BANGOR, Maine — One of the most noticeable traits of the Bangor High School baseball team through the first quarter of the 2010 season is the balance throughout its batting order.
The Rams pounded out 11 hits for the third time in their first four games Thursday to improve their record to 4-0 with a windswept 10-4 victory over Messalonskee of Oakland.
Catcher Dylan Morris and designated hitter Devin Lyshon each had three singles in support of junior lefthander Joe Stanevicz, who scattered four hits while allowing no earned runs over five innings.
“The first couple of games it was the bottom of our order that hit the ball well, and against Lawrence [a 4-2 win Monday] it was the top of the order,” said Bangor coach Jeff Fahey. “Today it was kind of sprinkled through everywhere.
“And when you get six hits out of two kids, one in the middle of the lineup and one down lower in the order, it helps.”
Lonnie Hackett and Cody McInnis each added two singles from the top of the order for the Rams, who built a 6-0 lead through three innings.
Stanevicz (2-0) had a shutout working until being touched up for two unearned runs on two Bangor errors in the top of the fifth. He struck out three batters and walked two during a 77-pitch performance before giving way to reliever John Kelley in the sixth.
“Joe’s fastball was working pretty good,” said Morris. “Not everything was working for him today, but he was still in command.”
Morris, Bangor’s No. 8 hitter, sparked a four-run rally in the second with an RBI single to left after the Rams had loaded the bases with no one out.
Jack Stacey followed Morris’ first hit with a bases-loaded walk, and a fielder’s choice by Hackett drove home the third run of the inning before McInnis singled home Hackett to give the Rams a 4-0 lead.
Morris added another RBI single during a two-run Bangor uprising in the third, and singled and scored in the fifth when Bangor added four runs to extend its lead to 10-2.
“Coach always talks about getting opportunities,” said Morris, “and when you get an opportunity to give it your best shot. I just went up there thinking to do my best and good things would happen.”
Lyshon also added singles in the third and fifth innings, and finished the game 3-for-3 while helping Bangor avenge a 4-3 loss to Messalonskee in last spring’s Eastern Maine Class A semifinals.
“I was off to a slow start in the beginning of the year, but I didn’t let it get to my head,” said Lyshon. “We’ve been waiting for this game for a while against these guys. Last year was emotional for us, so I wanted to come out and hit the ball hard today.”
Gage Landry paced Messalonskee (2-2) with three hits, two singles and a two-run double off Kelley in the sixth. Dylan Foster added an RBI single for the Eagles while Sam Dexter drove home a run with a fielder’s choice grounder.