BANGOR — His teammates had given him a double-digit lead after three innings, but Pat McEwen still pitched like he was in a one-run game.
The Brewer Falcons’ righthander gave up just one run on four hits while striking out seven in a complete-game effort as coach Chris Morris’ club cruised to a 16-1 victory over Lincoln Lumber in an American Legion Zone 1 tournament game at Husson University Friday.
The contest was halted in the bottom of the seventh due to the 10-run rule.
McEwen set the tempo right away, retiring the Lumber in order in the top half of the first on just 13 pitches while his offense struck for six runs in the bottom of the frame.
“We’ve talked all year about pitchers setting the tempo, and I think Pat set the tempo for us,” Morris said. “He just pitched a hell of a game.”
The Falcons sent 11 men to the plate in the first, scoring all six runs with one out, an out that came on a sacrifice bunt by Brandon Gendreau.
Kyle McLain and Jordan Richards each had RBI base hits in the inning while Blake Birmingham drove in two of his five runs on the afternoon with a two-run single.
Brewer pieced together five-run innings in the third and fifth, sending 10 batters to the plate each time, while pounding out 12 hits on the day against five Lincoln pitchers.
All nine Falcon starters reached base at least once with eight recording a hit. Richards, Cody Carrell and Birmingham enjoyed multiple-hit games.
“That’s something we’ve done all year,” Morris said. “They’ve all had their moments when they’ve shined. Everybody’s helping out, which was a plus.”
McEwen, who didn’t pitch in the high school postseason for Brewer High due to an ankle injury, mostly stuck with his fastball and added in the occasional changeup and curveball.
“I just stayed with my fastball. My changeup came along today and my curveball was still there,” McEwen said. “I just wanted to throw strikes and that’s what I did.”
McEwen did a solid job of attacking the strike zone, as he only walked one man. Then again, when you’ve got a large lead, that’s easier to do.
“That takes a lot of pressure off. Whether we score six runs in the first or zero, all I’m going out there to do is throw strikes,” McEwen said.
Lincoln foiled McEwen’s shutout bid in the top of the fifth as Logan McLaughlin singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Dakota Sleeper, Ivan Voisine and Tyler Tash, who each singled, were the only other batters who got hits off McEwen.
Birmingham was the Falcons’ big hitter out of the No. 9 hole in the lineup. He had three hits, including a double, and five RBIs while Richards went 2-for-3 with three runs and three RBIs.
“We’re definitely coming into the tournament playing good baseball. We can still improve and we’re just going to hit the ball solid and go from there,” McEwen said.
Lincoln (9-9) 000 010 0 — 1 4 2
Brewer (13-4) 605 050 x — 16 12 1
McLaughlin, Kay (1), Jones (3), Harris (4), Thompson (6) and Harris, Jones (4); McEwen and Richards, Alexander (7)