April 14, 2011

25 Players to Watch

Sam Balzano, Deering, senior, outfield: An outstanding defensive center fielder, Balzano also was 16 of 17 in steal attempts, batted .396 and scored 23 runs. He was 3-1 as a pitcher. 

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Caleb Fraser, just a sophomore, will be the top pitcher for Portland after a freshman season that included 30 strikeouts in 38 innings.

2010 Press Herald File/Derek Davis

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Scott Heath of Westbrook is returning for his senior season after being voted the most valuable player in the Telegram League a year ago. He hit .421, and also had a 7-2 pitching record with 85 strikeouts in 67 innings.

2010 Press Herald File/John Ewing

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Cam Brown, Cape Elizabeth, senior, shortstop: Brown turned in a strong season for the regional champs. He batted .440 with 18 RBI and eight stolen bases. Brown will bat leadoff. 

Steve Broy, Gorham, senior, shortstop: Broy was named to the All-Telegram League team. He finished the season second in batting average (.489), first in triples with six, second in total bases with 37 and third in hits with 23. 

Sam Canales, Thornton Academy, senior, shortstop: Canales batted .357 last season with 21 runs and 14 RBI. His runs scored ranked second in the Telegram League. Canales was a leading player for Thornton's Class A state hockey champion. 

Chris Cole, York, senior, pitcher: The Wildcats' No. 1 pitcher has good movement on his fastball and strong mechanics. The tall right-hander is healthy after breaking his foot in football, which forced him to miss basketball. He will play first base when not on the mound. 

Zach Collett, Westbrook, senior, second baseman: Collett was an All-Telegram second baseman last season after hitting .473 with six doubles and a team-leading 17 RBI. He will attend the University of New Haven on a scholarship. 

Nick Colucci, Deering, senior, shortstop: A smooth fielder, Colucci batted .345 and had 12 RBI. He was a second-team All-Telegram pick. Colucci is headed to Boston College on a baseball scholarship. 

Joe Cronin, Scarborough, junior, shortstop: One of the best fielders in the Telegram League, Cronin proved valuable on the mound as well with a 2-0 record and a 0.81 earned-run average. Cronin looks to improve his .250 batting average this season. He has verbally committed to play at Boston College. 

Luke Fernandes, Marshwood, junior, pitcher: Fernandes was a first-team All-Telegram selection at utility. He batted .396. Arguably the hardest thrower in the league, Fernandes was second in the league in strikeouts with 58. He had a 2-3 record with a 1.55 ERA 

Caleb Fraser, Portland, sophomore, pitcher: Fraser will be the Bulldogs' No. 1 pitcher. He had a 3-3 record as a freshman with 30 strikeouts in 38 innings. He had a .255 batting average. He will play second base when not pitching. 

Drew Gagnon, Windham, senior, outfield: Gagnon was an All-Telegram selection last season. He batted .417 and led the league in triples with eight. He was second in RBI with 16. 

Scott Heath, Westbrook, senior, pitcher: Heath was voted the most valuable player in the Telegram League. He batted .421 with 20 RBI, six doubles and two homers. On the mound he finished 7-2 with 85 strikeouts in 67 innings. 

Matt MacDowell, Falmouth, senior, catcher: MacDowell is arguably the top hitter in the Western Maine Conference. A year ago he batted .564 with seven doubles and 19 RBI. He will attend Dartmouth. 

Rob McDonald, Cape Elizabeth, senior, pitcher: McDonald had a 7-2 record a year ago. He had some big wins, including against Greely that clinched the No. 1 seed. He will also play center field and bat fourth. 

Paul McDonough, Wells, junior, shortstop: One of the top all-around players in the Western Maine Conference, McDonough hit .510 with three doubles, two triples, two homers and 16 RBI. He had a .962 fielding average and a 2-1 pitching record. 

Luke Morrill, Rockland, senior, shortstop: Morrill is one of the top players in the state and headed to the University of Maine. The 6-foot-3 standout also pitches. Last season Morrill batted .531 and had a 3-0 pitching record with a 1.98 ERA. 

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Matt MacDowell of Falmouth is ready for his senior season before heading to Dartmouth in the fall. He hit .564 last year.

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Talk about a tough out. Danny Place hit .588 last season for Lake Region while also directing the pitching staff as the catcher.

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