BANGOR, Maine — Bangor earned a berth in the Senior League World Series behind a solid complete-game pitching effort from Nick Cowperthwaite en route to an 8-2 victory over Bronco in the District 3 Senior League all-star baseball title game Sunday night at Mansfield Stadium.
Bangor, which finished 3-1 in the District 3 tourney, will open the Senior League World Series on Sunday, Aug. 10.
Bronco of Hampden/Hermon forced a second game in the double-elimination District 3 tourney by beating Bangor earlier Sunday 7-6 in 10 innings and finished 3-2.
Cowperthwaite scattered 10 hits, walked one and struck out three to pace Bangor.
Bangor rallied from a 2-1 deficit with three two-out runs in the top of the fifth inning to take the lead for good. Ryan Brookings singled, stole second and scored on Derek Fournier’s RBI double. Fournier then scored on Johnny Cote’s single. Cote went to second on the throw, stole third and scored on an errant throw from the catcher on the steal attempt.
Fournier also added a single and finished with two RBIs for Bangor while Kyle Stevenson chipped in with two singles and an RBI. Trevor DeLaite, Cowperthwaite, Brooking and Joey Moir each added two singles.
Eric Hoogterp sparked Bronco with a triple and three singles and Jackson Gilmore added two singles. Billy Campbell smacked a double.
In Sunday’s first game, Matt Leach’s two-run single with one out in the bottom of the 10th lifted Bronco by Bangor 7-6.
Leach’s single drove in Campbell and Jordan Dysart, who led off the inning with a single.
Bangor had taken a 6-5 inning in the top of the 10th after Cote singled and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch.
Bronco forced the extra innings after rallying for four runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Nick Guerette notched three singles to spark Bronco while Matt Leach chipped in with two singles and two RBIs. Hoogterp and Campbell also contributed two singles each, with Hoogterp driving in a run.
Fournier paced Bangor with four singles and two RBIs while Cote added three singles. Stevenson, DeLaite and Cowperthwaite each chipped in with two singles and Ben Crichton added a double and an RBI.
On Saturday, Bangor opened the three-game day with a 15-8 victory over Bronco earning a berth in the championship round. Old Town then eliminated Brewer 8-1 and Bronco emerged in the day’s final game to oust Old Town with a 12-0 victory, gaining the championship matchup against Bangor.
In Saturday’s first game, DeLaite pitched the first 2 ⅔ innings, allowing only a hit and a walk while striking out four as Bangor jumped out to a 9-0 lead and held off Bronco.
Brookings had a double and two singles for Bangor and Cote added a double, single and two RBIs. Fournier and Cowperthwaite each chipped in with two singles and two RBIs, DeLaite had two singles and two RBIs and Stevenson had a triple and two RBIs.
Campbell notched an RBI double and single for Bronco while Tyler Beaton added a double and three RBIs.
In the second game, Old Town’s Ethan Stoddard, Austin Sheehan, Drew Coulombe, and Austin Smith combined to limit Brewer to one run on six hits, four walks with nine strikeouts.
Old Town sent 12 batters to the plate in the second inning, scoring seven runs on six hits, aided by three walks in the inning.
Cole Daniel sparked Old Town with two singles and two RBIs and Nick Magoon added two singles. T.J. Crawford contributed a triple.
Dan Vilasuso singled twice and drove in a run for Brewer and Logan Rogerson doubled.
In the final game, Tommy Farrar pitched a five-inning shutout, holding Old Town to two hits while walking two and striking out seven.
Bronco scored eight runs in the fourth inning to break open a scoreless tie, sending 12 batters to the plate.
Jackson Gilmore paced Bronco with a double, single and three RBIs and Connor Farmer added a triple, single and RBI. Beaton chipped in with two singles and an RBI and Hoogterp notched three singles and an RBI. Dysart had an RBI double.
T.J. Crawford and Kaleb Gifford each singled for Old Town.
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At Millinocket, Hermon scored seven unanswered runs to erase a 6-3 deficit en route to completing an undefeated run through the District 3 9 and 10-year old all-star tournament with a 10-6 victory over Bronco Little League Sunday evening to win the district crown at Kedderis Field.
Hermon (5-0) built an early edge with two runs in the top of the first on an inside-the-park home run by Logan Scripture and RBI double by Brayden Moses to plate Ben Caron, who singled. Hermon made it 3-0 an inning later on a run-scoring single by Alex Taylor to bring home Jack Mailloux, who reached on a walk.
Bronco (5-2) answered in the bottom of the second by scoring four times to take the lead. Jacob Lorenzo delivered the inning’s big blow with a bases-clearing, three-run double that plated Jaykob Wildman and Kameron Hale, each of whom singled, along with special pinch runner Mason Grund. Hale put Bronco on the scoreboard earlier by driving in Ethan Phelps, who singled to the rally.
Bronco extended its lead with two runs in the last of the fourth to make it 6-3. Hale walked and came around to score on an RBI groundout by Lorenzo while Max Polo scampered home on a passed ball after reaching on a single.
Hermon answered an inning later and struck for three runs to tie it 6-6. Scripture reached on an error before scoring on an RBI triple by Gogan, who then came home on a passed ball. Brayden Moses followed with a triple and scored on a triple by Garrick Moors to tie it.
An inning later Hermon scored four more runs to build a lead it would never relinquish. Taylor and Scripture singled before both scored on a two-run triple by Gogan to snap the deadlock for an 8-6 edge. Gogan scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-6, and Moses followed with a single before scoring on an RBI triple by Moors.
Scripture led Hermon with two singles in addition to his solo home run while Moses recorded a single, double and triple. Moors and Gogan each had a pair of triples with Taylor singling twice for the winners, which will open the state tournament Friday at 5 p.m. at Auburn Suburban against the District 6 champion.
For Bronco, which won five-straight elimination games after suffering a tournament-opening loss, Lorenzo finished with a single and double while Michael Delahanty and Jagger Thayer each doubled.
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Caron, Gogan (4) and Gogan, Taylor (4); Phelps, Hughes (4) and Polo, Delahanty (4)
At Bar Harbor, Owen Vinall smacked a two-run double and an RBI single to lift Coastal of Blue HIll by Acadian for the District 1 title.
Coastal (4-1) moves on to this Friday’s state tourney while Acadian finished 5-2 after posting five straight wins before losing in the final.
Winning pitcher Austin Snow struck out seven and also contributed offensively with a two-run double. Tobey Snow chipped in with two RBI doubles while Caden Mattson recorded three singles, an RBI and three runs. Memphis Parker and Vanessa Sherwood each added two singles.
Jack DaCorte and Ethan Merchant each doubled for Acadian, with DaCorte driving in a run. Nick Duley, Sam Mitchell, Kyle NIcholson, Nick Corson and Erik Merchant each added a single.
Coastal struck for four runs each in the second and fifth, highlighted by Austin Snow’s two-run double and Tobey Snow’s RBI double.
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At Calais on Saturday, Riley Russell, Connor Lindsay and Drew Hayward combined efforts on the mound to hold Bucksport to just four hits and one run for the Junior League all-star victory.
Their pitching efforts were bolstered by active bats as Calais put up 13 runs on seven hits in the five-inning contest.
Jacob Connick, Riley Russell, Kobey Gillespie and Connor Lindsay each singled for Calais while Matt Perkins doubled and Greg Mitchell doubled and tripled.
Jaelen Keene, Devin Maheu, and Dan Bunker each notched a single for Bucksport and Luke Wardwell doubled.
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At Calais on Sunday, Matt Perkins threw 3/23 innings, giving up one hit and one run to help Calais beat Coastal of Blue Hill.
Calais struck for three runs in the third on Greg Mitchell’s two-run triple and Alex Morrison’s RbI single. Calais added six more runs in the fourth when Mitchell, Jacob Connick, Matt Perkins and Justin Monk singled.
Coastal mounted a comeback in the fifth and sixth, but Calais added insurance runs in each of the those innings to secure the victory. Calais advances to play Acadia Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Calais.
For Coastal, Marshall Label singled and doubled, Ethan Vinall had two singles and Isaac Webb doubled.
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Coastal 010 130 1 — 6 6 2
At Demeyer Field in Ellsworth Friday night, Michael Palmer recorded two singles, a double and four RBIs to help Ellsworth capture the District 1 title and advance to the state tourney in Auburn.
Nathan Smith chipped in with a double, single and two RBIs for Ellsworth while Chase Crossman added a double and an RBI. Brett Bragdon contributed a double and RBI and Reece Jagels had two singles. David Baugh and Hunter Curtis each pitched two innings while Baugh striking out three and Curtis fanning five.
Coastal’s Harrison Walden struck out five.