AUGUSTA — Brian Hewitt’s dominance over Augusta all-star teams appeared in serious jeopardy Saturday at the Babe Ruth state tournament for 13-16-year-olds.

Hewitt and his Apple Valley teammates entered the seventh inning trailing Augusta by a run before rallying for three runs to pull out a 7-5 victory. The win leaves Apple Valley unbeaten in pool play at 3-0 while Augusta falls to 0-3 with a final game remaining today. The championship game, pitting the two teams with the best record including tiebreakers will be played Monday at 5 p.m. at Morton Field.

Hewitt, who attends Calvary Christian Academy in Turner and plays for the Leavitt Area High School team, ran his record to 5-0 against Augusta all-star teams dating back to when he played for the 13-year-olds. He scattered six hits, struck out three and didn’t walk a batter but admitted to getting a little tired in the late innings.

“(My arm) felt pretty good but pitching a whole game on Thursday it was a little sore today,” Hewitt said. “But as the day went, it felt a lot better since it was getting warm.”

Augusta scored two runs on three Apple Valley errors in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-5 lead, but Hewitt and his teammate remained unfazed.

“Everybody makes errors,” Hewitt said. “I know I’ve done it before, too. I know we have a really good hitting team so I knew we could bring it back at the end of the game.”


Augusta’s Cole Lawrence entered the seventh in his fourth inning of relief of starter Chandler Moore, who pitched a completed game Friday.

“He hadn’t pitched in a week,” Augusta manager Jeremy Porter said of Lawrence. “He had a little elbow soreness. If we could have tied it up in the seventh he was done.”

Avery Beckwith’s hard base hit to right field plated two runs but Augusta escaped further damage by turning its second ground ball double play of the game. Errors had hurt Augusta in its previous two losses.

“It was much cleaner and that kept us in the game,” Porter said. “We put five across but that Brian Hewitt’s a heck of a pitcher and he’s got our number.

Hewitt, a lanky right-hander, who featured a cutter and two-seam fastball, got the side in order in the seventh.

The teams battled back and forth throughout the game. Augusta took a 2-1 lead on Logan Porter’s RBI single in the third, but Apple Valley bounced back for a pair of runs in the fourth on Carson Camick’s double down the left-field line. Augusta escaped that inning by turning a 5-2-3 double play on Hewitt’s ground ball with the bases loaded.


Augusta trailed 4-3 entering the fifth inning but scored twice without a hit on three Apple Valley errors to take a 5-4 lead. Austin Stebbins and Porter each scored after reaching on infield errors.

Jared and Avery Beckwith and Casey Dion each had a pair of hits for the winners while Moore had two hits for Augusta.


TRI-COUNTY 10, APPLE VALLEY 3: Tri-County scored four runs in the second inning to take a 5-0 lead and went on for the win in Harrison. Cam Godbois pitched all seven innings to earn the win. He struck out six. Janek Luksza had a double and a single for Tri-County, which is 3-0 in the pool play portion of the tournament. Tanner Burgess took the loss for Apple Valley..

CENTRAL MAINE 10, WINDHAM 4: Central Maine scored five runs in the first inning, then tacked on two more in the fifth and three in the sixth to earn the win. David Barre got the victory on the mounds. Carter Hunt had three singles for the winners.

CENTRAL MAINE 6, APPLE VALLEY 4: Central Maine scored on a two-out error to get the win in the top of the eighth inning and then added one more for insurance. Carter Hunt got the win on the mound. Ben Hellen had a double and scored the go-ahead run for Central Maine.

Hunter Glowa had an RBI double for Apple Valley.

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