Updated April 20 to reflect correction on Nick Colucci’s status.

Sam Balzano, Deering, junior, outfield: Balzano batted .450 and led the Telegram League in runs with 29. His 27 hits were second. He also had 24 stolen bases. 

Chris Cole, York, junior, pitcher: Cole is a hard thrower with a 4-2 record and a 1.90 earned-run average last season. He was a first team all-Western Maine Conference selection. A good hitter, Cole also will play first base. 

Zach Collett, Westbrook, junior, second base: Collett hits with power to all fields. He finished with a .326 batting average and a team-leading 17 RBI. Collett will bat third or fourth in the lineup. 

Nick Colucci, Deering, junior, shortstop: Colucci batted .357 last season with three doubles. He will move to shortstop from second base. Colucci, who was successful on 5 of 6 steals, verbally has committed to Boston College. 

Ryan Curit, South Portland, senior, outfield: Curit batted .397 and had 31 total bases, second best on the team last season. He is one of several returnees for the Red Riots, who are well-balanced. 


Joe Davis, Bonny Eagle, senior, first base: Davis batted .348 as a junior after hitting .400 as a sophomore. A left-handed hitter, Davis likely will bat third. He plans to play at St. Joseph’s College. 

Luke Fernandes, Marshwood, sophomore, pitcher/shortstop: Fernandes batted .415 as a freshman, with 22 hits, four doubles and 31 total bases. He was 3-2 on the mound. 

Trevor Fleurent, Biddeford, senior, pitcher/first baseman: Fleurent is a versatile player for the Tigers. Besides being the No. 1 pitcher, the left-hander can play first, the outfield and lead off. The Tigers will be looking to him to get things going. 

Adam Gould, Portland, senior, pitcher: The left-hander had a 2-0 record and a 2.43 earned-run average in 23 innings. He’s tough on left-handed batters. Gould was selected to the league’s all-rookie team. 

Sean Grandmaison, Gorham, senior, first base: He hit .419 last season with a .570 on-base percentage. Grandmaison is a converted catcher. He will bat leadoff for the Rams and looks to be a base-stealing threat. 

Scott Heath, Westbrook, junior, pitcher/outfield: Heath is a hard-throwing left-hander who had a 6-0 record and a 0.00 earned-run average in 40 innings. He batted .477 with 23 RBI. He’s looking to stay healthy after injuries the last two seasons. 


Nic Lops, Cheverus, junior, catcher: Lops mostly was a designated hitter last season, but did fill in at catcher, where he showed a lot of potential. He also can hit, batting .517 in 29 plate appearances. 

Matt MacDowell, Falmouth, junior, catcher: MacDowell has a sweet swing from the left side and batted .470 last season. He knocked in 12 runs. Focusing on catching after a stint as a pitcher, MacDowell has a strong arm. 

Collin Mello, Windham, senior, catcher: Mello batted .420 and was one of the Telegram League’s leaders in slugging percentage at .600. He threw out 8 of 12 base stealers. 

Paddy Murphy, York, senior, catcher: Murphy is one of the top defensive catchers in Western Maine. He has a strong arm and good size at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. He led the Wildcats in home runs and RBI. 

Paul McDonough, Wells, sophomore, pitcher/shortstop: McDonough is a hard thrower who gives the Warriors a good chance to win. He also will play shortstop and bat third in the lineup. 

Dan O’Brion, Greely, senior, pitcher: O’Brion has a live arm and the potential to have a strong season if he can develop better location with his pitches. He made seven appearances for the Class B state champions and had a 1-0 record. 


Luke Pierce, Yarmouth, junior, infield: Pierce moves from catcher to shortstop or third base this season. He batted .333 last season with 16 RBI. He’s a key part of a deep Clipper squad. 

Kyle Piscopo, Cape Elizabeth, senior, second baseman: Piscopo was a second-team all-Western Maine Conference pick. He batted .340 with two homers. Piscopo is slated to bat third in the lineup. 

Jake Rutt, Scarborough, junior, catcher/DH: Rutt is one of the top hitters and catchers in the region, but a separated shoulder suffered during a hockey game will delay his start to the season for a month. 

Lincoln Sanborn, Bonny Eagle, senior, pitcher/shortstop: Sanborn is one of the Telegram League’s top pitchers who also plays shortstop. He had a 4-3 record, striking out 51 in 49 innings last season. Sanborn batted .327. He will head to St. John’s University in the fall. 

Brendan Sullivan, Scarborough, senior, shortstop: Sullivan batted .375 last season, delivering some key hits. An excellent outfielder, he is being moved to shortstop to shore up the left side of the infield. 

Steve Trask, Thornton Academy, senior, outfield/pitcher: Trask is the Golden Trojans’ top returnee. He batted .388 with four doubles and led the team with 15 runs. He will be the team’s No. 2 pitcher. He’s looking to play at the University of Maine. 

Taylor Valente, Gray-New Gloucester, senior, pitcher/first base: Valente batted .375 with four homers and 14 RBI. A hard thrower, Valente had a 3-4 record last season but a 2.80 earned-run average. 

Nick Whittaker, Yarmouth, senior, pitcher: With a big season, Whittaker could win 20 games in his high school career (he’s won 13). The 6-foot-3 pitcher has a live fastball that he hopes carries the Clippers into Western Class B title contention. 

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