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Falcon baseball team preview
RUMFORD -- The landscape changes all the time and new players shuffle into provide a different life to the program and that's exactly what Mountain Valley is banking on for the varsity baseball team.
There have been some lean years this dedcade and that certainly hasn't been what the Falcons have been accustomed to having in prrevious seasons. However, long time coach Steve LaPointe firmly belives the current personnel have the necessary skills that can turn things around. The higher expectations is a step in the right direction.
The ace of the pitching staff will be Adam Volkernick, who had some success last spring. The senior is always around the plate and that is an asset in the Mountain Valley Conference.
''Adam is much stronger and throwing harder this year,'' said LaPointe. ''He will keep us in games. (But) there's not much experience after that.''
MV graduated Izaak MIlls and Kyle Gauvin, who handled most of the pitching chores.
Still, there is an abundance of pitchers who are ready to step in and fill the viod. They include Josh Rainey and Ryan Nicols, both seniors, who have been looking excellent in the gym.
''They will need to step up,'' said LaPointe. ''They both throw hard and have decent breaking balls. (Another senior) Sean Murphy doesn't throw hard, but he has a good breaking ball, and can be very effective.''
Sophomores Josh Mason and Ian Austin, and freshman Tim Fitzgerald, a hard throwing righty, could also see time on the mound.
When not pitching, Nicols is a solid catcher with a good arm. Colin Merrill and Dylan Akers, both seniors, also are capable backstops with experience.
The infield will be led by Rainey at third base. Also look for Volkernick, Tom Marshall, and Austin to play around the infield. Caleb Gauvin, a sophomore, has looked good at first base.
LaPointe is confident that Merrill, Murphy, Akers, and Mason will give the Falcons a decent outfield defensively. Newcomers Tucker Rowland and Andrew Cote may also see some varsity time.
''Six seniors, six sophomores, and a freshman will make up the roster,'' said LaPointe, who addressed the goal. ''The Falcons hope to get back to the playoffs after a three-year absence.''