“We were one strike away from the state championship twice. So to say that we have a burning desire in our stomach, it gets me emotional thinking about it we were so close,” Bangor Christian baseball head coach Tim Collins said.
The No. 2 seeded Patriots have a bye in the Class D North tournament giving them extra time to prepare with the help of some old friends.
“So we got some Bangor alums. Some Bangor christian alums. We figured that be a good tuneup game today,” Collins said.
Derek Fournier and Kyle Stevenson are just two of the many previous Bangor area players that came out of quasi retirement.
“Getting everybody back together and strapping up the laces is going to be a blast,” Stevenson said.
“I know a bunch of these guys, just fun to be out here and get some good reps,” Bangor Christian pitcher Dean Grass said.
Grass and Stevenson are good friends on and off the diamond. The former Bangor star planned on playing at the University of Maine, but injuries forced him to hang up the cleats.
“Being able to come out here and help him out and do what I can to further his career is special to me,” Stevenson said.
The old blood gave the new blood some tips ahead of the playoffs with the hopes that Bangor Christian can make a run in a tight Class D North field.
“Capitalize on a big hoorah finish and I just come out on top hopefully," Grass said.
"It’s just been so much fun and such a blessing to play with these guys, I wouldn’t want to trade it for the world,” Bangor Christian pitcher and infielder Eric Gorczok said.
Bangor Christian takes on Deer Isle-Stonington Thursday at 4 p.m. at Husson.