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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:41 am

PPH baseball preview: 25 players to watch
Seniors dominate a list of the best talent in southern Maine.

Garret Aube, Falmouth senior shortstop:
Tanner Bernier, Windham senior pitcher/third baseman:
Cam Cousins, Wells senior pitcher/first baseman:
Matt Hurley, Old Orchard Beach senior pitcher/first baseman:
Zack Johnson, South Portland senior pitcher/third baseman:
Titus Kaewthong, Oceanside senior outfielder/catcher:
Cam King, Portland senior catcher:
Kyle King, Gorham senior third baseman:
Jake Lacroix, Noble senior pitcher/first baseman:
Kolby Lambert, Thornton Academy senior pitcher/center fielder:
Tim MacDonald, York senior third baseman:
Shane MacNeill, Traip Academy senior pitcher/shortstop:
Nick Merrill, Mt. Ararat senior shortstop:
Dylan Miner, Sacopee Valley junior pitcher/utility:
Will Neleski, Greely junior pitcher/first baseman:
Ben Nelson, Gorham senior shortstop:
Hunter Owen, South Portland sophomore pitcher:
Arlo Pike, Bonny Eagle senior first base/designated hitter:
Morgan Pratt, Scarborough senior shortstop/pitcher:
Brogan Searle-Belanger, Thornton Academy senior third baseman/pitcher:
Brendan Tinsman, Cape Elizabeth senior catcher:
Luke Waeldner, Yarmouth senior pitcher/outfielder:
Colby Wagner, Freeport senior catcher:
Griffin Watson, Cheverus senior shortstop:
Michael Wrigley, Wells senior catcher:

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Re: Previews 2018:

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PPH baseball preview: 10 teams to watch
Thornton Academy is the consensus pick in Class A South, while Wells and Cape Elizabeth both can make a case in Class B.

1. Thornton Academy: Three key additions push the Golden Trojans from contender status to preseason favorite following an 11-6 season that included losing a playoff opener for the third straight season. First-year coach Jason Lariviere, a former Biddeford High and USM star, played five seasons of professional ball and coached club ball locally. Senior Kolby Lambert transferred from Bonny Eagle, where he was an all-SMAA outfielder and top pitcher. Cameron Seymour came from Scarborough, where he was the starting catcher. Lambert, third baseman Brogan Searle-Belanger, shortstop Luke Chessie and Seymour form a solid pitching staff. Versatile junior infielder Timmy Smith is an early commit to Franklin Pierce. Outfielder Jacob Laplume is one of several players with good speed. Look for Thornton to be aggressive on the bases.

2. South Portland:
3. Wells:
4. Portland:
5. Cape Elizabeth:
6. Scarborough:
7. Yarmouth:
8. York:
9. Gorham:
10. Traip Academy:

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Re: Previews 2018:

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:49 am

Varsity Maine softball and baseball preview: Watch the video
Steve Craig, Mike Lowe of the Portland Press Herald and Michael Hoffer of The Forecaster talk about the teams to watch in the upcoming high school softball and baseball seasons.
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Re: Previews 2018:

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:07 am

KVAC A baseball: Bangor still the team to beat in division
Mt. Ararat and Oxford Hills have enough talent to challenge the Rams.

The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A division shrunk a little this season, when Lawrence and Brewer moved to Class B due to declining enrollment. Now just 12 teams strong, the KVAC A is leaner, but the team at the top has not changed. Four-time defending state champion Bangor is still the team to beat in the region.

“It’s hard to say anybody but Bangor (is the favorite),” Messalonskee coach Ray Bernier said.

Mt. Ararat and first-year coach Brett Chase — a University of Maine at Farmington Hall of Fame member — and Oxford Hills are expected to rank among the conference’s contenders with the Rams.

Skowhegan went 6-10 last season and finished just out of the playoffs. With three of the top four pitchers returning, the Indians are primed for improvement.


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KVAC B baseball: Division bulks up with Lawrence, Brewer additions
Nokomis has talent to contend for crown.

The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B division added a few new teams this season, with Lawrence and Brewer moving down from Class A. That raises the number of teams in Class B North to 21, which should lead to a lot of competition for playoff spots. The new regional alignment allows for old rivals Lawrence, Waterville, Winslow and Gardiner to rekindle competition.

“I think this is good for baseball in central Maine,” Lawrence coach Rusty Mercier said.

Nokomis returns the core of a team that won 14 games last season. That regular season success did not translate to the playoffs, however, as the Warriors were upset in the regional quarterfinals. New head coach Scott Hartsgrove, an assistant coach at Nokomis last year, said the mental approach to big games is a point of emphasis for the Warriors.

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Re: Previews 2018:

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MVC baseball: Parity reigns at top of conference
Hall-Dale, Bridgeway poised for playoff runs.

...“I think this league is good. I think it could be just as good as it was last year,” Oak Hill’s Chad Stowell said. “I don’t think a lot of teams got a lot worse than they were last year.”

Indeed, the MVC turned out the No. 1 seed in Class B South in Bridgeway, a C South champion in Lisbon and another C South finalist in Monmouth, and that’s not counting Hall-Dale, which won the conference, and Winthrop, which was the second seed in last year’s C South tournament.

Hall-Dale goes into this season as a favorite — if not the favorite — in the conference. All of last year’s team is back, most notably Akira Warren, who was the most feared bat in the lineup as a freshman, and Austin Stebbins, who was an MVC All-Star in center field.

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Re: Previews 2018:

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:16 am

Class D/prep baseball: Deep Richmond a threat once again
Temple eyes playoff appearance.

... It’s been a good one. It includes Zach Small and Matt Rines, who are the team’s top two pitchers and are also weapons at the top of the lineup. After those two, however, the threats keep coming with catcher Trystin Shea, left fielder Nate Kendrick, first baseman Danny Stewart and second baseman Ben Gardner, who impressed in his freshman season.

“They put the ball in play. We didn’t strike out a lot last year,” said Coach Gardner, whose team fell to Searsport in the D South final. “We’re very patient. We make pitchers work, which is a really good thing with pitch counts. We forced a lot of teams to change what they’re willing to do, pitching-wise, by the kids taking a lot of pitches and looking for their pitch to hit.”

Richmond should be good on the mound as well. The team will miss Brendan Emmons, but Small and Rines have help within the staff from sophomores Kyle Tilton and Damien Little (a Lisbon transfer) and freshman Andrew Vachon.

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Re: Previews 2018:

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Tigers counting on pitching to lead the way in 2018

BIDDEFORD — Every baseball coach in America would love to score double digit runs every time his team takes the field, but there are always going to be games where you need your pitching and defense to keep you in it and give your offense a chance at the end.

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Re: Previews 2018:

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:49 am

Times Record Baseball Previews Let’s play baseball

Freeport: Two seasons ago, Bill Ridge led the Freeport High School baseball team on an improbable run, with the Falcons running the tables in Class B South on their way to the State Class B title game in Bangor.

Last year, Freeport scrambled at the end of the season, winning three straight contests to advance to the postseason again as the No. 11 seed with a 6-9-1 record.

This time, the playoff run didn’t happen, as the Falcons fell to Spruce Mountain in a B South preliminary contest, 13-8.

Ridge has a young lineup back in the fold at Freeport, with an interesting side note as a trio of Wagner brothers will have sports writers double checking their facts as senior Colby, junior Shea and sophomore Gabe will be positioned right up the middle, with Colby catching, Shea handling the bulk of the pitching and Gabe chasing down balls in center field.

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Lisbon
Mt. Ararat
Brunswick
Morse
Wiscasset
Richmond

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Re: Previews 2018:

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East Grand Vikings are diamond gem hopefuls

DANFORTH, Maine — A pair of veteran East Grand coaches are hoping to take their respective squads to the next level this spring as the Vikings gear up for, what is hoped, will be another strong baseball and softball campaign.
Shaun Beaudoin enters his 10th season as the head coach of the Viking softball team, while Rex Crocker is beginning his eighth season with the East Grand baseball squad.

In softball, the Vikings have the luxury of returning everyone from last year’s squad that finished 8-5 in the regular season, which was good enough for the No. 7 seed and a home preliminary playoff berth. East Grand defeated No. 10 Highview Christian Academy, 16-4 in a slugfest, but was then shutout 11-0 by No. 2 Penobscot Valley in the quarterfinals.

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