BANGOR – Top-ranked Orono looked for another trip to the Class C State Championship, but it’d take everything to get past No. 6 Washington Academy on Thursday.
Orono took a 2-0 lead in the second inning thanks in part to a RBI from Ellis Spaulding.
Raiders’ pitcher Cecil Gray found his groove after giving up early runs. He’d get some help from his offense in the sixth to reclaim the lead.
With the game on the line in the bottom of the seventh inning, Orono’s Javier Santiago delivered a walk-off hit to give the Red Riots their second-straight Class C North title.
No. 1 Orono will face No. 2 Monmouth in the Class C State Championship on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. from St. Joseph’s College in Standish.