December 16, 2017
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Area standouts playing in Maine-New Hampshire baseball all-star game

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff
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Alex McKenney of Hampden Academy is one of several eastern Maine baseball standouts scheduled to play in the 10th Maine-New Hampshire Senior All-Star Game in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Recently crowned state champions Jackson Coutts of Orono and Barrett Grant of Searsport are among 25 high school baseball standouts selected to represent Maine on Sunday in the 10th Maine-New Hampshire Senior All-Star Game.

The nine-inning matchup is set for a noon start at Holman Stadium in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Coutts and Grant starred for high school teams that won their state titles in walk-off fashion Saturday. Orono scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to stun Lisbon 4-3 in the Class C game and Searsport outlasting Bangor Christian 6-5 in nine innings to capture its third straight Class D title.

A third player from a walk-off winning state championship team, Peter Kemble of Bangor, also was selected to Team Maine, but he is pitching in the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League.

Maine leads the series against New Hampshire 5-4, though the Granite State all-stars scored a 7-4 victory in the 2016 meeting.

Other regional standouts on the Maine roster are Alex Maxsimic of Brewer, Garrison Looke of Camden Hills of Rockport, Jarod Norcross-Plourde of Edward Little of Auburn, Nate Howard of Erskine Academy of South China, Alex McKenney of Hampden Academy, Zach Nash of Hermon, Dustin Crawford of Madison-Carrabec, Josh Joy of Messalonskee of Oakland and Andrew Rodrigue of Waterville.

The Maine-New Hampshire game will cap off a postseason baseball bonanza of three all-star games in four days, beginning with the Maine Underclass Showcase Game scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish.

The Maine Senior All-Star Games follow on Friday at Colby College in Waterville, with the Classes C-D game at 3:30 p.m. and the A-B game at 6:30 p.m.

The Dr. John W. Winkin Award symbolic of the state’s Mr. Baseball will be awarded between games of that doubleheader. The winner will come from a slate of finalists comprised of Coutts, Crawford, Grant, Howard, Maxsimic, Nash, Jared Brooks of Cheverus of Portland, Brandon Burnell of Sacopee Valley in Hiram, Cam Guarino of Falmouth and Trevor LaBonte of York.


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