BANGOR — Mother Nature may have done the Bangor baseball team a favor by giving the team a brief respite from its schedule in recent days.
For after allowing 19 runs during a 1-1 week that included their first regular-season loss since 2009, the Rams returned to action Wednesday seemingly refreshed and much stingier in earning a 5-0 victory over Hampden Academy at Mansfield Stadium.
Joe Stanevicz and Luke Hettermann combined to pitch a two-hit shutout and Dylan Morris drove in three runs as Bangor improved its record to 9-1 in a game that was moved to the Rams’ home field due to wet conditions at Bordick Park in Hampden.
“We’ve been wanting to get back on track because we hadn’t been playing our best baseball, and we wanted to get back outside after practicing inside the last two days,” said Morris. “It was a blast today. We got all muddy and had some fun.”
Bangor had played just once since its 10-7 loss to Mount Ararat of Topsham on May 9 due to a bye in its schedule and the incessant weather woes that have gripped the region.
“If you lose a game in football you’ve got to wait a whole week before you play again, and that’s kind of how we felt last week after we lost a game on Monday and didn’t play again until Friday,” said Bangor coach Jeff Fahey. “We didn’t play that well in that game, either [a 13-9 win at Lawrence of Fairfield].
“But I thought during practice the last two days the ball started jumping off our bats again like it was early in the season, so maybe we did need that little bit of a break.”
Stanevicz threw 104 pitches over six innings, yielding two hits while striking out seven batters and walking five to improve his record to 5-0 after getting seventh-inning relief help from Hettermann.
“I felt really good right from the start, right from when I got here until the end,” said Stanevicz, who was backed by an errorless Bangor defense. “I came out of the game because of the pitch count, but that happens. Everything was working today.”
Morris capped off a three-run first-inning rally by the Rams with a two-run triple to center field off Hampden righthander Logan Poirier, just after Anthony Capuano drove home the game’s first run with an opposite-field single to left.
“It’s been a while since we had played a game and we were all looking forward to getting out there,” said Capuano, Bangor’s sophomore first baseman. “It was the first pitch I saw and I waited a little longer than normal and then drove it the other way. It felt good.”
Bangor added single runs in the second and third innings. Seth Freudenberger led off the second with a single, then stole second base and went to third on a Jack Stacey groundout before scoring on the back end of a double steal with Christian Corneil, who had drawn a two-out walk.
Capuano hit a one-out double in the third inning and scored on a single to right by Morris.
Poirier, making his first pitching start of the spring, limited Bangor to two singles over the final four innings to cap off a seven-hitter that required just 90 pitches. Poirier had two strikeouts, three walks and hit a batter.
Capuano finished with two doubles and a single with two runs scored, while Morris tripled and singled and Freudenberger singled twice to account for all of Bangor’s hits.
Fred Knight’s first-inning single and Nick Rodgerson’s bunt single on a sacrifice attempt in the third inning were the only hits for 6-5 Hampden.