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Analysis of Dirigo baseball team
First and foremost, there’s no “I” in team because every player is an equal part, they rejoice after each win and share in the losses. The disappointment was quite evident on the faces of the Dirigo baseball players as they sat in the dugout following a loss in the regional championship game. The Cougars season had ended prematurely, exactly one game shy of their predetermined goal.
Still, there is absolutely no reason to point fingers about what went wrong because it was a collective venture. Dirigo had a plan, but dug its hole by committing six errors, passed balls, wild pitches and failing to cover bases. St. Doms had taken a 7-1 lead and things looked bleak under the lights on Mahaney Diamond at Saint Josephs College, however, anything and everything can happen in a baseball game. Justin Conant raced home on a wild pitch to trail 7-6, but the dream ended moments later.
Dirigo coach Ryan Palmer assembled the team and reminded them that two seniors (Spencer Ross and Arik Fenstermacher) returned, but there was a lot of talent and having won 17 games was nothing to be ashamed of.
The regular season started with Ben Holmes hitting a two-single for the eventual winning runs and Fenstermacher pitched two and one third innings to earn a save in a 9-5 win against Wiscasset at rainy Harlow Park. It served as a springboard because the team won 14 straight games and were No. 1 in Heal Points.
In between was a sweep of Jay, Livermore Falls, Mount Abram, Madison and Telstar. Spencer Ross banged out five hits and Cody St. Germain pitched a complete game in an 11-3 triumph against Madison. Conant led the offense against Livermore Falls. Jake Dowland singled home the eventual winning run in a 4-0 win over Jay. Fenstermacher pitched two complete games against Telstar. The southpaw threw a no-hitter against rival Mountain Valley.
Dirigo slipped a bit with losses to MV and St. Doms to close out the regular season.
But the team quickly regrouped for the post season. It certainly wasn’t a thing of beauty, however, Dirigo persevered to win its first ever Mountain Valley Conference baseball championship under the lights at historic Hippach Field. The Cougars needed Dowland's hit to beat Winthrop in the quarterfinal, then crushed Waynflete, led by Hunter Ross and TJ Frost in a semifinal game.