BANGOR, Maine — The Holbrook Junior League baseball team has options to work with.
“It’s not very complicated with us. We’re a team with a lot of talent and we’re willing to work very hard,” coach Alan Spear said.
Holbrook utilized its arsenal of arms Saturday as it put four pitchers on the mound who combined to give up only three hits and one walk in a 13-1 District 3 losers’ bracket win over Houlton at Mansfield Stadium.
The offense also lent support, pounding 14 hits, including seven in a nine-run fourth inning.
Logan Rogerson led off the fourth by drawing a walk and later scored on a throwing error after Joe Archambault singled. Two batters later, Chase Allen drove in Archambault with a triple over the Houlton center fielder’s head, and Allen scored on the same play after a fielding error to give Holbrook a 7-0 lead.
Mike Grimmle was then hit by a pitch, David Peters and Matt Spear hit singles and Seth Pearson drove in both Grimmle and Peters with a single. Rogerson drove in Spear with a single, Pearson scored on a throwing error, and Archambault, who reached again on an error, was driven in by an RBI single off the bat of Tommy Burns.
“We were very happy with our team’s performance today,” said Alan Spear. “We’ve been working on our hitting and defense and it all seemed to come to together.”
Holbrook got the scoring started when Pearson drew a walk from Houlton starter Jake Drew and later scored on an RBI single to left by Allen. Holbrook scored three more in the second when Pearson tripled and scored on an RBI single by Rogerson. After Archambault singled, he and Rogerson scored on an RBI double by Allen.
Burns started the game on the mound and went 1 1/3 innings before giving way to Peters, who finished the second inning after Houlton scored on an outfield error. Pearson — who was credited with the win — came in with one out in the third and retired all five batters he faced before Rogerson shut the door with a 1-2-3 fifth inning.
Allen finished the game a home run away from the cycle, with four RBIs and a run scored. Rogerson had three singles, an RBI and scored three runs, and Pearson and Archambault each had two singles and scored three runs.
Nick Hagan singled and scored a run for Houlton, and Drew and Nick Botting each hit singles.
Allen, Burns, Pearson, Peters and Rogerson rotated between five positions all day — pitcher, catcher, third base, shortstop and center field — with Pearson setting the mark as the team’s true utility player, playing third to start the game, center in the second, pitching in the third and fourth and finishing the game at shortstop. This type of luxury makes it easy to see why Holbrook has made it this far.
Holbrook (4-1) beat Hermon 13-5 in the losers’ bracket final on Sunday, advancing to Monday’s championship game against 4-0 Bangor at 7 p.m. If Holbrook wins on Monday, the two teams will play again at 7 p.m. Tuesday to decide the District 3 champion.