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Presque Isle captures baseball tournament crown

CARIBOU, Maine — The Northern Maine Community Recreation Association’s Major’s Baseball Tournament crowned a new champion last week as Presque Isle powered its way to the title.

Presque Isle had to battle its way out of the loser’s bracket and did so in stunning fashion, beating the Valley Allstars twice — 17-2 and 17-3 — to win the title. The championship games were played in Caribou.

This event started Monday, July 26, and had teams from Caribou, Mapleton, the Valley and Presque Isle competing in the double elimination tournament.  Presque Isle fell to the Valley on Monday and had to come through the loser’s bracket to face the Valley again in the championship game.

In the first title game, James Desjardins took to the mound for the Valley Allstars. Desjardins threw plenty of strikes, but Presque Isle also hit him hard. Hudson Porter started the game on the mound for Presque Isle and was impressive, striking out eight Valley players.  Hudson also tallied four hits and scored four runs to force Presque Isle into the second “if necessary” championship game.

In the second title game, the Valley Allstars were the home team and looked to Kam Daigle to take the mound. Daigle yielded two runs in the top of the first, and the Valley Allstars countered with two runs of their own to even the game at 2-2 thanks to hits from James Desjardins and Chance Beaulieu.

Presque Isle took charge the rest of the game with Jackson Greaves pitching a fabulous game, striking out six batters.  Hudson Porter closed out the game for Presque Isle, collecting four strikeouts. 

Jackson Greaves tallied three hits, while Andrew Wood collected two hits to lead Presque Isle offensively.

The Northern Maine Community Recreation Association’s Major’s Baseball Tournament crowned a baseball champ last week as Presque Isle captured the crown. Team members are, front from left, Jayden Michaud, Calvin Booker, Hudson Porter, Andrew Wood and Luke Manion; and back, coach Zack Fletcher, Max Desmond, Jackson Greaves, Kayden Woods, Colby McNally, Jesse Goodine and coach Sam Beaulieu. (Photo courtesy of Matt Bouchard)

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