Bangor pitcher brought offensive spark to Senior League World Series

Posted Aug. 17, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 17, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.

Bangor’s Trevor DeLaite is probably better known for his performance as a pitcher.

He has already made a verbal commitment to pitch for the University of Maine and helped lead Bangor High School and the Bangor American Legion teams to state championships, as well as the Senior League World Series club to a berth in the semifinals.

But DeLaite, who will be a junior at Bangor High, wound up the summer racking up some impressive offensive numbers, capped off with his performance in the Senior League World Series for Maine District 3 champ Bangor.

DeLaite led the American Legion team in hitting in the Northeast Regional Tournament in Connecticut, going 7-for-13 (.467) with a pair of doubles. Bangor went 2-2 after winning its first state title since 1979.

He stroked the ball even better in the SLWS as he wound up hitting .563 (9-for-16).

He went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four runs batted in during Bangor’s 13-3 win over Asia-Pacific titlist Saipan; went 1-for-4 in the 7-3 win over U.S. Southeast winner Dumfries, Virginia, and then had a 4-for-4 in the 3-1 triumph over U.S. West champ Waikulu, Hawaii.

He went 0-for-3 against West University in the semifinals, but two of his outs were on well-hit ground balls.

“I’ve been seeing the ball well,” DeLaite said. “It started at the end of the Zone (1) Tournament. I made some adjustments. And playing in the Northeast Regional really helped because you faced pitchers who threw in the mid-80s and they had curves and sliders, too. It helped our confidence.”

Despite being ousted in the semifinals by the eventual champions 7-0, Bangor is still the only District 3 team to win its pool and go 4-0 in the 13 years of the tournament in Bangor.

“It was pretty special,” DeLaite said.

“It was a dream come true,” center fielder Ryan Brookings said, who hit .500 (5-for-10). “My brother (Tyler) played here. It was amazing to see all the people come out and support us. It means a lot to us and to Bangor. Hopefully, we made them proud.”

Jake Ireland was the other Bangor hitter at .500 or better at .556 (5-for-9).

“It was awesome,” catcher Derek Fournier said. “To be the only team to go 4-0 and win a pool and to play in the semifinals was a privilege.”

Teams representing District 3 had gone 6-26 in the SLWS from 2002-2009 and Bangor’s teams had gone 5-19. Orono-Veazie went 1-3 in 2003 and Brewer-Orrington went 0-4 in 2007.

But over the past five seasons, they have gone 12-10.

Bangor went 4-2 and reached the final in 2010, losing to San Nicolas, Aruba; Brewer-Orrington was 1-3 in 2001; Hampden was 1-2 in 2012 and Bangor went 2-2 a year ago and 4-1 this season.

 

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