BANGOR — The hot-hitting Bangor High School baseball team went on a relentless offensive Monday afternoon, steadily building momentum before pulling away to its third straight five-inning victory, a 13-3 decision over Hampden Academy at Mansfield Stadium.
Hampden starter Dylan Corliss was able to prevent the unbeaten Rams from any major early uprisings, but ultimately the weight of Bangor’s 17-hit attack wore the righthander down, with an RBI single by pinch-hitter Bryan Rouleau capping off a six-run rally in the bottom of the fifth that ended the game under the 10-run rule.
“Right from the start we hit the ball hard,” said Bangor coach Jeff Fahey. “It was just a matter of time before they fell in, I think.”
Ten different Bangor batters had at least one hit for the third straight game, and the Rams now have amassed 48 runs on 51 hits while scoring at least on run in each of the 14 team at-bats through their 3-0 start.
“Everybody on the team saw ball real well out of [Corliss’] hand,” said Bangor senior outfielder Josiah Hartley. “He threw pretty well and was right around the plate, but we were able to get on top of it.”
No one saw the ball better than Hartley, the Rams’ cleanup hitter who went 4-for-4 with a home run, a double and four RBIs.
He sees much of Bangor’s early offensive success as the byproduct of previous successes ranging from a berth in the Senior League World Series championship game last summer to state championships won by Bangor during the current school year in soccer and basketball as well as an Eastern Maine title in football.
“This year’s been good for everyone on the team, everyone also has been part of some other winning team whether it’s been Eastern Maine or states,” he said. “It just gives everybody that extra boost. Everybody feels like they’re going to go up there and get a hit. Nobody’s nervous, and it’s just a good feeling.”
Luke Hettermann, Adam King, Anthony Capuano and Dylan Morris added two hits apiece for Bangor, which is batting a collective .537 (51-for-95) heading into Wednesday’s game at Skowhegan.
“Definitely all these kids playing together for so long helps, and we all love the game,” said King, a senior third baseman. “We’ve just been jumping on every pitcher, and that’s where the confidence comes from, the hitting.”
Senior lefthander Joe Stanevicz worked into the fifth inning for his second pitching victory, striking out six and walking five while allowing two earned runs.
King hit a two-out single and scored on Hartley’s double to left to give Bangor a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Rams added three unearned runs in the second, but Hampden cut the gap to 3-2 in the third as Cody Miller walked and later scored on a wild pitch while Fred Knight singled and came around to score on a two-out infield hit by Connor Perry.
Hartley’s solo homer to left-center in the bottom of the third gave Bangor a two-run lead, and a double by Hettermann followed by singles from Christian Corneil, King and Hartley comprised a two-run rally in the fourth.
Logan Steward drew a bases-loaded walk for Hampden in the top of the fifth, but Bangor sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the inning for its game-ending rally, with Hartley hitting a two-run single and Morris and pinch-hitter Nic Cota each singling home one run before Rouleau ended the contest with a ground single to right.
“I’m really not as disappointed as what the final score was,” said Hampden coach McLean Poulin. “Dillon threw great, but they’re a great hitting team. He didn’t walk anyone, and that’s what we’ve been preaching all year, to throw strikes and make the other team beat us. They did, and we tip our caps.”