BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Comrades have been heralded for their outstanding front-line pitching during the 2014 season.
On Saturday afternoon, they demonstrated that depth is another important dynamic of the talented staff.
Jordan Treadwell worked 5 1/3 innings of five-hit, one-run relief and was backed by a 19-hit barrage as Bangor surged into the championship round of the American Legion baseball state tournament with a resounding 16-5, seven-inning victory over archrival Brewer at Husson University’s Winkin Complex.
“He’s a pressure pitcher,” said Bangor coach David Morris. “If you look at his stats, when guys are on base he’s at his best.”
The Comrades, the Zone 1 runners-up, played Bessey Motors of South Paris on Sunday for the state title and the right to play in the Northeast regional in Middletown, Connecticut.
Bessey Motors stayed alive Saturday with a 4-3 win over Post 51 of Oakland.
Zone 1 champion Brewer appeared to run out of pitching against the free-swinging Bangor lineup. Coach Darrell Pluard’s Falcons (18-8) led twice early facing Comrades starter Peter Kemble, but could not get much going against Treadwell.
The right-hander (6-0) struck out four and did not walk a batter.
“That’s my favorite team to pitch against,” Treadwell said of Brewer, which had split the first six games of the summer with Bangor. “I knew I had a role to play. I got my curveball working early, just pitched to contact like I usually do.”
Bangor unleashed a relentless offensive assault. The top five batters in the lineup registered a combined 14 hits, 10 runs batted in and scored 11 runs.
Cleanup batter Andrew Hillier led the way with four singles and three RBIs, while Kyle Stevenson and Sam Huston each racked up a triple, two singles and two RBIs. Justin Courtney (two RBIs) and Trevor DeLaite (1 RBI) each posted two singles.
The Comrades also received two singles and three RBIs from Ryan Gagne and a double and a single off the bat of Ryan Brookings.
“We wanted to send those guys home because they’re our rivals,” Hillier said.
Kyle Alexander propelled Brewer with four singles and an RBI. Greg Warmuth and Brendon Moore each provided two singles and drove in a run.
Falcons starter Matt Pushard gave up six hits and five runs (four earned) with two walks and two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.
Run-scoring singles by Warmuth and Alexander gave Brewer a short-lived 4-3 lead in the second, but Treadwell came in and induced an inning-ending fielder’s choice grounder.
Bangor responded and took the lead for good. DeLaite started the two-out rally with a hot single back through the box, then Stevenson singled sharply to center and moved up on a wild pitch.
Courtney brought in two runs with a hard single through the middle, giving the Comrades a 5-4 advantage.
Bangor took charge in the third with an uprising that included Gagne’s sacrifice fly, a two-run triple by Stevenson and Hillier’s run-producing single.
In Saturday’s first game, Matt Beauchesne singled in Mike Mageles (walk) with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Bessey Motors into the championship round.
The winners posted only three hits in the contest, but were aided by five errors by Post 51 that led to a pair of unearned runs.
Riley Chickering picked up the win on the hill, working one scoreless inning on two hits in the ninth.
Nick Attaliades sparked the offense with a double, a single and two RBIs. He had a run-scoring double in the sixth and an RBI single in the seventh.
Devin Warren led Post 51 with a double, a single and two RBIs, while Cody Martin stroked a double and a single. Adam Littlefield singled twice.