Tigers leaning on pitching and defense this season

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FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine (WAGM) - Like many baseball teams in our area, Fort Fairfield had a very quick transition from practicing in the gym to playing games outside. The Tigers have been playing so much in the last week, they've had a hard time practicing.

"We finally got out here. It was a long preseason inside and a couple of games got rescheduled and pushed back. It ended up being a compacted schedule and we ended up playing six games in seven days," said head coach John Ala.

Tigers return a majority of their team that went undefeated in the regular season and made it to the Regional title game.

"We do, we graduated three key players from last year and quite a bit of pitching. This group here has worked hard so far to improve on the mound and so far we have 7 or 8 guys that are throwing for us. Jared Harvey has done a great job on the mound. Isaac Cyr has stepped in and developed as a pitcher. He's a high on base player for us and scores a lot of runs," he said.

The Tigers formula for winning games this year really depends on pitching and defense.

"Yeah it's gotta be. We have a strong ace and he's going to keep us in games on the mound. Defensively we return quite a few seniors, so our defense is definitely a strength," Ala explained.

The road back to the Regional Title game is tougher this year, and Ala thinks that will make his team more prepared for a playoff run.

(JOHN ALA) "Class D this year is very competitive. We have a lot of the top teams on our schedule. Central Aroostook is real strong and Katahdin has a good team. It's a very competitive group and that's going to make us all better. You want to get in as one of the top seeds, but I think it's so wide open this year. I think there's going to be some great matchups in the prelims and the quarters. I think there are a half dozen teams or so that could pull it off," Ala said.