Monday, June 9, 2014

WHS varsity baseball wrapping up the regular season with a chance at post-season magic - By Jim Beers

The Windham High School varsity baseball team battled all year long to get back to the playoffs, and they have done just that. With a younger, more inexperienced version of the 2013 club, coach Brody Artes knew his team could still compete in the SMAA this year. "We managed to be a bit inconsistent down the stretch, but with big wins over Portland and Westbrook just after the halfway point of the season, we knew we had a good shot at making the post-season," said Artes. 

With their defense being priority number one, the Eagles will rely on that as well in the playoffs. Third baseman Zack Conley, shortstop Tyler Johnson, second baseman Tanner Laberge and freshman call up first baseman Tim Greenlaw have solidified the infield and have made huge plays to either keep Windham in games, or preserve wins to this point. 

Offensively the Eagles will continue to look to Spencer Hodge, Zach Alpern, Alex Loftis, Andrew Whiting, Ethan Petty and the speedy Josh Dugas. Conley, Laberge and Johnson also have been right there all year long with the bats. Hodge just may be the catalyst going into the playoffs. He is dominant when on the mound, and his leadership has the team poised to make a serious run in the post-season. Windham finishes the regular season at 7-9. 

"I think our best baseball is yet to come, we open up the playoffs at Hadlock Field on June 10th, against Portland," Artes added.

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