BANGOR – After one win in their first three outings this season, the Bangor baseball team won 12 of its next 16 games, and the Rams are back in the northern Maine final.
Coming in as the five seed, Bangor has rattled off playoff wins against Mt. Ararat, Camden Hills, and Edward Little, to play for its first Class A North championship since 2018.
The Class A North bracket opened up after No. 8 Edward Little knocked off top seed Oxford Hills in the quarterfinals, but Bangor has taken advantage.
Undefeated since May 29, this team is averaging more than five runs a game with a quiet confidence among teammates.
“I just like this group. They like each other, they respect each other, and I think they care about each other, so things have been going really well…And we have high expectations, but at the same time we just take one day at a time, and that’s what I like about this team, it’s kind of like water off a ducks back…,” said Dave Morris, Bangor baseball head coach.
“Last year stunk, not being able to play and we were a little rusty to start the year off, but I feel like we’re all really happy where we are now, happy with just how the season went, let alone the playoffs,” said Max Clark, Bangor junior outfielder.
Tuesday night No. 5 Bangor will face No. 6 Skowhegan for third time this season; the first two games ending in a Rams win, a 9-2 win on the road, and an 8-7 battle at Mansfield Stadium.
The Rams have proved they can score; adding a confidence boost to a pitching staff and defense that holds opponents to less than four runs a game.
“It’s great going out there with a nice lead. If a team gets a hit, you don’t have to worry about it too much, and you can keep playing the batter, and get the out,” said Brian McLaughlin, senior pitcher.
The Bangor baseball and softball teams will both face Skowhegan Tuesday for the regional championship in Augusta.