High school baseball

Camden Hills survives late scare by Trojans for 3-2 quarterfinal victory

MDI's Hanscome tagged out in attempted steal of home plate to end game
By Mark Haskell | Jun 11, 2014
Photo by: Ken Waltz Camden Hills' Chandler Crans tosses a pitch during a June 11 high school baseball game with visiting Mount Desert Island in Rockport. The host Windjammers beat the Trojans 3-2 in an exciting Eastern Class B quarterfinal playoff game.

Rockport — Talk about drama.

Playing its second regional playoff game in 24 hours, the No. 4 Camden Hills baseball team held a 3-0 lead in the seventh inning of the team's Eastern Class B quarterfinal playoff game against No. 5 Mount Desert Island before the Trojans put two on the board and had the tying run standing on third base.

With two outs in the inning and Windjammer senior Chandler Crans on the hill for the hosts, MDI's Steven Hanscome bolted for the plate in a bold attempt to steal home and tie the game — with the season for his squad on the line.

Crans fired a pitch into the mitt of catcher Peter Gimlewicz, who tagged out Hanscome in a close play at the plate for the final out of the game as Camden Hills survived in a 3-2 thriller.

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The Windjammers (14-4) will get a few days off to prepare for the semifinal round as they host No. 8 Old Town (11-7) on Monday, June 16 at 4 p.m. in Rockport. The game was postponed from Saturday, June 14 due to wet field conditions.

The Coyotes stunned No. 1 Waterville (14-3) in the quarterfinals. Camden Hills lost to Waterville 12-4 on the final day of the regular season and do not play the Coyotes during the regular season.

Camden Hills defeated No. 13 Belfast 7-1 on Tuesday, June 10 in a prelim playoff game to advance to Wednesday's quarterfinal.

Leading the hosts at the plate Wednesday against MDI were Aubrey Pennington (single), Ben Rollins (2 singles, 2 RBIs), Connor Graffam (single), Chander Crans (single), John Hall (single) and Sam Berry (single).

For MDI (10-8), Jack Sasner (single, double), Hanscome (single) and Reilly Swanson (single) paced the offense.

Crans allowed three hits and four walks, with seven strikeouts, on the hill for the Windjammers. Tom Paola and Jon Phelps combined to allow seven hits and one walk, with two strikeouts pitching for the Trojans.

“Gutty performance and we got great at bats from a lot of people in the lineup,” said Camden Hills coach Jeff Hart. “MDI played great defense and robbed us from base hits a number of times.”

Hart said Crans' turned in a “really impressive performance” as “he worked his way out of numerous jams.”

Rollins rapped an RBI-single in the third inning to plate Berry and scored Pennington with another single in the fifth. John Hall singled in Crans in the fourth stanza to round out the scoring for Camden Hills.

MDI made things interesting in the seventh, and final inning, as Saucier plated Phelps withan RBI-double and later came in on an RBI-groundout by Swanson.

Hanscome, who reached on an error earlier in the inning, went to third base on the groundout, setting up the dramatic conclusion of the contest.

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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School.

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He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn and sons Beckett and Austin.

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