Scott Heath of Westbrook and Sam Balzano of Deering High have verbally committed to play baseball at the University of Maine in 2012.

Heath, a hard-throwing left-hander, was voted the most valuable player in the Telegram League this past spring as a junior. He batted .421 with 20 RBI, six doubles and two homers. He went 7-2 on the mound, striking out 85 in 67 innings.

Balzano, who was an outstanding defensive center fielder, stole 16 bases in 17 attempts, batted .396 and scored 23 runs. He was 3-1 as a pitcher. He was also a junior last spring.

“For him, it’s a great opportunity and probably even a better thing for the University of Maine to get a guy like (Balzano),” said Deering Coach Mike Coutts, a former Black Bear assistant coach and player.

“He’s a Maine kid who can go up and play. It’s a win-win situation.”

Coach Steve Trimper cannot comment on verbal commitments until the players sign a national letter of intent in the fall.

Said Coutts: “That’s two great players from the state of Maine. That’s huge.”

Luke Duncklee of Cony also made a verbal commitment as a recruited walk-on.


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