Mt. Blue softball: Postseason appearance a must for Cougars

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The Mt. Blue High School softball team is looking to make the playoffs this season.

By Tony Blasi, Sports Editor

FARMINGTON — Mt. Blue softball coach Ron Smith pointed out that the concentration of young players and veterans adds to the chemistry of this cohesive team.

Smith is hoping his Cougars, who have jelled as a team, will flip last year’s 5-11 finish.

“I really like the makeup of this team,” Smith said. “It is a great mix of younger and veteran players who gained so much experience last year as starters. The girls are very comfortable with each other and get along great. They are a very coachable group of young ladies.

“I believe there are big things to come for Mt. Blue softball this year. The girls have made big strides as players and have a big-time desire to get to the playoffs.”

“I believe there are big things to come for Mt. Blue softball this year. The girls have made big strides as players and have a big-time desire to get to the playoffs.”

The Mt. Blue High School softball team is looking to make the playoffs this season.

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The team’s strong interaction with each other will certainly help the Cougars this season, but Smith knows there is work to be done if Mt. Blue wants to make a postseason appearance.

“We were very young last year and gained a ton of experience,” Smith said. “We will try to limit our own mistakes and take advantage of other teams’ mistakes.

“We will pride ourselves on pitching and defense. With our returning players and a good group of new players, we will continue taking strides to get back to the playoffs.

“We need to work on the offensive part of the game. Scoring runs will be key to achieving our team goals.”

But the Cougars do have the staff on hand to make a run for the postseason.

Outfielder Kayleigh Fontaine, infielder Kasadie Barker, infielder-pitcher Taylor Burke, all captains and seniors, as well as a handful of sophomores — outfielder Samantha Ellis and Macey Phillips, infielder Aislynn Provencher, pitcher Adelle Foss, infielder Ashley Wiles and catcher Rylee Briggs — all bring experience to the Cougars.

The Mt. Blue softball team trains inside the gym in Farmington.

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“(Fontaine) was an all-conference, second-team pick last season who is a tireless worker — a big part of our team,” Smith said. “(Barker) is a multi-year starter who brings grit and determination to the team.

“Taylor missed most of her junior year after breaking her leg three games in. She was off to a hot start and is determined to make a huge comeback this year. Macey played incredible defense in center field last year. Sam is a spark plug on the bases and a hard worker.

“(Wiles) is another player who started every game as a freshman and performed well. Big things are expected from her this season. Ace is a very dedicated and a hard working player. She will start the season injured but will have a big impact when she returns. (Foss) logged a lot of innings as a freshman and that experience should pay off for her this season. Rylee played every game last year as our catcher. She is very athletic and does a great job of handling the pitchers.”

Newcomers include senior Lexi Daggett, who will be important to the Cougars’ lineup, and junior Makayla Dyke — a utility player who knows her way around the diamond.

The Mt. Blue softball team conducts catching drills in Farmington.

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“Gracie (Foss) is a (junior) corner infielder that gives us some depth at those spots,” Smith said. “Jacelyn (Daggett) is a multi-position (sophomore) who can help us in a lot of ways.”

Sophomore Eleanor Decarolis and freshman Madisyn Smith have a strong presence and offer the Cougars flexibility at pitching.

“Our division is always tough,” Smith said. “There are perennial powers who always seem to reload instead of rebuild. Oxford Hills, Skowhegan, Edward Little, Bangor, Brewer, Messalonskee and Lewiston will all be good teams. Mt Ararat took big steps last year to get into that group. There is never a day off in Class A North. We hope to be in that group after this season.

“I firmly believe the Mt. Blue softball program is on its way up. The level of play from our athletes and the support of this community has trended the right way for the last few years and we hope this year that translates to victories.”

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