BANGOR, Maine — This may be one of Bangor High School’s youngest baseball teams of recent vintage, but so far stellar pitching has overcome any hints of inexperience.
Greg Duff and Curtis Worcester combined to pitch a two-hit shutout as the Rams remained undefeated with a 4-0 Eastern Maine Class A baseball victory over Brewer at Mansfield Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Bangor, now 5-0, not only has outscored its opponents by a collective 35-3 but has yielded an average of just three hits per game.
“We’ve had great pitching in each one of our games,” said Bangor coach Jeff Fahey, whose team is the only remaining unbeaten team in the division after defending Eastern A champion Lewiston fell to Oxford Hills of South Paris 3-1 on Monday. “Our opponents are at 15 hits in five games, and defensively we’ve made mistakes but we’re not making them in bunches.
“We got spanked a little during the preseason, so the kids know where we still have to get. That was a wakeup call for everybody, and at this point we’re just telling them to get a little better with each game.”
Brewer (2-3) had been averaging more than 10 runs per contest but Duff yielded just a third-inning double by Yuhi Sasaki and a fourth-inning single by Jon Hand during his 5⅔ innings on the mound.
The junior righthander struck out six batters and walked four while improving his record to 2-0, and Duff has yet to allow a run over 12⅔ innings covering his two starts.
“I didn’t feel like I had my best stuff, but I felt comfortable with my defense,” said Duff. “I really trust them, so even when I know I don’t have my best stuff we can still get it done.”
After being set down in order in the first inning, Brewer put a runner in scoring position with less than two out in four of the next five innings only to have Duff and his defense stymie those threats.
“In those situations, that’s when you really want to bear down and get the next batter out,” said Duff.
Worcester, 2-0 as a starter this spring, came on to relieve Duff in the top of the sixth and retired all four batters he faced for his first save of the season.
Bangor did most of its offensive damage during an eight-pitch sequence against Brewer righthander Jeff Weeks with one out in the bottom of third.
No. 9 batter Parker Sanderson hit a first-pitch single to left field, then went to second base as Carl Farnham hit the next single into the shortstop hole for an infield single.
Wyatt Frost then worked the count to 2-2 before hitting an opposite-field double to left-center to drive home Sanderson with game’s first run, and Christian Corneil followed with a first-pitch double to deep center to plate Farnham and Frost and give Bangor a 3-0 lead.
“(Assistant coach Dave Morris) called them together before that inning and said sit on the fastball and adjust to the curve,” said Fahey. “We didn’t think the curveball was devastating and his fastball was pretty good, and we were able to make good contact in that inning.”
The Rams added their final run in the sixth inning as Cody Savage hit a leadoff single to left and pinchrunner Jacob Searles went to second on a wild pitch and to third on a single to center by Brendan Moore before scoring as Sam Stanhope hit into a double play.
Frost doubled twice to pace Bangor’s eight-hit attack, while Sanderson singled twice.
Weeks pitched well in defeat for Brewer, which was without head coach Dana Corey, sidelined by a bad back. Dennis McGrath handled the coaching duties for the Witches.
Weeks, a junior, struck out four batters and walked no one during his 71-pitch complete-game effort.