Coach: Kyle Rines (first year)

Conference: EWC Class: D

Last years record: 11-5, lost in Class D West final

Returning players: Seniors — Tyler Vallee (P/SS/3B), Jared Eastman (C/1B); Juniors — Ralph Dunn (1B/3B), Jon Randolph (CF/2B), Gerry Gagne (OF); Sophomores — Jake Kraske (C/P/3B), Matt Beaucage (2B/SS).

Key losses: Jonah Williams (P/1B), Owen Bennett (3B), Keenan Stockdale (CF).

Promising newcomers: Juniors — Sidney Jackson (P/OF), Jacob Albert (1B/DH), Nick Cates (1B); Sophomores — Jacob Hackett (OF), Mike Henderson (OF/IF), Simon Burch (IF); Freshmen — Ethan Jackson (P/CF/SS), Zack Grover (1B/OF), Shawn Hermanson (1B/OF), Tyler Sullivan (P/IF), Mitchell Porter (IF).

Season outlook: Buckfield embraces a youth movement in its quest for a fourth consecutive trip to the regional final. Only four players return with valuable experience. Vallee was undefeated as No. 2 starter in 2014 and will step up after the graduation of four-year standout Williams. Sidney Jackson is out for baseball for the first time since middle school and will make an immediate impact. Eastman and Kraske have stepped up their games, as well. Weekend trips to Forest Hills, Greenville, Vinalhaven and Valley make for a tough EWC schedule.


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