BANGOR — When No. 1 Bucksport broke open a scoreless tie with four runs in the third inning on Tuesday night, June 14, No. 6 Mount View, which had previously beaten the second-ranked team in the Class C North high school baseball tournament, realized it was in a tough spot, that a comeback might be a tall task.

The reasons? Well, the Golden Bucks are talented, poised and, on this night, had one of their “aces” on the hill.

That tried-and-true formula, ultimately, proved too much for the lower-seeded Mustangs of Thorndike.

Mount View’s Calvin Jewett, right, and Bucksport’s Jake Guty. Photo by Ken Waltz

Although Mount View eventually sliced its deficit in half, it could never completely solve the tough, consistent Golden Buck pitching and Bucksport (19-1) bested the Mustangs (14-6) 4-2 in the regional championship game under threatening skies at Mansfield Stadium.

It rained moments after the game concluded.

The contest was witnessed by a vocal crowd of hundreds. In fact, both teams had large cheering sections that remained engaged throughout.

With the win, the Golden Bucks will play Lisbon of Lisbon Falls (20-0, No. 1 in South) on Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. back at Mansfield for the state championship.

Mount View’s Noah Hurd. Photo by Ken Waltz

Lisbon beat No. 6 Maranacook of Readfield (14-6) 3-2 in the South final.

Bucksport has played in four state finals and lost all of them, including three in Class B (2006, 2003, 2000) and once in Class C (2015).

The Golden Bucks will look to break out against the Greyhounds on Saturday.

Bucksport includes Gavyn Holyoke, Ayden Maguire, Bo Provencher, Kaleb Nightingale, Jason Terrill, Conor Fitch, Tyler Hallett, Thomas Thompson, Eli Bennett, Gunny Cyr, Brandon Elden, Nick Clair, Silas Moore, Alex Fernandez, Ty Giberson, Cam Rich, Jake Guty, Cole Ray, Sanley Julien and Peyton Gray. The head coach is Josh Jackson and assistant coaches Tyler Bye, Rob Wadleigh, Bradley Smith. Kaylee Hallett is the student manager and Dr. George Skala the athletic trainer.

Mount View’s Sam Valleau. Photo by Ken Waltz

Mount View includes Draedyn Furrow, Declan Knowlton, Cole Ripley, Hayden Porter, Sam Valleau, Travis Spaulding, Hunter Penney, Anthony Lepore, Levi Winslow, Noah Hurd, Dakota Harriman, Calvin Jewett, Bernie Dodge and Miles Carter. The head coach is Brandon Hurd and assistant coaches Lenny Knowlton and Monica Furrow. Mia Rae is the student manager and Casey Holmes the athletic trainer.

Although there were key hits, runs and defensive plays by the opponents on Tuesday, the focus was on the incredible work from the mound by Golden Buck right-hander Jake Guty (3 hits, 6 walks, 11 strikeouts) and Mustang left-hander Noah Hurd (6 hits, walk, 15 strikeouts), who tossed complete games.

The Golden Bucks, who scored four runs in the third inning, finished with six hits, no errors and stranded six runners. The Mustangs, who tallied two in the fourth, finished with three hits, three fielding miscues and six left on base.

Mount View’s Bernie Dodge, back, and Declan Knowlton. Photo by Ken Waltz

For Bucksport, Hallett (run), Holyoke (hit, run, RBI), Guty (single, double, run, RBI), Rich (hit, RBI), Terrill (2 hits, run) led the offensive charge. Terrill, Hallett and Cyr had stolen bases.

For the ‘Stangs, Hurd (hit), Harriman (hit) and Jewett (hit, 2 RBIs) keyed the offense.

Defensively, left fielder Nightingale and second baseman Cyr made standout plays to rob Mustangs of hits.

Noah Hurd and Guty were tough as nails and kept their opponents at bay.

Mount View’s Declan Knowlton. Photo by Ken Waltz

“We are fortunate in Jake is someone that the big game does not really get to him,” said coach Jackson. “He is just a competitor. He loves it. We get to ride that arm and Jake just comes out and just competes. It doesn’t matter if he gives up a couple of walks or a hit, it doesn’t really get to him. We are fortunate to have someone like that who just keeps going.”

Jackson said Noah Hurd pitched “fantastic. I made sure I spoke to him after the game. He did a phenomenal job. We haven’t seen many lefties like that all year. He did a great job against us. It just takes a couple of big hits and a couple of big plays, things to fall our way, and one big inning and that is all we needed today.”

Mount View’s Calvin Jewett, right, and assistant coach Monica Furrow. Photo by Ken Waltz

“Man, I am proud of the team, for sure,” Noah Hurd said. “We just had that one inning where a couple of errors cost us, but the team battled through and the crowd definitely helped me strike a lot of kids out today. I felt pretty good, honestly. This is my best game I’ve pitched all year.”

Noah Hurd said the electricity of the crowd and competitiveness of the game kept him pumped from the first to final pitch.

“Congrats to them, they pulled through and they earned it,” Noah Hurd said of the Golden Bucks.

Guty said he was simply happy to take the ball and try to get his team a win and into the state championship game.

Mount View’s Declan Knowlton. Photo by Ken Waltz

“It has a been a battle all year,” he said. “Been practicing. All our guys have been putting in the work to play their best in the games. We have a special group of guys. Every time we step on the field it is just a big family. Today I just tried focusing on getting strikes, let the defense work and try to get some runs early … We got four on the board and that pretty much sealed the deal and I was able to keep cruising.”

Mustang coach Brandon Hurd said, while disappointed his team did not win the regional, he was excited for his players to make it to the game considered the squad started the campaign 2-4.

“I didn’t expect us to get to this point, but I knew what we had and we made some changes defensively and I feel like that really set us up to make a good run, which we started to do,” Brandon Hurd said. “We battled hard to get to this point. We knew what kind of beast Bucksport would be. I was a little on edge when they scored the four [runs], but we settled down and got a couple back on our own and kept it a ballgame. Mount View’s not known for its history in baseball, but these guys came out and performed pretty awesomely.”

Brandon Hurd, Noah’s father, said his son is a “gamer. He is a great athlete. He puts a lot of time into baseball, so, I know when he takes the mound we have a shot every time. He did keep us in the game for the most part, but, offensively, we just couldn’t string together a few hits.”

Earlier in the regional playoffs, Bucksport beat No. 16 Sumner of Sullivan 11-0, No. 8 Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield 6-1 and No. 5 Houlton 7-1.

Mount View bested No. 11 Piscataquis of Guilford 11-1, No. 14 George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill 12-2 and No. 2 Fort Kent 16-2.

Coach Jackson said: “The key to our success is we are a team from top to bottom. We are a team that stays relaxed and have a good time. We go out there and just compete. Our bench does a great job when we need them to. They are a phenomenal group of guys.”