BANGOR, Maine — Bangor head coach Jim Owens had one word to describe his Junior League team’s 6-1 victory over Holbrook at Mansfield Stadium.
Bangor scored six runs on only two hits, six walks and four Holbrook errors to advance in the double-elimination District 3 Junior League baseball all-star tournament. Bangor is now 2-1 in the tournament, while Holbrook is eliminated with its second loss.
“We had some good at-bats and played some good defense. Not a bad show. They gutted it out,” added Owens.
Winning pitcher Tanner Goodine pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run on six hits while striking out five and walking two.
Goodine got off to a slow start in the first inning, giving up a leadoff single to Tyler Williams. Alex Maxsimic singled and advanced on a fielder’s choice before scoring the only Holbrook run of the game on Morgan Slater’s RBI single.
Maxsimic led Holbrook offensively with a single, a walk, and one run scored.
After Maxsimic’s run, it was smooth sailing for Goodine, who wasn’t even supposed to pitch as long as he did.
“Sometimes your master plan goes astray. We wanted to ration his pitching, but we never got a [large] enough lead so we just let him go,” Owens said.
Bangor tied the game in the second inning when Goodine reached with a walk. He stole second and third, then came across home plate on a passed ball.
Fielding errors spelled problems for Holbrook in the third inning. Three infield miscues allowed Bangor to score four runs.
“[Errors are] what [are] going to hurt you, unfortunately that’s not our character. The last two games we have fallen to that error, which really creates a hard situation,” said Holbrook head coach Burt Davis.
Jesse Colford started the rally with a single. Nick Cowperthwaite and Cameron Burpee reached on back-to-back errors, with the second one allowing Colford to score. Derek Fournier hit an RBI single to drive in Cowperthwaite and Goodine hit a sacrifice RBI groundout to drive in Burpee.
Fournier stole second, reached third on Goodine’s groundout, and scored on a passed ball.
Colford paced the Bangor offense with two singles, two walks and a run scored.
Bangor committed only one error during the game, which was the difference in Owens’ eyes.
“You have to take advantage of what is given to you. The good defense we played translates into them not getting any runs,” Owens said.
Holbrook left two runners on base in the first, fourth and fifth innings and ended the game with seven runners stranded.
“I thought he [Goodine] pitched well, but we got some men on but we just couldn’t get them all the way in,” Davis said.
John Clement of Bangor provided the final scoring of the game in the seventh. Pinch-running after a Colford walk, Clement reached second on a balk, stole third and scored on a fielder’s choice.
Clement also played the role of pinch runner in the previous inning and stole a base.
“He played baseball for years, all the way through school. This year he ran track to prove how fast he was. He can run. That’s his mission in life. He can steal bases,” Owens said.
Maxsimic took the loss for Holbrook, pitching four innings and giving up five runs on three hits while striking out six and walking two.
Bangor moves on to face the winner of the Brewer-Houlton matchup.
“We ended up with back-to-back losses, I don’t think that’s our caliber. In the end the errors contributed to our fall-apart,” Davis said.