By James Anderson
FRYEBURG — The No. 5 seeded Fryeburg Academy baseball team saw it’s season come to an abrupt conclusion in an 11-1 quarterfinal loss in six inning to the No. 4 seeds Mountain Valley in Rumford, Maine, on Thursday.
The loss was a bit of a surprise, but the playoffs can be cruel sometimes, especially in baseball. In a game where the loser is eliminated from the playoffs, you know you are going to face the opponent’s best pitcher, and the challenge is going to be tough.
Cam Godbois was just that for the Falcons. A large and imposing left-hander, Godbois allowed only two hits and struck out eight in five innings as Mountain Valley (14-3) handled the Raiders (12-5). Mountain Valley got off to a good start with a three-run first inning. They added two more in the fourth and ended the game early in the sixth inning with six big runs.
Fryeburg’s lone run came in the top of the sixth.
Coach Chris Kroski loses five seniors — Nate Knapp, Oscar Saunders, Brayden Bartlett, Ayden DeSantis and Tucker Buzzell — to graduation.
The loss marks the end of a great high school playing career for three Raiders who represented Fryeburg Academy with such class that they deserve special recognition here. Tucker Buzzell, Nathan Knapp and Oscar Saunders were all important members of the football team that played in Portland for a state championship, and wowed Raider fans all season long.
The threesome also represented our community strongly in basketball on a team that advanced to the Expo in Portland once again competing in the state championship tournament. These boys understood the opportunity high school sports provides, and put great effort into their participation. Some high schoolers go to the weight room to socialize, these boys were in the weight room everyday to lift and get stronger. Thank you boys, surely the example you set will live on.