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Penquis baseball hopes to build on end-of-the-year success

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 17, April 23, 2003
Sophomore Allen leads Patriot nine

MILO The Patriot baseball team got off to a rough start last season before pulling together for six late-season victories, including an upset win over Madawaska in the first round of the playoffs. Coach Murrel Harris hopes to build on the enthusiasm drummed up by that run with a succesful season this year.

Penquis will be led by sophomore Jordan Allen, an All-Conference 2nd team selection a year ago when he hit .439 with 15 RBIs. Seniors Steve Kissell, Justin Allen, and Colby Chase all hit near or above .300 last year, and Harris will look to them for provide leadership on the field and in the dugout.

The Allens, Kissell, Chase and Justin Morrill should take up most of the innings on the Penquis pitching staff. How well his pitching staff comes together will go a long way toward determining this team's future, Harris says.

"Pitching is going to be key," says the coach, now in the second year of his second stint at Penquis. "If we can get the ball over the plate and make the routine plays, we should be alright."

Alex Wicker will go behind the plate when usual catcher Kissell is on the mound. Craig Durant, Dustin Perkins, Garrett Durant, and Chuck Wooten round out the everyday line-up. Seth Simonian, Andrew Walker, Nick Maioriello, and Ryan Andrews will all see time as utility players. Senior Brett Gerrish is working back after missing all of last year with injuries, and will see time as well.

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