BREWER — Senior righthander Jeff Weeks and his Brewer High School Witches knew the importance of Monday night’s game against archrival Bangor.
They began play in 11th place in the Heal points standings, two spots out of an Eastern Maine Class A playoff berth.
Weeks pitched a nine-hit complete game and delivered his team’s only runs with a two-out, two-run single in the third inning as the Witches triumphed 2-1.
Brewer is now 4-5 after snapping a two-game losing streak.
Bangor fell to 8-3 after having its five-game winning streak snapped.
The Rams began the day in third place in the points standings behind Oxford Hills of South Paris and Hampden Academy.
In a pregame ceremony, a plaque was unveiled to honor the late Charlie Heddericg, the popular longtime major league scout and former Brewer teacher and coach after whom the field is named. Heddericg coached baseball, basketball and football at Brewer. The field was originally named in his honor in 1987.
Weeks kept the Rams off-balance with a live fastball and a sweeping over-the-top curve that confused and handcuffed the Ram hitters.
He struck out 10 and walked two while throwing 75 strikes among his 107 pitches. One of his walks was intentional.
“I was able to spot my fastball pretty well. The umpire was [generous] with the outside corner,” said Weeks who also felt his curve was effective. “ I threw my curve more than normal in the bullpen warming up and it felt good. I just tried to throw strikes.”
“He was able to throw his curveball for strikes and he kept us off-balance. He pitched well,” said Bangor senior third baseman Carl Farnham.
Brewer coach Dana Corey considered Weeks’ outing the best of his career “when you consider his growth and the situation.”
Weeks pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth by inducing a sharp grounder to third and a pop-up back to the mound.
Bryan Rouleau hit the grounder and third baseman Matt Morrow did a nice job keeping his body in front of it and throwing to the plate for the force-out.
“[Rouleau] hit it hard but Matt did a nice job bellying up,” said Weeks.
“I knew I had to keep it in front of me,” said Morrow.
Brewer broke a scoreless tie at the expense of impressive Ram freshman lefty Trevor Delaite in the third.
Ben Pushard drew a leadoff walk and he was sacrificed to second by Logan Rogerson.
Delaite got a groundout but he hit Chase Allen and walked Morrow to load the bases.
Weeks then pulled an 0-1 pitch into left to score both runs.
“He threw me a changeup. I saw the rotation on the ball. I just tried to stay back on it and put it in play and it dropped in,” said Weeks.
Bangor scored its run in the fourth on a Parker Sanderson single, a fielder’s choice, Brendan Moore’s base hit, a wild pitch and Sam Huston’s line-drive single to center.
Delaite hurled five innings of two-hit, two-run ball with seven strikeouts and three walks. He effectively mixed up his fastball, curve and changeup. He threw 61 strikes among his 94 pitches.
“[Delaite] pitched extremely well,” said Corey.
Jordan Treadwell pitched a scoreless sixth, striking out two and walking one.
Morrow singled in the fifth for Brewer’s other hit.
Huston had a triple and two singles for Bangor and Carl Farnham doubled and singled. Moore had two singles.
Bangor stranded nine baserunners as the Rams went 2-for-10 with men in scoring position.
“They got a big hit and we didn’t,” said Bangor coach Jeff Fahey. “We took a lot of fastballs right down the chute. And we didn’t run the bases well.”