BANGOR, Maine - The American Legion Zone 1 baseball tournament took on a decidedly different look at the Winkin Baseball Complex on Sunday.
Top-ranked Brewer and No. 2 Bangor, who have represented the zone at the state tournament each of the last three years, both were eliminated on day 3 of the four-day, double-elimination event.
Third-seeded Trenton ousted Brewer 7-6 in Sunday’ s first game before No. 4 Steamboat Petroleum — which outlasted Brewer 5-4 in 11 innings Saturday — defeated Bangor 5-3 to send the Comrades home.
Hampden squared off against Trenton in Sunday’ s late game, with the winner guaranteed a berth in the state tourney that begins Saturday at Augusta.
If Hampden wins, Steamboat Petroleum of Waldo County would clinch the second state tourney berth, and would need to defeat the Riverdogs twice Monday to win the zone tournament.
If Trenton wins Sunday night, Hampden and Steamboat Petroleum would play at 4 p.m. Monday for the second state tourney berth, with that winner to play Trenton at 7 p.m. for the zone title.
Trenton (16-7) got a complete-game pitching effort from Caleb Hale in its victory over Brewer.
Hale struck out three batters in the first inning, and while he did not strike out anyone else, he walked just one batter and was backed by solid defense.
“I tried to strike people out at the beginning, but then I realized it was a nine inning game so I went back to what I normally do,” said the righthander.
The Acadians took control with three runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth.
Nick Saunders hit a two-run double to highlight the fourth-inning rally, while Nate Hines and Peter Dickinson each singled home a run in the fifth.
Trenton added a run in the sixth before Brewer (19-4) mounted a late rally.
Cam Wadleigh, Mike Kotredes and Caleb Smith had RBI singles during a three-run seventh, and Wadleigh singled home another run in the eighth as the Falcons crept within 7-5.
Smith tripled in the ninth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Rick Adams to cut the gap to one run.
Prentiss Swett followed with a two-out single before Chris Maguire lifted a deep fly to left that Trenton’ s Adam Kaspala flagged down in front of the fence to end the game.
“I was hoping it wasn’ t going to leave,” said Hale. “The first thing I thought was oh, no, but then I realized we had speed in the outfield and he tracked it down.”
Dickinson finished with a triple and two singles for Trenton, while Saunders added a double and two singles.
Swett and Wadleigh each had three singles for Brewer, while Chase Daniels doubled and singled and Bill Bissell singled twice.
Steamboat Petroleum (15-8) used the gutsy pitching of Tyler Miles and Nate Adams to subdue Bangor.
Miles, who earned Saturday’ s win over Brewer with 5? innings of one-run relief, came back with five innings of two-hit, one-run relief against Bangor.
That backed up Adams, who started two days after an eight-inning complete-game in a 1-0 loss to Trenton on Friday and allowed two hits over the first four innings.
“My arm was fine,” said Miles, the 2007 Zone 1 pitcher of the year. “Me and Nate both have rubber arms.”
Bangor (16-7) took a 2-0 lead in the second on an RBI groundout by Zane Gray and a double error that allowed Mack Susi to score.
Steamboat Petroleum, held hitless through three innings by Bangor’ s Kyle Savage, struck for two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a 5-2 lead.
In the fourth, Miles Davee hit a leadoff single and Jake Arthers was hit by a pitch before Josh Nickerson hit an RBI double down the left-field line. One out later, Arthers scored from third on a foul sacrifice fly just beyond the first-base dugout by Adams.
Arthers also sparked the fifth-inning rally with a two-run single off the base of the left-field fence.
“He came with a curveball on the first pitch and then left one right in my sweet zone and I went for it,” said Arthers.
Gordon Webb singled home Kyle Vanidestine in the bottom of the inning to draw Bangor within 5-3, but Vanidestine was stranded at third after hitting a one-out triple in the seventh and Miles went on to retire the last seven batters he faced.
“After [Saturday] night we really had a lot of momentum going,” said Davee. “There’ s just so much teamwork going on, that’ s been the key I think.”