|Skowhegan Area High School||Bangor High School|
BANGOR, Maine — Curtis Worcester pitched a six-inning perfect game as the Bangor High School baseball team avenged its only loss of the season with a 10-0 victory over Skowhegan at Mansfield Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Bangor, top-ranked in Eastern Maine Class A, is now 14-1. Skowhegan, which had edged Bangor 3-2 last Thursday, dips to 6-9.
Worcester (6-0) struck out seven batters and threw just 63 pitches — 49 for strikes. The senior left-hander did not have a three-ball count during the game, and only went to a two-ball count on four batters.
The no-hitter was the second of the season for coach Jeff Fahey’s club. Junior right-hander Greg Duff did not allow a hit in the Rams’ 3-0 win over Hampden Academy on May 15.
Worcester, who now has allowed just four earned runs in 41⅓ 1/3 innings this spring, was backed by a defense led by right fielder Parker Sanderson, who made five putouts in the first four innings, including a running catch of a foul fly ball off the bat of Henry Ametti in the third inning.
Second baseman Bobby Winchell made a good read on a high chopper hit by Chase McKenney to make the final out of the Skowhegan sixth, while Christian Corneil tracked down perhaps the hardest-hit ball by the Indians, a fly to straightaway center field by McKenney in the top of the third.
Bangor’s offense supported Worcester with an 11-hit attack led by sophomore designated hitter Brendan Moore, who drove in four runs with a three-run double in the fifth inning and an RBI single in the bottom of the third.
Junior shortstop Carl Farnham also doubled and singled for the Rams, while senior catcher Wyatt Frost singled twice and scored three runs and Hunter Boyce also singled twice.
Sophomore right-hander John Swett, normally a reliever for Skowhegan, got the start as the Indians were playing their third game in as many days and took the loss, allowing three earned runs over three innings.
Bangor broke on top in the bottom of the first as Frost grounded a one-out single to center and scored when Corneil belted a first-pitch triple to center.
Farnham led off the Bangor third with an opposite-field double to right, and he scored when Frost followed with an opposite-field hit of his own, a flared single to left.
Moore then singled to right-center with two outs to drive home Frost for a 3-0 Bangor lead.
The Rams broke the game open in the fifth, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring six runs. Two hit batters and a walk loaded the bases with no one out before Moore drove all three runners home by pulling a double down the left-field line.
Boyce and Farnham added RBI singles later in the inning as coach Jeff Fahey’s club extended its lead to 9-0.
Corneil reached on an error to open the Bangor sixth, went to third on a ground single to center by Nick Ashey and scored the game-ending run when Brian Rouleau popped a single to right center.