By Mal Boright
Helped by at least three former Champlain Valley Union High players in its run to the Vermont State Championship, the Essex American Legion baseball team lost an elimination game, 4-3, to Bangor, Maine Saturday at the New England Regionals in Middletown, Conn.
The Vermont champions had a 1-2 record in the annual event.
Essex did not go easily. Bangor took a 3-1 lead into the top of the ninth when Essex tied it. But the Mainers pushed over a run in the bottom of the frame to advance.
After losing 4-2 to host Middletown on Thursday, Essex bounced back Friday with a 7-5 victory over Dover, N.H. after grabbing an early 5-0 lead.
Davis Mikell pitched a five-hit, eight-strikeout game in the opening loss and also cracked a pair of hits to drive home a run.
During the season, Mikell batted .366 with three homers and 28 RBIs. He also had a 6-1 record with an 0.84 earned run average on the mound.
Fellow former CVU player Hayden Smith had a .364 batting average and Deagan Poland was also a standout.
Essex completed the campaign with a 28-11 record.