Tuesday June 08, 2010 | 11:17 PM

Oak Hill will be a decided underdog when it plays at top-seeded Cape Elizabeth in the opening round of the Western Maine Class B baseball tournament Thursday. But the Raiders are looking forward to the matchup.

“We’re going into Cape Elizabeth in the best-case scenario right now,” Oak Hill coach Chad Drouin said.

For one thing, Drouin will start his top pitcher, senior Tim Levesque, who has recorded double-digit strikeout games in two of his last three starts. For another, the Raiders are hitting the ball well right now. After a 2-5 start this season, they’ve won eight of their last 10 games, including Tuesday’s 13-3 prelim win against Maranacook.

“This group’s really stayed together well considering how the season has gone,” Drouin said.

Maranacook was eliminated after losing for the third time this season to Oak Hill. The Black Bears were plagued by youth and inconsistency, although they did hand Waterville, the top-seeded team in the Class B East, its only loss.

“Yeah, it’s been up and down this season,” first-year coach Scott Underhill said. “We tried to look for that consistency and we never found it this year. But there are so many positives, so many things to work on and build on for this team next year.”

The Black Bears graduate ace David Clough, catcher Erik Ogren and infielders Zack Snell and Keegan Ballard. But they return everyone else including five sophomores and five freshmen.

“I’m looking forward to coming back,” Underhill said.

About the Author

Travis Lazarczyk has worked at the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal since 2000. He covers football, basketball and baseball. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/tlazarmaine

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