BANGOR, Maine — Wednesday’s game between two undefeated teams in the Senior League World Series — Bangor and U.S. Southeast champion Dumfries, Virginia — was supposed to start around 2:30 p.m.
It wound up starting more than three hours later, after a pair of three-hour-plus games. But it was well worth the wait for Bangor.
The District 3 champs used a four-run third-inning rally and clutch pitching by Trevor DeLaite, James Prescott and Dennis Farnham to upend Dumfries 7-3.
Bangor is now 3-0 in Pool A and can advance to Friday’s semifinals with a win over 2-1 U.S. West champ Wailuku, Hawaii, at 5 p.m. Thursday. Bangor also could advance if Asia-Pacific titlist Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, 0-3, upsets 2-1 Dumfries on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. or by coming out on top in a tiebreaker over either Wailuku or Dumfries, pending the outcome of Thursday’s games.
“This was a great win,” Bangor manager Barrett Dionne said. “I’m so proud of these guys. They’ve been battling this whole tournament, and they did again tonight.”
DeLaite and Prescott stranded 10 Dumfries runners through six innings before Farnham pitched a perfect seventh.
Lefty DeLaite allowed two runs on five hits through 4⅓ innings before reaching the 95-pitch limit, striking out two, walking two and hitting two batters. He threw 56 strikes among his 95 pitches. Prescott gave up two hits and a run during his 1⅓ innings, with one walk and one strikeout.
DeLaite was able to minimize the damage by working out of bases-loaded jams in the second and fourth innings.
“I had trouble working downhill today,” DeLaite said. “I just tried to work through (the jams) by battling and trusting my defense.”
His mates staked him to a 6-1 lead, thanks to the four-run rally in the third.
Kyle Stevenson triggered the outburst with a line drive single to left center, and he stole second.
Ben Crichton walked and DeLaite lined a single just over the second baseman’s glove to load the bases.
Dumfries manager Brendon Hanafin brought in his infield to try and choke off a run at the plate, but Derek Fournier bounced an RBI single over first baseman Christian Colangelo’s head for his seventh hit in the tournament and Nick Cowperthwaite punched a two-run single to the right of drawn-in second baseman Patrick Hanafin’s dive.
“I was surprised they had the infield drawn in,” Cowperthwaite said. “He (pitcher Michael Nickles) threw me a fastball, and I just took it up the middle.”
The fourth run scored on an infield error on Ryan Brookings’ sacrifice bunt.
“That inning was huge for us,” Bangor second baseman Johnny Cote said. “It gave us a big confidence boost. Our pitchers threw strikes, and our defense made the plays.”
Bangor made it 6-1 in the fourth on Stevenson’s second single of the game, a balk and Crichton’s slicing opposite-field single to left center.
“Being a leadoff hitter, my job is to get on base,” Stevenson said. “And that’s what I tried to do.”
Dumfries got one back in the fifth on Fox Semones’ long double to left, a hit batter and a two-out double steal.
But Bangor answered in the bottom of the fifth on Brookings’ single, his stolen base and Cote’s soft RBI single to center.
Dumfries reached Prescott for a run in the sixth on singles by Braxton Boone and Ben Marotske, a wild pitch and Thomas Thorgersen’s RBI fielder’s choice.
Bangor scored an unearned run on a wild pitch in the second, but Semones singled home a run in the top of the third to tie it.
“We were flat today,” Dumfries manager Hanafin said. “We made some defensive miscues and gave them some runs. They’re a good team. They had some good pitchers. Typically when we have those kinds of (scoring) opportunities, we capitalize. It didn’t happen tonight. That’s baseball.”
“They hit the ball where we weren’t and we didn’t take advantage of our runners on base,” Thorgersen said.
Stevenson and Crichton had two singles each for Bangor.
Semones doubled and singled for Dumfries, and Boone had two singles.