Panthers Crush Mariners For EM Class D Baseball Crown



BANGOR — Even-numbered years just don’t seem to be good ones for the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariner boys.

Shortstop Sam Grindle of the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners unloads a throw to first base during the Mariners’ 10-0 loss to the Central Aroostook Panthers.—HUGH BOWDEN
Shortstop Sam Grindle of the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners unloads a throw to first base during the Mariners’ 10-0 loss to the Central Aroostook Panthers.—HUGH BOWDEN

BANGOR — Even-numbered years just don’t seem to be good ones for the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariner boys.

The Eagles have won three Eastern Maine and state class D baseball titles this decade — in 2005, 2007 and 2009.

And it didn’t take long — just two innings into the Eastern Maine championship game on Wednesday — for the Central Aroostook Panthers to send the message that 2010 wouldn’t be the year for a fourth Mariner title.

It took the Panthers just 1 hour and 28 minutes to end the Mariners’ season with a six-inning, 10-0 shutout as senior righthander Kasey Brewer pitched a four-hitter and helped his own cause with a home run of nearly 400 feet over the wall in left field.

Central Aroostook got to Mariner senior righthander Evan Rollins early, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning.

That came when Garrett Stiles drew a one-out walk, stole second and went to third on an errant throw, then scored when Logan McLaughlin reached base on the second error of the inning by Deer Isle-Stonington.

The roof fell in on Rollins and the Mariners in the second inning, when the Panthers sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring six runs on four hits, two walks, a Mariner error and an infield groundout.

Leadoff batter Mike McClung reached base on an error at first and Logan Thomas followed with an infield single.

Dan Brewer walked to load the bases and Rollins then walked Stiles to force in one run.

Kasey Brewer then stroked an RBI single and Mitch Folsom followed with a two-run triple and Brendan York added an RBI triple.

The Mariners put two runners on with two outs in the third as Rollins legged out an infield single and Joe Carter walked, but Brewer retired Joe Condon on a fly ball to center to end the inning.

Brewer unloaded his solo home run in the fourth inning, and the Panthers closed out the game with two more runs in the sixth.

With relief pitcher Connor Morey on the mound, Stiles and McLaughlin had back-to-back singles with one out.

Kyle Brewer walked to load the bases and another walk to Folsom brought one run to the plate and relief pitcher Sam Grindle to the mound for the Mariners.

Grindle got York on a fly ball to left field, but it was long enough to score McLaughlin with the game-ending run.

The fifth-ranked Mariners finished with a record of 11-8.

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