Hugh Bowden

Waterville Cruises Over Bucksport for Class B Title



Hugh Bowden

BANGOR — For the second consecutive year, the Waterville Purple Panthers were too much for the Bucksport Golden Bucks in the Eastern Maine Class B baseball final at Mansfield Stadium.

Playing Tuesday afternoon in a steady rain, the top-ranked Purple Panthers took command early, scoring four runs off Bucksport ace righthander Evan Eldridge in the first inning en route to a 10-0 championship win in five innings.

Eldridge helped make his own trouble when he walked leadoff batter Cam Sawyer, and Jordan Whitten followed with a single, moving Sawyer to third.

Tim Locke then grounded into a force at second with Sawyer scoring on the play, and Kyle Bishop followed with a line drive double off the leg of third baseman Billy DeRedin.

Locke and Bishop both scored on a single by Aidan FitzGerald, and FitzGerald moved to third on a bunt by Grayson Wood and scored on a groundout by Ryan Veilleux for a 4-0 Waterville lead.

Waterville righthander Bishop, who has allowed just two runs in 36 innings on the mound this season, gave up four hits but never allowed the Golden Bucks to develop any sort of rally.

The Purple Panthers plated three more runs in the second after Lance Lefebvre and Sawyer both singled and Whitten was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

One run came home on a wild pitch, the second on a groundout by Locke and the third on a triple by Bishop.

After walking the first two batters in the third inning, Eldridge swapped positions with second baseman Ryan Bailey, who came on to pitch two innings of relief.

Lefebvre drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and another scored on a wild pitch before Bailey retired the side with Waterville leading 9-0.

Righthander Mike Cummings came on to pitch the fifth inning for Bucksport and walked the first two batters he faced.

One out later, the Bucks intentionally walked Locke to load the bases and Bishop followed with a game-ending single to centerfield.

For the third-ranked Golden Bucks, who closed out their season with a record of 12-7, Eldridge doubled and singled and Tyler French and Cummings each singled.

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Hugh Bowden

Hugh Bowden

Executive Editor
Hugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American's editorial department. When he's not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected]
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