May 22, 2018
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Bangor defeats Hampden in Legion Tourney


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Ian Edwards went 4-for-5 with a pair of two-run homers to power Bangor to a 10-7 victory over Hampden in the American Legion baseball tournament Saturday afternoon.

Zone 1 champion Bangor (21-6)advances to play Nova Seafood of Portland at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Wainwright Complex. Hampden finished its season with an 18-9 record.

Both teams had mixed results earlier in the day.

Bangor had its 10-game winning streak snapped as Zone 3 champion Smith-Tobey of Bath rallied for a 5-2 victory in a winner’s bracket game.

Hampden stayed alive in the double-elimination tournament by scoring twice in the top of the ninth inning to edge Zone 5 runnerup Kennebunk 7-5 at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.

Bangor led 2-0 on a two-run homer by Ian Edwards when rain forced suspension of its game with Smith-Tobey in the top of the fifth inning Friday.

Smith-Tobey had two runners aboard and one out when play resumed, then Tim Bickford blooped a single to center before Anthony Farrell cleared the bases with a three-run double to left-center. Scott Rogers followed with an RBI single to left to give Smith-Tobey a 4-2 lead.

Pitcher Brian Sherwood held Bangor without a hit for the next four innings, and overcame five walks and a hit batsman with seven strikeouts before giving way to Farrell after walking Bangor’s Nate Lewis to lead off the ninth inning.

Farrell hit pinch-hitter John Cox with a pitch, but retired the next three batters he faced to give Smith Tobey (16-6) its second victory in the tournament.

Hampden resumed its game with Kennebunk locked in a 5-5 tie in the top of the eighth inning.

The Riverdogs had the bases loaded with the tying run already across when the game was suspended, but Kennebunk retired the first two batters after the game re-started to keep the game tied.

Cody Johndro walked to lead off the Hampden ninth and scored the go-ahead run when Shawn Smith tripled to right-center.

Josh Tardiff then reached on an infield hit, and he came around to score with two outs when Ryan Blake reached on an infield error.

Derek Amoroso earned the pitching win in relief, striking out three batters and walking four over the final two innings.

Smith tripled and singled for Hampden, while Amoroso, Cody Miller and Brennan Perry each doubled and singled.

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