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UMF claims Farm League title
RUMFORD -- Farm League champions for 2011 is UMF.
In the beginning of the season the coaches knew they really had something special in the returning players from last year.
They had a very good core group of players, many of which have played together for the past three years.
With many good farm league teams this year, they knew they would have to show up ready to play every game, and that's just what they did. Going into the playoffs, UMF understood that any team could defeat any other team in group A.
After winning their first playoff game, UMA would be UMF's first game in the group A challenge. UMA, one of the most improved teams going into the playoffs, led for more than half the game but a determined UMF team would never accept defeat until the game was completely over.
The last two innings, UMF came alive both offensively and defensively with some great fielding and some outstanding hitting.
Jacob Lord, Matt Brown, Brock Blouin, Cooper Davis all hit home runs when it was all said and done. In the end, it was UMF that finished on top and winning this very tough battle against UM.
UMF would now be facing the always tough and very well coached Dixfield Blue Diamonds, who beat Bowdoin in one of the best games of the playoffs. Right out of the gate, it was UMF who gained the upperhand of this championship game with solid defense and big hits from each and every UMF player.
In the end, it was UMF who landed on top with a 16-7 victory over the Diamonds to win the 2011 Farm League championships.
Great job to all of the farm league teams this year! Special thanks to Lorie Wilson for tackling the big job of bookeeping and taking care of the kids on the bench.
Submitted by UMF Coach Roger Payne.
From left in the front row are Jacob Cunningham, Lucas Drapeau, Ian Freeman and Wyatt Bartlett. In the second row are Cooper Davis, Brock Blouin, Jacob Lord, Matt Brown, Andrew McDonald, Skyler Santillo, Alex Knox, Noah Breton, Nolan Downs and TJ Payne. In the back are coaches Roger Payne, Anthony Davis, Zack Cunningham and Ryan McDonald. Absent from photo is Lori Wilson who was the bench coach and bookkeeper.