June 21, 2018
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Andrews, John Bapst overpower Old Town

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

OLD TOWN — Max Andrews had quite an afternoon at Old Town’s expense Friday.

The John Bapst of Bangor junior not only pitched a five-inning one-hitter, he also hit two home runs, scored three runs and delivered five RBIs as the Crusaders stormed past the Coyotes 13-1 in a game ended early by the 10-run rule.

The righthander struck out 11 batters and walked just two during an 80-pitch performance to pick up his first varsity victory.

Andrews’ lone mistake was a belt-high fastball that Old Town’s Lucas Baillargeon sent over the center-field fence to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning.

But by that time John Bapst’s lead was 13-0, and Andrews struck out two of the next three batters to close out the Crusaders’ second win in as many games this season.

“What made Max effective today was that he really mixed his pitches well,” said John Bapst coach Shane Graham. “He threw a lot of changeups and a lot of curveballs just to keep them off balance, and that just made his fastball that much sharper.”

And that fastball was quite effective even without the off-speed complements. Andrews’ heater was clocked as fast as 84 miles per hour, helping him to strike out at least two batters in every inning.

Not bad for someone who didn’t pitch at all last spring.

“This is the first year I’ve actually pitched from a windup,” said Andrews, who served primarily as a designated hitter for John Bapst last year. “I was always a stretch pitcher before. It was a huge adjustment, and I started to get frustrated at times, but I’m glad I stuck with it.”

Andrews provided his own run support in the first inning, following back-to-back two-out singles by Chris Hammond and Sean O’Donnell with a three-run homer to center field.

“I was sitting on a fastball every time because the first couple of pitches were balls and it was 2-0 so I was expecting a fastball,” Andrews said.

Hammond provided another long ball an inning later, this time a one-out grand slam to make it 7-0 after consecutive walks by Old Town starter Shane Nadeau to Brandon Cyr, Andrew Catlin and Shawn Curran.

Andrews added a solo homer in the fourth inning, and Evan Pelkey sparked a five-run John Bapst uprising in the top of the fifth with a three-run double.

Pelkey finished with three of John Bapst’s 10 hits, two doubles and a single, while O’Donnell singled twice and Hammond had a single to go with his home run.

“Overall we’ve got a lot of athleticism,” said Graham, “with a lot of pitchers and a lot of hitters so we feel like we can go with various combinations out there and be successful.”

Old Town was playing without cleanup hitter Cody Cross, who was at a hockey tryout.

The Coyotes fall to 1-2.

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