BREWER, Maine — Two pitchers who have led their teams to berths in this week’s American Legion state tournament have earned the top spots on the All-Zone 1 baseball team selected by the league’s coaches Monday night.
Lefthander Curtis Worcester of Bangor was named the Zone 1 player of the year, while righthander Jeff Weeks of Brewer was tabbed as the zone’s pitcher of the year.
Jon Seavey of Penquis of Dover-Foxcroft and Bangor’s Dave Morris were recognized as co-coaches of the year in the zone, while Marc O’Clair was chosen as the umpire of the year.
Worcester is 6-0 this summer with a 1.03 earned run average, 51 strikeouts and just six walks in 35 innings on the mound while leading Bangor to a 23-3 record, a first-place finish in the Zone 1 regular-season standings and a runnerup finish in the zone tournament.
Worcester, a first-team All-Zone 1 pitcher in 2011 and 2012 who will be a sophomore at the University of Southern Maine in the fall, already has pitched two complete-game shutouts this postseason.
The five-year American Legion veteran pitched a nine-inning, 2-0 victory over Penquis in Bangor’s Zone 1 tournament opener, then threw an eight-inning four-hitter as the Comrades defeated Zone 4 runnerup Moody’s Collision of Gorham 10-0 in a play-in game to qualify for the state tournament.
Worcester also played in the outfield when he wasn’t pitching and has batted .436 with 12 RBIs.
Weeks is 4-2 this summer with a 1.14 earned run average, 38 strikeouts and 11 walks in 55⅓ innings for Brewer, which finished third in the Zone 1 regular-season standings before defeating No. 1 Bangor twice and No. 2 Hampden once while going undefeated in three games to win the zone tournament and its automatic berth in the state tourney.
Weeks contributed to that zone tournament run by pitching a six-hit, complete-game shutout as the 16-8 Falcons defeated Bangor 3-0 for his fourth shutout of the summer.
Brewer and Bangor each had four selections on the 15-player All-Zone 1 first team, while Motor City of Bangor had three players selected, Hampden two honorees and Northern Lumber of Millinocket and Penquis one choice apiece.
Joining Weeks on the elite squad from Brewer were catcher Nick Moore (.320 batting average, 21 RBI, five doubles and threw out 11 of 17 potential base stealers against him), second baseman Chase Allen (.420, 33 hits, 18 RBI), and third baseman Matt Morrow (.365, 23 hits, 16 RBI).
Also representing Bangor on the first team were pitcher Justin Courtney (5-0, 1.24 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 36⅓ IP), first baseman Andrew Hillier (.387, 10 RBI, eight stolen bases) and outfielder Trevor DeLaite (.400, 15 R, eight RBI).
Motor City placed two pitchers on the first team in Cody Collins (4-1, one save, 0.65 ERA with 38 strikeouts, 12 walks and 13 hits allowed in 32⅔ IP) and Tyler Neville (three wins, 1.14 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 18 walks in 43⅓ IP), as well as shortstop Evan Pelkey (.421, 11 RBI, eight SB).
Hampden was represented by outfielders Shawn Smith (.397, two HR, 21 RBI, 23 runs) and Will Perkins (.338, 25 R, 10 RBI, eight SB), while utility players Jordan Morrow of Northern Lumber (.407, 12 SB, 2-2 pitching record with 3.41 ERA) and Cody Caruso of Penquis (.333, 10 RBI, three pitching wins and 2.00 ERA) completed the first team.
Earning second-team All-Zone 1 honors were pitchers Kaleb Smith of Penquis, Kyle Alexander of Brewer and Ben Walls of Trenton, catcher Dylan Graffam of Penquis, first baseman Justin Kasprzak of Hampden, second baseman Spencer Hartsgrove of Hampden, third baseman Carl Farnham of Bangor, shortstop Matt Palmer of Hampden, outfielders Brandon Spratt of Penquis, Sam Huston of Bangor and Tony Bissell of Brewer, and utility players Caleb Richard of Penquis, Tristan Gardner of Hampden and Cam Archer of Motor City.