AUGUSTA — Nick Thompson of Scarborough High picked a great time to hit his first home run.

Moments after Oxford Hills tied the Class A baseball state championship game Saturday with a two-out, two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh, Thompson barreled up an inside fastball from Vikings starter Wyatt Williamson and drove the ball to right-center.

The ball, carried by a strong left-to-right wind, easily cleared the fence, and Thompson’s home run lifted Scarborough to a 3-2 win over the previously unbeaten Vikings at Morton Field.

“I’ve never hit a home run before. I didn’t even think it was going out. I just tried to square it up,” said Thompson, a left-handed hitter.

“Our last game, it was 2-2 through 11 innings, almost. We just know how to battle and dig deep, and really come up in those situations. I love our team’s focus.”

Scarborough (16-4) won its first baseball title in Class A. It’s only previous championship was in Class B in 1986.

“They were resilient, and I also think focused. This was a team that trusted the coaching staff and did what we asked them to do, always, and it worked out,” said Coach Mike D’Andrea.

The Red Storm followed up their 11-inning upset over South Portland in the regional final by taking an early lead against Oxford Hills  (19-1), then bouncing back after the Vikings rallied in bottom of the seventh.

Scarborough starter Jack Clark dominated for the first five innings, then wiggled out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth. He quickly got the first two outs in the seventh.

But Oxford Hills’ No. 8 hitter, Jonny Pruett, stroked a single to center and Ethan Cutler followed with a wind-aided double over center fielder Nolan Lamontagne’s head. After an intentional walk to Cam Slicer (2 for 3) to load the bases, Rodney Bean lashed a single past third to score Pruett and Cutler.

“I left a couple pitches over the middle of the plate and they did what they were supposed to do, they hit them,” Clark said.

Janek Luksza was intentionally walked to load the bases and bring up cleanup hitter Ashton Kennison. As Clark had done in the sixth (and twice before), he struck out Kennison.

“It would be easy to be down on yourself,” Clark said, “but I knew I had gotten him a couple times already, so go right at him.”

“We had our chances right there to have a walk-off and enjoy the moment like they are,” said Oxford Hills Coach Shane Slicer. “Clark pitched great. They defended well, as we did.”

Clark came back out to start the eighth and got the first out on a fly to right fielder Noah Frink. At that point, he had to exit because he had reached the 110-pitch limit.

Ryan Gambardella got the next two batters to clinch the championship. Frink made a good running catch in foul territory for the second out, and Gambardella struck out Caden Truman.

“I heard the fans and stuff, and that got me into it,” Gambardella said. “With the best defense in the state behind me, I knew I was good.”

Scarborough scored in the first on a bases-loaded walk to Peter O’Brien with nobody out but couldn’t take further advantage of Williamson’s early inability to throw strikes. Over the next five innings, Williamson (seven innings, three runs, six hits, five walks, two hit batters) faced just two batters over the minimum as Oxford Hills turned three of its four double plays.

In the seventh, Scarborough freshman catcher Nic Frink led off with a double to center. His pinch runner, Maccoy Clough, scored on Noah Frink’s sacrifice fly.


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