BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor High School Rams were retired in order in the first inning.
But at least eight hitters came to the plate in each of the next three innings as the undefeated Rams pounded out a season-high 15 hits en route to a 15-2 victory over Hampden Academy in a game called after 4½ innings due to the 10-run rule.
Ten Rams, including eight of the nine starters, had at least one hit.
“You’ve got to tip your hat to them. They absolutely crushed the ball,” said Hampden Academy coach McLean Poulin. “They’re a great team.”
“We were seeing the ball well today,” said Bangor senior left fielder Kyle Savage, who doubled and tripled, scored twice and knocked in a pair. “We were really aggressive at the plate.”
“We didn’t have any cheap hits. We hit the ball hard. Even when we made outs, we hit the ball hard,” said senior center fielder Lonnie Hackett, who had a triple and two singles, scored three runs and drove in two.
Bangor scored seven runs in the second inning, five in the third and three more in the fourth en route to its 11th win.
Bangor will host Lawrence of Fairfield today at 4 p.m.
Hampden Academy fell to 3-8 after losing its sixth in a row.
Devin Lyshon opened the second inning with an infield single to the shortstop hole and winning pitcher Nate Lewis pulled a ground-ball double over the first-base bag.
Savage then poked a curve ball into right center field for a two-run double off junior righty Connor Perry.
“I didn’t hit it that hard. I just tried to handle it the best that I could,” said Savage.
“[Perry] is a junkball pitcher so [assistant Dave Morris] told us to keep our weight back [and hit the ball where it’s pitched],” said Lyshon.
A walk and a fielder’s choice later, Jack Stacey delivered another run with a sacrifice fly.
After two walks sandwiched a Hackett single to force in another run, Lyshon ripped a three-run double to left center.
“I’ve never had two hits in an inning before,” said Lyshon.
Savage tripled to trigger the third-inning rally. Dylan Morris singled him home and Stacey followed with a base hit.
Hackett rifled a two-run tripled just beyond the reach of left fielder Cooper Antone and, following a Cody McInnis single and stolen base, Joe Stanevicz grounded a two-run single up the middle to cap the rally.
Hackett was the only Ram with three hits but Lyshon, Savage and Stacey all went 2-for-2.
Lyshon and Stanevicz had three RBIs apiece.
Cody Miller had an RBI double for the Broncos and Antone also had a double.
Hampden Academy squandered Antone’s leadoff double in the first and a bases-loaded, one-out opportunity in the second with the game scoreless.
“If we had been able to score a few runs, maybe it would have given us some confidence,” said Poulin.
Lefty Lewis, who features a fastball and curve and throws them three-quarter arm and sidearm, allowed five hits and two runs, one earned, over four innings to pick up the win. He struck out four and walked three in improving to 3-0.
Lewis said, “I didn’t feel my best” but credited his defense for coming to his aid.
He threw 74 pitches, 42 for strikes.