(North Bridgton, ME) A trio of Bridgton Academy pitchers limited Central Maine Community College to one hit in a 5-3 win on Wednesday afternoon on the BA campus.
Patrick Webler started for the Wolverines (7-5) followed by Colby McMahon and closer Declan Donahue.
The Mustangs (4-4-1) lone hit was off a Trent Spaulding grounder in the sixth inning that BA pitcher Colby McMahon deflected and slowed down enough for Trent to reach first safely.
Joe Webber (2 hits/2 runs/1 rbi), Connor Andrews (2 hits/2 runs/1 rbi), and Joe Brady (1 hit/2 rbi) sparked Bridgton Academy to a 5-0 lead after four innings.
The Wolverines, however, came unglued in the field in the sixth inning and it cost them three runs. Any time you put together a hit batsman, a walk, a balk, and an outfield error in one inning you’re begging to be scored on.
But in this seven-inning game, CM had only three baserunners total in the other six innings thanks to some pretty good BA pitching.
This non-league game was a rematch of a 4-2 BA victory three weeks ago in Auburn.
Brandon Varney took the loss for CM. Alex Biron, Bryce Walker, and Matt Turner also pitched for the Mustangs.
In the first inning, DH Joe Webber doubled down the left-field line, stole third, and scored the first BA run on Joe Brady’s infield out.
In the second inning, Stefan Strachan singled, stole second, and reached third on a bad throw by catcher Matt Toth. Connor Andrews singled past third to score Stefan and later Joe Webber doubled to right bringing Connor across with the 3rd BA run.
The Wolverines added two more runs in the fourth. Connor Andrews (single) and Joe Webber (walk) reached base and advanced on a passed ball. Sam Majewski drove in Connor with an infield out and Joe Brady’s infield single plated Joe Webber.
CM gathered all their runs in the sixth inning. They loaded the bases against Colby McMahon with a hit, a hit batsman, and a walk. Colby’s balk scored Trent and advanced the other runners (Kyle Moore and Jacob Albert) into scoring position. After a strikeout the inning looked over on a line drive to center but CF Stefan Strachan dropped the ball and both runners scored.
BA turned a 1-6-3 double play in the final inning.
The new turf field at Bridgton Academy is very nice. The sun was very tough on the right side of the field. CM first baseman Nick Bagley came to the dugout after one of the middle innings saying that he couldn’t see anything out there.
In the first matchup between the teams, BA faced Evan Roberts who fanned seven of them.
In the fifth inning Stefan Strachan appeared to have stolen second but was tagged out by 2B Trent Spaulding when he got up from the slide.
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