BANGOR– Andy Catlin and the John Bapst baseball team could not find the holes early at Husson University’s Winkin Complex on Thursday.
The Crusaders got the bat on the ball throughout their game against Hermon but always managed to hit it right at someone.
Luckily for John Bapst, Catlin found a hole in the bottom of the seventh to help complete a comeback for a 3-2 victory.
Catlin stepped in and roped a line drive to the gap in right-center with the game tied 2-2 going into the home half of the seventh inning. Josh Storegaard, coming all the way around from first, rounded third and beat the relay throw by inches to give the Crusaders the win.
Evan Pelkey helped tie the game an inning earlier for the Crusaders as he tripled to lead off the sixth and scored on a wild pitch by Hermon starter Braddock Debay.
After tripling, Dan Davis scored on an infield error in the fourth for the Crusaders’ first run.
The Crusaders collected just six hits off Deabay, two apiece from Catlin and Sean O’Donnell to go with the triples by Davis and Pelkey.
Pitchers Jon Deschane and Shawn Curran, along with the Crusaders defense, held the Hawks to just seven hits and kept John Bapst in the game.
Hermon kicked off the scoring in the third as Taylor Fournier tripled and then scored on a ball hit by Jarod Cox that scorched under the glove of third baseman O’Donnell. Will Perkins stepped up next and tripled to the gap in left-center to score Cox and give the Hawks a 2-0 advantage.
The Hawks were led by Deabay’s two hits. Deabay went seven innings for Hermon, striking out seven.
John Bapst improves to 10-1, while Hermon drops to 6-4.