May 25, 2018
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Bangor baseball standouts Corneil, Worcester hope to remain teammates at USM

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Christian Corneil and Curtis Worcester have shared success in the Senior League World Series, the high school baseball ranks and during American Legion play.

They’re aiming to continue that run this spring as seniors at Bangor High School and then again this summer with the Bangor Comrades.

But they hope their teamwork won’t stop there, as both plan to seek roster spots at the University of Southern Maine next year.

“[USM] Coach [Ed] Flaherty sent both me and Christian a letter at the end of last summer,” said Worcester, a left-handed pitcher, “but because he had sent us a player profile and we were both too lazy and didn’t send it back, he ended up calling us.”

Worcester and Corneil ultimately visited the Gorham campus, where among the people they spent time with was former Bangor teammate Dylan Morris, now a freshman catcher for the Huskies.

“We both got that call from coach Flaherty, and he said he liked how we play and said we had a lot of potential and that he wanted us to come down and try out for the team,” said Corneil. “I said, ‘Absolutely.’ Southern Maine will be a great opportunity, and Dylan is already down there and we’re tight, so that will be good, too.

“I’m really excited.”

Both players will take an extensive baseball resume to the collegiate level.

Worcester and Corneil were key players on the 2010 Bangor team that reached the championship game of the Senior League World Series.

Worcester earned two pitching wins and a save in three SLWS pitching appearances, allowing nine hits and three earned runs over 11 innings — a 1.91 earned run average — with 11 strikeouts and two walks. Corneil batted .277 in 18 at-bats with seven runs scored, five RBIs and three stolen bases in helping the Maine District 3 champions compile a 4-2 SLWS record.

Both players then were key performers last year on Bangor’s high school and American Legion teams.

Worcester went 3-0 during the high school season, an effort capped off when he threw a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts and no walks in Bangor’s 10-0 Eastern Maine Class A semifinal victory over Edward Little of Auburn.

Corneil established himself as one of the top outfielders in the region, anchoring a Bangor defense that proved pivotal in the Rams advancing to the regional final.

Both players earned American Legion All-Zone 1 first-team status last summer in helping the Bangor Comrades to a 22-8 record and a berth in the state tournament.

Corneil hit .405 with four home runs and 21 RBIs during the Legion regular season, while Worcester went 5-2 with a 2.11 ERA.

Both have played key roles at the high school level again this spring in leading Bangor High School to a 7-0 start heading into Tuesday’s scheduled game at Skowhegan.

Worcester is 3-0 with one save in anchoring the Bangor pitching staff, with two complete games and 28 strikeouts while allowing two runs on 11 hits in 19⅓ innings pitched. Corneil is batting over .500 from the No. 3 spot in the team’s batting order, as well as remaining a key to the Rams’ defense.

Bangor High coach Jeff Fahey sees the potential for both players to have success at USM.

“The thing that Christian has is speed,” he said. “He tracks down pretty much everything in the outfield, and he’s really developed over the last two years into one of the best center fielders I’ve seen in quite a while.

“Curtis has been a strong pitcher for us for the last two years. He throws a lot of strikes and he’s a left-hander, and there’s always a need for left-handers.”

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