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Class D Outlook/Predictions

Postby downeastcoach11 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:23 am

Pitchers and Catchers open things up next week the 19th. What's everyones outlook and thoughts on D this year?
Searsport looking for another?
Bangor Christian to defend the North Crown?
Who are we looking at for the top contenders?

As far as downeast goes Woodland is the top bet to be a high seed once again, looking to
bounce back after a prelim loss to #13 Schenck last season. Shead, Machais, JPB don't look to be in the conversation.
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Re: Class D Outlook/Predictions

Postby grasping_the_rim » Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:17 pm

North: (in no particular order)
BC- They lost some key players from their North championship team last year, but have pitcher Dean Grass and catcher Jack York back. Coach Collins is one of the top coaches in the state, so he does a great job of working with whoever's on the roster. The Patriots will be in the mix once again.

Fort Farfield- always has a good club, just haven't been able to get to that next level. Will this be the year? Lots of experience and playoff tested.

Woodland- The Dragons do really well downeast, just dont face the type of competition that a lot of other schools see. Other conferences like the PVC teams are always well tested all season and thats a benefit when playoff season begins.

PVHS; Coach Lincoln did really well with very little last year, but these kids are a year older and with that much more experience. A few of them won a regional title two seasons ago. Brad McKechnie is one of the better catchers in Northern maine, regardless of class. and Jonny Littlefield is a solid middle infielder and pitcher.

Katahdin: Some say this may be the year Katahdin makes the jump and contends for a championship. Good pitching, good hitters and better than average team speed. I wouldnt be surprised if the Cougars have a top 4 finish.

Stearns; Pretty much return everyone from a team that finished 8th, but lost to PVHS in the prelim round. Seth Garvin is a high quality shortstop who won PVC first team honors last season. Coach Boyington gets the most out of his kids, and I wouldnt expect any different this year.

South: (once again in no particular order)

Searsport- The three time defending State Champions have been the gold standard the last three season. Granted the Vikngs did lose 2 key players who were big contributors in all three championships. It happens every season and I dont see Coach Frye's club falling too much. Expect Searsport to be near the top of the heal points and making another big playoff push. I think the Vikings will be ready to defend their crown.

Richmond- the regional championship runners up from a season ago. They have a strong tradition and return just about everyone from last years team. They pitch, hit and play great defense. They seem to have an less difficult schedule this year, playing more Class D teams. Will their schedule prepare them enough for the postseason? Anyone who wants to represent the South will have to go thru Richmond and Searsport.

Greenville- A strong team from the PVC. Plays an all-PVC schedule, and will be tested just about every night. They hit the ball very well, and have some quality arms. The soccer and basketball teams are coming off great seasons, so these boys know how to win. Can they win enough games in the PVC to get them into the top 3 of D-South. I think they can. The Lakers will most definitely be in the mix come June.

Buckfield- Always a high finisher in the heals, but like Fort from the North havent been able to make that next step. They did lose some key components from last years squad, but always find a way to reload.


Just my two cents.
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Re: Class D Outlook/Predictions

Postby augie » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:47 pm

grasping_the_rim wrote:North: (in no particular order)
BC- They lost some key players from their North championship team last year, but have pitcher Dean Grass and catcher Jack York back. Coach Collins is one of the top coaches in the state, so he does a great job of working with whoever's on the roster. The Patriots will be in the mix once again.

Fort Farfield- always has a good club, just haven't been able to get to that next level. Will this be the year? Lots of experience and playoff tested.

Woodland- The Dragons do really well downeast, just dont face the type of competition that a lot of other schools see. Other conferences like the PVC teams are always well tested all season and thats a benefit when playoff season begins.

PVHS; Coach Lincoln did really well with very little last year, but these kids are a year older and with that much more experience. A few of them won a regional title two seasons ago. Brad McKechnie is one of the better catchers in Northern maine, regardless of class. and Jonny Littlefield is a solid middle infielder and pitcher.

Katahdin: Some say this may be the year Katahdin makes the jump and contends for a championship. Good pitching, good hitters and better than average team speed. I wouldnt be surprised if the Cougars have a top 4 finish.

Stearns; Pretty much return everyone from a team that finished 8th, but lost to PVHS in the prelim round. Seth Garvin is a high quality shortstop who won PVC first team honors last season. Coach Boyington gets the most out of his kids, and I wouldnt expect any different this year.

South: (once again in no particular order)

Searsport- The three time defending State Champions have been the gold standard the last three season. Granted the Vikngs did lose 2 key players who were big contributors in all three championships. It happens every season and I dont see Coach Frye's club falling too much. Expect Searsport to be near the top of the heal points and making another big playoff push. I think the Vikings will be ready to defend their crown.

Richmond- the regional championship runners up from a season ago. They have a strong tradition and return just about everyone from last years team. They pitch, hit and play great defense. They seem to have an less difficult schedule this year, playing more Class D teams. Will their schedule prepare them enough for the postseason? Anyone who wants to represent the South will have to go thru Richmond and Searsport.

Greenville- A strong team from the PVC. Plays an all-PVC schedule, and will be tested just about every night. They hit the ball very well, and have some quality arms. The soccer and basketball teams are coming off great seasons, so these boys know how to win. Can they win enough games in the PVC to get them into the top 3 of D-South. I think they can. The Lakers will most definitely be in the mix come June.

Buckfield- Always a high finisher in the heals, but like Fort from the North havent been able to make that next step. They did lose some key components from last years squad, but always find a way to reload.


Just my two cents.


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Re: Class D Outlook/Predictions

Postby downeastcoach11 » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:18 pm

Great post graspingtherim! Love to hear what the PVC has. Interested in Fort as they lost some key contributors.

Augie- Yes, Ryan Lincoln he is from Woodland. Remember him playing in high school.
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Re: Class D Outlook/Predictions

Postby augie » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:32 am

Ryan was a great player and is turning into a great young coach. Good for him.
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Re: Class D Outlook/Predictions

Postby downeastcoach11 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:56 pm

Yes Aug, Coached middle school in woodland for a few years while assisting the varsity. Figured he would take that program over once that coach got down. School went a different direction and he was able to find a good fit for himself in Howland. Always pulling for downeast boys! PV and Woodland always use to play in the regular season and last year was the first they hadn’t in years, was looking forward to watching them.
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Re: Class D Outlook/Predictions

Postby downeastcoach11 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:41 am

Any looks on Fort, Hodgdon, CA, SA??? Moving into the 2nd full week can’t wait until games are starting up.
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Re: Class D Outlook/Predictions

Postby downeastcoach11 » Sat May 12, 2018 3:16 pm

Some teams have played over half their schedule where others have played almost 50%. Currently Woodland, CA, PVHS, BC, Fort, Stearns, Kathadin in the top 7. What is everyone seeing so far??? A lot of close battles with top teams I’ve seen as well. Anyone have some insight or predictions and thoughts?
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Re: Class D Outlook/Predictions

Postby mebaseball1974 » Thu May 17, 2018 9:02 am

The PVC is even as it has ever been this year.

Stearns / PVHS / BC / Searsport have all played close games with one another - with the exception of a few pitching related outliers.

Downeast is very clearly Woodland. They seem to be the victim of a very weak schedule outside of CA. Machias / Shead are not great

In the county, it seems to be CA & FF. Both teams have played close games and edged everyone else in the county.

Sleepers:
Katahdin is a dangerous first round matchup with Cooper Drew on the mound. The lower PVC teams could give a county team trouble. DIS / Schenck have each played close games with contenders. Jonesport will be a tough out with Crowley on the mound.

There are still a few huge games, but it is WIDE OPEN. The winner will come down to matchups / pitching depth.
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Re: Class D Outlook/Predictions

Postby mebaseball1974 » Thu May 17, 2018 10:03 am

Other Notes:

GHCA is a solid team and could pull an upset with a good matchup.

Searsport is the king until proven otherwise, but they are very vulnerable. Teams have seemed to begin to figure out Speagal and they have little-to-no depth behind him.

Richmond is a dangerous team and Greenville can hit / field. Their pitching is weak past Evan Bjork.

Should be a fun playoffs. Any other thoughts / insight?
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