Lebel tosses complete game as Hawks move to 12-3
Marshwood honors former standout Troy Pappas
By John Doyle
Foster’s Daily Democrat
June 01, 2014 2:00 AM
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — A pair of errors in the bottom of the first inning helped the Marshwood High School baseball team push three runs across the plate, and that was all the Hawks needed for a 3-1 Western Maine Class A win over Bonny Eagle on Saturday.
Marshwood pitcher Jake Lebel ran into a few mini-jams along the way, but held the Scots at bay, allowing six hits and zero earned runs for the complete-game win.
“I was feeling OK, just couldn’t find the zone a couple of times,” said Lebel. “You’re always going to have those games, but you just have to fight through them, and that’s what I ended up doing. I have a good defense behind me.”
Marshwood is now 12-3 with one regular-season game left, at home Monday against Scarborough. Bonny Eagle fell to 3-12.
“We didn’t let anything get to us,” Marshwood coach Eric Fernandes said. “Bonny Eagle played very good baseball. They get a key hit, a key ground ball, we kick it away, this game could have been different.”
Zack Quintal and Zach Hodges led off the Hawks’ half of the first inning with back-to-back singles, and Zach Doyon and catcher Holden Jackman reached on consecutive Bonny Eagle errors later in the frame. Noah McDaniel walked and also scored, and Marshwood led 3-0 after one.
“We came out hot and then we kind of got settled down,” said McDaniel, who hit a double in the second inning. “We just couldn’t rally more. We’re trying to buckle down on defense and get our offense grooving more.”
Lebel was effective if not necessarily dominant. The Scots had a pair of baserunners in each of the first three innings, but Lebel got out of each situation with a flyout, a groundout and a strikeout, respectively. He retired the side in order in the fourth and got the Bonny Eagle leadoff batter to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the fifth.
“Lebel definitely pitched a great game,” Bonny Eagle coach Dan Stefanilo said. “He threw his fastball a lot. It wasn’t so much mixed-up pitches, but he mixed up his locations very well. (We) were just missing that one big hit.”
Lebel retired the side in order in the sixth inning but then ran into a little bit of trouble in the seventh when Justin Miles led off with a single. Matt Bridges reached on a fielder’s choice and eventually scored the Scots’ only run on an error when Marshwood tried unsuccessfully to turn a game-ending double play. Lebel got the last batter to fly out to center field.
At the plate, Lebel had a single in the fifth inning and a hard-hit foul ball in the first that would have been long gone if fair.
CJ Davis hit a single for Marshwood in the fourth. Bonny Eagle pitcher Troy Bogdahn went all seven innings and allowed five hits.
Marshwood’s entire roster wore No. 7 in honor of former Hawk standout and 2012 graduate Troy Pappas, who died later that year in an accident while attending Bates College. After the game, a plaque honoring Pappas was unveiled. Pappas’s No. 7 was on display throughout the Marshwood baseball complex, including painted on his position in right field.