Bangor captures first legion state title since 1979


(NEWS CENTER) -- One thing was certain at the Winkin Complex at Husson University on Sunday - a legion baseball state champion would be crowned. The uncertainty was how many games that would take.

Bangor and Bessey Motors were the remaining two teams.

Undefeated Bangor would only need to win once to take the title. Bessey Motors, on the other hand, would need to win twice.

Game one featured early scoring by both teams as well as a pitching duel between Justin Courtney (Bangor) and Ryan Chickering (Bessey Motors).

Tied at two, it would be a pitching error that would give Bessey Motors a one-run lead and ultimately the win. Courtney short-hopped the plate on the pitch that got away from the catcher, allowing the go-ahead run to cross the plate. Bessey Motors would hold on for the, 3-2, victory forcing a game two.

Unlike game one, the second game remained scoreless through six innings. With two men on and one out, Bangor second baseman Sam Huston rocketed a ball to the gap in right center. Courtney and Andrew Hillier would score and Huston would be thrown out trying for the triple, but those two runs would be all Bangor would need to hold off Bessey Motors.

The, 2-0, victory in game two clinched Bangor's first legion baseball state title since 1979.

They will represent Maine in the regional tournament, starting on August 7th.


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