BUCKSPORT, Maine — Tyler French pitched a complete-game five-hitter and Billy DeRedin doubled home the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as Bucksport edged Hermon 4-3 in a Penobscot Valley Conference Class B baseball game Saturday afternoon.
Bucksport is now 3-0 on the season, while Hermon is 1-2 — with all three of its decisions coming by one run.
Hermon had taken a 3-2 lead with two runs in the top of the sixth on an RBI double by Cody Vellieux and a sacrifice fly by Will Perkins.
But Bucksport countered in the bottom of the inning. Tyler McAllian lined a one-out single to center and Evan Eldridge walked before the runners moved to second and third on a wild pitch.
DeRedin then drove a 2-2 fastball on the outside corner of the plate to the gap in right-center field, driving home both McAllian and Eldridge to restore Bucksport to a one-run lead.
French made that lead stand up by retiring Hermon in order in the top of the seventh, with the final two outs coming via strikeouts.
French required just 73 pitches to complete his seven innings, as the junior righthander struck out five and walked just one to outduel Veilleux, who also pitched a five-hitter. Veilleux struck out five and walked five while yielding just two earned runs.
Bucksport scored two unearned runs to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. French drew a two-out walk and advanced to second as Tim Nason reached on an infield error. McAllian walked to load the bases before Eldridge singled up the middle to drive home French and Nason.
Hermon reached French for its first run in the fourth. Veilleux hit a one-out single to left, stole second base and went to third on an infield hit by Brad McCluskey before scoring on a sacrifice fly to left by Perkins.