BANGOR, Maine — Trevor Delaite didn’t think he was at his best Saturday, but still turned in a perfect five innings to lead Bangor by Orono-Veazie 10-0 in the opening round of the District 3 All-Star Junior League baseball tourney at Mansfield Stadium.
Delaite, a 14-year-old left-hander, struck out 13 of the 15 batters he faced.
“I felt pretty good out there, but it wasn’t my best outing,” Delaite said. “I was able to locate my fastball well and went from there.”
In the tourney opener, Holbrook beat Brewer 15-7 while Hermon edged Houlton 4-3 in the third game of the day, followed by Old Town defeating Sebasticook 12-2 in the nightcap.
In the tourney’s second game, Delaite needed only 54 pitches, 45 of them for strikes, and kept the Orono-Veazie bats off balance from the first pitch on. He struck out at least two batters every inning, while striking out the side in order in the first, third and fifth.
The support of the offense was key for Delaite, as he was able to work at his own pace with a solid lead.
“The offense came up big, but they help me every time,” said Delaite.
Delaite was able to help his own cause by adding three hits and three RBIs.
The Bangor offense got things started early with Delaite’s two-run double in the first.
Jeff Lewis picked up an RBI single in the third and then scored on a passed ball. Later in the third, Ethan Dorman legged out an infield single that brought home Kyle Stevenson and Delaite to up the lead to 6-0.
In the fourth, Ben Crichton produced a sacrifice fly followed by pinch-hitter Nick Moore’s RBI single to right that scored Derek Fournier. Tanner Goodine followed Fournier in after a failed relay attempt on Moore’s single. Delaite finished things off with an RBI single to give Bangor the 10-0 victory via the mercy-rule.
“This is a very dedicated group and we try to teach them to win every at-bat and every inning,” said Bangor coach Jim Owens, praising his team’s work ethic even with big leads.
Owens was also pleased with his team’s ability to play with such focus after waiting three hours for the day’s first game to end.
“We did early batting practice at 11:30 and then didn’t get on the field until 2,” said Owens. “It’s hard to maintain enthusiasm through a long wait, but the kids played really well starting right with the pre-game.”
In the day’s first game, Holbrook used contributions from its whole team to grab the victory over Brewer.
“I thought they were aggressive on the bases, at the plate,and in the field,” said Holbrook coach Burt Davis. “I wouldn’t ask them to do anything different in any other game.”
Brewer started the scoring in the first with an RBI single from Kyle St. Thomas. Holbrook answered in the second with Jon Woods’ RBI double.
Holbrook then shot out to a 4-1 lead in the third with a two-run triple from Austin Pagnozzi, followed by an RBI triple from Alex Maxsimic. Maxsimic came around on Cole Bouchard’s RBI single for a 5-1 edge.
“When I got up to the plate I just wanted to make contact and help the team,” said Pagnozzi. “Then I got a hold of one, sent it somewhere and ran like the wind.”
The Brewer defense committed four errors in the fourth and Holbrook capitalized to break the game open. Pagnozzi was able to turn a 15-pitch at-bat into an RBI and then Danny Davis followed with an RBI single. Pagnozzi and Davis both came around after a dropped ball as did Cole Bouchard to put Holbrook up 10-1.
Brewer staged a comeback in the fourth with five runs.
Pinch-hitter Tyler Patterson picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice and then scored along with Jacob Currier on a Holbrook error. After Pagnozzi relieved Holbrook starter Tyler Williams, Alex Brooks and Dan Vilasuso drew back-to-back bases loaded walks to bring Brewer in striking distance at 10-6.
Pagnozzi was able to settle down after the walks and threw two innings of scoreless relief to keep Brewer at bay.
Holbrook loaded the bases in the sixth and grabbed two runs when Bouchard was hit by a pitch and Jamison Rhodes-Doyle walked. Maxsimic scored later in the inning on another Brewer error. Both Bouchard and Wood produced sacrifices in the seventh to cap the Holbrook scoring and make it 15-6.
Matt Pushard added an RBI single in the seventh for Brewer, but Bouchard and Wood came on to get the last three outs and seal the Holbrook victory.
The pitching made the difference for the Holbrook stars, whose depth on the mound and in the field is something that Davis deems an advantage each time out for his team.
“I think we have a very talented team and there are many kids who can play multiple positions for us,” he said. “I’ve been with these guys since minors and have watched them grow into very special players.”
Davis thought his team played to its potential and came in mentally tough knowing what Brewer would bring.
“These guys are capable of playing every game like they did today,” he said. “I really feel that they have been putting the work in and it paid off today.”
“It just shows that we fight until the end and practice pays off,” added Maxsimic. “For us, nothing’s impossible.”