DOVER-FOXCROFT--- The Foxcroft Ponies baseball team will have many new faces when they take the field this season.
The Ponies lost an amazing senior class, including Ryan Rebar who won Mr. Maine baseball.
The Ponies will also need to replace Kaleb Smith and Jesse Provost. That duo along with Rebar combined for one of the best pitching staffs in the state.
"Replacing the talent, focus, and leadership of Ryan Rebar, Kaleb Smith, Caleb Richard, Cameron Fadley, Luke Olson, Jesse Provost, Forrest Law, Dan Decker, Louis LaFache, and Alex Stevens will be our greatest challenge," Foxcroft coach Mark Chevalier said. "Pitching and defense have been our hallmarks through the years, and the hope is that we can continue to excel in these areas with a new cast of characters."
The Ponies return four players with varsity experience.
Chevalier said, "Hunter Law '14 is a four-year starter who will anchor our outfield and be a force in the middle of our lineup. Brooks Law '15 earned 44 plate appearances a season ago and saw a good deal of action in the outfield. He will be a major factor for us behind the plate (replacing brother Forrest) and on the mound this year.
"Clay Carroll '15 had 32 plate appearances last year and did an excellent job in the outfield. We expect him to take a big step forward at the plate and be a plus defender anywhere on the field, including catcher. Nick Decker '15 did a great job playing 2B as a sophomore and should slide over to SS this year while also getting a chance to show what he can do at the plate and on the mound."
Colby Snell '14, Kaleb Faloon '15, Talon Strout '15, Abe Simpson '16, and Tanner Strout '16 will also battle for innings on the mound, and the Ponies have quite a few other underclassmen who will be fighting for playing time.
The 2013 senior class finished with a 63-12 record, including a regional title in their four years playing for Foxcroft baseball.
The Ponies finished with a 14-2 regular season record last year. They defeated Nokomis in the quarterfinals, and lost to Winslow in a class B semifinal game.
"We lost an amazing senior class (10 players, 7 starters), so it remains to be seen whether our younger players can take a big enough step forward to allow us to have the same kind of success we've had the past four years,"Chevalier said. "I believe that we have enough talent and enough high-character guys to continue being a competitive club."
Foxcroft is scheduled to start their regular season on April 22nd. They are scheduled to play four games during the opening week, including three games at home and one game at Dexter. Click here for the full schedule.
It is unlikely that the fields will be ready in four weeks. Please check with the Foxcroft Academy Facebook page, Foxcroft Twitter page, Eastern Maine Facebook page, or the MPA website for schedule updates.