Buckfield baseball 2017 preview

0

Coach: Larry Thornton (First year)

Class: D; Conference: EWC

Last year’s record: 6-11 (Lost in Class D South quarterfinals)

Returning athletes: Seniors — Jake Kraske (P/SS/OF), Matt Beaucage (3B/P) Simon Burch (INF/OF/P), ; Juniors — Ethan Jackson (P/SS/OF), Zack Grover (1B/P); Sophomore — Cole Merrill (C).

Advertisement

Key losses: Sidney Jackson, Jacob Albert, Ralph Dunn, Gerry Gagne, Nick Cates, Jon Randolph.

Promising newcomers: Seniors — Mike Henderson (OF), Kyle Walters (INF/P) ; Sophomore — Dylan Harvey (2B/P).

Season outlook: The Bucks hope to move up in the East-West Conference and deeper into the tournament with a new coaching staff and a balanced roster. They have enviable pitching depth with eight players capable of toeing the slab. The staff is led by Kraske, one of the top hurlers in Class D South, and bolstered by the return of Walters after some time away from the game and Harvey from a knee injury suffered during soccer season. Kraske, Jackson and Grover provide pop in the lineup. They also have good team speed, soThornton plans to be aggressive on the bases.

Advertisement
SHARE