2018 Baseball Preview
By: Matt Richards
The Dexter Tigers baseball team finished runner-up last year in the Northern Maine game against the Red Riots of Orono. The Tigers finished the season at 10-6, placing them in the top 5 in Class C. The Tigers lost two seniors from that team, Zack White and Brayden Miller, who both had an important role for the Tigers. Everyone else for the Tigers should be returning for the 2018 season. Seniors returning for the Tigers are Matt Richards, Matt Hanscome, Jacob Bickford, Tyler Beem, and Tylor Handy. A goal for the Tigers is to make it back to play at Mansfield Stadium for the Northern Maine Championship.Senior Jacob Bickford’s outlook on the season is, “I believe if we can play the way we’re capable of there is no reason why we shouldn’t be competing for a State Championship.” Senior Matt Richards stated, “ We have a lot of potential when we are playing like a team, it’s how we battle adversity that is going to decide how the season is going to go.”
2018 Baseball Write-Ups
Dexter Baseball plays Mattanawcook Academy for the second time. Jacob Bickford led the Tigers with 3 hits including a double. Gage Stone pitched 6 innings giving up 1 run on 4 hits. Corbett Arnold singled twice and Jackson Weatherbee contributed a double for the Lynx.
Dexter baseball hosted Foxcroft Academy on May 22nd. Nathan Richards pitched all 7 innings and held FA to 2 runs. Dexter won 3-2 on a walk off pass ball which scored Trever Richards. Matt Hanscome had 2 singles and brought in a run. Logan Perkins and Tylor Handy both had a double. For the Ponies, Ryan Vienneau had 2 doubles and Matt Spooner doubled and had an RBI.
Dexter baseball played George Stevens Academy for the second time after a 3-0 loss the first time. The Tigers battled through all seven innings and come out on top 3-2. Jacob Bickford pitched 6 ⅔ innings and struck out 10 batters. Matthew Hanscome and Nathan Richards paced the Tigers with two hits a piece. Tanner Ashley singled twice for George Stevens.
Dexter baseball hosted Piscataquis Community High School of Guilford. Gage Stone pitched 5 innings and the Tigers went on to win 18-1 in 5 innings.
Dexter baseball went to Penquis Valley High School in Milo for the second game of their matchup. The Tigers won 13-3. Brett Kusnierz pitched 5 innings allowed no earned runs. Nathan Richards and Jacob Bickford added two hits apiece and each scored twice. Levi Bubar had 2 hits for Penquis and scored.
Dexter baseball hosted Central High School for the second game of the back to back games. The Tigers won the second game 9-0. Trever Richards pitched all seven innings and held them scoreless.
Dexter went to Central High School for the first game of their back to back games. The Tigers win 9-1. Jacob Bickford pitched 7 innings with 10 strikeouts. Logan Perkins hit a homerun early in the game.
Dexter baseball took a trip to Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln for the first matchup of the year. Dexter won 10-0. Nathan Richards and Gage Stone combined for seven innings of pitching. Richards and Stone both helped their pitching with three hits and two hits respectively. Tyler Beem and Logan Perkins both added two hits each for the Tigers.
For Mattanawcook, Jackson Weatherbee and Corbett Arnold both added two hits.
Dexter Regional High School traveled to Dover Foxcroft to play the Foxcroft Academy Poines in a game that was supposed to be at Dexter. Due to water on Dexter’s field the game changed location. The game went into extra innings and Foxcroft pulled out a 5-4 win in the bottom of the 8th inning. Levi Stedman pitched a complete game for the Ponies. Ryan Vienneau hit a walk off single to bring in the winning run. The Ponies also had multiple players with hits.
For Dexter, Tylor Handy added 2 hits including a double. Jacob Bickford also added a double. While, Matt Richards, Gage Stone, and Handy all drove in runs for the Tigers. Trever Richards pitched 6 and ⅓ innings and Gage Stone came in to finish the game.
Dexter baseball went to Orono for their second match-up of the season against the Red Riots and came out with a 7-2 win. Jacob Bickford pitched 7 innings allowing 4 hits with 13 strikeouts. Noah White pitched 5 innings and allowed only 3 hits with 5 strikeouts. The Tigers were led by Jacob Bickford and Matt Richards at the plate. Bickford had a single but reached third on errors, driving in 3 RBI’s. Matt Richards had a single with 2 RBI’s.
The Tigers traveled to George Stevens Academy where the Eagles’ Stephen Simmons pitched a 4 hit shutout with 11 strikeouts to bring GSA to a 3-0 win. Simmons helped his own cause by hitting a 2 run double and Caden Mattson hit a single and got an RBI. Nathan Richards spaced 7 hits for Dexter while Tyler Beem & Tylor Handy each singled for the Tigers.
Dexter Baseball played Penquis Valley High School on Friday, April 27. The Tigers won in 6 innings with a score of 16-6. For the Tigers, Brett Kusnierz pitched 3 innings, Nick Long pitched 2 innings and Trever Richards threw 1. At the plate, Matt Richards led the Tigers with three hits. For Penquis, Cameron Bailey threw 4 innings and Derek Pearson threw 2 innings.
Dexter Baseball had their home opener against Orono on Monday. For, Orono Noah White pitched a complete game, only giving up 1 hit. For Dexter, Jacob Bickford pitched a complete game, only allowing 3 hits. Logan Perkins got the only hit for the Tigers. Orono won the game 1-0.
Dexter baseball started their season Saturday April 21. They traveled to Bucksport to play the Golden Bucks. The Tigers went to work early and scored 2 runs in the second inning. The Tigers held on to win the game 6-1. The Tigers were led by Matt Richards who went 2-3, with a double, a single and an RBI. Matt Hanscome also had a double. Jacob Bickford and Nathan Richards both singled for the Tigers.
For Bucksport, Tyler Mosher hit a double and Logan Stanley hit a single with an RBI. For the Tigers, Nathan Richards pitched 5 innings and Gage Stone came in and threw 2. For the Bucks, Moore and Findlay pitched.
2017 Spring Baseball Eligibility Roster
Jersey # Last First Grade Position
1 Richards Nathan 10 Infield/Outfield
2 Perkins Logan 10 Catcher
3 Beem Tyler 12 Outfield/DH
4 Stone Gage 10 Infield/Pitcher
5 Richards Trever 11 Outfield/Pitcher
6 Thibodeau Brock 10
10 Ponte Parker 9
11 Kusnierz Brett 9
12 Richards Matt 12 Catcher/Pitcher
13 Handy Tylor 12 Infield/Outfield
14 Hanscome Matt 12 Infield/Pitcher
15 Bickford Jacob 12 Infield/Pitcher
16 Davis Ryan 11 Outfield
17 Thompson Zachary 12
18 Bennett Eric 10 Outfield
20 Long Nick 10 Outfield
24 Dean Hunter 9
Bell Kam 11 MGR
Preview for the 2017 season
The Dexter Tigers Baseball team is looking to improve upon a semi-final appearance from the previous year to make a deeper run this season. The Tigers are returning a majority of their roster having only lost three seniors. A strong point for the team will come from the mound with a majority of the pitching staff returning a year older, and a year stronger. The pitching staff will be led by Jacob Bickford, and Brayden Miller but with the change in pitching rules(innings pitched to total pitches) the Tigers will benefit from having a deep pitching rotation. The roster will again be filled by mostly underclassmen as the Tigers only have two seniors on the roster. A few key players to watch this season would be senior Brayden Miller, and junior Jacob Bickford. Not only are they solid pitchers they are great all around players. Miller averaged a batting average of 367, which also landed him on second team all-conference. Bickford won a playoff game last year on the mound for Dexter, and looks to use the confidence he gained from that win for this upcoming season. He will be asked to perform as the Ace this year for the Tigers. The Tigers schedule is filled with solid teams in their division which will constantly test the Tigers and will let them test themselves against the top teams in the league. A welcomed challenge, the Tigers are excited to start the season and get on the field. With the numbers coming back and the amount of pitching on the roster, it is very possible the Tigers go 10-6 this season with a playoff birth and deep run possible.
2017 Baseball Write-ups
Mattanawcook Academy 10 at Dexter 2
April 24, 2017
At Dexter, the Lynx from Lincoln used a 10 hit attack to beat Dexter.
Carter Ward had a double, single and then a triple to send in three runs for MA.
For Dexter Jacob Bickford had a hit and scored the only two runs of the night.
April 25, 2017
Dexter 6 at Bucksport 5
At Bucksport, Brayden Miller hit a double and Jake Bickford doubled and singled with an RBI. For Bucksport Andy Allan hit three singles and an RBI and Tanner Stenger hit a single and double with a RBI. Cam Grindle also singled once. Brayden Miller sealed the game with a homer in the top of the seventh to take the Tigers ahead to win.
April 28, 2017
Penquis 4 at Dexter 13
At Dexter, Tylor Handy and Matt Hansome each had singles to send in a pair of runs to lead Dexter, Brayden Miller had a hit and he also scored three times in the win over Penquis.
Cam Bailey and Justin Valvo each had a single and scored a run for Penquis.
May 3, 2017
Dexter 1 at Orono 4
Kohle Parker and Jackson Coutts both doubled and Parker also had a single.
Tylor Handy and Brayden Miller all singled. The Tigers allowed four unearned runs. The Tigers fall to 3-2 on the season, with GSA next on the schedule.
GSA vs. Dexter (Awaiting Score)
Dexter at Mattanawcook (Awaiting Score)
May 10, 2017
Orono 6 at Dexter 1
Noah White pitched a complete game two hitter striking out 14 of Dexter's players. Nate Desisto hit a single.
Ryan Davis hit a single for Dexter.
(Jason Campbell II)
May 12, 2017
Central 0 at Dexter 2
At Dexter, Jacob Bickford pitched a complete game to shutout the Red Devils while hitting a single twice to lead Dexter to the win against Central.
Andrew Speed paced the Red Devils with a single. In the bottom of the sixth the third baseman for the Red Devils made an error with runners on second and third for the Tigers. This would lead to both of them scoring to ultimately win the game for the Tigers.
May 15, 2017
Dexter at Penquis
May 17, 2017
PCHS 2 at Dexter 12
At Dexter, Jacob Bickford got three hits to lead Dexter ahead. Zach White and Brayden Miller each recorded two hits for Dexter.
Cam Kain singled for Guilford.
May 19, 2017
George Stevens Academy 2 at Dexter 1
At Dexter, Beckett Slayton led the way for the GSA with two hits and two runs scored, Jacob Keenan drove in the two runs. Taylor Schildroth pitched a complete game only giving up one run which lead Blue Hill the win against Dexter.
For Dexter, Zach White hit a single and scored while freshman Nathan Richards chipped in with two hits.
(Jason Campbell II)
May 20, 2017
Dexter 4 at George Stevens Academy 1
At Blue Hill, Jacob Bickford singled twice and drove in a run, while Brayden Miller contributed by hitting a triple for the Tigers in the win against George Stevens Academy.
Tyler McKenney drove in GSA’s run with a single and Jacob Keenan had two singles.
May 22, 2017
Foxcroft 6 at Dexter 1
Nathan Richards singled for Dexter’s only point.
Chandler Rockwell hit a triple and a single to give the ponies a lead. Jacob Olsen also hit two singles.
(Jason Campbell II)
May 23, 2017
Dexter 0 at Foxcroft 14
At Dover-Foxcroft, Billy Brock pitched four scoreless innings and Jacob Redmond and Tyler Shaw had a pair of hits to lead the Ponies past Dexter. Levi Stedman tripled, Ryan Vienneau and Ryan Laffin pitched a scoreless inning in the win.
Nathan Richards and Logan Perkins each had a single for Dexter.
May 24, 2017
Dexter 12 at Penquis 0
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead and Penquis couldn’t do anything to slow them down. The Tigers ended the blowout with 12 runs to Penquis 0.
May 31, 2017
Dexter 11 at Guilford 1
Gage Stone singled three times and Jacob Bickford singled twice.
Kyle Kain hit a single for Guilford.
(Jason Campbell II)
June 1, 2017
Dexter 4 at Mattanawcook 2
At Lincoln, Nathan Richards pitched a four-hitter and Dexter railed three runs in the top of the seventh to beat the Lynx. Brayden Miller had two hits and Matt Hanscome and Matt Richards each had a base hit for the Tigers to get there avenge on a early season 10-2 loss to the Lynx.
Logan Thompson led the Lynx with two singles, a double and a run-batted in. J.J. Clements pitched a complete-game five-hitter for MA.
June 2, 2017
Dexter 4 vs Bucksport 1
June 8, 2017
Dexter 2 at Lincoln 1
At Lincoln, Jacob Bickford allowed three hits and struck out nine. Bickford also singled, doubled and scored a run for the Tigers. Zach White and Brayden Miller had an RBI. Miller also added two singles. The pitchers for the game were Jacob Bickford and Matt Richards for Dexter and Arnold and Hanscom for Lincoln.
June 10, 2017
Dexter 6 vs Fort Kent 4
At Dexter, Brayden Miller hit a dinger getting two runs at the end of the game giving the Tigers a victory to send them to the regional championship game. Miller also added a single gaining two runs for the Tigers. Pitchers for the game were Daigle, Paradis (7) and Soucy for Fort Kent and Richard, Miller (6) and Richards for Dexter.