HAMPDEN, Maine — One week into its schedule, there are few complaints about the Bangor High School baseball team.
The Rams followed up Wednesday’s season-opening 9-4 victory over Brewer with an 11-0 five-inning win over undermanned Hampden Academy at Bordick Park on Friday afternoon.
This game was essentially over before Bangor ever took the field defensively, as the Rams erupted for seven runs in the top of the first inning.
“We came ready to play for sure,” said Bangor coach Jeff Fahey. “We’ve been swinging the bats well at practice and against Brewer the other day, and [Friday] we just continued and we didn’t let up.
“I told the players the sign of a good team is they win and the sign of a great team is they put people away, and I think they listened.”
Senior righthander Kyle Savage made that early offensive outburst stand up by allowing just one hit over four innings. Savage threw just 38 pitches, 26 for strikes, while striking out two batters, walking no one and hitting a batter.
“Not many strikeouts,” said Savage, “but I just tried to mix stuff up and let my players make the plays behind me.”
Savage also sparked Bangor’s 11-hit offense with two doubles, while Nate Lewis doubled and singled in three at-bats and is now 5-for-6 with four runs scored in Bangor’s 2-0 start.
Jacques Larochelle added two singles for the Rams, while Joe Stanevicz hit two sacrifice flies and Jack Stacey contributed a two-run single and a walk.
Stacey, a junior second baseman, is 3-for-4 with a walk, a sacrifice, two runs scored, two stolen bases and two RBIs in two games from the No. 9 slot in Bangor’s batting order.
“I love it,” said Stacey of his role. “I get to see a lot of fastballs and most of the time they’re strikes, too. It makes me feel good knowing that I’m batting ninth and I can get on base and produce even though I might not be expected to do it.”
Hampden (1-1) was missing four players against Bangor due to other obligations.
And when Bangor got the chance to jump on the Broncos early, it did.
Sophomore righthander Fred Knight walked the first three Bangor batters of the game to set up the first of three innings in which the Rams loaded the bases with no one out.
A double-error on a stolen-base attempt allowed leadoff hitter Lonnie Hackett to score from first to give Bangor a 1-0 lead. Walks to Cody McInnis and Adam King and a single to center by Larochelle loaded the bases before Lewis lined a two-run double to right-center.
Stanevicz followed with a one-out sacrifice fly to score Larochelle and Stanevicz reached first base on the play when the ball was dropped in left field.
After Knight struck out Savage, Stacey singled to center to drive two more runs home.
“He threw me a high fastball, so I hit it back at him and it went up the middle,” said Stacey, who then scored the final run of the inning thanks to two wild pitches.
Bangor added two runs in the second on another sacrifice fly by Stanevicz and an RBI double to right-center by Savage, then capped off its scoring in the fourth on a two-run single to center by Hackett.
Hampden’s lone hit came in the second when freshman Brian Fickett hit a leadoff single to left.
“Next time we play them it could be a 2-1 game,” said Fahey. “I’ve done this enough to know one game doesn’t mean a thing. It’s all about pitching matchups and everything else, but I do like the way we’re swinging the bats.”