BANGOR, Maine — A day earlier Cody Savage left the field unfulfilled after stranding runners in scoring position during his team’s first loss of the spring, a 3-2 defeat at Skowhegan.
The Bangor senior left fielder took that frustration out on Oxford Hills of South Paris on Friday, hitting a two-run double in the first inning and a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to rally the Rams to a 7-6 Class A baseball victory over the Vikings at Mansfield Stadium.
Top-ranked Bangor is now 12-1, while Oxford Hills — third in Eastern Maine Class A entering the contest — falls to 8-4.
Coach Jeff Fahey’s Bangor club 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, but Savage popped a 2-1 pitch to shallow right near the line where the Vikings’ Ben Bowie could not reach it, enabling Sanderson and Farnham to score.
“It was pretty much the same situation I was in against Skowhegan,” said Savage. “I didn’t really come through then, and I told the guys that I’d give anything to have that situation back so I guess this was some sort of sign today.
“I love these guys and didn’t want to let them down. I was pretty much just trying to get the bat on the ball.”
That was just enough for senior lefthander Curtis Worcester, who pitched around a seventh-inning walk to finish off a complete game and improve his record to 5-0.
Worcester, who had allowed just two earned runs over 28⅓ innings this season entering the contest, was touched up for nine hits and four earned runs while striking out four batters and walking two.
“They’re definitely a great team and they were hitting the ball well,” said Worcester. “My fastball didn’t affect them at all. Wherever I put it they hit it, so I had to work around that. My curveball really helped out a lot today.”
Oxford Hills suffered 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 doubled twice earlier in the game as he, Jordan Croteau and Dylan Cox, the Vikings’ 3-4-5 hitters, combined to go 6-for-10 with six runs scored and three RBIs.
Savage’s first-inning double drove home Farnham and Corneil to stake Bangor to a 2-0 lead.
“It was a hanging curveball,” said Savage of the blast to the base of the left-field fence. “I was just licking my chops on that one.”
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 second. 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 scored on Dalton Rice’s double-play grounder.
The Vikings took a 4-2 lead after two were out 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. Corneil walked, stole second after being picked off 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 Rouleau scored the go-ahead run on Boyce’s single to center.
Campbell hit a one-out double to deep center and scored on Cox’s two-out single to center in the Oxford Hills fifth. Cox then scored on a throwing error to give the Vikings a 6-5 lead.