June 16, 2019

Bangor rallies past Old Town

BANGOR – Coach Bob Kelley didn’t give his Bangor Rams much time to dwell on the positive aspects of their stirring come-from-behind 5-4 baseball win over Old Town Friday night.

As the skies finally opened up and the rain that had threatened all night fell on Mansfield Stadium, Kelley took his team into the locker room to vent the storm that had been brewing in his head for the entire evening.

Afterward, the Rams filed quietly back into the dugout, knowing that a sloppy win isn’t much different than a loss to their coach.

“I don’t feel we came mentally prepared to play,” the Bangor coach said, reflecting on a night that started with three errors in a disastrous first inning that staked the Indians to a 2-0 lead.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Old Town, because they deserved to win the game,” Kelley said. “I’m upset with the kids. Obviously we’re pleased that we did come back, but I hope we learned a lesson. [Sometimes] if you lose, then it’s more meaningful. We’d better learn a lesson from this.”

Bangor committed five errors in the game.

Andy Robichaud capped the Bangor rally with his second sacrifice fly of the night, a shallow ball in the seventh that Old Town center fielder Nate Rand caught running to the left. Rand’s throw to the plate was a step behind a diving T.J. True.

True led off the inning when he was hit by a pitch from Jeremy Miller. Miller induced Tim Patchell to fly out to left, but walked Jason Goldsmith, bringing on reliever Ryan Doucette.

Doucette walked the next batter to load the bases and Robichaud followed with his sacrifice fly.

The Indians scraped together two runs with two outs in the first inning. Jared Foster scored the first run from second when Bryan Goody reached and advanced to second on a throwing error by shortstop Mike Pelkey.

Another throwing error was costly after the next hitter, Ryan Doucette, ripped a single to right, scoring Goody from third.

After the Indians chased Bangor starter Mike Arsenault in the fifth, Jared Foster greeted reliever and winner Darren Stover with a line drive base hit to left. Two runs scored to make it 4-1.

But in the home half of the sixth, the Rams got to work, getting to Old Town starter Luke Trudel.

Patchell opened things off with a sharp single to left, Jason Goldsmith moved him to second with a groudout, and Casey Catell pounded a double just inside the third base bag to make it 4-2.

“It was a fastball,” Catell said of the pitch. He’d been usually starting me out with a curveball, then getting down in the count and giving me a couple of fastballs.”

Catell moved up to third on a wild pitch, then Robichaud drove a ball to deep right-center field for his first sacrifice fly to make it 4-3.

A two-out single sandwiched by walks loaded the bases before Jeremy Miller came on in relief for the Indians. After getting Tom Waterman in an 0-2 hole, Miller’s breaking ball skidded to the screen for a wild pitch that allowed Mike Pelkey to score the equalizer.

“It was an exciting game, but it wasn’t the best-played, defensively and pitching on both sides,” Old Town coach Dave Paul said. “I thought Trudel threw a real good game for us. we didn’t make a couple of plays in situations, maybe. We’ve got to remember that it’s very early [in the season].”

Stover went three scoreless innings to earn the win for the Rams. Miller was saddled with the loss.

Catell rapped a single to go with his double.

Rams 5, Indians 4

Old Town (1-2) Bangor (4-1)

Name ab r h bi Name ab r h bi

Boyington, 2b 2 1 0 0 Waterman, 2b 4 0 1 0

Powers, ss 3 1 1 0 True, cf 3 1 0 0

Foster, 1b 4 1 1 2 Patchell, lf 4 1 1 0

Goody, c 4 1 1 0 Goldsmith, dh 2 0 0 0

Thomas, lf 3 0 0 0 Catell, 3b 2 2 2 1

Douc’e,rf-3b-p 3 0 1 1 Robichaud, rf 2 0 1 2

Dickey, 3b 2 0 0 0 Pelkey, ss 2 1 0 0

Rand, cf 0 0 0 0 Wilcox, 1b 1 0 0 0

Miller, cf-p 1 0 0 0 a-Nill 0 0 0 0

Lizzotte, dh 3 0 0 0 c-Estey 1 0 1 0

Trudel, p-rf 0 0 0 0 Dorr, c 2 0 0 0

Smalley, rf 0 0 0 0 b-Philbrick 0 0 0 0

Totals 25 4 4 3 Totals 23 5 6 3

a-walked for Wilcox in the 4th

b-struck out for Dorr in the 5th

c-singled for Wilcox in the 6th

Old Town 200 020 0 – 4

Bangor 000 103 1 – 5

E – Goody, Dickey; Waterman, Pelkey 2, Arsenault 2 2B – Catell LOB – Old Town 6, Bangor 5 DP – Pelkey to Wilcox; Dorr to Wilcox SB – Robichaud, Estey S – Thomas SF – Robichaud 2


Old Town

Trudel 5 2/3 6 4 3 5 5

Miller (L) 2/3 0 1 1 1 1

*Doucette 0 0 0 0 0 0


Arsenault 4 1 4 1 4 1

Stover 3 3 0 0 2 3

*Doucette pitched to two batters in the seventh HBP – True by Miller WP – Trudel, Miller TIME – 2:07 ATTENDANCE – 100

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