Youth, diamond experience served for Mustangs
Thorndike — The following is a synopsis of the 2014 Mount View High School baseball team:
Coach/years coached current team: Chris Hink, fourth year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 4-12, 16th in Eastern Class B. The Mustangs did not qualify for the playoffs.
Roster: Seniors Kenny McGray (pitcher, infield, outfield) and Erik Larrabee (outfield); juniors Nathan Wren (pitcher, infield) and David Clark (catcher, infield, pitcher); sophomores Bo Curtis (infield), Cole Hannan (infield), Mikey Hustus (infield), Seth Davis (infield), Ross Delorenzo (outfield), Tyler Ripley (outfield), Jack Axsom (outfield) and Colton Medina (outfield); and freshmen Emmett Shell (pitcher, catcher, infield), Joey Danna (pitcher, catcher, infield, outfield), Colby Furrow (pitcher, catcher, infield, outfield), Liam Cail (outfield), Kevin Richards (infield, outfield) and Storm Chauvin (outfield).
Known graduation losses: Kyle Turner, Ricky Moulton, Ethan Harding and Josh Savoy.
Significant impact players: McGray, Larrabee, Hustus, Shell and Danna.
Team strengths: Work ethic and versatility.
Team goal: To make the Eastern Class B playoffs.
Top league opponents: Winslow, Waterville, Camden Hills of Rockport and Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston.
Outlook: Though the Mustangs have a great deal of youth among their 18 players, they should play like a group of seasoned veterans, said coach Hink. McGray is the team's top pitcher, while Shell, Danna, Furrow and Cail are seasoned players, having been on several Waldo County Little League championship teams that advanced far in its respective state tournaments.
In a nutshell, the 'Stangs may be a dark horse in Eastern Class B this season.
“This group of athletes are ahead of the curve this early in the game,” said Hink. “I am impressed with their hard work and dedication to improve every day. Our expectations are to be in every game this year. When this happens you give yourself a chance to win ballgames.”