BREWER — Two days and two games into its regular season, the Bangor High School baseball team is beginning to develop the identity of an offensive juggernaut.
The Rams rode a 15-hit attack and the one-hit pitching of righthander Jesse Wood to a 16-0, five-inning victory over Brewer at Heddericg Field on Friday afternoon. It was the second straight day coach Jeff Fahey’s club overwhelmed an opponent with the depth of its batting order.
Ten different Bangor players had at least one hit against the 0-2 Witches, one day after 10 different Rams hit safely in their season-opening 19-7 blitz of Lawrence of Fairfield — another five-inning affair.
Bangor now has scored 35 runs on 34 hits in 10 innings of play.
“It’s a product of hard work,” said Bangor senior catcher Dylan Morris. “We hit so much during the off-season and we know how to win. We’ve been getting after it and supporting each other, and once somebody gets a hit everybody starts hitting. Everything’s going good right now.”
From the moment Luke Hettermann led off the game with a sharp double to center — his second first-inning double in as many days — the Rams got ahead in the count against Brewer starter Joey Bartol and then attacked anything thrown toward the middle of the plate.
Hetterman, Morris, Adam King, Josiah Hartley and Anthony Capuano each had two hits for Bangor, with King, Hartley, Christian Corneil, Seth Freudenberger and Jack Stacey each driving home two runs.
Freudenberger and Stacey, the 8-9 hitters in the Rams’ batting order, also scored three runs apiece.
And no one in the lineup struck out.
“Hitting’s contagious,” said Hetterman, “and we all just came out swinging the bats today.”
Wood, vying to earn the No. 2 slot in the Bangor pitching rotation behind ace Joe Stanevicz, retired the first nine batters he faced and yielded only an infield single by Yuhi Sasaki to lead off the Brewer fourth — after Bangor already had built a 14-0 lead.
Wood walked the next batter he faced but regrouped to retire the next three batters to end the Witches’ lone scoring threat.
“I’ve just been working on mechanics since the season started, being balanced and following through,” said Wood.
He finished with seven strikeouts and two walks.
“When Jesse throws strikes and is around the plate he’s really as good a righthander as there is around because he has a very good curveball,” said Fahey, whose team hosts Hampden Academy on Monday afternoon. “Today, instead of trying to nibble he got ahead in the count, threw strikes, and really looked comfortable out there.”
Hetterman doubled and scored on a one-out single to left by King to give Bangor an immediate 1-0 lead in the top of the first, and King came around to make it 2-0 on singles by Hartley and Morris.
Bangor added two runs in the second on an RBI single to center by Hetterman and a run-scoring double by Corneil.
The Rams then scored four runs in the third, with Stacey and King each singling home a run. They sent 11 batters to the plate to produce six runs in the fourth, an uprising highlighted by Hartley’s two-run single to left.
“We’re playing well right now,” said Hetterman. “We’ve just got to focus on every game and not look too far ahead.”