OLD TOWN--- The Foxcroft Ponies baseball team needed a strong performance from a starting pitcher on Tuesday afternoon. Nick Decker gave them exactly that in leading the Ponies to an 8-1 victory over the Old Town Coyotes.
Decker allowed one unearned run, four walks, four hits, and he struck out four. The win snapped a two game losing streak for the Ponies.
"Nick (Decker) did a great job mixing up his pitches, and he showed outstanding composure on the mound,"Foxcroft coach Mark Chevalier said. "We needed a big performance from him, and he delivered."
Foxcroft took a lead during the top of the first inning when Hunter Law draw a walk, stole second base, and came around to score on a Coyotes error.
Decker did not allow a hit and allowed only two base runners through the first three innings. Brooks Law threw out one of those runners trying to steal, Decker picked off the other.
Brooks Law led off the fourth inning with a single. He came around to score on a single from Decker. The Coyotes took advantage of two Ponies errors in the fourth inning to score their only run. Decker limited the damaged by striking out Adam Richardson to end the inning with two runners on base.
Foxcroft responded with three runs of their own during the top of the fifth inning. Brooks Law and Talon Strout produced run scoring hits. Hunter Law hit a sacrifice fly to score another run. Chandler Rockwell and Abe Simpson each put down a bunt that kept the inning moving.
"Our guys did a good job doing the little things at the plate and applying pressure to their defense throughout the game,"Chevalier said. "We executed well in the fifth and were able to take advantage of a few mistakes."
The Coyotes were able to get six runners on base in the final three innings. Decker got out of each jam by making the key pitch. Decker threw 113 pitches in his seven inning effort.
Old Town coach Brad Goody said, "(Nick) Decker had great control of both pitches and did a great job of keeping batters off balance."
The Ponies added three insurance runs during the top of the seventh inning. Eli Olsen hit a two run single that scored Brooks and Hunter Law. Church added a run scoring single to cap off the scoring.
Brooks Law finished the game with three hits, including one double, two runs scored, and one RBI. Law has four hits and has reached base six time in the last two games.
"Brooks (Law) has really begun to emerge over the past few games, both at and behind the plate,"Chevalier said. "He's a huge part of everything we do as a team."
Brooks is not the only Law coming through for Chevalier and the Ponies. Older brother Hunter is the veteran leader. He is the only senior on the roster.
Hunter had a productive at bat each time he came to the plate. He walked twice, had one hit, and produced a sacrifice fly that scored a run. Hunter also scored two runs from the number three spot in the lineup.
Decker is off to a 2-0 start in his first season as a varsity pitcher. He has allowed only three earned runs in 12 innings. Foxcroft (2-2) will host John Bapst on Friday.
Eric Hoogterp took the loss on the mound despite only allowing two hits and one earned run in four innings for the Coyotes. The Ponies took advantage of six walks and five Old Town errors. Foxcroft scored six runs off reliever Garvey Melmed. Old Town (3-1) will travel to Hermon on Friday.