Fort Kent baseball advances to semifinals with quarterfinal win over Central High School

FORT KENT, Maine – The players were muddy, onlookers were soaking wet and all were on the edge of their seats as rain poured down Thursday in a Class C North quarterfinal baseball game between the Fort Kent Warriors and Central Red Devils.

In the end, No. 2 Fort Kent (14-4 overall) narrowly defeated No. 7 Central of East Corinth, 9-8 to advance to the Class C North semifinals. 

The Warrior boys, along with coaches Tracey Hartt, Jason Nadeau and Sergio Torres will face the winner of a Friday quarterfinal between No. 6 Mount View (12-5) and No. 14 George Stevens Academy (5-12). 

The semifinal contest will be held in Fort Kent Saturday, time to be determined. 

“That was way too close,” Warrior pitcher Austin Delisle said to his teammates as they celebrated the victory on the Jalbert Park field in Fort Kent. 

The teams were tied 7-7 at the end of the seventh inning, prompting extra innings. In the top of the eighth, Central’s Nicholas Schlipstein crossed home plate to put the Red Devils up 8-7. 

In the home half of the eighth, Griffin Sibley kept the Warriors’ playoff hopes alive with a line-drive double. But then things looked bleak for Fort Kent as their next two batters were unable to advance the runner. 

“We’ve been here before; we’ve been down during elimination games, but you just keep going, one hit at a time,” Hartt said. 

Sibley tied the game at 8-8 when he crossed home plate on a walk by Ethan Daigle that loaded the bases.

Junior catcher Ethan Raymond managed to read pitches by Red Devil pitcher Simon Allen that walked in the game winning run as  Warrior Will Roy crossed home plate.

Raymond said he felt the pressure but focused on the task at hand. 

“It was not fun (being in that position), but at the end of the day you (just have to) do your job,” Raymond said. 

Hartt said both teams played hard during the quarterfinal and he expected nothing less. 

“They came to play and we did too. You know it’s (going to) be close this time of year because you see the best,” Hartt said. 

FORT KENT, Maine – June 9, 2022 – Warrior Ethan Raymond crosses home plate during a Class C North quarterfinal against Central High School in Fort Kent on Thursday. The Warriors defeated the Red Devils 9-8. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

FORT KENT, Maine – June 9, 2022 – Fort Kent Warriors baseball coach Tracey Hartt (left) and pitcher Austin Delisle celebrate a Class C North quarterfinal win over Central High School Thursday in Fort Kent. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

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