June 9, 2013

Baseball: York stops Greely when it really counts

After losing twice to the No. 1 Rangers, the Wildcats win 5-1 to reach the regional final.

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

CUMBERLAND - He wasn't only tiring, but his bruised right elbow was beginning to swell. That's when York High pitcher Adam Bailey showed his moxie, as well as an array of off-speed pitches.

Bailey pitched a three-hitter to lead No. 5 York to a 5-1 upset of top-seeded Greely in a Western Class B baseball semifinal Saturday.

York (14-5) will take on No. 2 Falmouth (16-2) for the regional title Tuesday.

Greely (16-2) defeated York twice in the regular season -- a 10-0 rout early and a 2-1 squeaker two weeks ago.

"The difference in that (last) game was we couldn't get a big hit," York Coach Chuck Chadbourne said. "(Saturday) we had critical hits with two outs."

York scored twice in each of the second and third innings, then added a run in the fifth. Cole Merritt paced the Wildcats with a double, single, RBI and run. Daniel Bock, Anthony Sciaudone and Alex Mercurio also drove in a run.

The key for York was getting to Greely pitcher Bailey Train early. Train retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced.

"I thought we put some good swings on the ball against a very good pitcher," Chadbourne said.

Bailey, a slender right-hander, was pretty good, too. Pitching on three days' rest, he mixed in a change-up and curve with his fastball. He struck out nine and retired 14 of the last 15 batters.

"I thought he did an outstanding job changing speeds," Greely Coach Derek Soule said. "His change-up and breaking ball kept us off-balance. We couldn't bunch anything together.

"He wasn't giving us free passes and his defense played well behind him. Any time that happens, you're in trouble."

Greely got its run in the second. Jonah Normandeau led off with a double and later scored on Sam Porter's sacrifice fly.

Bailey, who gave up a two-run homer to Train in York's recent 2-1 loss, pitched wisely.

"They have some really good hitters in the middle of the lineup, so you have to be careful," Bailey said.

York got a scare when Bailey was hit by a pitch on his right elbow in the third inning. He came out for a pinch runner and put ice on the elbow.

"Adrenaline kept me going," Bailey said.

York took a 2-0 lead in the second on Merritt's double, Bock's RBI single, Ben Lawlor's sacrifice and Sciaudone's RBI single.

After Greely closed to 2-1, York staged a two-out rally in the third. Mercurio doubled in a run and scored on Merritt's single.

In the fifth, Jordan Pidgeon came home on a wild pitch.

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

kthomas@pressherald.com

Twitter: @KevinThomasPPH

 

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