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Nick Decker gets first career victory in Ponies 11-3 win over Dexter

Nick Decker (4) fires a pitch during the Foxcroft Ponies 11-3 victory over Dexter on Thursday afternoon
Nick Decker (4) fires a pitch during the Foxcroft Ponies 11-3 victory over Dexter on Thursday afternoon
Courtesy of Ryan Wang/FA Photography with permission

DOVER-FOXCROFT--- Nick Decker pitched five solid innings in his first career start to lead the Foxcroft Ponies baseball team to an 11-3 opening day victory over Dexter on Thursday afternoon.

Decker allowed four hits, one walk, and two earned runs while striking out eight. He was able to turn in this performance with the temperature around 40 degrees and the wind chill in the 20's.

"Nick (Decker) did an outstanding job in his first career start. He commanded his fastball very well and got ahead of hitters all afternoon,"Foxcroft coach Mark Chevalier said. "He (Decker) handled some tough elements very well, and we look for him to build upon this performance his next time out."

The game was scoreless until the Ponies scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning. They added five more in their final three at bats.

Hunter Law, Talon Strout, and Abe Simpson powered the Ponies offense. They combined for seven hits, five runs scored, and five RBI. Strout hit a 3 run double to spark the third inning rally.

"Hunter, Talon, and Abe were very productive in the middle of our lineup.Talon's bases-clearing double in the third changed the complexion of the game and gave the rest of our hitters a lot of confidence going forward,"Chevalier said. "We look for all three of these guys to be tough outs all season long."

Dylan Huff came off the bench to produce two hits and two RBI. Huff also made a nice defensive play at shortstop.

"It was great to see Dylan Huff step up big time after Eli Olsen exited with an injury,"Chevalier said. "He's (Huff) worked very hard to put himself in a position to help the varsity team this year, and you could see how much his success today meant to the guys in our dugout."

It has been a long cold winter around the state of Maine. That cold weather has continued into the start of the high school sports spring season. The Ponies scheduled opener on Tuesday against PCHS had to be postponed. Foxcroft (1-0) will host MDI in a doubleheader on Friday afternoon.

"It's been a long and challenging spring, so it felt great to get outside and play a game that counted,"Chevalier said. "Our guys handled the conditions very nicely. It was one of the coldest games we've played in my five years here, and that's saying something."

Strout finished with three hits and four RBI, Simpson recorded three hits and two runs scored. Law and Chandler Rockwell scored two runs each. Strout and Nate Church each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Click here for photos from this game.

Nate Robichaud hit a solo home run for the Tigers. Josh Smith scored a run and had one RBI. Brandon Young allowed five earned runs in three innings on the mound. Robichaud allowed three earned runs in three innings. The Tigers committed five errors. Dexter (0-1) is scheduled to play at Bucksport on Saturday.

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