PARIS — D.J. Croy isn’t used to hitting ninth. Nor is he used to riding the pine — especially after blasting a towering fly ball deep over the left field fence.

He did both Tuesday.

Bessey Motors — loaded top to bottom with members of the 2010 Class A state champion Oxford Hills Vikings, as well as top players from Fryeburg and Lake Region — used all 18 players present Tuesday for at least two innings, banged out nine runs on 10 hits and swamped Andy Valley 9-2 at the Don Gouin Complex.

“I got to relax a bit,” Croy said. “It’s kind of fun to sit back and watch your friends play, and we got some of the new guys in, too.”

“We got ’em all in,” Bessey coach Joe Oufiero said. “The hard thing is, when do you put that 18th guy in, because if you have an injury, then you get stuck, but we did it tonight.”

Croy missed his first time up. Caught on his front foot, he struck out on a 1-2 off-speed offering from Andy Valley’s Shaun Berry.

“I was way out in front, and coach told me to be a bit more patient, to wait on the ball and stay back,” Croy said.

On the third pitch he saw in his next at-bat, Croy took Berry deep to left. With a runner on, his blast made it 8-1 and capped a six-run third inning for Bessey.

“It’s that old cliche; we had just that one bad inning,” Andy Valley coach Wendell Strout said. “We had a lot of kids play together today for the first time, some from Auburn, some from Leavitt who’d never played before, and I thought they played well, considering. Also, we happened to face one of the top two teams in the league, I think.”

Bessey didn’t waste any time getting on the board. A pair of walks, a single and a wild pitch pushed two runs across for the home squad in the bottom of the first. In the third, Andy Valley scored without the benefit of a hit or an error when Steven Rouillard and Kolby Youland both reached after being plunked by Bessey starter Jake Fillabrown.

James McLamb moved both runners with a sacrifice bunt, and Rouillard scored on a wild pitch.

Bessey Motors exploded in the bottom of the inning. Matt Verrier — relegated to DH duty Tuesday — led off with one of his three free passes on the evening. Cody Hadley moved him to third with a double and both of them scampered home on a deep triple by Evan Humphrey. Ethan Davidson singled Dan Place home, and Davidson scored when Croy teed off.

“It’s a pretty deep lineup,” Oufiero said. “Top to bottom, there really isn’t anyone you can pitch around, when your nine-hitter is hitting them over the fence.”

Bessey added another in the fifth, and Andy Valley broke through with a hit in the fifth and a pair in the sixth. Alex Brochu doubled, and made it home on a single by Jason Fisher, who advanced to second on the throw home.

Nate Dubois pitched the final four innings for Bessey. Andy Valley went with three pitchers. McLamb relieved Berry in the fifth, and an inning later, Isaac Smith took the hill.

“We just weren’t hitting the ball tonight, and there was no use in wasting our starters,” Strout said.


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