Bucksport players, including, front from left, Tyler Hallett, Ty Giberson, Thomas Thompson and Gavyn Holyoke, celebrate with their Class C North high school baseball championship plaque after a 4-2 victory over Mount View of Thorndike on June 14 in Bangor. The Golden Bucks play Lisbon on June 18 at 2 p.m. for the state crown back at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. PHOTO BY KEN WALTZ

Big inning, strong pitching help Bucksport claim Class C North win

By Ken Waltz

BANGOR — When No. 1 Bucksport broke open a scoreless tie with four runs in the third inning on Tuesday night, No. 6 Mount View, which had previously beaten the second-ranked team in the Class C North high school baseball tournament, realized it was in a tough spot, that a comeback might be a tall task.

The reasons? Well, the Golden Bucks are talented, poised and, on this night, had one of their “aces” on the hill.

That tried-and-true formula, ultimately, proved too much for the lower-seeded Mustangs.

Although Mount View eventually sliced its deficit in half, it could never completely solve the tough, consistent Golden Buck pitching and Bucksport (19-1) bested the Mustangs (14-6) 4-2 in the regional championship game under threatening skies at Mansfield Stadium.

It rained moments after the game ended.

With the win, the Golden Bucks will play Lisbon (20-0, No. 1 in South) on Saturday, June 18, at 2 p.m. back at Mansfield for the state championship.

Lisbon beat No. 6 Maranacook of Readfield (14-6) 3-2 in the South final.

Bucksport has played in four state finals and lost all of them, including three in Class B (2006, 2003, 2000) and once in Class C (2015).

The Golden Bucks will look to break out against the Greyhounds on Saturday.

Bucksport’s roster includes Gavyn Holyoke, Ayden Maguire, Bo Provencher, Kaleb Nightingale, Jason Terrill, Conor Fitch, Tyler Hallett, Thomas Thompson, Eli Bennett, Gunny Cyr, Brandon Elden, Nick Clair, Silas Moore, Alex Fernandez, Ty Giberson, Cam Rich, Jake Guty, Cole Ray, Sanley Julien and Peyton Gray. The head coach is Josh Jackson and assistant coaches Tyler Bye, Rob Wadleigh, Bradley Smith. Kaylee Hallett is the student manager and Dr. George Skala the athletic trainer.

Mount View’s roster includes Draedyn Furrow, Declan Knowlton, Cole Ripley, Hayden Porter, Travis Spaulding, Hunter Penney, Anthony Lepore, Levi Winslow, Noah Hurd, Dakota Harriman, Calvin Jewett, Bernie Dodge and Miles Carter. The head coach is Brandon Hurd and assistant coaches Lenny Knowlton and Monica Furrow. Mia Rae is the student manager and Casey Holmes the athletic trainer.

Although there were key hits, runs and defensive plays by the opponents on Tuesday, the focus was on the incredible work from the mound by Golden Buck right-hander Jake Guty (3 hits, 6 walks, 11 strikeouts) and Mustang left-hander Noah Hurd (6 hits, walk, 15 strikeouts), who tossed complete games.

The Golden Bucks, who scored four runs in the third inning, finished with six hits, no errors and stranded six runners. The Mustangs, who tallied two in the fourth, finished with three hits, three fielding miscues and six left on base.

For Bucksport, Hallett (run), Holyoke (hit, run, RBI), Guty (single, double, run, RBI), Rich (hit, RBI) and Terrill (2 hits, run) led the offensive charge. Terrill, Hallett and Cyr had stolen bases.

For the ’Stangs, Hurd (hit), Harriman (hit) and Jewett (hit, 2 RBIs) keyed the offense.

Defensively, left fielder Nightingale and second baseman Cyr made standout plays to rob Mustangs of hits.

Earlier in the regional playoffs, Bucksport beat No. 16 Sumner 11-0, No. 8 Maine Central Institute 6-1 and No. 5 Houlton 7-1.

Mount View bested No. 11 Piscataquis 11-1, No. 14 George Stevens Academy 12-2 and No. 2 Fort Kent 16-2.

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