BANGOR — There are days when everything that can go wrong will go wrong.
For the George Stevens Academy Eagles, that day was Saturday at Mansfield Stadium as the St. Dominic Saints of Auburn rolled to an 11-0 State Class C Championship win in six innings, bringing a disappointing end to what was an otherwise superb season for GSA.
The Saints scored all they would need in the second inning, pushing across four runs on five hits, a double steal and a fielder’s choice ground out and giving lefthander Chris Bryant a comfortable cushion.
Bryant, who notched his eighth win of the season, wasn’t overpowering but kept the Eagles off balance all afternoon, spotting his pitches and changing speeds effectively. He allowed just four hits, struck out four batters, hit one and walked nobody.
Meanwhile, his teammates got to Eagle righthander Nick Saunders for three more runs in the third inning on three hits, two of them infield singles, a botched pickoff attempt at first base, a wild pitch and a GSA error.
The Saints put the icing on the cake with four runs in the top of the sixth inning, getting things started when Casey Parker reached first base after striking out on a wild pitch, then raced all the way to third when another Saunders pitch got by GSA catcher Josh Gale.
A walk to Shayne Curtis brought sophomore lefthander Tim Sawyer on to pitch for GSA and Sawyer yielded two singles, a walk, hit a batter and gave up an RBI groundout before retiring the side.
In the bottom of the inning, GSA’s Nate Hines led off with a single. Schuyler Van der Eb was inserted to run for Hines, who has been slowed by injury, and he was picked off first base by Bryant, who then struck out Peter Dickinson.
Cam Lawson was hit by a pitch, putting a runner back on first, but Bryant got Saunders on a grounder to first base for the final out.