Maine defeats Massachusetts to advance to New England Regional championship game

Published on Monday, 8 August 2022 12:51
Written by Serenity Bishop

@TheBristolPress

Maine representative Bangor East Little League continued their New England Regional success Monday as they eased past Massachusetts representative Middleboro Little League to claim their second win of the tournament and advance to the championship game.

Massachusetts and New Hampshire will play Wednesday at 1 p.m. to decide who will take on Maine in the title game Friday at 5 p.m. 

Maine scored early and often to secure its win over Massachusetts, 10-4, Monday morning.

Maine manager Jason Harvey said entering the game the team was a little tight with the expectations and the opposing competition. He said the boys came out and made some adjustments and started to settle in after they scored the first run.

“We pride ourselves on putting pressure on teams every inning,” Harvey said. “We’ll bunt, we’ll take extra bases. Our guys' mindset as far as grinding at the bat is putting the ball in play and having them make plays and hopefully if there’s a mistake we can capitalize on it.”

Maine jumped on the board in the first inning when Kaleb Johnson hit a single to bring Jacob Harvey home for the first score. Then in the second, Patrick Guite hit a deep single to bring Caden Karam and Tyler Johnson home.

After Massachusetts scored a run on a wild pitch, Johnson gave Bangor East another three-run cushion as a deep double allowed Harvey to score again, pushing the score to 4-1.

“Since we scored the first run we felt more relaxed at the plate,” Harvey said. “The pitcher was around the zone and he had a little off-speed. For us, knowing the count and swinging at good pitches led to us scoring runs and getting hits on the ball.”

Harvey was back at it again in the fourth and fifth. 

In the fourth, Harvey hit an RBI single to bring home Guite. Then, with bases loaded in the fifth, a walk from Massachusetts pitcher allowed Nae O’Donnell to score. Harvey then hit a single which brought home Johnson and Daxton Gifford. One last run by O’Donnell would end the inning and essentially the game despite Massachusetts scoring three runs in the sixth.

Karam said moving forward in the tournament the team just needs to stay loose and relax.



Posted in The Bristol Press, General Sports on Monday, 8 August 2022 12:51. Updated: Monday, 8 August 2022 12:53.