Unbeaten Rams want to keep charging through the playoffs

Posted June 02, 2010, at 1:36 a.m.

The numbers speak for themselves in the Bangor High School baseball team’s run to an undefeated regular season.

The Rams are the only team to go unbeaten this spring — in fact just six other teams statewide have just one loss, and no other Class A team has fewer than two defeats.

Bangor has averaged 9.0 runs per game and scored at least four runs in every contest. Five times the Rams have won by the 10-run rule, and the closest margin of victory has been two runs in 4-2 decisions over Lawrence of Fairfield on April 26 and Cony of Augusta on May 7.

“We try to get a little better in some area every game,” said Bangor coach Jeff Fahey, whose team has scored at least 10 runs in six of its last eight games, “and we’ve been hitting the ball well all season.”

That offensive effort, capped off by Monday’s 17-hit attack in a 10-3 win at Lewiston to cap the regular season, has been complemented by a pitching staff that has yielded just 3.1 runs per contest. Only twice has Bangor allowed more than four runs — in a 10-6 win at Brewer on May 14 and an 8-5 win at Messalonskee of Oakland on May 21.

“It feels great, but we’ve got a lot more work to do,” said junior lefthander Joe Stanevicz, who leads the pitching staff with a 7-0 record. “It’s a whole new slate for every team now with the playoffs coming, so we’ve got to work hard and play our game to get where we want to be.”

And that’s the remaining challenge facing the Rams, who will prepare for the playoffs by competing in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship game later this week against either Cony or Oxford Hills of South Paris, one of the few Eastern Maine Class A contenders the Rams did not face during the regular season.

Cony and Oxford Hills entered Tuesday’s play battling for second place in the division.

“Even though the KVAC game doesn’t count, we still want to play it hard to get to 17-0,” said senior pitcher-outfielder Kyle Savage, who led a late-season power surge by the Rams with four home runs.

Bangor’s undefeated status means the Rams will be the favorite when the Eastern A playoffs begin next week, but the last time the program went undefeated during the regular season, it reached 19-0 before falling to Deering of Portland in the state championship game.

This year’s club hopes to take the streak one game further — to Bangor’s first state title since 2006.

“It means a lot to be 16-0, but at the same time we haven’t won anything yet,” said senior shortstop Cody McInnis. “That’s what we’ve been preaching as a team, that we haven’t won anything until we win it all.”

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