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Foxcroft baseball rolls to 7-2 victory over Ellsworth

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DOVER-FOXCROFT----A baseball game can turn on a play at any point. That happened during the top of the first inning in the Foxcroft Ponies 7-2 victory over Ellsworth on Friday afternoon.

Steven Mahon and Conor Maguire led off the top of the first inning with a hit and a walk respectively for the Eagles. Abe Simpson struck out Brandon Braley and retired Sid St. Peter. Ponies shortstop Nick Decker made an outstanding play to retire Cooper Henderson that ended the inning.

The Ponies carried that momentum into the bottom of the first inning, when they scored four runs. Clay Carroll and Decker each had a run scoring hit.

"Getting on the board first is huge in high school baseball,"Foxcroft coach Mark Chevalier said. "It started with Abe bearing down after a tough start in the top of the first and Nick Decker making a very nice play to save two runs and get us out of the inning. Our offense was energized by that effort and did all the little things we needed to take the early lead."

Simpson allowed one earned run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out six. He worked around three Eagles hits in the second inning. This is the second consecutive victory for the Ponies sophomore. Simpson allowed only three hits in a 9-2 victory over John Bapst.

"I thought Abe (Simpson) threw the ball even better than he did in his last start,"Chevalier said. "He's made big strides each time out, and we look for that to continue the next time he takes the mound."

The Ponies were playing without injured cleanup hitter Talon Strout. Drew Smith filled in and got a leadoff single in the 4th inning.

"Drew (Smith) has worked really hard to fight his way into the mix for playing time,"Chevalier said. "We all know how much he contributes to our program in so many ways, and it felt great to see him take advantage of his first career start."

Decker led the Ponies offense with two hits, one run scored, and one RBI. Hunter Law and Brooks Law scored two runs each. Foxcroft (4-3) will host Old Town and Hermon next week.

Mitchell Domagala and Mahon had three hits each to lead the Eagles offense. Hunter Cote allowed five earned runs in three innings to take the pitching loss. Nick Bagley pitched three scoreless innings of relief. Ellsworth (2-4) will travel to John Bapst and Caribou next week.

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