BUCKSPORT — Righthander Ryan Bailey gave up eight hits but came up with the stops he needed as he pitched the Bucksport Golden Bucks to a 9-7 win over the GSA Eagles on Tuesday.
Bucksport grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning, thanks to the first of several bad-hop singles that punctuated Tuesday’s game.
With two outs, Tyler French reached on an error and went to third when a single by Tyler McAllian took a bad bounce away from the GSA left fielder.
Evan Eldridge then got the benefit of a bad bounce on a single past second base to score French.
GSA took its only lead in the third inning after Finn McMahon-Allwine walked and Jesse Dow reached on an error.
McMahon-Allwine scored on a wild pitch and Nick Kane doubled to drive in Dow.
But the Bucks sent 11 batters to the plate, scoring five runs on six hits, including a two-run single by Mike Cummings and an RBI single by Bailey.
The Eagles cut the lead to 6-4 in the top of the fourth on a two-run double by McMahon-Allwine, and added a run in the fifth on singles by Kane, Schuyler Van der Eb and Ben Eley.
But that was as close as they would get.
Bucksport pushed three more runs across in the bottom of the fifth on singles by Shawn Smith and Tyler Burrill, a hit batter, two infield outs and an RBI single by French.
GSA loaded the bases with one out in the sixth and picked up a pair of runs on a sacrifice fly by Josh Gale and a wild pitch.
But Bailey got Van der Eb on a foul pop-up to third to end the rally and pitched a scoreless seventh to preserve the win.
McAllian had four singles for Bucksport, and Kane doubled and singled for the Eagles, who are now 3-2-1.