January 21, 2020

Beavers oust Lakers

GREENVILLE – Washburn High School senior pitcher-first baseman Jason Pangburn got a pair of second chances and capitalized on both of them here Saturday.

The result was seventh-seeded Washburn’s 8-5 win over defending Class D baseball state champion Greenville and a berth in Wednesday’s Eastern Maine D final against top-seeded Southern Aroostook in Dyer Brook.

After his catchable foul pop-up dropped among three players, Pangburn delivered a clutch two-run double in the sixth inning to turn a tenuous 6-5 lead into a three-run bulge. In his second opportunity to pitch in the game, he struck out six in 2 1/3 innings to notch his second save.

The Beavers used a five-run fourth-inning rally to build a 6-2 lead. Greenville scored three times in the fifth to cut the lead to 6-5 and had the tying run on second base when Pangburn, who had allowed one run over the first two innings, came on in relief of winner John Holmquist to strike out Chris Nile to end the threat.

Andy Churchill triggered the sixth-inning rally for Washburn with a pop-fly single and Shawn Cunningham beat out a bunt. Following a fielder’s choice bunt, Greenville starter and loser Jarrod Strid walked Matt Martin.

The count went to 3-1 on Pangburn and he hit a chin-high pitch into foul territory. Third baseman Bill Chandler, catcher Travis Carpenter, and Strid all went over, but there was a miscommuncation and the ball wasn’t caught.

On the next pitch, Pangburn bounced a double up the middle past the drawn-in infield.

“I got lucky when they dropped my pop-up,” said Pangburn. “Then he threw me a fastball right down the middle and I hit it pretty solid.”

“That was a real key to the game,” said Greenville Coach Al McPherson. “Whenever you give a guy a second chance like that, it works against you most often. Being down 8-5 instead of 6-5 is a big difference.”

Pangburn struck out the side in the sixth and fanned two more in the seventh. He pitched a total of 4 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and one run with seven strikeouts and no walks.

“My arm felt better my second time in, and I had more on my fastball,” said Pangburn.

“He had a lot more zip on his fastball when he came on in relief,” said Holmquist, who also caught and played third base. “That’s the best he’s thrown all year.”

The teams swapped second-inning runs before Greenville (7-11) got a run in the third to take its only lead in the game.

Chris Hartsgrove’s double and two passed balls by Carpenter, who had been the center fielder until catcher Jason Simpson became academically ineligible three games ago, gave Washburn the lead. But Chandler’s base hit, a wild pitch, and Brian Morrill’s hit tied it.

In the third, Strid walked, stole second, went to third on Matt Murray’s single and scored on Carpenter’s sacrifice fly.

Washburn’s five-run fourth inning began with Jason Theriault’s second triple of the game and a wild pitch. Holmquist walked, went to second on a wild pitch, and to third on shortstop Eric Smith’s throwing error on Hartsgrove’s grounder. Hartsgrove stole second and Churchill singled home Holmquist.

After Churchill stole second, Cunningham hit a sacrifice fly and Bill Busse produced a run with a grounder that was misplayed by second baseman Chris Nile. Pinch-runner Joe Vaillincourt stole second and scored on Carpenter’s throwing error.

Greenville got its final three runs on two walks, Carpenter’s base hit, Smith’s RBI groundout, and Chandler’s two-out, two-run single to center.

Theriault, Hartsgrove, and Churchill had two hits apiece for the winners while Murray and Chandler had two each for Greenville.

Beavers 8, Lakers 5

Washburn boys Greenville

Name ab r h bi Name ab r h bi

Pangburn,p-1b 4 0 1 2 Strid, p 2 2 1 0

Penland, ss 4 0 0 0 Murray, 1b 3 1 2 0

Theriault, 3b-c 3 1 2 0 Carpenter, c 3 1 1 1

Holmq’st,c-3b 3 1 0 0 Smith, ss 4 0 0 1

Hartsgrove, lf 4 2 2 0 Chandler, 3b 3 1 2 2

Churchill, cf 4 2 2 1 Nile, 2b 3 0 0 0

Cun’ingham,rf 3 1 1 1 B. Morrill, lf 3 0 2 1

Busse, 2b 3 0 0 1 Morrell, cf 3 0 0 0

a-Vaillincourt 0 1 0 0 Lander, rf 0 0 0 0

Dobson, 2b 1 0 0 0 Barteau, dh 2 0 0 0

Martin, 3b-1b 2 0 0 0 b-I. Morrill 1 0 0 0

Reynolds, rf 0 0 0 0

Totals 31 8 8 5 Totals 27 5 8 5

a-ran for Busse in the fourth

b-struck out for Barteau in the sixth

Washburn 010 502 0 – 8

Greenville 011 030 0 – 5

E – Smith 2, Nile, Carpenter; Churchill, Holmquist 2B – Pangburn, Hartsgrove 3B – Theriault 2 LOB -Washburn 6, Greenville 5 DP – Holmquist to Martin SB – Hartsgrove, Churchill, Vaillancourt, Strid 2, Murray SF – Cunningham, Carpenter

Pitching Summary



Pangburn (S) 4 1/3 4 1 0 7

Holmquist (W,1-4) 2 2/3 4 4 3 5


Strid (L,1-5) 7 8 8 3 7

WP – Strid 2; Pangburn, Holmquist PB – Carpenter 2 TIME -2:05

Pangburn pitched two complete innings, then re-entered with two outs in the fifth inning

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