College Notebook: Eaton, Guerette go out swinging


The powerful and parallel baseball careers of Sabattus sluggers Mike Eaton and Ethan Guerette ended fittingly.

With more awards.

Eaton, first baseman at the University of Southern Maine, was one of 52 players named to the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association All-Division III team.

He is a first-team selection after picking up second-team honors a year ago.

The leader in nearly every offensive category for the Huskies, Eaton overcame the theoretical limitations of new aluminum bats to hit a career-high 12 home runs as a senior.

Eaton also led Southern Maine with 50 RBIs and 18 doubles and topped the team in hits and walks.

Among his 22 multiple-hit games was a 6-for-6 showing against Farmingdale State.

USM had the infield cornered on the NEIBA team. Senior second baseman Josh Mackey and freshman third baseman Forrest Chadwick joined Eaton as all-region selections.

Eaton’s former state champion teammate with Oak Hill High School and Monmouth Post 204 American Legion, Guerette was named North Eastern Athletic Conference player of the year for the second straight spring at Husson University.

Guerette led Husson to the NCAA New England Division III regional tournament in Harwich, Mass., where the Eagles were eliminated by Wheaton last week.

The shortstop batted .306 with two home runs and 21 RBIs. Guerette led the team in runs scored, doubles and triples. His 44 hits ranked second and 13 stolen bases were third for Husson.

Sticking to it

Also at Husson, men’s lacrosse junior mainstays Ben Landry of Lewiston and Nick Brown of Sabattus (Oak Hill) both were named to the North Atlantic Conference second team this spring.

Landry set an unthinkable standard as a sophomore, leading all Division III players in the nation with 81 goals.

Anyone else would gladly write home about his junior campaign: 36 goals and 48 points — fourth and fifth, respectively, in the NAC. Landry has scored 148 goals in his career with a season remaining.

Brown made the transition from one of Husson’s most reliable scorers to a short-stick specialist in the midfield. His sacrifice also was rewarded with all-star recognition.

The raw numbers show only eight goals and two assists for Brown.

Other statistics demonstrate the impact of his unselfish play, though. Brown scooped up 21 ground balls. He also was in charge of the Eagles’ man-advantage unit, which led the league by scoring on more than 46 percent of its opportunities.

Farm hands

Both the baseball and softball lineups for the University of Maine at Farmington were anchored by local players this spring.

On the women’s side, junior Samantha Morency started every game at shortstop again this season. Morency batted .291 with two home runs and nine RBIs. She demonstrated a keen eye at the plate, drawing a team-high 14 walks and inflating her on-base percentage to .390, second-best on the club.

Kaitlyn Bartlett of Chesterville (Mt. Blue) was the Beavers’ No. 2 starting pitcher, concluding with a 4-4 record. The Beavers were 12-19 overall.

Three area athletes put up big numbers for the rebuilding Farmington baseball program.

Jack MacVane of Mechanic Falls (Poland) started 30 of 31 games behind the plate. His .294 average was second on the team. Eleven walks led the Beavers, and 25 hits ranked third.

Livermore’s Zach Keene also appeared in 30 games, 28 as a starting infielder. Keene was one of three Beavers to reach double figures in RBIs with 10.

Russ Schmelzer finished his UMF career the way he served throughout, as chief table-setter. The outfielder from Winthrop started all 31 games, scored a team-best 20 runs, slapped 26 hits and stole 18 bases in 21 attempts.

MacVane’s long-time battery mate and classmate, Mechanic Falls product Will Griffiths, led the UMF pitching staff with 10 appearances. He picked up one of the Beavers’ five victories.

The Cleveland show

Ben Cleveland of Auburn (Edward Little) received two end-of-the-year awards at Emmanuel College in Boston.

Cleveland was cited as MVP of the men’s outdoor track and field team and most improved runner on the cross country squad.

He received the honors at a banquet in late April, then saved some of his best performances for May.

Cleveland was part of a 4×400 relay team that set a school record time (3:20.56) at the ECAC Division III championship meet in Bethlehem, Pa. He competed in both that event and the individual 400 meters at the New England Division III championships.

First things first

College lacrosse started nicely for Ebony Mills of Harrison (Oxford Hills).

Mills, a freshman on the women’s team at Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass., was named to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference first team. She was the Mustangs’ second-leading scorer with 53 goals, and her ground ball total ranked 41st in the nation.