AUGUSTA, Maine — Peter Potthoff credited Cheverus coach Mac McKew’s “see the ball, hit the ball — one-pitch-at-a-at-time” philosophy as a key teaching point in the Stags run this postseason.
The senior displayed his coach’s principle nearly perfectly, going three-for-four — including a two-run home run — with five RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Stags to a 9-1 win over Lewiston in the Class A baseball state championship at Morton Field Saturday.
Senior pitcher Joey Royer pitched a complete game, giving up five hits while walking only one and striking out seven.
Potthoff gave Cheverus a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning when he ripped a Jeff Keene fastball over Lewiston left fielder Shawn Ricker’s head to drive in Spencer Cooke and Nic Lops. Cooke got the scoring started for the Stags earlier in the inning when he singled in Jack Bushey who led off the inning with a single.
With two outs in the fifth, Lops singled and Potthoff drove him in with a double. Nick Melville then hit a high fly ball to shallow center field that Lewiston centerfielder Corbin Hyde dropped, and Potthoff scored on the error to give Cheverus a commanding 5-0 lead.
The Stags exploded in the sixth with four runs on three hits, including Potthoff’s two-run home run, which drove in Louie DiStasio.
Lewiston got a run back in the sixth on a solo home run by Luke Cote, but couldn’t touch Royer in the seventh as he set them down 1-2-3.
DiStasio had a double and two RBIs, and Bushey had a single and two runs scored.
Chris Madden had two singles and Scott Oullette and McKae Hyde each singled for the Blue Devils.
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