CORINTH- The Bucksport Bucks scored four runs in the second inning, and Asher Bowden took care of the rest in an 8-2 victory over the Central Red Devils in a class C baseball game played on Wednesday afternoon.
The Bucks got hits from Dylan Soper, Jacob Gauvin, Andrew Allan, and Matthew Stewart in their big second inning. Zachary Randall limited the damage in the inning, retiring the final two batters with the bases loaded. He was also helped in the first inning by a perfect throw from centerfielder Grant Poulin. Hayden Craig was thrown out at third base by Poulin.
Bowden used an impressive curveball to keep the Red Devils off balance. He allowed one earned run on three hits and one walk, while striking out 12 in six innings. Bowden threw 88 pitches (63 strikes). Going into the sixth inning, Bowden was throwing a one hitter, with 12 strikeouts. He allowed the only earned run in that sixth inning.
“My curveball was working for me today. I kept throwing it, and it kept working for me,”Bowden said. “In the sixth inning my arm started to get tired, I pushed through it.”
Central coach Pete Speed added, “he (Bowden) has a great curveball. He had good stuff, the best stuff that we have seen.”
When you have a dynamic curveball like Bowden, you need a catcher who you have confidence in. The Bucks have one of the better catchers in class C with Craig behind the plate.
“That was a typical Asher (Bowden) performance. He doesn’t blow people away, he has a great breaking ball, and he mixed it in,”Bucksport coach Michael Cowing said. “Hayden (Craig) behind the plate can block the balls in the dirt, because that is where he (Bowden) is going to get the swinging strikes.”
Bucksport put the game away with three runs in the fifth inning. Craig had the big hit, with a single that scored Chase Carmichael and Allan. Poulin made his second impressive throw to limit the damage. Poulin forced a runner at home on a line drive hit in front of him.
“You don’t see that very often in a season, let alone one game,”Speed said. “Those two throws kept us in the game. He can get to anything in the outfield, he is a great centerfielder.”
Craig had two hits and three RBI from the leadoff spot for the Bucks. Soper had three hits, while Bowden helped his cause with two hits and two RBI. Gauvin pitched a scoreless seventh inning. Bucksport (3-1) will take on Searsport this Friday.
“In this league, there are no cupcakes,”Cowing said. “I think this is a good team that Central has, they have some good athletes.”
Randall took the loss on the mound for the Red Devils. He allowed four runs on five hits and two walks in three innings. Randall also had one hit and scored two runs, while Joe Nawojczyk had two hits. Andrew Speed and Ethan Mailman each had one RBI. Central (0-1) is next scheduled to play at Dexter on Saturday afternoon.