BANGOR, Maine — Through the first three days of the American Legion baseball state tournament, the Bangor Comrades have simply outpitched their opposition.
Coach Dave Morris’ Zone 1 runners-up emerged as the lone unbeaten left in the double-elimination tourney Friday night as left-hander Trevor DeLaite pitched a four-hit shutout to lift the Comrades to a 10-0, seven-inning victory over Bessey Motors of South Paris — guaranteeing Bangor a berth in Sunday’s championship round.
Bangor (21-4 overall, 3-0 in the state tournament) plays Brewer (18-7) at 3 p.m. Saturday, following an elimination game between Post 51 of Oakland (12-12) and Bessey Motors (20-4) at noon.
DeLaite struck out seven, walked one and hit a batter in extending the Bangor pitching staff’s state tourney scoreless streak to 22 innings since allowing a run to Morrill Post in the third inning of the Comrades’ tournament opener Wednesday.
Bangor’s pitching trio of DeLaite, Justin Courtney and Andrew Hillier has combined to allow just one run on 13 hits with 34 strikeouts over 25 innings.
The Comrades complemented DeLaite’s pitching against Bessey Motors with errorless defense and a 12-hit attack that featured a double and two singles each from catcher Hunter Boyce, a triple and single from DeLaite and two singles each from Hillier and Sam Huston.
Courtney scored three runs and reached base in all five plate appearances for Bangor on a single, two walks and two hit batsmen.
The Comrades capitalized on some early control issues for Bessey Motors starter Ryan Godin to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
DeLaite led off with an infield single to the shortstop hole, Kyle Stevenson was hit by a pitch and Courtney walked to load the bases with nobody out.
DeLaite then scored as Hillier hit into a 4-6-3 double play. Stevenson made it a two-run inning by coming home on Huston’s pop single down the left-field line, with Huston thrown out trying to stretch the play into a double to end the inning.
Bangor doubled its lead an inning later. Boyce flared a leadoff hit to right field that spun away from three Bessey Motors defenders on the bounce for a double.
A Ben Crichton sacrifice advanced Boyce to third, and he scored as Ryan Brookings reached base on a third-strike wild pitch.
One out later DeLaite lined his third triple of the tournament down right-field line to make it 4-0.
The Comrades broke the game open in the fourth, sending nine batters to the plate — six before an out was recorded — and scoring four runs to extend their lead to 8-0.
DeLaite was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, followed by consecutive singles by Stevenson, Courtney (RBI), Hillier and Huston (RBI). Stevenson scored on a passed ball, and Crichton added an RBI groundout during the uprising.
Bangor loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh on a hit batter, an error and an intentional walk before Boyce ended the game under the 10-run rule with a line single to center that drove Courtney home from third base.