AUGUSTA, Maine — The Bangor Comrades will be one of three teams with a chance to win the American Legion baseball state title Sunday when the tournament’s championship round is held at Morton Field.
Bangor remained alive in the double-elimination event by ousting Staples Crossing of South Berwick 12-6 late Saturday afternoon.
Coach Dave Morris’ club will play Windham, a 10-6 winner over previously unbeaten Westbrook late Saturday afternoon, in an elimination game at noon Sunday, with the winner to face Westbrook for the championship at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Westbrook, made up of players from Westbrook High School’s 2013 Class A state championship squad, advanced directly to Sunday’s final game by virtue of being the last team to suffer its first loss in the tournament after defeating Bangor 9-3 Saturday morning in the completion of a suspended matchup between the event’s final two unbeatens.
That was followed by two other elimination games early Saturday afternoon, with Windham ousting rival Pastime Club of Lewiston 7-6 and Staples Crossing defeating The Red Barn of Augusta 16-6.
The Westbrook-Bangor game had been suspended Friday afternoon due to inclement weather with Westbrook holding a 7-0 lead after 3½ innings.
When play resumed Saturday, Bangor scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to pull within 7-2, only to have Westbrook score single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to regain its seven-run advantage.
Bangor closed within 9-3 in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Kyle Stevenson, but Westbrook’s Keenen Lowe — who pitched three shutout innings at the outset of the game a day earlier — came back on in relief to induce an inning-ending double play.
Lowe then retired Bangor in order in the eighth and ninth innings.
Later in the day, Bangor right-hander Justin Courtney pitched into the seventh inning against Staples Crossing to earn his second victory of the tournament, leaving the mound with the Comrades holding a 12-3 lead.
Courtney also hit a three-run double in the second inning as Bangor scored five runs to erase a 2-0 first-inning deficit.