Steamboat Petroleum Eliminates Trenton with 7-4 Comeback Win



BANGOR — The American Legion Zone 1 baseball tournament was a short one for the Trenton Acadians.

Second  baseman Garrett Kaspala of the Trenton Acadians waits for the throw as Jack Davis of Steamboat Petroleum slides safely into the base during Steamboat’s 7-4 elimination win over Trenton on Thursday at Husson University in Bangor. Trenton shortstop Nick Saunders is seen moving in to back up Kaspala on the throw.—HUGH BOWDEN
Second baseman Garrett Kaspala of the Trenton Acadians waits for the throw as Jack Davis of Steamboat Petroleum slides safely into the base during Steamboat’s 7-4 elimination win over Trenton on Thursday at Husson University in Bangor. Trenton shortstop Nick Saunders is seen moving in to back up Kaspala on the throw.—HUGH BOWDEN

BANGOR — The American Legion Zone 1 baseball tournament was a short one for the Trenton Acadians.

Fifth-ranked Trenton was eliminated in the opening play-in game on Thursday at Husson University as fourth-seeded Steamboat Petroleum of Waldo County rallied from a 3-0 deficit to down the Acadians 7-4 in a nine-inning game.

Trenton got off to a good start, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning off Steamboat righthander Evan Kingsbury.

Kingsbury helped make his own trouble, walking leadoff batter Nick Saunders before giving up a single to Garrett Kaspala.

Mike Crowley moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt, and Collin Ciomei followed with a two-run single up the middle.

The Acadians made it 3-0 in the top of the fifth as Adam Kaspala got things started with a one-out walk.

Saunders then singled, moving Kaspala to third and taking second on the throw back to the infield.

Steamboat right fielder Nate Adams and Kingsbury then switched positions, and Adams got Garrett Kaspala on a strikeout for the second out off the inning.

But a wild pitch allowed Adam Kaspala to race home from third before Crowley ended the inning with a groundout to first.

Meanwhile, Trenton righthander Peter Dickinson was sailing along with a shutout, allowing just two hits over the first five innings.

But the roof fell in on Dickinson in the bottom of the sixth as Steamboat’s Joseph Brazier drilled a one-out single and Adams followed, driving a pitch over the left field fence for a two-run homer.

Dickinson got Ethan McHattan on a grounder to shortstop for the second out, but the next four batters combined for three more Steamboat runs.

Jack Davis legged out an infield single, stole second and went to third when a pitch skipped by Trenton catcher Crowley.

Gabe Blodgett followed with an RBI single, Kingsbury walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a double off the left field fence by Cory Ward.

The Acadians cut the lead to 5-4 in the top of the seventh as Adam Kaspala stroked a one-out double, went to third on a groundout by Saunders and scored on a single by brother Garrett Kaspala.

But the hard-throwing Adams handcuffed the Acadians the rest of the way and Steamboat added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, primarily as a result of defensive lapses by the Acadians, who committed three errors in the two innings.

Trenton closed out its season with a record of 11-10.

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