BRISTOL, Conn. — The Bangor East Little League baseball team took Monday off from New England regional competition at Breen Field.
The Maine champions were regrouping from a 10-8, seven-inning loss to Glastonbury National of Glastonbury, Conn., as well as a scary injury suffered during that Sunday game by Bangor East first baseman Jake Morrill.
Morrill was hit in the forehead just above the left eye by a line drive during the top of the fifth inning of that contest.
“A lefthanded batter pulled one down the line, and it hit him before he could get his glove up,” said Scott Morrill, Jake’s father and one of the Bangor East coaches.
Jake Morrill subsequently was taken to a Bristol hospital where a CT scan determined he had a fractured skull, according to his father.
He then was transferred to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford where he saw a neurologist, and he remained there Monday night.
Earlier in the day, he was visited by his Bangor East teammates.
“It lifted everybody’s spirits,” said Scott Morrill.
Jake never lost consciousness after he was struck by the line drive, said his father, who added that the family will return to Bangor on Tuesday.
Scott Morrill said his son likely will have reconstructive surgery to address the fracture, as the force of the baseball essentially created an indentation in his forehead that will require the installation of a titanium plate to repair.
Bangor East (0-3) is scheduled to close out pool play at 11 a.m. today against Brattleboro, Vt., which is 1-2 after a 9-1 loss to Lincoln, R.I., on Monday. Brattleboro opened pool play with a 2-1 victory over Glastonbury National of Glastonbury, Conn., on Friday, then lost to Portsmouth, N.H., 10-1 on Saturday.
Bangor East, which lost to Lincoln, R.I., 14-3 and Peabody, Mass., 13-0 in its first two games, will be coming off its heartbreaking loss to Glastonbury.
Bangor East held an 8-4 lead after five innings but struggled when the game resumed after Morrill’s injury.
Glastonbury’s Josh Herlands hit a grand slam in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game, and Andrew Takahashi hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh to help give the Connecticut champions their first win of the tournament.
Glastonbury held a 4-3 lead through 3½ innings before Bangor East used a four-run rally in the bottom of the fourth inning that featured an RBI double by Liam Harrigan and a two-run single by Alex Welch.
Sam Huston followed with a solo homer in the fifth to give the Maine champions a four-run cushion,
Huston had a three-hit game for Bangor East with two singles to go with his home run, while Andrew Hillier singled twice and Ryan Brookings, Justin Courtney, Harrigan and Marcus McCue each doubled,
Takahashi had a home run, two doubles and a single with four runs scored and three RBIs for Glastonbury, while Nate Mandell added a home run and three RBIs.
Joe Murphy pitched 2ª innings of hitless relief to earn the win, while Ryan Moore, the second of three Bangor East pitchers, took the loss.
Bangor tops Quincy, Mass.
At Freehold Township, N.J., the Bangor All-Stars remained alive at the East Regional tournament, pulling out a 6-5 victory Monday over Quincy, Mass., in an elimination game at Michael J. Tighe Field.
The win advances the Maine District 3 champions, 10-2 in postseason play overall and 2-1 in the regional, to a 4 p.m. game today against tournament host Freehold Township, N.J.
Freehold Township (2-1) fell out of the winner’s bracket when Carlisle, Pa., scored eight runs in the top of the seventh inning Monday to rally for an 18-13 victory.
Quincy jumped out to a 2-0 first-inning lead against Bangor, but the Maine team tied the game in the bottom of the second and took the lead with a run in the bottom of the third.
Quincy tied the game at 3-3 with a run in the fourth, but Bangor scored once in the fifth and twice in the sixth to overcome single runs by the Massachusetts team in the fifth and seventh.
That victory came in the aftermath of two extra-inning games for Bangor in their first two matchups of the 10-team, double-elimination tournament.
Bangor fell to Thurmont, Md., 9-4 in its opener Saturday evening, scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game before the Maryland team erupted for five runs in the top of the eighth to regain the lead.
Bangor defeated Rumford Little League of East Providence, R.I., 8-6 in eight innings Sunday, scoring twice in the top of the eighth inning after the Rhode Island team scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh.
Freehold Township, N.J., also already has played East Providence, R.I., scoring a run in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 3-2 victory in the first game of the tournament Saturday morning.