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Marshwood baseball honors 1984 Class B state championship team

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SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Former Marshwood High School baseball head coach Mike Lewis suspects the Hawks were the “big bump” in the road during the team’s magical 1984 Class B tournament.

Lewis recalls receiving calls during the season from numerous coaches in Eastern Maine telling him that the Hawks would not break then-powerhouse Cape Elizabeth and defending state champion Ellsworth High School in the Class B playoffs, saying that the Hawks just a ‘bump in the road.’

Marshwood eventually faced Ellsworth in the championship match and won 10-0.

“I think we were the big bump,” Lewis said.

Champions honored before match against Noble

The resilience, toughness and togetherness of that 1984 team – the first and only Marshwood baseball team to win a state championship – was recognized Saturday morning prior to the Hawks’ Class A showdown with neighboring rival Noble.

All but one member of the 1994 championship team, Peter Carlberg, attended the long-awaited celebration. The team spent about an hour before Saturday’s game greeting and meeting Marshwood alumni, current players and even a host of youth baseball teams.

Members of that 1984 team in attendance included Chris Parkin, Eric Fernandes, Rheinhold Holton, Keith Barron, Don Webber, Brian Lanouette, Marc Schoff, Peter Thompson, Chris Ragno, Peter Carlberg, James Baker, Scott Schnobrich, James Wright, Corey Huntress and Bryan Lyman.

The team was honored before the game, entering the field through two parallel rows of current players near the dugout. Coach Lewis and a few players addressed the crowd, and then there was a ceremonial group toss from the 1984 team to this year’s team.

Team ‘talk for hours’ when reunited on Friday

Holton, a right-handed senior pitcher on the 1984 championship team, said it was fun sharing the field with his former teammates again.

“We met (Friday) night and we talked for hours,” Holton said. “It was like we were here forty years ago.”

Holton recalled the bittersweet bus ride home after the win over Ellsworth.

“The bus ride home, realizing we weren’t going to play anymore (was tough),” Holton said. “That was a great day and a sad moment. What were we going to do? We didn’t go to another practice, and we didn’t go to another game.”

But the opportunity to bring those core and celebrated memories back to the forefront and be back at the alma mater on Saturday – 40 years later – was something that former third baseman Marc Schoff said was “really special.”

“It was great to see people you haven’t seen in a long time,” Schoff said. “Forty years is a really long time. Just the fact that we could all get together and we could all walk onto the field was good. It was just a very special day.”

Brian Lyman was a shortstop on the championship team. He said everyone went their separate ways after graduation and he hadn’t seen many of his teammates in 40 years.

“Good to see Coach (Lewis),” Lyman said. “A great celebration, I am very grateful for it.”

Marshwood sends everyone home happy with the victory

The Hawks allowed runs in the first inning but shook off early jitters to take a 5-2 lead after the fourth and lead 6-2 after five.

Noble scored three points in the sixth to cut the deficit to 6-5, but Marshwood responded with a six-point sixth and walked away with a 12-5 victory.

“It was a great community event to celebrate the 1984 team,” Marshwood head coach Eric Wells said. “It’s like a homecoming in football, the other team is going to come out and try to ruin that party. Once we stopped the bleeding, I knew it was going to be okay, and a win is a win is a win. “

These Hawks led the way

Marshwood starter Ronan Garrett threw 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits, walking three and striking out three.

“It’s really important to come out here in front of a big crowd (and win),” said Ronan Casey, who hit and scored a run.

Riley Parnham had a team-high three hits and an RBI, Liam Tiernan had two hits and an RBI, and Ronan Garrett had two hits and three RBIs.

Silas Reimels (hit, two RBIs), Sam Gennaro (two hits, two RBIs) and Evin Aceto (hit, two RBIs) led the charge.

“We have to keep the bats going, that’s a very important part,” Parnham said.

What does it take to become a champion…

“As a coach, you don’t just coach baseball, you coach about life,” Lewis said. “And that was something the team understood. They learned how to win and they knew what they had to do to make that happen. They all accepted their roles and played together. We never talked about our best player, it never went about them.” It was always about the team and that’s how we did it.”

Holton said, “You all need to drink the Kool-Aid.”

“You all have to know your roles and play your positions,” Holton said.

Wells, with the Hawks now at 7-1, said adding the championship room is something that has been talked about for years.

“We’ve learned that it’s really about the journey of everything,” Parnham said of the 1984 team’s lessons. “It’s a family. The mentality we’ve had for the last three or four years is just family, and (That 1984 team) repeated that too.”