DOVER-FOXCROFT----- Sophomore Abe Simpson pitched like a senior on Friday afternoon. Simpson allowed one earned run on three hits and one walk in leading the Foxcroft Academy Ponies baseball team to a 9-2 victory over John Bapst in his second start as a varsity pitcher.
Simpson also drew three walks and scored two runs from the lead-off spot for the Ponies. He walked to start off the bottom of the first inning and came around to score the first run of the game. That was just the start of the fun for Foxcroft.
The Ponies scored three runs in the first inning. Talon Strout had the big hit during the inning. He ripped a double that scored Hunter Law. Foxcroft added a run in the second inning when freshman Chandler Rockwell scored on a Brooks Law double.
"It's so important to get off to a good start, and we were able to do that today,"Foxcroft coach Mark Chevalier said. "Abe and our infield set the tone in the top of the first, and our offense responded."
Simpson retired the first seven batters he faced and had a no hitter until Justin Gagnon broke it up with a one out single in the sixth inning. John Bapst scored two runs in the sixth inning and had two runners on base with one out.
"Abe (Simpson) came out throwing strikes, and our infield supported him with great defense in the early innings,"Chevalier said. "He took a big step forward in his second start, and we look for him to build on this performance his next time out."
Hunter Law replaced Simpson on the mound and got the final five outs to lock down the victory. Law also got one hit and scored two runs. Law is the only senior on the young Ponies roster.
"Hunter (Law) is one of the best leaders I've been around in my many years in sports,"Chevalier said. "He understands what it means to be the only senior on a team, and he relishes that role."
Rockwell provided a spark at the bottom of Chevalier's lineup. He reached base and scored a run when he put down a bunt single with one out in the second inning. He walked and scored a run during the sixth inning.
Brooks Law reached base four times and scored two runs. Law has a .429 batting average and .526 pn base percentage through the first five games. Law has also been solid behind the plate as the Ponies catcher.
Chevalier said. "Brooks is really swinging the bat well right now, and his work behind the plate has been outstanding."
Strout had two hits, one run scored, and one RBI. Foxcroft (3-2) will travel to Hermon and host Ellsworth next week.
Harrison Dieuveuil and Matt Spear had one RBI each for the Crusaders. John Bapst (2-2) will travel to MDI and Caribou next week.