BANGOR — When these teams met four days earlier, Hampden-Newport used a sense of urgency as a catalyst for an upset over Bangor that earned the Riverdogs the final American Legion Zone 1 playoff berth.
But now it’s the postseason, both teams share the same sense of urgency — and there would be no upset in the rematch.
The top-ranked Comrades built an eight-run lead through three innings and got six innings of four-hit pitching from lefthander Joe Stanevicz Friday evening to cruise past Hampden-Newport 15-4 in zone tournament play at Husson University.
The game ended in the bottom of the eighth under the 10-run rule.
Bangor (15-2) faces No. 2 Brewer (13-4) in a winners’ bracket game at 4 p.m. Saturday, following an elimination game between No. 6 Hampden-Newport (9-9) and No. 4 Lincoln Lumber (9-9) at noon.
Stanevicz (6-1) allowed three earned runs while striking out nine batters and walking four before giving way to Jesse Wood, who pitched two scoreless innings of relief.
“I didn’t have my best stuff tonight, but my defense played great behind me,” said Stanevicz. “They really did a lot of the work and took a lot of the pressure off me, along with the offense, which really gave me a lot of support.”
Left fielder Jordan Clarke paced Bangor’s 17-hit attack with three runs scored, a single and a pair of two-run doubles, including a drive to left-center in the bottom of the eighth to end the game.
Devin Lyshon added two singles and three RBIs, for the Comrades, while Stanevicz had two singles and two RBIs and Anthony Capuano doubled and singled with two RBIs. Jack Stacey and Cody McInnis also singled twice each as all 10 Bangor players who batted in the game had at least one hit.
“We wanted to come out strong,” said Clarke. “We wanted to do this, and it’s good that everyone was hitting because that’s what we need going through this tournament.”
Tyler Desjardins singled twice for Hampden-Newport, while Nolan Turner and Justin Amoroso each doubled.
Hampden-Newport tried the same formula that had worked Monday in Monday’s 6-0 win over Bangor, starting Jared Seamans (4-2) on three days’ rest after he pitched a six-hit shutout against the Comrades.
But this time Bangor had no offensive struggles against the lefthander, erupting for 10 runs on 10 hits in the first three innings.
“We wanted to get a little revenge on him,” said Stanevicz. “We’d been working hard in practice the last few days, staying back, hitting up the middle and going the opposite way and it really paid off tonight for us..”
Turner manufactured a run for Hampden-Newport in the top of the first, drawing a nine-pitch leadoff walk, stealing second and then scoring on an error as he stole third.
Bangor answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. McInnis and Clarke each walked, with McInnis scoring on a one-out ground single to right by Lyshon. Clarke and Lyshon each came around to score on wild pitches by Seamans to make it 3-1.
After Amoroso doubled and scored on a single by Desjardins in the top of the second, Bangor bunched together three more runs in the bottom of the inning.
Capuano singled sharply to left, and McInnis followed with a one-out ground single up the middle before Clarke lined a two-run double to the right-center field gap.
Stanevicz then singled before Clarke scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by Lyshon to give the Comrades a 6-2 lead.
Stanevicz hit a two-run single and scored on a single by Lyshon to highlight a four-run rally by Bangor in the bottom of the third. Christian Corneil also contributed an RBI single to the uprising.
Hampden scored twice in the fifth to cut the cap to 10-4, but Bangor scored once in the seventh and ended the contest in the eighth on two-run doubles by Capuano and Clarke.
Hampden-Newprt (9-9) 110 020 00 — 4 5 3
Bangor (15-2) 334 000 14 — 15 17 1
Seamans, Perry (4) and Miller; Stanevicz, Wood (7) and Morris