 3

Jordan Treadwell earned the victory for Bangor. Photo by Marc Calnan

DOVER-FOXCROFT--- The tone for a baseball game can be set as early as the first batter in some games.

That was the case on Monday afternoon, when Andrew Hillier led off the game for the Bangor Comrades and ripped a triple to right field on the 10th pitch of the at bat.

Hillier got behind 0-2 in the count against Penquis starting pitcher Tanner Strout. Hillier fouled off six straight pitches. Hillier reached base three times and scored three runs to pace the Comrades to a 13-3 victory over the Navigators in a zone one American Legion game.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cherington and the Red Sox turn focus to 2015

Before the 2013 major league baseball season, most of the so called experts, picked the Boston Red Sox to finish in last place in the American League east.

The Red Sox went on a magical ride where  they did not lose more than three games in a row all season and they finished it all with a duck boat parade in late October.

Before the 2014 season, most of those same so called baseball experts, picked the Red Sox to win the division, or at the very least grab a wild card spot.

It is not even the all star break and the manager along with some of the players have hinted that they have put themselves in a situation where it will be difficult to contend this season.

The Red Sox started the season with a shortstop (Xander Bogaerts), third baseman (Will Middlebrooks), and centerfielder (Jackie Bradley JR) with very little major league experience. They also started the year with a leadoff hitter (Daniel Nava) that they probably overestimated after his excellent 2013 season.

Put that all together along with Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz under performing, and you have a team that is 39-51, last in the league in runs scored, and 10.5 games out in the AL East.

I do not believe what is happening is all that shocking to general manager Ben Cherington. The guy is a smart baseball man. He is the one who put together the 2013 team.

Cherington would not have started the season with Bradley JR, Bogaerts, and Middlebrooks in the lineup if he didn't have an eye on 2015 and beyond.

The Red Sox have only been over .500 on three dates this season, the last of those came after a 9-4 win at Minnesota on May 14th. They followed that up with 10 straight losses.

Cherington made it look like they were trying to contend when on May 21st he signed Stephen Drew for the rest of the season. The problem with that, Drew was two months behind everyone else. That made the already light hitting shortstop, even weaker with the bat. He is hitting .131 in 88 at bats.

Now that they are in this situation, the Red Sox should start the process of unloading any player that are not in their plans beyond the 2014 season.

It sounds like Jake Peavy will be the first in that process. Rumors are that the Braves, Dodgers, and Cardinals are interested.

Allen Craig was out of the Cardinals lineup on Tuesday night. That started talk that a Peavy for Craig trade would be announced soon.

If that is something the Cardinals are offering, it is something the Red Sox should jump on quickly. Craig is as good as anyone that will be available for a bat in free agency during the upcoming offseason. He is signed through 2017 with a team option for 2018.

Craig is struggling a bit this season, with a .246 average. He hit .307, with 22 homers, and 92 RBI in 2012. He followed that up with a .315 average, with 13 homers, and 97 RBI during the 2013 season.

Peavy is a competitor, that loves Boston, and should have success in the national league. The guy even purchased a duck boat after the 2013 parade.

Trading Peavy, would open up a spot in the rotation for Rubby De La Rosa.

A.J. Pierzynski, David Ross, Jonny Gomes, Stephen Drew, Edward Mujica, and Koji Uehara are all players that should be dealt before the July 31st deadline.

Hopefully these guys will get a chance to play in the 2014 postseason.

This will allow the Red Sox to go with a young catching duo that will include Christian Vazquez playing on a regular basis for the final two months of the season.

Trading Uehara would not be a popular move, but the dominant closer will turn 40 next April. They could find plenty of teams that would be interested in Koji.

The Red Sox would most likely have to pay part of Drew's salary for a team to take him, but he could be a key piece to a team that already has plenty of bats. Last October, Drew proved how valuable his  glove can be. It would also give the Red Sox the opportunity to play Xander Bogaerts at shortstop or maybe even give Deven Marrero some playing time late in the season.

John Lackey will most likely be a popular topic when other general managers call Cherington. A lot of the smaller market teams that are in contention like the Pirates and Royals may be interested in Lackey. They would have Lackey for two months this season and next year he is under contract for the veterans minimum.

I would be careful with trading Lackey, all the other guys above they should unload and enjoy the boatload they will get in return especially for a guy like Uehara.

Other than that, the Red Sox main priority should be getting Jon Lester signed as soon as possible, and getting at least one big bat come this offseason.

The last two months will let the front offeice evaluate guys like Bradley JR, Bogaerts, Middlebrooks, Betts, Vazquez,De La Rosa, and Workman against major league competition. It will also let them evaluate how Tazawa does in a more prominent role in the Red Sox bullpen.

As for now, enjoy watching De La Rosa.and Workman starting on a regular basis, and watching Jackie Bradley JR playing the kind of defense we have not seen in center field since Fred Lynn.

There is no excuse for a Boston Red Sox team to have a .243 team batting average through 90 games, and it would be surprising if that happened again in the near future.

This team is not that far away from being great. Remember, they won the world series just nine month ago. They just need to get the right pieces to go around the strong nucleus they already have.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Karli Theberge and Gage Feeney capture athlete of the week honors

Karli Theberge from Hermon high school and Gage Feeney from Washington Academy combined for seven athlete of the week honors during the spring sports season.

Theberge earned four athlete of the week honors including the final week of the season, when she pitched Hermon to victories over Gardiner in the class B regional final and over Wells in the state final. Click here to see the full article.

Feeney allowed only one run in 14 innings to lead the Raiders to a regional final victory over George Stevens, and a state championship victory over Sacopee. Click here to see the full article.

It is the third athlete of the week honor for Feeney during the spring season, and fifth overall.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Red Sox End Grady Sizemore Experiment

At the end of spring training it looked like the Boston Red Sox were going to score big with the flyer they took with outfielder Grady Sizemore, then the regular season started and it all fell apart. On Tuesday the Red Sox designated Sizemore for assignment and now have ten days to either trade of release the veteran.

In the end this will be a very tiny blip in Red Sox history, but taking a chance on guys like this will only pay off in the long run. The team will win some and lose some, but the risk is small and the payoff can be huge. Maybe some other team will be willing to take a chance that Sizemore's bat will come around, but I think the time was right for the Red Sox to say this one didn't go their way on this one and move on.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Class C softball semifinal- Bucksport 8 Central 1

Photo courtesy of Rick Mchale

CORINTH-- The Bucksport Bucks softball team has dominated since they moved down to class C before the 2012 season.

They came into this season as back to back state champions and with a 40 game win streak. The Bucks came into their class C semifinal contest against the Central Red Devils as the underdogs. Bucksport lost three games this season, including two against Central.

On Saturday afternoon, Bucksport proved they are the champions until someone knocks them off. Alanna Davis had two hits and four RBI, as the Bucks cruised to an 8-1 victory over the Red Devils.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Baseball- Foxcroft 10 John Bapst 7

BANGOR-- Nick Decker did it as a starting pitcher and as a closer to lead the Foxcroft Ponies baseball team to a 10-7 victory over John Bapst at Husson University on Tuesday afternoon.

Decker pitched 6.2 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and six walks. He struck out four. Decker pitched the first five innings. With an 8-0 lead, the Ponies wanted to give some pitchers mound time in the regular season finale.

The Crusaders scored seven runs off the Foxcroft relief pitchers, that forced Decker back to the mound to try and save the victory for himself.Decker recorded the final two outs of the sixth inning as the Ponies held the one run lead going into the final inning.

Brooks Law started the 7th inning with a walk, Hunter Law followed with a hit. Drew Smith hit a run scoring single, and another run scored on an error as the Ponies took a three run lead.

Decker locked down the victory with a scoreless bottom of the seventh. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Arianna McKinnon and Ryan Jurgiewich capture athlete of the week honors

Arianna McKinnon delivers a pitch. Photo from Chris DeBeck/Lincoln News

Arianna McKinnon-PVHS- softball- Had three hits, including a double, and three RBI. She was also the winning pitcher with 13 strikeouts in an 11-4 win over Stearns. She also had eight strikeouts in a 12-8 victory over Mattanawcook academy, she also had two hits.

She had seven strikeouts in a 14-1 win over Searsport, plus had a base hit and two RBI and ended the game in the 5th inning.

It is the second athlete of the week honor for McKinnon. She also earned AOW when she scored five goals to lead the Howlers to a girls soccer victory.

McKinnon and the Howlers are 14-0 with two games remaining in the regular season.

Click here for all the female nominations for the week. 

Ryan Jurgiewich


Ryan Jurgiewich- Schenck- baseball- The sophomore pitched a complete game three hitter with 15 strikeouts and no walks in 6-1 victory over Deer Isle-Stonington. Went 5-6 with a double, triple, two walks, and five RBI in doubleheader sweep over Deer Isle-Stonington on Memorial day.

Jurgiewich is the third student/athlete and first male from Schenck high school to earn athlete of the week honors. He joins Ashley Leavitt and Morgan Thompson.

Jurgiewich and the Wolverines are battling for the final class D tournament spot with one game remaining in the regular season.

Click here for all the male nominations for the week.