OAKLAND, Maine — Dylan Foster’s bad-hop single through the middle capped a three-run, fifth-inning rally Saturday afternoon that carried Messalonskee to a 4-3 Eastern Maine Class A baseball semifinal victory over Bangor.
The top-seeded Eagles (14-4) advance to face the winner of the semifinal between Cony of Augusta and Edward Little of Auburn in Wednesday’s regional championship game at Morton Field in Augusta.
The No. 4 Rams closed out the season at 14-4.
Messalonskee responded after Bangor scored twice in the top of the fifth to take a 3-1 lead.
Patrick Wrigley and Joe Dumont hit consecutive one-out singles, before Rams starter Kyle Savage induced a popout. That brought up Brandon Hall, who lined an RBI single to center field.
Pinch hitter Cam Ray followed with a swinging-bunt single along the third-base line that loaded the bases. That brought up Foster, whose grounder took a sharp hop over the head of Bangor shortstop Cody McInnis, who appeared to have a force play at second base that would have ended the inning.
Hall led the Eagles with three hits, including a run-scoring double in the second inning. Sam Dexter added two singles among the hosts’ 12 hits.
Wrigley came on in relief of Matt Stewart and recorded one out in the fifth to get the victory. Nick Booth worked around a single and two walks in the last two innings to earn the save.
Starting pitcher Kyle Savage worked around constant trouble until being chased in the fifth. He stranded eight Messalonskee baserunners through the first four innings.
Savage paced the Bangor offense as he walked and scored on Mack Susi’s single in the second, singled in the fourth and doubled home two runs in the fifth.
McInnis doubled, singled and scored a run for the Rams, who stranded 11 baserunners, as did the Eagles.