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Nick Decker pitches Foxcroft past John Bapst in regular season finale

Talon Strout connects during a game earlier this season
Talon Strout connects during a game earlier this season
Courtesy of FA Photography with permission

BANGOR-- Nick Decker did it as a starting pitcher and as a closer to lead the Foxcroft Ponies baseball team to a 10-7 victory over John Bapst at Husson University on Tuesday afternoon.

Decker pitched 6.2 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and six walks. He struck out four. Decker pitched the first five innings. With an 8-0 lead, the Ponies wanted to give some pitchers mound time in the regular season finale.

The Crusaders scored seven runs off the Foxcroft relief pitchers, that forced Decker back to the mound to try and save the victory for himself. Decker recorded the final two outs of the sixth inning as the Ponies held the one run lead going into the final inning.

Brooks Law started the 7th inning with a walk, Hunter Law followed with a hit. Drew Smith hit a run scoring single, and another run scored on an error as the Ponies took a three run lead.

Decker locked down the victory with a scoreless bottom of the seventh.

"Unbelievable effort from Nick (Decker),"Foxcroft coach Mark Chevalier said. "He's really stepped up on the mound this year and has gutted out some huge wins for us."

The Ponies exploded for six runs during the fifth inning. Abe Simpson had the big hit, when he drilled a bases clearing triple down the right field line. Foxcroft recorded five hits during the inning, seven reached base.

"A bunch of guys worked hard to get on base in the fifth, but Abe's hit was definitely the difference,"Chevalier said. "It was one of the biggest hits of the year for us for sure, and it really ignited the rest of our offense."

Justin Gagnon and Tom Burns recorded two hits each for the Crusaders. John Bapst (9-9) currently sits ninth in the MPA class B heal point standings. They showed a lot of heart in their huge sixth inning to get back into the game.

"They (John Bapst) did a great job fighting their way back into the game in a spot where some teams may have folded,"Chevalier said. "I expect them to be a tough out in the postseason."

Foxcroft (10-6) will play a road preliminary round game next week. They currently sit 10th in the heal point standings.

"We're excited for postseason play,"Chevalier said. "It's going to be a tough field, but our guys are ready to go out and battle until someone sends us home."

Hunter Law recorded two hits and two runs scored for the Ponies. Brooks Law and Decker scored two runs each.

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