Pitching propels Bangor past Edward Little for A North baseball title

Even as the team’s batting average rose to a .340 near the end of the regular season, members of the Bangor baseball team believed their postseason fate would ultimately depend on pitching and defense.

So far, so good.

Coach Dave Morris’ club scraped out a lone run in Tuesday’s second inning and senior left-hander Colton Trisch and a timely Bangor defense ensured the run stood as the senior Rams beat Auburn’s Edward Little 1-0 the Class A North championship game at Morton Field in Augusta.

The win continued a remarkable run for Bangor, who won their seventh regional title in the past nine years – and baseball was not played in 2020 due to COVID-19.

The 18-1 Rams will now be looking to win their sixth state championship in that span – and for the first time since 2018 – when they return to Augusta for the 2pm game against Thornton Academy of Saco on Saturday.

“We’ve talked all year about how pitching and defense are going to win championships,” Morris said. “I thought Colton dominated the game and when he got tired in the last few innings he trusted his defense.”

Trisch scored just two hits while hitting nine, walking three and hitting a hitter during a 106-pitch full-game performance that improved his record to 9-0 that spring.

“The command was definitely there, my off-speed was great, and when I was putting fastballs in and hitters were hitting them, my defense was making plays,” Trisch said. “It was fantastic.”

Trisch had to be so effective, because while Edward Little’s sophomore, Drew Smith struggled with his control of the first two innings, he calmed down later in the game with some dominant pitches. Bangor failed to get a runner past second base after the second inning.

Smith finished with a four-hitter with seven strikeouts, four walks, and two hit batters while throwing 99 pitches over six innings.

Bangor’s Luke Missbrenner pulled a leadoff walk from Smith at the end of the second inning and then advanced to third base on two wild pitches from Edward Little’s right-hander.

Senior right fielder Max Clark did the rest by blasting a 3-2 pitch into flat midfield for a single that delivered missfire for the game’s only run.

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