The Major League Baseball season kicked off on the right foot with the Red Sox defeat of the Yankees on Monday 8-2. Looking locally, high schools have had their tryouts and are making the best of their indoor workouts. The Windham Eagles hope to hit the field and play a preseason double header Saturday, April 6, against Class B Greely HS. The Rangers won the Class B State Title in 2009. The games will be played at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. possibly at SMCC. As of press time, field location was still being worked on.
Windham’s new Varsity Coach, Brody Artes, is excited to get the team on the field. Coach Artes gave The Windham Eagle an inside look at what the team outlook is for 2013: “The Eagles will be led by returning starting pitchers Seniors Shawn Francoeur and Nate Boyle. We have a lot of depth on the mound with six different players that could potentially start. Junior Catcher Jack Herzig is one of the best in the SMAA behind the plate. Senior Outfielders Calvin Field and Nate Boyle will be key defensive players for the Eagles and will provide much needed speed on the base paths. Junior Spencer Hodge and Sophomore Tanner Laberge will be key contributors on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. If the Eagles can get consistent quality outings from their pitching staff and can play nearly errorless defense, they could be a potential contender in the SMAA.”
Coach Artes thought the Class A contenders would be: Scarborough – can't count out the defending champs. They have solid pitching and always swing the bat well. Cheverus – well coached, the Powers kid will be one of the best pitchers in the league and can't be count out. Portland – has potential to be a very good team and has some depth on the mound. Westbrook – probably has the best one-two punch in the SMAA with Zach Bean and Keenan Lowe on the mound. Thornton – Gelinas kid (going to UMaine next year) is one of the best pitchers in the conference and they have some great athletes in their program right now. South Portland – very well coached and is always a scrappy team that could be this year’s SMAA sleeper heading into the playoffs.
In addition to Head Coach Artes, the 2013 Windham baseball staff consists of Aaron Talon, varsity assistant coach; Erik Carlson, varsity assistant coach; Nick Dubay, junior varsity coach; Matt Shardlow, first team coach and Brett Turenne, middle school coach. The Varsity Eagle’s other preseason action will include Oxford Hills on April 11 at 3:30 p.m. and Gray-New Gloucester on April 15 at 11 a.m. Both games will be played at Windham.
Did you know? A batter that offers at a pitch and is struck by the pitch will not get his base. The ball is called dead and the batter is assessed a strike on the play.