Ethan Stoddard, who helped Bangor Coffee News earn its 17th trip to the American Legion baseball state tournament in the last 19 years last weekend, was named the Zone 1 player of the year in a vote of the league’s coaches Monday evening.
The recent Old Town High School graduate batted .344 with 15 RBI and compiled a 3-1 pitching record with a 2.20 earned run average for coach Dave Morris’ Comrades.
Stoddard earned the pitching win in Sunday’s Zone 1 tournament championship game, allowing only one hit during six scoreless innings as top-seeded Bangor Coffee News defeated No. 3 Brewer 7-4.
Bangor Coffee News (14-5) opens play in the state tourney at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Husson University in Bangor against Zone 4 runner-up Fayette-Staples of Saco.
Nick Guerrette of Hampden R.H. Foster was named the zone’s pitcher of the year. The former Hermon High School standout, who emerged as the closer for the Husson pitching staff last spring, went 6-0 with a 2.13 ERA this summer for the Riverdogs.
The zone’s other major award went to Shane Graham of Brewer, who was named coach of the year. He guided the Falcons on a late regular-season surge to secure the No. 3 seed and a first-round bye in the zone tournament.
Brewer lost its postseason opener but remained alive with a walk-off victory in its second game, the start of a three-game win streak that included victories over No. 2 Hampden and No. 1 Bangor Coffee News.
Brewer (11-9) plays its state tournament opener at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Zone 4 champion Wells.
Stoddard is one of seven Bangor Coffee News players named to the All-Zone 1 first team. He is joined by pitcher Jesse Colford (3-0, 1.90 ERA), catcher Tyler Parke (.446, 13 RBI), first baseman Noah Missbrenner (.338, 13 RBI), third baseman Zach Cowperthwaite (.390, 2HR, 15 RBI), shortstop Zach Ireland (.274, 10 RBI) and designated hitter Zach Murray (.250, 10 RBI).
Three other Comrades, pitcher Gary Farnham (2-0, 2.80 ERA) and outfielders Austin Sheehan (.307) and Ryan Brookings (.276, 12 RBI), earned second-team All-Zone 1 status.
Other first-team honorees are pitchers Dustin Crawford of Skowhegan (3-1, 1.37 ERA) and Jack Corey of Brewer (4-1, 1.55 ERA), second baseman Adam Turcotte of Skowhegan (.382, 11 RBI), outfielders Casey Sudbeck (.386, 5 2B, 16 RBI) and Brandon Smith (.362, 11 RBI) of R.H. Foster/Hampden, Brendan Curran (.446) of Skowhegan and Derek Bowen (.318) of Post 51 of Oakland, and utility player Josh Palmeter (.357) of R.H. Foster/Hampden.
Also earning second-team berths are pitchers Connor Wagstaff (2-2, 32K) of the Acadians and Emery Dinsmore (3-1, 2.59 ERA) of Hampden, catcher Alex Maxsimic (.360) of Brewer, first baseman Connor Garland (.313) of Post 51, second baseman Alex Flagg (.389) of Brewer, third baseman Evan Bess (.322) and shortstop Chase Malloy (.298) of Skowhegan, outfielders Michael Bailey (.342) of Brewer and Beckett Slayton (.282) of the Acadians, DH Jackson Gilmore (.340) of Hampden and utility player Kobe Rogerson (.333) of Brewer.
Honorable mention — Bangor: Ben Crichton, Noah Tappan, Karl Sund, Nick Canarr; Brewer: Adam Eutsler, Michael Dougherty; Hampden: Max Thomas; Post 51: Josh Dow, Dylan Cunningham; Skowhegan: Will Stinson, Ryan Emery: Acadians: Bradley Smith, Sam Horne, Dakota Chipman.