BLUE HILL — When it comes to Eastern Maine baseball championship finals, the George Stevens Academy Eagles are in familiar territory.
The Eagles won four consecutive EM Class C championships from 2002 to 2005, and reached the EM finals in two of the next three years.
They are scheduled to be back at Bangor’s Mansfield Stadium tonight at 7 p.m. for yet another try, this time against the upstart seventh-ranked Orono Red Riots, who crushed number three Calais 17-0 in their semifinal contest.
The top-ranked Eagles, now 15-3, had an equally easy time in their 12-0 semifinal rout of the five-ranked Madawaska Owls (12-6) on Saturday at Blue Hill.
GSA got a near-flawless five-inning pitching performance from ace senior righthander Peter Dickinson, who fired his first-ever no-hitter and struck out nine batters.
Dickinson had some early trouble, walking two batters in the first inning. But he struck out the other three he faced, and retired 11 of the next 12 Madawaska batters en route to the win.
The Eagles staked Dickinson to a first inning lead, scoring twice as Cameron Lawson singled and scored on a triple by Nick Saunders, and Saunders came home on a double by Jesse Dow.
Another run crossed the plate in the second inning as Rashad Frazier walked, stole second, went to third on a sacrifice fly and scored on a single by Justin McGraw.
In the third inning, Dow was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a Nick Kane single. Kane later stole second, and went to third and scored on wild pitches by Madawaska’s Jonathan Lee, putting GSA up 5-0.
Two more runs scored in the fourth on a single by Lawson, a sacrifice fly by Saunders and an RBI single by Kane.
The Eagles tacked on five more runs before the mercy rule was invoked in the fifth inning.
Two runs scored on the combination of a walk and a series of Madawaska miscues, with the final three coming on a three-run blast over the center field fence by Saunders, who finished the game with five runs batted in.
Mike Oles of The Ellsworth American contributed to this story.