Comrades Take Zone 1 Legion Title
The Bangor Coffee News Comrades are the Zone #1 Region Champions of American Legion baseball after they beat the Brewer Falcons in the final game of the tournament to secure the crown.
Brewer came into the championship round needing to win twice to take the top spot, but were unable to generate enough offense in the second game. The Falcons took the first game of the afternoon from the Winkin Complex by a score of 9-4, while the Comrades held on with a 7-4 win in the second game.
With the win, Bangor will open up the state tournament from the Winkin Complex on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., while Brewer will be the runners-up representative for the zone and will play at 7 p.m.
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The Brewer Falcons rode a strong pitching performance by Michael Dougherty on way to a game one win over Bangor. Dougherty earned the win with five innings of one run ball, scaterring five hits and striking out two. Logan Rogerson would pick up the save with four innings of relief with seven strikeouts. Brewer would score twice in the second inning of play, and then again in each of the fifth, seventh, and eighth to secure the win.
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Ethan Stoddard had a great performance on the mound for the Commrades in the second game of the championship round, throwing six scoreless innings with one hit, three walks, and four strikeouts. Nick Cowperthwaite would encounter some trouble in the ninth inning, allowing three Falcon runs, but ultimately closed the door on a Zone #1 title. Noah Missbrenner started the scoring with an RBI off of a fielder's choice, and a Zach Ireland sacrifice fly would give the Bangor side another run. The Comrades would tally four runs in the eighth inning to secure the regional title for the team.
NOTE: Both games of the American Legion Maine State Tournament on Wednesday featuring Bangor and Brewer can be heard on 92.9 FM and 929TheTicket.com at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.