August 04, 2020
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Drivers to play for title

TOGUS – Skowhegan American Legion Coach Ken Reed Jr. was giving serious thought to pinch hitting for 15-year-old center fielder Adam Fitzpatrick with two runners on and two outs in a 2-2 tie with Augusta in their State American Legion Tournament game.

“If we were behind, I was definitely going to pinch hit for him and I came an eyelash away from doing it anyway,” said Reed, who instead watched the slumping Fitzpatrick line his first homer of the season over the right field fence to give the Log Drivers a 5-2 win and a berth against Biddeford in Wednesday’s 3 p.m. championship game.

Skowhegan is now 29-4 and Biddeford, which lost to Augusta 6-3 in the early afternoon game, is 22-7. Skowhegan had eliminated A&M Transmission of South Portland 5-3 in Tuesday’s morning game. A&M Transmission wound up 23-6 and Augusta finished at 24-9.

The lefthanded-hitting Fitzpatrick, the third youngest player in the tournament, was in an 0-for-10 slump and hadn’t hit the ball out of the infield in those 10 at-bats.

“I was due,” said Fitzpatrick. “I wasn’t going to take any pitches this time. Coach Reed told me jump on the first good pitch. He hung an inside fastball. This is the biggest thrill of my life.”

Fitzpatrick’s homer delievered Doug Lacroix, who had walked, and Mark Hreben, who ripped a single to left.

The homer made a winner of righty Chad Gilley, 7-0, who hurled 7 innings of six-hit, two-run baseball. He walked 3 and fanned 1.

Relief phenom Garrett Quinn came on with two on and nobody in the eighth and hurled two innings of no-hit, shutout baseball for his fourth save of the tournament and ninth of the year. He fanned two and walked one.

“I felt a lot better than I did in my first tournament start,” said Gilley, referring to his six innings of 10-hit, 9-run, 7-walk baseball against Biddeford on Friday. “I was throwing a lot harder and the guys played a great defensive game behind me.”

Quinn had saved Tuesday morning’s win over A&M with one inning of one-hit ball.

Augusta had taken a 1-0 lead in the third on singles by Brett Hudson and Veilleux and Adam Mitchell’s double down the right field line. However, a 5-2-3 double play ended the threat.

Skowhegan took the lead with two runs in the fourth on a walk, a hit batsman, a fielder’s choice and Lacroix’s looping two-run single to center.

Augusta then tied it in the bottom of the fourth on Rex Turner’s double, a wild pitch and Will Blanche’s RBI groundout.

In Skowhegan’s morning win over A&M, righty Hreben, 7-0, hurled eight innings of seven-hit, three-run (one earned) baseball. He struck out 5 and walked 3.

Quinn came on with one on and nobody out in the ninth to pick Quinn came on with one on and nobody out in the ninth to pick up the save.

“My curve wasn’t working so I stayed with my fastball,” said Hreben. “My fastball was all right. It wasn’t the best one I’ve had but I had good pop on it. I was getting ground balls with it.”

Hreben got 13 outs via ground balls.

“He kept the ball down,” said A&M cleanup hitter Noah Gordon.

Chris Keene lined a single to open the ninth. Quinn was summoned and retired Kris Roukey, who bunted. He gave up a base hit to Dave Ekelund and then struck out Steve Oliver and induced Gordon to pop up.

Quinn also gave the Log Drivers a big lift with his bat, hitting a three-run homer in the first inning to erase a 2-0 deficit.

Quinn pulled Chris McBrierty’s 2-0 pitch over the right field fence for his second homer of the season.

“I was up 2-0 on the count so I knew he’d come with a fastball and I was sitting on it,” said Quinn. “It was a little up in the strike zone and I got the good part of the bat on it.”

A&M had taken a 2-0 lead with two unearned runs in the top of the first on Roukey’s sharp single to left, two errors, a fielder’s choice, a walk and a double steal.

Skowhegan made it 5-2 in the fifth inning on two walks and Reed’s two-out RBI line drive single to left was misplayed by left fielder Mike Brady, allowing Bulmer to also score.

“He threw me a curveball and I just tried to be quick with the bat,” said Reed.

A&M Transmission got a run back in the eighth on Gordon’s base hit, a fielder’s choice, Tim Gato’s hit-and-run single and Chris Gillespie’s sacrifice fly.

A&M Transmission went 2-for-19 with men on base against Hreben and Quinn.

Loser McBrierty, 5-2, issued four walks in 4 2/3 innings and all four came around to score. Reliever Keene blanked Skowhegan after that.

Skowhegan won despite making six errors and getting just four hits.

Log Drivers 5, A&M 3 (Tuesday’s First Game)

A&M Transmission Skowhegan

Name ab r h bi Name ab r h bi

Roukey, 2b 5 1 1 0 Bulmer, ss 2 1 0 0

Ekelund, ss 3 1 2 1 Gilley, 3b 3 1 0 0

Oliver, cf 5 0 0 0 Reed, c 3 0 1 1

Gordon, rf 4 0 1 0 Thebarge, lf 3 1 1 0

Brady, lf 3 1 0 0 Quinn, 1b-p 3 1 1 3

Gato, 1b 4 0 1 0 Lacroix, 2b 4 0 1 0

Gillespie, c 3 0 2 1 Hreben, p-rf 3 0 0 0

O’Quinn, 3b 3 0 0 0 Savage, rf-1b 2 1 0 0

McBrierty, p 2 0 0 0 Fitzpatrick, cf 3 0 0 0

Keene, p 2 0 1 0

Totals 34 3 8 2 Totals 26 5 4 4

A&M Transmission 200 000 010 – 3

Skowhegan 300 020 00x – 5

E – Gilley 3, Hreben, Lacroix, Fitzpatrick; McBrierty, Brady 2B – Ekelund HR – Quinn (2) LOB -A&M Transmission 11, Skowhegan 4 DP – Bulmer to Lacroix to Quinn; Keene to Ekelund to Gato SB – Gordon 2, Ekelund S – Ekelund, O’Quinn SF – Gillespie

Pitching Summary

PITCHER IP H R BB SO

A&M Transmission

McBrierty (L,5-2) 4 2/3 4 5 4 3

Keene 3 1/3 0 0 3 3

Skowhegan

Hreben (W, 7-0) 8 7 3 3 5

Quinn (S-8) 1 1 0 0 1

TIME -2:28

Log Drivers 5, Augusta 3 (Tuesday’s Second Game)

Skowhegan Augusta

Name ab r h bi Name ab r h bi

Bulmer, ss 4 0 0 0 Nims, rf 3 0 0 0

Gilley, p 1 1 0 0 Hudson, 2b 5 1 2 0

Nichols, rf 1 0 0 0 Veilleux, p-cf 5 0 1 0

Reed, c 5 0 1 0 Mitchell, c 3 0 1 1

Thebarge, lf 3 1 0 0 Miner, 3b 3 0 1 0

Quinn, 1b-p 4 0 0 0 Dumas, cf 3 0 0 0

Lacroix, 2b 3 1 2 2 Markoff, cf 0 0 0 0

Hreben, 3b 4 1 1 0 White, ss 1 0 0 0

Savage, rf-1b 3 0 0 0 Turner, lf 4 1 1 0

Fitzpatrick, cf 4 1 1 3 Blanche, 1b 2 0 0 1

a-Kidwell 0 0 0 0

S.Beaud’in,1b 0 0 0 0

Ziebart, ss-p 4 0 0 0

Totals 32 5 5 5 Totals 33 2 6 2

a-ran for Blanche in the eighth

Skowhegan 000 200 300 – 5

Augusta 001 100 000 – 2

E – Bulmer 2B – Mitchell HR – Fitzpatrick (1) LOB -Skowhegan 7, Augusta 10 DP – Hreben to Reed to Quinn SB – Lacroix

Pitching Summary

PITCHER IP H R BB SO

Skowhegan

Gilley (W, 7-0) 7 6 2 3 1

Quinn (S,9) 2 0 0 1 2

Augusta

Veilleux (L, 2-3) 6 2/3 3 5 5 4

Ziebart 2 1/3 2 0 1 1

HBP – Thebarge (by Veilleux), Mitchell (by Gilley) WP – Gilley TIME -2:11

Augusta 6, Biddeford 3

At Togus, Rex Turner lined a run-scoring double to left center and Tom Ziebart followed with a two-run single to center in the seventh inning as Augusta rallied from a 3-1 deficit to top Biddeford.

A walk to Tony Miner and winning pitcher Will Blanche’s base hit had triggered the rally. Augusta got two more in the eighth on singles by Brett Hudson, Brad Veilleux and Adam Mitchell, a walk to Blanche and a wild pitch.

The teams had swapped second-inning runs on Blanche’s RBI single and Keith Cloutier’s sacrifice fly and Biddeford took a 3-1 lead in the sixth on Jason Lariviere’s double, John St. Onge’s base hit, Craig Pendergrass’ run-scoring single, a walk and Cloutier’s sacrifice fly.

Augusta 010 000 320 – 6 11 0 Biddeford 010 002 000 – 3 4 1

Kidwell, Blanche (6), Dostie (9) and Mitchell; Consalvo, Lariviere (8) and St. Onge.


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