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Big fourth inning lifts Foxcroft baseball to win over Old Town

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DOVER-FOXCROFT---A walk is as good as a hit. The Foxcroft Ponies baseball team team proved that to be true in their 8-5 victory over the Old Town Coyotes on Tuesday afternoon.

The Ponies took advantage of five walks to score seven runs during the fourth inning. Clay Carroll, Dylan Huff, and Abe Simpson worked the count to full, before drawing a walk.

The Coyotes took a 1-0 lead during the top of the second inning when Zac Miller ripped a double that brought home Adam Richardson.

Talon Strout and Carroll started off the Ponies second inning with back to back hits. Strout came around to score the first Foxcroft run.

Old Town took a 5-1 lead, when they scored one run in the third inning and three more during the top of the fourth inning. Garvey Melmed and Eric Hoogterp each had a run scoring hit for the Coyotes.

The Ponies fourth inning rally started when Carroll took ball four on the eighth pitch he saw. Nick Decker walked and Eli Olsen singled to load the bases. Carroll scored when Huff draw a walk, Decker scored on a Coyotes error. Nate Church took a four pitch walk to load the bases again. Simpson worked a walk on an eight pitch at bat to force home Olsen and cut the deficit to 5-4.

Huff scored on a grounder by Brooks Law to even the score at five. The Ponies took a 6-5 lead, when Hunter Law hit a single that scored Church.

"Our hitters did a great job being patient in the fourth, and Eli (Olsen) and Hunter (Law) produced big hits to keep the rally going,"Foxcroft coach Mark Chevalier said. "We showed a lot of resiliency after a tough top half of the inning."

Simpson pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn the pitching victory. He struck out Melmed to get out of a first and third jam in the fourth. He retired the side in order in top of fifth to keep the momentum on the Ponies side after the seven run fourth inning.

"Abe (Simpson) was terrific out of the bullpen today and continues to look better each time out,"Chevalier said. "He is really coming on strong in all areas of the game."

The Coyotes had runners on first and second with one out in the seventh inning. Richardson hit a fly ball to Hunter Law in center field. Melmed tried to tag up and advance to third base, Law threw him out to end the game.

"Hunter's play to seal the game was the third outstanding play our outfield made. Clay Carroll and Dylan Huff made tremendous catches in left and right on very well-struck balls earlier in the game,"Chevalier said. "Our whole outfield came up big and was a huge factor in us winning this game."

The Ponies swept the regular season series against Old Town. Foxcroft won 9-1 at Old Town earlier in the season.

"They're a very talented team, and I expect them (Old Town) to win their share of games in the second half,"Chevalier said. "It's been a big confidence boost for us to pick up two wins against a team of that caliber."

Tyler Bython recorded two hits and reached base three times from the Coyotes lead-off spot. Old Town (4-4) will finish their week with a doubleheader at Presque Isle.

Simpson recorded two hits and reached base three times from the Ponies lead-off spot. Foxcroft (5-3) will host PCHS this Saturday.