DEXTER— Jesse Provost threw a complete game six-hitter to lead the Foxcroft Ponies baseball team to a 5-1 victory over the Dexter Tigers on Monday afternoon.
“My two seam fastball on the corners of the plate (was working well),”Provost said. “The umpire was calling the inside strike, so I decided to keep it right there.”
Provost walked two and struck out three. He threw 78 pitches/57 strikes.
“Jesse gave us exactly what we needed. It was huge to have him go the distance and save our bullpen with two more big games coming up this week,”Foxcroft coach Mark Chevalier said. “He was very efficient with his pitches–you won’t see many pitchers throw just 21 balls in a complete-game effort.”
The Ponies got on the scoreboard first, when Cameron Fadley ripped a double that scored Clay Carroll and Ryan Rebar in the top of the third inning.
The Tigers had runners on second and third with one out in the sixth inning. Provost got out of the jam, with help from plays in the field from Rebar at shortstop, and second baseman, Luke Olsen.
Chevalier said. “Jesse pitched to contact all afternoon and our defense held up its end of the bargain.”
The Ponies scored three insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning. The Ponies took a 4-1 lead when Kaleb Smith hit a single that scored Rebar and Hunter Law.
Foxcroft took a four run lead when Forrest Law hit a single that scored Smith.
“Our bats were a bit sluggish for most of the game, but we came up with a few clutch hits when we needed them and did enough to win,”Chevalier said. “It wasn’t our best overall performance of the year, but we gutted out a tough win on the road and that’s what matters.”
It does not get any easier for the Ponies. Foxcroft will travel to Bangor on Tuesday afternoon for a contest against the John Bapst Crusaders. The game can be heard live on 620 AM and zoneradio.com starting at 4:30 p.m.
They finish the regular season with trip to Bar Harbor on Thursday and a contest against the MDI Trojans.
Foxcroft (13-1) currently sits third in the MPA class B heal point standings. John Bapst is currently second.
The winner on Tuesday afternoon, will most likely clinch a top two seed and home field in the quarterfinals and semifinals in the upcoming tournament.
“The games at John Bapst Tuesday and at MDI Thursday will both have huge Heal Point implications,”Chevalier said. “We need to play our best baseball of the year and head into the postseason with momentum.”
Brandon Young did a good job slowing down the high powered Ponies offense most of the afternoon. The Tigers sophomore lefty, allowed three earned runs and six hits in a complete game effort.
“He (Young) did a nice job using both sides of the plate and keeping our hitters off balance. He’ll be a very good pitcher for them the next two years.”
Dexter had a come from behind 6-5 victory over Orono in 10 innings, earlier in the day.
Andrew Levenselor had one hit and one RBI for the Tigers.
Dexter (9-6) will finish their regular season on Wednesday, when they host PCHS.
The Tigers are currently fifth in the MPA class C heal point standings. The top five in class C, avoid a preliminary round game and advance to the quarterfinals.