Calais Junior Little League

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Team Earns Birth in District Championship

The Calais Junior Little League baseball team under Coaches David Mitchell, Kenny Murphy, and Mike Hayward completed their regular season play hosting and defeating Machias this past Tuesday, and then had to jump into the playoffs series with a start against Coastal on Thursday. 

In a tough opener at Coastal, Greg Mitchell took the hill pitching a fine game going 6 1/3 innings taking 9k with just 1-walk and allowing 6-hits. The Calais bats were cool in this contest and although the defense was solid they couldn’t score the needed runs and dropped the 1st contest 4-1. Jacob Connick paced the team with a single/double, Matt Perkins singled, and Alex Morrison doubled and scored Calais only run on Perkins’s RBI single. Calais simply could not acquire hits at the opportune time, leaving 7 runners stranded in scoring position. Drew Hayward pitched in relief, 2 strikeouts, 2 walks, and 1 run.

After having suffered their first loss a young Calais squad would be eliminated on their next loss. A junior Little League team is comprised of 13-14-year olds, and the very young Calais team has only four 14-year-olds and the balance of the team are just 13, so although very talented it’s extremely tough to play against teams that have a majority of players 14-years-old.

The second game had them hosting Bucksport at home on Saturday.  A pitching trio of Riley Russell, Conor Lindsay, and Drew Hayward controlled the guests allowing just 4-hits over the 5-innings of action. With flawless fielding the Calais bats came to life getting 7-hits, aided by walks, and 3-errors produced 13-runs, defeating Bucksport 13-1. Greg Mitchell helped to pace the victory with a double/triple and Matt Perkins added a double in the win. Connick, Gillespie, Lindsay, and Russell each added singles in the win.

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The Calais bats continued to roll on Sunday when they squared off against Coastal again in a rematch in the elimination round. Matt Perkins held off the guests for 3 2/3 innings allowing just 1-hit and 1-run while Calais secured the lead in the top of three with 3-runs. The win was secured in the top of four when Mitchell, Connick, Perkins, and Monk all singled to help add 6-runs, as they powered to an 11-6 win.

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This difficult Little League format then had Calais playing its fourth game in five-days, as they would have to host Acadia on Monday. In another fine performance by Calais pitching, Riley Russell took charge on the hill allowing only 6-hits with 2k and just 1-walk over 6-frames. With tough defense Calais held Coastal to just 4-runs, the offense saw 13 hits from eight different players. Drew Hayward, Matt Miller, Kobey Gillespie, each singled. Alex Morrison doubled, and Jacob Connick singled and tripled. Matt Perkins and Greg Mitchell paced the win offensively, each having three hits and three RBIs.

Acadia knotted the game at 3 in the 3rd inning on hits by Stanley, Grierson and Nick Stanley and a throwing error by Calais. Calais bats answered with 6-runs in the bottom of three, and powered to a 12-4 victory and a shot Tuesday night against undefeated Ellsworth. If Calais wins Tuesday, they will play another in this grueling schedule Wednesday at Ellsworth in the district championship final.

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