BANGOR, Maine — The Lawrence Bulldogs held a 2-1 lead over the Bangor Rams going into the bottom of the sixth inning Monday afternoon, but Bangor scored seven runs in the bottom of the inning en route to an 8-2 Class A baseball victory at Mansfield Stadium.
Lawrence pitcher Cody Martin allowed three hits and one run in his first five innings of work, coming within one strike of being perfect through the first three innings. But in the sixth, Bangor (10-4) went through its entire lineup as Martin allowed five hits and six runs in the inning.
“I felt Cody was pitching very well for us, he had a low pitch count, he was getting batters out,” said Lawrence coach Rusty Mercier. “In that sixth inning they hit some ground balls that got through. They didn’t really hit them that hard.
“I felt good about the way we played, the kids were relaxed. We executed defensively. Bangor is a great program, we played them tough twice this year.”
Lawrence had plenty of opportunities to score more runs before Bangor went on its hot streak. In the first inning, after Martin scored the first run of the game, the Bulldogs left the bases loaded. Lawrence left seven runners on base prior to the sixth inning, eight for the entire game. Bangor stranded only two runners in the game.
Kyle Stevenson, who broke up Martin’s perfect streak with a single in the third, started the sixth inning off with a walk. Stevenson stole second and a single by Carl Farnham put runners on first and third with nobody out, creating an optimal run-scoring situation for the Rams.
“I thought once we could get some runners on, that we could run on their catcher and first baseman. We got one run and fortunately we were able to have that big inning in the sixth,” said Bangor coach Jeff Fahey.
Bangor continued to get singles to move runners to the corners and steal second base to have two players in scoring position for most of the inning, providing a chance to score at every at-bat. Bangor went through 11 batters before the inning was finished.
Justin Courtney started the rally with a two-RBI double, followed by a Parker Sanderson RBI single. Brenden Moore hit a two-RBI single and Hunter Boyce walked to drive in a run before Stevenson hit a run-scoring groundout to finish up scoring for Bangor.
Moore paced the Bangor offense with two singles, two RBIs and one run scored. Jordan Treadwell picked up the win on the mound with three innings of relief, giving up one run on three hits while striking out two and walking one. He replaced starter Andrew Hillier in the fourth inning, with the two juniors filling in for an injured starter.
“Greg Duff was supposed to be today’s starter, but he had some stiffness in his back so we decided to go with two juniors,” Fahey said. “They weren’t on a pitch count but we knew after 60 pitches Hillier would be done. Both of them did a great job today.”
Martin also led the Bulldogs (3-10) offensively, going four-for-four with three singles and a two-RBI double. Matt Champney hit a single and a two-run double for Lawrence.
“Late in the game I thought this might be the day we come up with a big win, but I’m proud of the boys, they battled all the way through,” Mercier said.