PI Patriots eliminated

17 years ago

The Presque Isle Patriots competed in the American Legion Zone 1 Baseball Tournament at the Winkin Complex on the Husson College campus July 27-29, beating Penquis and losing to Bangor twice to get ousted from the six-team tourney.    The team’s lone victory was an exciting one played July 28, as the winning run came across on Michael Cleary’s suicide squeeze in the bottom of the seventh, scoring Hunter Caron from third for the 14-13 triumph. Andrew York, who retired the final batter in the top of the seventh, was credited with the pitching win.
PI opened with a tough 8-6 loss to the Bangor Comrades July 27. The Patriots led 6-4 after 7-1/2 innings before Bangor plated four runs in the bottom of the eighth and blanked PI in the top of the ninth. Bangor’s winning rally included two singles, a hit batsmen and a pair of fielder’s choice grounders, followed by a walk and a single to cap the outburst.
The Patriots had taken the lead with five runs in the seventh. Matt McGlinn and Pat Thibodeau contributed RBI hits and Cleary had a sacrifice fly for Presque Isle.
York went the distance on the mound, allowing just two earned runs. Harry Austin led PI with three singles, with Caron adding a triple and a single and an RBI.
In the July 29 elimination game, the Patriots fell to the Comrades, 13-6. Bangor put nine runs on the board in the first two innings and coasted from there. Logan York had three hits and Tom Desjardins a pair of RBI singles for Presque Isle, whose season ended with a 13-10 overall record. It was the second consecutive year that PI qualified for the playoff tournament. Last year, the team went 2-2 in the tourney and took third place.
Brewer won this year’s championship, beating Bangor in the finals. As of yesterday, Bangor was one of two undefeated teams in the state tourney.