Pitching leads Bucksport to brink of 1st baseball state championship

Bucksport High School’s baseball program typically finishes in the upper echelon of its class each spring.

Take the 10 years leading up to the 2022 campaign.

Beginning with their final year of Class B competition in 2011, the Golden Bucks have won at least one postseason game in eight of those ten seasons, as evidenced by winning the 2015 Class C North Championship and additional regional finals appearances over the years was highlighted in 2011 and 2013.

Bucksport could be even more dominant this spring, securing first place in Class C North and winning its first regional title in seven years with Tuesday’s 4-2 win over Mount View of Thorndike at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor.

The 19-1 Golden Bucks, winners of their last 14 games, return to Mansfield Stadium at 2pm on Saturday to play Lisbon – the only unbeaten team nationwide this spring – for the state championship.

Another win would earn Bucksport its first state title in the sport.

“When you come to the state game, that’s exactly what you want,” said Bucksport freshman head coach Josh Jackson, who played on the school’s 2003 Eastern Maine Class B Championship team.

“You want to compete against the best of the best and just see what you’ve got, compete against each other and play the best game you can. There’s not much coming to these guys. The moments don’t get too big. This team as a whole only plays for each other and that has been our greatest strength all year.”

It’s no secret that another key to Bucksport’s success has been its top pitchers, seniors Jake Guty and Ty Giberson.

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