.By ANTHONY LABOR The Essex Reporter
It was quite the season for the Essex Post 91 American Legion baseball team.
Post 91 blew through competition in Vermont on their way to a Vermont State Championship and an invitation to the Northeast Regional Tournament in Middletown, Conn.
After a loss in their opener against Middletown, Essex battled back to stay alive with a win against Dover, N.H on Friday. The season ended for Essex on Saturday with a tough 4-3 loss to Bangor, Maine in the double elimination tournament.
It was a tough opening game for Essex against Middletown. Essex outhit Middletown 8-5 in the game, but couldn’t capitalize with the hits or Middletown’s four errors, as they ended up falling 4-2. Essex left 13 runners on base in the game.
Davis Mikell pitched a complete game for Essex giving up four runs, three earned with eight strikeouts.
Essex tallied both of its runs in the ninth inning with Mikell and Jake Gaboriault knocking in the runs. Joey Robertson and Josh Baez scored the runs.
Post 91 had to battle in its second game against Dover before clawing their way to a 7-5 win. Essex held a 5-1 lead going into the seventh inning before Dover responded with four runs of its own.
Essex regrouped and scored a run in the bottom of the seventh and another in the eighth inning for the win.
Zach roy picked up the win after entering the game in relief for Jacob Benson. Roy pitched 2 2-3 innings giving up only one hit with three strikeouts. Benson started the game for the first 6 1-3 innings giving up five runs, only three earned with three strikeouts.
Mikell tallied an RBI and scored two runs in the game. Deagan Poland and Josh Baez each added a run and RBI in the game. Patrick Brodeur, Hayden Smith and Elijah Baez each scored a run in the game with Robertson and Frank Puleo knocking in the other RBIs.
The final game for Essex was a heartbreaker against Bangor. Down 3-1 entering the ninth inning, Post 91 showed the heart it had all season to tie the game 3-3. However, Bangor responded in the bottom of the ninth inning with a run to knock Post 91 out of the tournament.
Brodeur pitched the complete game for Essex, giving up three earned runs with three strikeouts.
Gaboriault knocked in two runs in the game with Elijah Baez knocking in the third. It was another tough game for Essex coming through in clutch situations, as they left 12 men on base in the game.
“It was a great run for us this year,” said Post 91 coach Paul Morgan. “The boys expected to be at this tournament all year and we made the most of it. Unfortunately, some things just did go our way.”