BANGOR, Maine — Senior left fielder Cody Savage’s two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning rallied Bangor to a 7-6 KVAC Class A baseball victory over Oxford Hills of South Paris at Mansfield Stadium Friday afternoon.
Bangor, which was coming off its first loss of the season at Skowhegan on Thursday, is now 12-1, while Oxford Hills falls to 8-4.
The Rams trailed 6-5 entering the sixth inning but loaded the bases with one out as Parker Sanderson reached on an infield single, Carl Farnham reached on an infield error and Wyatt Frost drew a walk from Oxford Hills starter Riley Chickering.
Reliever Logan Sanborn got Christian Corneil to pop out for the second out of the inning, but Savage then popped a 2-1 pitch toward the right-field line where the Vikings’ Ben Bowie could not come up with the catch, enabling Sanderson and Farnham to score the tying and go-ahead runs.
Bangor senior lefthander Curtis Worcester pitched around a seventh-inning walk to finish off a complete-game nine-hitter and improve his record this spring to 5-0.
Worcester struck out four batters and walked two while yielding four earned runs.
Oxford Hills did suffer a blow with one out in the top of the seventh when first baseman Brandon Campbell went to the ground just outside the batter’s box with an apparent knee injury after hitting a ground ball to shortstop.
Campbell had doubled twice earlier in the game as he, Jordan Croteau and Dylan Cox, the 3-4-5 hitters in the Vikings’ lineup, combined to go 6-for-10 with six runs scored and three RBIs.
Savage had a two-run double in the first inning to stake Bangor to a 2-0 lead, and he finished the day with four RBIs. Sanderson added two singles to Bangor’s 10-hit attack, while Farnham and Bryan Rouleau each doubled.
Oxford Hills countered Savage’s early strike with two runs in the top of the second to forge a 2-2 tie. The Vikings loaded the bases with no one out as Croteau doubled, Cox walked and Jake Plummer reached base when Worcester misplayed his sacrifice bunt.
Croteau scored on Ty Martin’s high chopping single over the head of Bangor third baseman Hunter Boyce, and Cox then scored when Dalton Rice grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
The Vikings took a 4-2 lead after the first two batters were retired in the third on a double by Campbell and back-to-back RBI singles by Croteau and Cox.
Bangor answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. First Corneil walked, stole second after a pickoff attempt and went to third on an errant throw on the play,and scored on a wild pitch to cut the Rams’ deficit to 4-3.
Brendan Moore followed with a one-out single to left, and pinch-runner Jacob Searles scored when Rouleau doubled to center and went to third on an error. Rouleau then scored the go-ahead run on Boyce’s single to center.
Oxford Hills regained the lead with two runs in the top of the fifth. Campbell hit a one-out double to deep center and scored on Cox’s two-out single to center. Cox then scored on a Bangor throwing error to give the Vikings a 6-5 lead.
Chickering, making his second pitching start of the week after securing a complete-game victory over Edward Little of Auburn on Monday, allowed nine hits over 5⅓ innings while striking out five batters and walking five.