Second-inning homer propels Rams over Eagles

Rams first baseman Cam Smith leans out to grab a throw and tag a Windham runner out.

Gorham’s Logan Drouin kicked off a big, 7-1 victory for his team visiting Windham on Tuesday, May 17. Drouin ejected a three-run homer from the Eagles’ ballpark in the top of the second to seize the momentum, and the Rams never looked back from there.

“Any win on the road in our league is a good win,” said Gorham head coach Chuck Nadeau. “And we knew Windham was scrappy.”

Sam Kilborn was, without doubt, the other major key to Gorham’s W. Kilborn threw six innings for the Rams, tallying seven Ks and relinquishing a mere two hits, both singles and both belonging to Mitch Eskilson. Eskilson notched the first of his hits in the abortive second inning, and the other in the equally ill-fated fifth.

Drouin’s homerun scored Lucas Roop (who’d singled to reach), Kyle King (who’d walked on) and, of course, himself. The Rams’ quick 3-0 fired them up, and they went on to add four more before game’s end. 

In the fifth, Ben Nelson and Trenton Bassingthwaite singled to center and left, respectively; Nelson scored when he took off for home at the same time Bassingthwaite took off for second, during Cam Smith’s at-bat. The throw by Eagles catcher Blake Houser didn’t reach second in time to catch Bassingthwaite, and Mike Gilman’s return volley to Houser got past him and skidded to the backstop, giving Nelson plenty of time to tag up. Bassingthwaite then crossed home when Smith singled to center.

“With Sam on the mound, we generally know, if we can at least scratch out a few runs, we’ve got a chance to win,” said Nadeau, “and Logan gave us a big jump on that with his homerun.

“Logan – he would tell you this himself – he’s been struggling to find himself at the plate, but he got a good fastball to hit and really got all of it. You don’t plan on surviving off three-run homeruns in high school, but when you get one, it feels really good.”

“The three-run homerun was a dinger early for us,” said Windham head coach Brody Artes. “[And] Kilborn is obviously a very good pitcher; he’s had a great year so far. So we couldn’t catch up to him. But we’ve also been struggling at the plate all year. We’ve had a hard time getting runners on and getting them around.

“Our approach hasn’t been great, and we’ve been working on it. Hopefully it’s our youth, and not our lack of ability. Hopefully we can turn it around.”

Finally, in the seventh, the Rams logged their last two runs. Bassingthwaite scored again, as did Gerek Brown. Windham’s lone run also came in the seventh, when Kilborn had checked out and Jackson Tayler checked in as his relief. Timmy Greenlaw earned the point, tagging up on a hard Gilman grounder into center.

“Other than Logan, when we had runners in scoring position, we got a couple big hits,” said Nadeau. “Kyle King had a big hit … And any time you have a team down a little bit and you keep extending your lead, it pumps you up and it’s discouraging for the other team.”

Bassingthwaite, Smith and Roop finished the day 2-4; Nelson, Brown, King and Drouin went 1-4. Nolan Brown went 1-3.

The victory ratcheted Gorham ahead to 7-3. The Rams are 7th in A South at the moment, one slot back from Scarborough (8-2) and one ahead of Cheverus (5-5). The Rams traveled to Thornton (No. 3 at 8-1) on Thursday the 19th, after Current Publishing’s print deadline, and will host the Red Storm on Saturday the 21st.

Windham, meanwhile, fell to 4-7. They sit in 13th for now, just outside the playoffs bracketing. Their next opportunity to pick up some Heal Points came on Thursday, when they traveled to Biddeford (No. 15 at 2-7); after that, they took a few days’ rest before traveling to Bonny Eagle (No. 5 at 6-4) on Tuesday the 24th. 

Rams first baseman Cam Smith leans out to grab a throw and tag a Windham runner out.

Zack Skillings started on the mound for Windham vs. visiting Gorham on Tuesday.

Windham third baseman Tanner Bernier waits on a throw; Gorham runner Nolan Brown scrambles back to the bag.

Windham second baseman Cam McCartney unwinds into a throw.

Rams second baseman Logan Drouin – who knocked a three-run homer to kick off his team’s big win at Windham on Tuesday – unwinds into a throw.

Ram Gerek Brown arrives home in his team’s 7-1 win at Windham on Tuesday.

Rams shortstop Ben Nelson hurls a ball toward first.

Gorham catcher Jason Komulainen waits on a throw home as Windham’s Timmy Greenlaw descends into a slide.