The Bangor High School baseball and softball teams will compete for Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A championships on Friday.
The Rams’ baseball team, top-ranked in Eastern Maine Class A with a 16-0 record, will host second-seeded Cony of Augusta (14-2) for the conference title at 7 p.m. at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. Bangor defeated the reigning Eastern A champions 4-2 in their only regular-season meeting on May 7, also at Bangor.
The Bangor softball team, second-ranked in Eastern A with a 15-1 record, will play at top-seeded Skowhegan (15-1) in a 4 p.m. start. Bangor and Skowhegan, the defending Eastern Maine champion, split two meetings earlier this season, with Bangor winning 4-1 at Skowhegan on May 3 and Skowhegan winning a 3-0 decision at Bangor on May 26.
In Class B, Camden Hills of Rockport will face Waterville for the KVAC baseball championship in an 11 a.m. start Saturday from Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro. Waterville (15-1) finished the regular season as the top-ranked team in Eastern B, while Camden Hills finished fifth in the division with a 12-4 record and edged Lincoln Academy of Newcastle, third-ranked in Western B with an 11-5 record, by three Heal points to earn its trip to the conference championship game.
VERRIER WINS GATORADE AWARD
Matt Verrier, a senior catcher from Oxford Hills of South Paris, has been named the Gatorade Maine Baseball Player of the Year.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Verrier as Maine’s best high school baseball player.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Verrier was batting .487 this spring with two home runs and 25 RBIs at the time of his selection, entering the Vikings regular-season finale Wednesday against Lawrence of Fairfield.
Oxford Hills won that game 9-2 to finish with a 14-2 record good for third place in the final Eastern Maine Class A Heal point ratings.
A Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A all-star each of the past three years, Verrier also was named to the All-Maine first team in 2009 and played in last summer’s Area Code Games.
Verrier has maintained a 3.11 grade-point average. He has volunteered locally on behalf of Habitat for Humanity, youth baseball and football programs, and as part of an elementary school Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.
“Verrier has the whole package of skills,” said Edward Little of Auburn coach Scott Annear in a press release. “He’s great behind the plate, with solid mechanics and a great arm. He has excellent power as a hitter, and he makes great adjustments.”
Verrier has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Maine this fall.
Verrier joins recent Gatorade Maine Baseball Players of the Year Chris Bernard (2008-09, Scarborough), Kyle Stilphen (2007-08, Gardiner) and Jarrett Lukas (2006-07, Old Town) among the state’s list of former award winners.