BANGOR — Adam Peterson threw a two-hitter while striking out five and walking just one as Yankee Ford of South Portland eliminated Bessey Motors of South Paris from the American Legion baseball state tournament with a 9-0 win Saturday at Husson University.

Yankee Ford, the defending state champion, advanced to the final day of the double-elimination tournament but will need two wins Sunday, first against Coastal Landscape of Portland. The winner of that game faces Coffee News of Bangor in the championship game.

D.J. Shea led offense for Yankee Ford, going 3 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Riley Hasson also went 3 for 5 and scored twice, and Alex Livingston added a pair of hits.

RBI singles by Shea and Marshall Peterson helped Yankee Ford grab a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Shea added another RBI single in the sixth.

COASTAL LANDSCAPE 18,  COFFEE NEWS 4: Coastal Landscaping of Portland scored nine runs in the seventh inning and six in the eighth to earn a mercy-rule victory and avoid elimination.

Logan McCarthy and Tim Greenlaw each hit a two-run double in the seventh as Coastal sent 14 batters to the plate and broke a 3-3 tie.

Greenlaw finished 4 for 5, including a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and drove in four runs. Kolby Lambert went 4 for 6 with two RBI, and McCarthy contributed three hits and four RBI.

It was the first loss of the double-elimination tournament for Coffee News, which had already earned a spot in Sunday’s championship game against Coastal Landscape or Yankee Ford, who play at 1 p.m. Sunday.


THIRSTY TURF 5, SKOWHEAN 3: Hayden O’Donnell hit a go-ahead two-run double in the fourth inning, and Conner MacDonald allowed just three hits in 6 1/3 innings as Thirsty Turf of Portland advanced to the championship game of the state tournament at Colby College.

Thirsty Turf, which is unbeaten in the double-elimination tournament, will have two chances Sunday to defeat Hartt Transportation of Hampden. Hartt won two elimination games Saturday – 11-2 over Yankee Ford of Cape Elizabeth and 9-0 over Skowhegan.


NEW BEDFORD 4, SANFORD 3: Karsten Sherman scored from first on a double by Michael Martinez with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Bay Sox (16-27) a win over the Mainers (17-26) in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Sanford fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, then tied it in the second on singles by Jimmy Kerr, Justin Lavey and Brock Keener, and an error.

After Colby Maiola put the Mainers ahead with a two-run homer in the seventh, the Bay Sox answered with two runs in the bottom half as Chandler Debrosse hit an RBI triple and scored on a wild pitch.