STANDISH Their unbeaten ace was on the mound with the regional title on the line and that's just what the Wells High baseball team wanted. And scoring six runs in the first inning proved to be all the Warriors needed as top-seeded Wells defeated Greely 8-3 on Wednesday evening to claim the B South championship in Standish at St. Joseph's College.

The Warriors (17-2) will face B North champion Brewer (14-5) on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor for the Class B state title.

Senior pitcher Cam Cousins went the distance to gain his 10th win without a loss this season. The Rangers plated single runs in the second fourth and fifth innings but were unable to get rally from the early 6-0 deficit.

And it was Cousins who got the Warriors going in the home half of the first inning when he slapped a one-out single to rightfield. Tyler Bridge followed with a long single to rightfield which moved Cousins to third. A walk to Michael Wrigley loaded the bases and Gary Andrews line a sharp single to left that scored Cousins and Bridge for a 2-0 Wells lead.

Tyler Carpenter kept the inning going by working a walk and Matt Tufts followed with a double to rightfield that plated Wrigley and Andrews for a 4-0 Wells advantage. A wild pitch brought Carpenter home and a sacrifice fly to right scored Tufts and the Warriors had a confidence-boosting 6-0 lead after one inning.

"If you look at our first three playoff games we scored three runs, we scored four runs and we scored six runs in the first inning," said Wells coach Todd Day. "They were absolutely locked in a ready to play baseball (in each tournament game). That focus is what got this group to be in this position in the first place."

In the second inning, Greely's Connor Sullivan came on in relief of starter William Neleski, and the junior hurler slowed the Wells bats till the sixth inning.

Bell led off the sixth for the Warriors with a hustle double that would have been just a single for many players. Cousins followed and helped his cause with a triple to deep right-center that plated Bell for a 7-3 lead and he eventually scored from third on a wild pitch to make it 8-3 while Andrews was at bat.

In the top of the seventh, Cousins closed out the victory with three straight outs after the lead batter had reached with a single one of eight hits he allowed.

"You can't say enough positive things about him," Day said about Cousins. "He throws strikes, he works quickly and he competes. He's a smart kid and he knows how to pitch. He's a winner."

The Warriors batting order pounded out nine hits in six innings, they ran the bases aggressively and they took advantage of whatever the Rangers gave them.

"Since about mid-season this is a true team," said Day. "The bottom of our line-up has made huge contributions. They get us to the top of the order with guys in scoring position."

And while Cousins was taking care of business on the mound and the offense was scoring runs, the Wells defense, led by Bell at shortstop, was preventing the Rangers from having a big inning.

In the top of the third inning, Bell robbed a pair of Greely batters of a hit as he ranged far to his right where he proceeded to backhand the hard grounders and throw out the lead runners at third.

And Bell ended both the fifth and sixth innings with clean pick-ups and strong throws that beat Greely runners to first.

The Warriors played well from start to finish on Wednesday. A confident group ran onto the field in the first inning and a more confident group marched off the field together at the end.

"I've had belief in these guys all season," said Day.

And their season continues tomorrow.