April 19, 2018
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Estes carries Coyotes


OLD TOWN, Maine — There wasn’t much Old Town High School junior righthander Casey Estes didn’t do in Tuesday’s 12-2, six-inning baseball win over Hermon.

Estes tossed six innings of six-hit, two-run ball and aided his own cause with a two-run double and two singles as Old Town improved to 3-4.

Hermon is now 1-3.

Estes had pinpoint control, striking out three and not walking anybody while throwing 54 strikes among his 73 pitches.

He faced 25 hitters and went to only two two-ball counts.

“I had good control with all of my pitches today. My curve and my changeup both worked real well,” said Estes, who also threw a fastball and a cut fastball.

“He pitched a great game. He kept us off-balance. He mixed his pitches up very well,” said Hermon coach Doug McGinley.

The Coyotes broke the game open with five runs in the fourth inning to transform a 2-1 lead into a six-run cushion.

Josh Moul and Dan Gastia walked off Hermon freshman righthander Will Perkins and moved up when reliever Logan Trembley uncorked a wild pitch.

Junior Tyler Murphy pinch hit for Jared Winchenbach and drilled a sharp single to center to score Moul.

“That was a big hit for us,” said Old Town coach Dave Utterback. “I want to get his bat into the lineup a little more. He doesn’t get cheated up there.”

“I went up with a good approach. I wanted to get good swings, hit the ball and get the runs in,” said Murphy, who hit a curveball. “[Trembley] looked pretty good in warmups and I figured he’d be around the plate.”

Estes followed by belting a long, two-run double over left fielder Tyler Fournier’s head.

“The first pitch he threw me was a fastball and I took it. I knew he’d throw me another fastball and I was ready for it,” said Estes. “It was a little high, up over the belt.”

Gabe Melmed ripped a line-drive double down the left-field line to score Estes and Shane Nadeau grounded a sharp, two-out double down the left-field line to score Melmed.

Estes singled to trigger a five-run sixth inning that ended the game. All five runs were unearned as Hermon committed three errors in the inning. Dan Gastia ended the game with an RBI single to invoke the 10-run rule.

Old Town featured a 10-hit attack and Utterback said his captains requested 7 a.m. batting practice on game days.

“We hit at 7 a.m. today and it carried over into the game,” said Utterback.

“They hit the ball very well. Everything they hit was line drives,” said McGinley, who also acknowledged his team’s five errors gave the Coyotes some extra outs.

Cody Veilleux’s two-out, RBI single staked Hermon to a 1-0 lead in the third but Old Town answered with two in the bottom of the third on a two-out wild pitch and Zak Kochis’ RBI single.

Estes and Hermon’s Veilleux, who had two singles, were the game’s only repeat hitters.

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