Young Searsport looks to make postseason push
Searsport — The following is a synopsis of the 2014 Searsport District High School baseball team:
Coach/years coached current team: John Frye, second year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 8-8, eighth in Eastern Class C. The Vikings defeated No. 9 Houlton 3-0 in a preliminary playoff, while they fell to top-seeded Stearns of Millinocket 12-0 in five innings in the quarterfinals.
Roster: Seniors Gimy Boktor (outfielder), Kyle Grant (pitcher) and Jay Burkard (first base, outfield); juniors Jacob Powell (pitcher, first base, outfield) and Connor Fraser (third base); sophomores Troy Reynolds (pitcher, catcher), Eric Phillips (shortstop), Kyle Moore (second base), Brayden Perkins (outfield), Matt Barlow (catcher, outfield) and Bryce Shorey (outfield); and freshmen Barrett Grant (pitcher, catcher), Luke Hendrickson (infield), Cameron Watt (infield) and Mitchell Philbrook (pitcher, outfield).
Known graduation losses: Austin Bean, Zach Beaudry, Matt Coffin, Kaleb Cook, Adrian "Buddy" Ellis, Darren Harriman, James Harvey and Jake Keniston.
Significant impact players: Powell, Barrett Grant and Reynolds.
Team strengths: Pitching and infield defense.
Team goals: To improve every day, build for the future and hopefully be in the running for a playoff spot.
Top league opponents: Valley of Bingham, Buckfield and Richmond.
Outlook: The Vikings graduated key players from last year's team which helped Searsport qualify for the postseason for the first time since 2008. Now the Vikings hope the four returning starters from last year's team can help lead an overall young team to the postseason in the team's first run in Western Class D.