August 2, 2013

Saco Little League brings a won't-lose-twice attitude

Saco has plenty of experience in pressure games as it prepares for the Little League regional in Connecticut.

By Steve Craig scraig@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Todd Duchaine has led his Saco team to state titles at every age level, and now the group will be seeking a Little League regional championship starting Friday.

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Anthony Bracamonte listens to head coach Todd Duchaine at the end of practice for the Saco Little League team Wednesday evening. The club, which won the state title over Portland Bayside, has already departed for Bristol, Conn., to compete this weekend in the New England Regional Championship.

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FRIDAY'S GAME

WHO: Saco vs. Lincoln, R.I.

WHAT: Little League New England Regional prelim

WHEN: 2 p.m.

WHERE: Breen Field, Bristol, Conn.

 

THE SACO Little League has established a fund to help cover travel expenses for the team. Donations can be made payable to Saco Little League All-Star Fund and mailed to Saco Little League, P.O. Box 285, Saco ME 04072.

Matt Duchaine, Todd's son, is one of the players who splits time and shares the Nos. 7-9 spots in the batting lineup.

"Everybody's good under pressure," he said. "Everybody can hit as well as anyone else."

"This year we're hitting home runs at the bottom of the order," Searle-Belanger said. "You don't see that from other teams, not in Little League."

The pitching staff is led by the trio of Searle-Belanger, Luke Chessie and Anthony Bracamonte. Searle-Belanger is the hardest thrower, Chessie won the state title game and has the team's best curveball, and Bracamonte "doesn't crumble under pressure," said Smith, who shares catching duties.

Michael Bourgault, left-hander DeGeorge and Smith also have pitched this season. Center fielder Hunter Penley, another left-hander, provides an additional option.

Saco has scored 10 or more runs in six of its 10 games this year.

Smith leads off and usually will play second, followed by Bracamonte (short/second), Chessie (short/pitcher), Searle-Belanger (catcher/pitcher), DeGeorge (first base/center field) and Penley (center field).

The bottom third is a combination of Bourgault, who also plays third, Duchaine, right fielders Landon Heidrich and Derek Madore, and left fielders Daniel McLeer and Ean Patry.

McLeer has hit three homers in his second season on the team. Heidrich and Madore are the first-year all-stars.

The assistant coaches are Ryan Chessie and James Searle-Belanger.

Matt Duchaine said he's excited about playing on television and "it's cool how everybody knows about our team and what we're doing."

But, he added, the team's approach remains the same despite the increased exposure.

"I think we're focused on being the best Little League we can be right now," he said. 

Steve Craig can be contacted at 791-6413 or at:

scraig@mainetoday.com

 

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