BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Christian pitcher Seth Pearson needed only 47 pitches to shut out the Piscataquis Community High School Pirates Monday afternoon.
The Patriots pitcher allowed just one hit as Bangor Christian beat PCHS 12-0 in a 4½-inning baseball contest shortened by the 10-run rule. Pearson struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.
“We were pretty good; we threw strikes and made some plays. We did good,” Pearson said. “We’ve been really good at getting out in front and just scoring runs as well as hitting the ball well and being smart out on the base paths.”
Bangor Christian, the defending Class D state champs, improved to 10-0, while the Class C Pirates of Guilford slipped to 2-9.
“I think defensively we did a great job today, we executed stuff at the beginning of the game, Seth did a great job pitching, he only pitched 47 pitches, was very efficient and his balls were very good,” said Bangor Christian head coach Mike Poulin. “He’s our number three pitcher right now. He has won all the games he pitched this year, so he’s done a great job. His off-speed stuff is getting better, as well.”
Zach Palmer, Dave Peters and Cody Collins hit first, second and third in the lineup for the Patriots, all reaching base in the first inning to start a five-run inning.
Palmer and Peters hit singles, with Collins reaching on a walk. Ben Brag hit a sacrifice fly and Tucker Rive hit a one-run double to drive in the game’s first runs.
Palmer, Peters and Collins all reached again in the top of the second with three consecutive singles before PCHS starting pitcher Tristen French walked three batters in a row to help the Patriots score five runs for a second consecutive inning. All nine Patriots batters came up to bat in the second inning.
“We’ve swung the bats better than today,” PCHS coach John Riitano. “We made some errors, that’s what’s been killing us all season. We’ve played some good games and this was not one of our good games.”
PCHS replaced French in the second inning with Logan Sargent, who allowed four runs and two hits in two innings while Cody White closed out the game, allowing a run in two-thirds of an inning.
“I just went in there and did the best I could. I just threw strikes, let them hit the ball for groundouts and pop-flies, that’s the best I can do,” Sargent said. “There’s really no way you can attack them. Head-on would be the best way, just attack them, do the best you can on the field and hit.”
Riitano said his club has faced faster pitchers than Pearson and has been successful against them, but Bangor Christian is a mental roadblock for his team.
“I told my guys it’s more of a mental game at this point. We’ve faced guys faster than [Pearson] and we’ve hit them, but for some reason with Bangor Christian, I don’t know what it is, but we have a stigma in our mind that we think we can’t hit them,” he said. “Baseball is a mental game, and if you’re not mentally ready to play, you’re going to lose, and that’s what it came down to today.”