BANGOR, Maine — Coastal Landscape of Portland erupted for 15 runs in its final two at-bats Saturday to knock off Bangor Coffee News 18-4 during the fourth day of play at the state American Legion baseball tournament at Husson University.
The game ended after eight innings under the 10-run rule.
The win by the Zone 3 runners-up sets up a three-team battle Sunday for the state championship. Coastal Landscape will face Zone 3 winner and defending state champion Yankee Ford of South Portland at 1 p.m., with the winner to face Bangor Coffee News at 4 p.m. for the right to advance to the Northeast regional tournament that begins Wednesday at Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.
Yankee Ford stayed alive earlier Saturday with a 9-0 elimination-game victory over Bessey Motors of South Paris.
All three survivors have 3-1 records in the state tournament, but Bangor Coffee News advanced directly to Sunday’s 4 p.m. game because it was the last team to suffer its first loss in the double-elimination event.
Sunday’s scenario is similar to the last day of the 2016 state tourney, when Yankee Ford faced Rogers Post of Auburn with the winner to face Bangor Coffee News in the final. The South Portland team scored a 7-6 victory in its first game, then outlasted Bangor Coffee News 5-4 to end the Comrades’ two-year reign as state Legion champion.
By advancing directly to Sunday’s final contest, the Bangor baseball program will play in its eighth consecutive state championship game at either the high school or American Legion level. Those teams are 6-1 in those games, with Bangor High School winning the last four Class A state championships while the Queen City’s Legion team won state titles in 2014 and 2015.
Such records were nowhere on the minds of the participants of Saturday’s second game, which played out to a 3-3 stalemate through six innings in part due to the solid starting pitching of Bangor Coffee News left-hander Noah Tappan and Coastal Landscape righty Riley Bartell.
Tappan yielded two earned runs on six hits over four innings, while Bartell came one out short of pitching a complete game before reaching the 120-pitch limit in the bottom of the eighth. Bartell allowed four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts, five walks and two hit batters over 7 2/3 innings before Cam Dube came on to get the game’s final out.
Coastal Landscape sent 14 batters to the plate in the top of the seventh and scored nine unearned runs to break the tie as Bangor Coffee News — which had not committed an error in its first three state tournament games — had three miscues in that inning alone to abet six hits, including two-run doubles by Tim Greenlaw and Logan McCarthy.
Coastal Landscape, consisting primarily of players from Cheverus High School, added six more runs on six hits in the top of the eighth, with McCarthy hitting his second two-run double in as many innings and Greenlaw blasting a two-run homer well beyond the right-field fence at the Winkin Complex.
Greenlaw also singled twice and finished his 4-for-6 day with four RBIs and two runs scored. Teammate Kolby Lambert added four singles to Coastal Landscape’s 19-hit attack while McCarthy doubled, singled twice, scored three times and drove home four runs and John Lynch had four walks, a sacrifice fly and three runs scored.
Noah Missbrenner led Bangor Coffee News’ seven-hit offense with a double, single and a walk while Austin Sheehan doubled and Missbrenner, Zach Ireland, Ryan Brookings and Nick Canarr each had an RBI.