Hampden rallies by Motor City for 13th victory in Legion baseball

Posted July 14, 2013, at 9:33 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Hampden Riverdogs scored three times in the final two innings to erase a one-run deficit en route to a 6-4 American Legion baseball victory over Motor City Sunday at Husson University’s Winkin Complex.

Motor City (11-7) got on the board first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Cameron Archer walked and stole second and then Cody Collins drove him in with a single. Collins advanced to second on an errant pickoff attempt and Evan Pelkey singled him in.

Hampden (13-4) scored three runs in the third, starting with a leadoff walk and stolen base by Nick Rodgerson. Rodgerson was driven home by Will Perkins’ single. Matt Palmer drove Perkins home with a long double and Justin Kasprazak’s singled plated Palmer.

Motor City answered with two runs in the third led by Archer’s lead-off walk followed by a Pelkey single. Tyler Neville drove home Archer on a fielder’s choice and Tommy Burns’ single scored Pelkey.

Hampden tied the game in the eighth as Shawn Smith reached on an error and took second on the errant throw. Kasprazak tied the game up, driving Smith home on a double. The Riverdogs took the lead for good in the top of the ninth when Tristan Gardner led off with a walk, stole second and scored on Perkins’ single.

Gardner scored via a passed ball and Perkins scored on a wild pitch after Palmer hit a deep fly, moving Perkins to third.

Perkins picked up the win on the mound with three innings of hitless relief. He struck out two and walked two in relief of Matt Martin. Martin struck out eight in six innings of work with three walks, five hits and four runs allowed.

Hampden 002-000-012 — 6-7-1

M. City 202-000-000 — 4-5-3

Martin, Perkins (6) and Farmer; Eddy, Gagne (8) and Burns

Motor City 7, Penquis 0

At Dover-Foxcroft on Friday, Tyler Neville tossed a complete-game shutout, allowing just four hits, no walks and striking out five.

Motor City was led by Evan Pelkey who had an RBI single, an RBI triple and scored a run. Tommy Burns and Cody Collins both singled, doubled, scored a run and had an RBI. Gabe Melmed contributed with two hits and DJ Monteith chipped in with an RBI single.

For Penquis (8-8), Caleb Richard, Hunter Law, Brandon Spratt and Zach Ramsdell all singled.

MC: 001-131-1 — 7-14-1

Pen: 000-000-0 — 0-4-2

Neville and Burns; Caruso and Graffam

Trenton 5, Penquis 0

On Saturday, Ben Walls fashioned a seven-inning, two-hit shutout, throwing just 70 pitches in the victory.

In the fifth, a leadoff double by Penquis’ Cody Caruso went for naught, as the Acadians defense shined with a pickoff by Walls at first, then a great tag play at the plate by Connor Morey on Caruso, thwarting the Navigators rally to tie the game at 1-1.

A key two-out, two-run single by Trenton’s Joe Archambault and an RBI single for Walls broke the game open in the sixth inning. A sacrifice fly by Anthony Bianco, scoring Jon Phelps in the first inning gave the Acadians a lead they would not relinquish.

Penquis was led at the plate by Caruso with a double and a single by Ben Pratt. Brandon Young pitched 6 1/3 innings in defeat.

For the Acadians, Jake Maguire contributed a single and a key run. Mitch Domagala and Connor Morrey also singled.

Batteries: Acadians: Walls and Morey; Penquis: Young, French (7) and Graffam

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