BLUE HILL—As playoffs approach for the high school spring sports season, the George Stevens Academy baseball team is riding a 15-1 first-place record after the regular season.
The Eagles dominated the Class C North division during the regular season, however teams who qualify for a birth in the playoffs can often times emerge as the quiet underdog.
“[The] playoffs have a way of bringing the best out of teams,” said Eagles head coach Dan Kane. “All the teams in the top eight can be dangerous and play well.”
Entering the post season, Kane said that one of the advantages his team has over the other teams is consistency.
“We have played well more consistently than our competitors,” he said. “Good pitching, defense and timely hitting can bring a team a long way in the playoffs.”
The Eagles started the regular season off in dominating fashion, soaring to a 7-0 record before falling to Mattanawcook Academy in a 4-9 contest. It was the only game the team would lose, as George Stevens Academy avenged that loss in the final game of the regular season, beating Mattanawcook 3-1 to close out the regular season with an eight-game winning streak.
George Stevens Academy was undefeated on the road and only lost one game at home.
“We finished the regular season strong and have the potential to continue playing that way through the play-offs,” said Kane.
As the team prepares, Kane said his players are ready for any of the teams they could possibly play.
“Our team won’t take any competitor lightly,” he said.
The GSA varsity boys team will face either #8 Orono or #9 Dexter in a quarterfinal playoff match on home field on Thursday, June 9.