DI-S Wins Class D Title Over Shead in 10 Innings



BANGOR — The Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners overcame five errors, coming up with three runs in the top of the 10th inning to claim their third Eastern Maine Class D baseball championship in five years Tuesday night at Mansfield Stadium.

The Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners show off their third Eastern Maine trophy in five years.—HUGH BOWDEN
The Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners show off their third Eastern Maine trophy in five years.—HUGH BOWDEN

BANGOR — The Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners overcame five errors, coming up with three runs in the top of the 10th inning to claim their third Eastern Maine Class D baseball championship in five years Tuesday night at Mansfield Stadium.

Coach Darren Eaton of the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners and the team’s lone senior, Eben Powers, share a jubilant moment after the Mariners win the Eastern Maine Class D baseball title 9-7 in 10 innings over the Shead Tigers of Eastport on Tuesday.—HUGH BOWDEN
Coach Darren Eaton of the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners and the team’s lone senior, Eben Powers, share a jubilant moment after the Mariners win the Eastern Maine Class D baseball title 9-7 in 10 innings over the Shead Tigers of Eastport on Tuesday.—HUGH BOWDEN
“It wasn’t pretty but we’ll take it,” said coach Darren Eaton moments before the trophies were handed out.

Three times the fourth-seeded Mariners took the lead and twice the third-seeded Shead Tigers of Eastport battled back to tie the game. But in the end, it was the Mariners’ to win and they did just that.

Eben Powers, the only senior on the team, got things started in the 10th when he crushed a drive nearly 400 feet to the deepest part of the stadium and raced all the way to third base.

Joe Carter followed with a soft single over second base to drive in Powers with the go-ahead run.

After Carter stole second base, freshman Joe Condon drilled a double to left, driving in what proved to be the game-winner.

Alec Peasley followed with a single, scoring Condon with the third run of the inning and giving the Mariners a 9-6 lead.

But the Tigers didn’t go easily into the night.

In the bottom of the 10th, Tom Collins and Kris Sullivan led off with back-to-back singles off junior righthander Evan Rollins.

Rollins got Caleb Ricker and Timothy Barnes on fly balls, thanks to a pair of strong defensive plays in the outfield.

But a single by Tom Pottle plated Collins before Rollins fielded a come-backer to the mound off the bat of Justin Lewey and beat Lewey to first base for the final out.

“Resilient” was the word used several times by coach Eaton to describe this year’s Mariner squad, a young team with four freshmen, four sophomores and six juniors.

And resilient they proved to be.

With Rollins on the mound at the start, the Mariners jumped out to a 2-0 lead on four consecutive singles by John Lymburner, Powers, Carter and Condon.

The Tigers got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a single by Barnes, a walk to Pottle, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Lewey.

They tied it in the third when Ricker singled, went to third on a throwing error and scored on a pop single by Pottle.

The Mariners went back in front 6-2 in the top of the fifth.

Jay Boyce bunted to lead off and was safe on an error.

Rollins then reached base on the second error of the inning with Boyce going to third, and Lymburner drove them both in with a double.

Powers then beat out an infield single and Carter followed with a single, scoring Lymburner and sending Powers to third.

One out later, Peasley grounded back to Barnes on the mound, and he opted to go for the out at first with Powers scoring on the play.

Ricker drew a walk to open the fifth for Shead, and that brought Condon, a freshman righthander, on to pitch in relief of Rollins.

After Ricker raced to second on a passed ball, Condon gave up an RBI single to Barnes. Two outs later, Barnes scored on a wild pitch, cutting the DI-Stonington lead to 6-4.

One inning later, the Tigers knotted the score at 6-6.

With two outs, Ricker was hit by a pitch and scored when Barnes was safe at first on another Mariner error.

Pottle then doubled to the left field fence, driving in Barnes with the tying run.

Rollins returned to the mound in the bottom of the seventh and retired the side in order.

Meanwhile, Barnes, who pitched into the 10th inning for the Tigers, was getting stronger.

He set down the Mariners in order in the seventh and eighth innings.

The Tigers loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth on a Mariner error, a hit batter and an intentional walk but Lewey flied out to center to leave the runners stranded.

It was one-two-three for both teams in the ninth, setting the stage for the Mariners’ 10th-inning rally.

“They’ve been doing that all year,” coach Eaton said of the Mariner comeback. “We just need to field the ball a little better,” he added, referring to the five errors.

Rollins, who was the winning pitcher, allowed just one run on three hits in his last four innings.

“Evan did a good job,” said Eaton. “He held his composure.”

Now it’s on to the state Class D final against Western Maine champion Richmond (15-3) at noon Saturday at St. Joseph College in Windham.

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