LEWISTON, Maine — After losing on the road in last year’s Eastern Maine Class A semifinals, the Bangor High School baseball team was determined to earn as much of a home-field advantage for postseason play as possible this spring.
A 16-0 regular-season finish should do the trick.
Coach Jeff Fahey’s club pounded out 17 hits and junior lefthander Joe Stanevicz pitched a complete- game five-hitter Monday as the Rams capped off their first undefeated regular season since 2007 with a 10-3 win over Lewiston at the Franklin Baseball Field.
Bangor should enter postseason play as the No. 1 seed in Eastern A, though second-place Cony of Augusta and third-place Oxford Hills of South Paris each conclude its regular season Tuesday.
Lewiston, which was battling Brewer for fourth place in the division, likely will finish fifth with a 10-6 record and visit the Witches in a regional quarterfinal on June 10.
“This was a big game both ways, for them to move up in the Heal points and for us to get some breathing room,” said Bangor senior designated hitter Devin Lyshon. “It’s a great feeling to be 16-0 and I wouldn’t want to do it with any other team.”
Senior shortstop Cody McInnis hit a two-run triple to highlight a three-run fourth-inning rally and also had two singles for Bangor, which spotted Lewiston a 1-0 first-inning lead before scoring six unanswered runs to take control.
“When we start getting the hits, it builds the confidence and we know the runs are going to come,” said McInnis.
Junior third baseman Adam King added three singles and two RBIs, while senior left fielder Kyle Savage doubled and belted his team-leading fourth home run of the spring, a two-run shot to left through the incoming breeze — and smoke from the raging Quebec forest fires — in the top of the fifth.
Senior center fielder Lonnie Hackett, senior right fielder Nate Lewis and junior catcher Dylan Morris each added two singles, as all nine Bangor starters managed at least one hit.
“We had a couple of guys struggling at the beginning of the year and different guys would pull through,” said Lewis, “but now everybody’s swinging the bat and things are going well. Seventeen hits shows that.”
Stanevicz improved his record to 7-0 with a nine-strikeout, one-walk performance.
“I actually felt really well,” he said. “I feel like it is getting stronger. Last year my arm got stronger as the summer progressed, and I feel like it’s even stronger this year.”
Stanevicz yielded an unearned run in the first, then held the Blue Devils scoreless until running into his only jam in the bottom of the fifth, when Lewiston had four of its five hits to score two runs and pull within 6-3.
“I thought Joe was in command most of the time,” Fahey said. “I don’t know if that’s because he was pitching on adrenaline or because there was a good crowd or because there were a couple of college coaches here with a radar gun, but he reared back and fired. Even when he struggled a little bit to find a groove, he didn’t let up.”
And it didn’t hurt that Bangor never stopped hitting, answering Lewiston’s fifth-inning rally with four runs on four hits in the top of the seventh, including a two-run single by King and RBI singles by Jack Stacey and McInnis.
“Everybody’s hitting right now,” said Savage. “I feel like it’s good to be peaking now with the playoffs coming up rather than earlier in the season.”