Monday, December 9, 2013
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Any momentum Maine carried from surviving two win-or-go-home contests Friday evaporated in the top of the first inning, when Zach Blanden scored from second base on a two-out grounder in the hole despite a diving stop by Fransoso, who popped up, pumped once to make sure Blanden wasn't bluffing, then made a throw home that sailed up the line toward first.
"If I make that play," Fransoso said, "then who knows? We might come in and score the next run and gain momentum."
Fransoso's infield single in the first was Maine's only hit until White led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to right, the first ball Lambert allowed out of the infield.
"I've never been more proud of a team I've ever coached," Trimper said. "We couuldn't have had more of an effort from these guys. If I get that performance every year, we're going to have a lot of championships."
Trimper's voice quavered when he spoke of his senior captain.
"He's the best I've ever coached, bottom line," Trimper said. "It's even stupid to say that I'm going to miss him, because, you know ... " -- he paused to take a breath -- "there's not going to be another Mike Fransoso, that's for sure."
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