BANGOR, Maine — Waterville High School junior third baseman Tim Locke was asked to recall the last time he had hit two homers in a game.
“Never in my life,” he responded.
That changed on Saturday as he belted a game-tying three-run homer and a solo shot, and senior left fielder Sam Nashed also drove in four runs from the No. 9 spot in the order as Waterville rallied for a 9-5 win over Cape Elizabeth in the state Class B championship game at Mansfield Stadium.
It was Waterville’s first-ever state title in baseball and the Purple Panthers finished the season at 19-1.
Cape Elizabeth wound up 18-2.
Consecutive two-out RBI singles by Sam St. Germain, Cam Brown and Kyle Piscopo staked the Capers to a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth but Waterville responded with five in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good.
Josh Gaudette grounded a single to left and Kyle Bishop walked before Locke launched his first homer to left to tie it.
“It was a fastball right down the middle,” said Locke, who had hit his first homer of the season in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Bucksport in the Eastern Maine title game.
Zach Wehry followed with a base hit and Mark Beckim walked before Wehry stole third when no one covered third on Aaron Hunter’s fake bunt. Beckim stole second on the very next pitch.
With the infield drawn in, Nashed grounded a sharp single to center to deliver Wehry and Beckim.
“You see a lot of good pitches when you hit in the ninth spot. I knew the infield was in,” said Nashed who drilled a fastball from losing pitcher Robert MacDonald.
“I had run the bases in the top of the inning and hadn’t caught my breath,” said MacDonald. “I got a little complacent and I left some balls up in the zone. When I kept the ball down, they didn’t hit it [hard]. They hit a lot of ground balls.”
Locke and Nashed delivered again in the fifth as Locke led off the inning with a solo homer to left off a fastball that was “from the middle out.”
That chased MacDonald in favor of Will Pierce, who was greeted by Wehry’s base hit.
Beckim walked, Hunter sacrificed them to second and third, and Nashed roped a double over the center fielder’s head to drive them home.
“That was a low, outside fastball. A lot of lefthanded hitters don’t like that pitch but that’s one of my favorite spots,” said Nashed, whose four-RBI game was his first of the season.
Nashed eventually scored on a two-out error to make it 9-3.
Brown doubled home a pair of runs in the sixth to slice the lead to 9-5 and chase starter and winner Kyle Bishop in favor of Josh Gaudette.
Gaudette got the final two outs in the sixth and surrendered just a walk in the seventh to sew up the win.
“They got a few more big hits than we did,” said Cape Elizabeth coach Chris Hayward.
Bishop said the team never panicked after falling behind 3-0.
“We’ve hit the ball well all year,” said Bishop, who allowed 10 hits and five runs through 5¤ innings for his eighth win in as many decisions.
Gaudette had two hits for the Purple Panthers, as did Locke and Nashed.
Brown and St. Germain had three singles apiece for Cape Elizabeth and Piscopo had a pair of hits.