Early runs at Dexter help Foxcroft win season opener


DEXTER — Foxcroft Academy capitalized on the presence of base runners in every inning by scoring in each of the first three innings for a 5-3 win at Dexter Regional High School in an interclass baseball game Monday afternoon. Class B Ponies (1-3) earned the team’s first win of 2022, while the host Class C Tigers fell to 2-3.

DEXTER — Foxcroft Academy capitalized on the presence of base runners in every inning by scoring in each of the first three innings for a 5-3 win at Dexter Regional High School in an interclass baseball game Monday afternoon. Class B Ponies (1-3) earned the team’s first win of 2022, while the host Class C Tigers fell to 2-3.

Foxcroft’s Anthony Smith started the scoring in the top of the first when he singled into deep center field to drive Gideon Topolski for the 1-0 lead. A pair of singles gave Smith a team-high two hits and tied it for the game-high. He finished 2 for 3 with a walk in his other plate appearance and the RBI.

The No. 2 run came home as Chase Higgins scored on a throwing error meant to knock Donnie Poole out first.

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TRYING TO GET HIS BEST FOOT FORWARD — Dexter catcher Kayden Kimball tags Foxcroft’s Chase Higgins before he can safely step down to home plate early in the sixth inning of a Monday afternoon game. The visiting Ponies took a 5-3 win.

The Ponies scored twice again on the team’s second trip to home plate as Dexter tried to catch Jadon Richard flying to second base and Caden Crocker ran from third with the throw going from home plate to the top of the diamond. Two hitters later, Higgins doubled to center field to lead Richard for a 4-1 advantage (it was the first of two extra hits for the Ponies).

As the baseball rolled into shallow center field on a pitching error on a stolen base at second base, Jack Day scored high on third for what would be Foxcroft’s fifth and final run of the day.

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FORCE OUT IN SECOND – Will Spratt hangs on the pitch to force Anthony Smith out in second on pick a defenseman in the sixth inning, with Payson Reinhardt watching from center field.

Dexter put a run on the scoreboard in both the first and second. After Payson Rienhardt’s first walk and subsequent steals of second and third, he scored on a throwing error after Ben Bourgoin put the ball in play.

Reinhardt would follow up his scored run with an RBI in half the second at home. He failed with the throw reaching first, but that allowed Willis Reinhardt to score to make it 4-2 at this point.

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CATCH IN PLAY — Foxcroft wide receiver Kholton Perry lands an inside flyball in the first inning of a game at Dexter on Monday. Third baseman Calvin Landry looks on.

Foxcroft went 1,2,3 innings bottom of the fourth and sixth and kept the Tigers from scoring in the fifth despite the team having two runners on base after a solo double play. Richard caught the ball near second place and stepped on the sack himself to take the team out.

In the bottom of the seventh, Smith, who took over on the mound an inning early, retired the first two batters he faced. Payson Reinhardt then hit a field single on a ball he hit into the grass beyond second base.

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POOLE BALL – Pony starter Donnie Poole picked up the mound victory for his team.

Reinhardt stole second with Bourgoin at the plate and a Bourgoin single to third base moved Reinhardt from second for his second inning of the game – making it 5-3.

A flyball into shallow center field was caught by Richard for the contest final.

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FOUR RELIEF INNINGS — Nathan Fernald pitched four scoreless relief innings for Dexter, including coming off a base laden block in the fourth that came a batter after Foxcroft’s Chase Higgins was the lead runner in the second .

Poole took the win by pitching the first 4.1 innings. Poole scattered two carries, five hits and a pair of walks while striking out five.

Smith’s work in the sixth and seventh gave him the stoppage. Smith gave up one run, two hits, zero bases on walks and recorded four strikeouts in two innings.

Higgins relieved Poole with one out at fifth and runners at second and first. The southpaw induced Richard’s flyball caught by second base for the double play.

For Dexter, Will Kusnierz pitched the first three innings. Nathan Fernand worked the next four runs.

Both teams are due to wrap up the regular season with a rematch at Dover-Foxcroft at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 2.

BASEBALL

Fox Croft 5

Dexter 2

FOX (1-3) 221,000 0 | 5

DEX (2-3) 111,000 1 | 3

Foxcroft: Smith 2-3

BB RBI; Higgin 1-1 2B

3 BB RBI Race

Dexter: Bourgoin 2-3

E RBI

WP Poole 4.1 IP 2 works

5 results 2 BB 5K

SAVE Smith 2 IP 1 race

2 results 0 BB 4K

LP Kusnierz 3 tracks IP 5

3 hits 4 BB 1K

LOB — Fox 11

Dex 6

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