HAMPDEN, Maine — Edward Little scored seven runs in the top of the fifth inning and sophomore Damien St. Pierre pitched a strong game to cruise past Hampden Academy 12-0 in six innings in high school baseball action Friday.
The Eddies (3-2) gave plenty of support to St. Pierre in his first varsity start as they sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the fifth highlighted by Tyler Blanchard’s two-run triple, which pushed the score to 8-0.
St. Pierre cruised as he allowed three hits and no walks, while striking out two.
“I felt pretty good,” he said. “It was my first varsity start so it was a little bit nerve wracking.”
St. Pierre settled in nicely, retiring the first six batters he faced before junior first baseman Thomas Farrar reached on an error in the bottom of the second.
“In the first inning I was a little nervous, but after that I told myself I was fine,” St. Pierre said.
He also received solid defense from his teammates as the Eddies only let one runner reach third base throughout the game.
“I was proud of how Damien pounded the zone,” said Edward Little head coach Dave Gordon. “Defensively, we backed him up well.”
The game remained scoreless until the top of the fourth when junior catcher Brandon Varney doubled to left field to send home Jarod Plourde Norcross. Edward Little had a chance to break it open in the fourth but left the bases loaded after Brandon Knapp grounded out to third to end the inning.
St. Pierre needed seven pitches to retire the Broncos in the bottom of the fourth, which led to Edward Little’s outburst. The Eddies started the fifth with back-to-back walks from Luke Sterling and Austin Cox. Three consecutive errors from Hampden helped score two runs before senior Llewellyn Jensen hit a two-run double to push the lead to 6-0.
“We’ve been working on trying to be in attack mode,” said Gordon. “I was proud that they came out with some intensity right of the bat.”
For Hampden Academy (1-3), baserunning miscues were the biggest issue, according to head coach McLean Poulin.
“Our effort offensively was good,” he said. “We shot ourselves in the foot quite a few times on the basepaths early.”
The Broncos looked to take the early lead in the bottom of the fourth after sophomore Maxwell Thomas singled to start the inning, but he was thrown out at first after Casey Subdeck lined out to third, completing a double play.
“The biggest thing we need to work on is being mentally tough,” said Poulin. “As soon as the wheels started to come off, they just let it go.”
Both teams are back in action next Monday as the Eddies look to keep their positive momentum when they head to Brewer, while Hampden travels to Augusta to take on Cony.