GUILFORD– The Foxcroft Ponies scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back in a 13-0 mercy rule victory over Piscataquis community high school (PCHS) on Friday afternoon. The Ponies were the home team, despite the game being played in Guilford.
Abe Simpson led off the bottom of the first inning with a double for the Ponies. He stole second base, and came around to score on a single from Eli Olson. Brooks Law had a run scoring single, while Drew Smith hit a single that scored two runs in the first inning for Foxcroft.
Foxcroft coach Mark Chevalier said, “it’s always nice to come out and swing the bats well in the first inning, and we were able to do that today.”
The Foxcroft offense added four runs in both the second and third inning to jump out to a 12-0 lead. Olson and Law provided the majority of the punch for the Ponies. The duo combined for six hits and nine RBI.
Chevalier said, “Eli and Brooks did a nice job keeping their hands back, using the whole field, and not trying to do too much with their swings.”
Simpson had two hits and two runs scored from the leadoff spot for the Ponies. Olson had three hits, three runs scored, and five RBI. Law had three hits and four RBI. Alex Hung had two hits and two runs scored, while Smith had two hits and two RBI.
Nick Decker, Nate Church, and Sean Cody combined to pitch a one hitter for the Ponies. Decker earned the win, by pitching the first three innings, allowing one hit, three walks, and five strikeouts. Church struck out the side in the fourth inning, while Cody closed things out by pitching a flawless fifth inning.
Chevalier said, “all three pitchers threw the ball well, and it was nice to spread the innings out with a game tomorrow and another coming on Tuesday.”
The Ponies are currently sixth in the Maine Principals’ Association class B heal point standings. Foxcroft (10-4) has two games remaining on the schedule, including a heal point worthy game against Ellsworth on Saturday afternoon at noon. Conor Maguire pitched a three hitter to lead Ellsworth to a 3-1 victory over Foxcroft on May 10th.
“It’ll be a challenging matchup for sure,”Chevalier said. “They (Ellsworth) played us very tough at their field a few weeks ago, so we know it will take a great team effort if we’re going to even the season series.”
Nate Burns had the only hit for the Pirates. PCHS (6-7) has three games remaining on their schedule, including two big heal point worthy games against Stearns on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 and at Dexter on Wednesday afternoon. They will also play against Lee on Monday. PCHS currently sits 10th in the class C heal point standings. The top 11 teams qualify for the class C tournament, with seeds 9-11 playing a road preliminary round game.