The 2019 season proved to be sweet retribution. After posting the best record in many years in 2018 (17-5), the Falcons made a quick, unexpected and tough-to-swallow exit in the first round of the district tournament. But the veteran team bounced back in a big way from that disappointment in 2019, putting together an 18-8 record and a district runner-up finish that qualified SSES for its first regional playoff game (a 2-1 loss at Fort Myers Canterbury) since 2009.
Gone is a large and accomplished senior class of eight who won 64 combined games the past four years. They set what had been a struggling program on the right path for the future.
The 2020 Falcons figure to lean heavily on three veteran upperclassmen during the transition – senior pitcher/third baseman Wyatt Sevin, junior pitcher/infielder Brock Soletti and junior outfielder Peter Balos. All three hit better than .320 last season and drove in double-digit runs. Soletti and Sevin were the team’s top two starters and combined for an 11-3 record on the mound.
Saint Stephen’s is coached veteran Head Coach Mike Verrill. In 2019, Verrill was selected for induction into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame. Verrill coached high school baseball for 20 years in the state and also served as an assistant at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Since arriving at Saint Stephen’s he has coached baseball, softball and girls basketball.