Next week, Waterville junior Brian Bellows will think about playing in the Maine Underclassmen Showcase baseball game, but right now, his attention is focused on today’s Eastern B final against Winslow.

“I’m just sitting back, waiting and waiting to play,” Bellows said. Originally scheduled for Tuesday, the Eastern B final was rescheduled for today because of rain.

Bellows is one of many central Maine high school baseball players selected to take part in next week’s postseason games. Joining Bellows in the underclassmen game, scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph’s College in Standish, are Cam Abbott (Mt. Blue), Cody Martin (Lawrence), Ben Frazee (Messalonskee), Jake Dexter (Messalonskee), Cam Brochu (Maranacook), Dylan Hapworth (Winslow), Tayler Carrier (Cony), Kyle Fletcher (Monmouth), Zach Mathieu (Messalonskee) and Reid Shostak (Cony).

The all-star games kick off on Monday at noon at the University of Southern Maine when Maine’s Senior All-Stars take on their New Hampshire counterparts. Cony’s Zach LaChance, Oak Hill’s Ryan Riordan and Gabe Smith of Winslow are on the Maine roster.

On Friday, the University of Maine hosts the annual Senior All-Star Game, at 6:30 p.m. Garrett Emery of Madison and Riordan will play for the West, while LaChance and Smith will be joined on the East roster by Pat Breton (Messalonskee), Chandler Shostak (Cony) and John Suga (Erskine).

The Dr. John Winkin Award, given annually to the top senior baseball player in the state, will be presented before the Senior All-Star Game. This year’s finalists are LaChance, Jordan Croteau (Oxford Hills), Tom Fortier (Falmouth), Jordan Morrow (Stearns), Ryan Rebar (Foxcroft) and Jimmy Theriault (St. Dominic).

While the Maine-New Hampshire and Senior All-Star games will be nine innings, the Underclassmen game will be 10 innings, with modified rules. No pitcher can face more than eight hitters in an inning.

“We’re not blowing out anyone’s arm in a showcase game,” said Nick Caiazzo, one of the game’s organizers, said.

While the Senior All-Star game features the best players Eastern Maine against their counterparts from the West, the underclassmen game mixes players from around the state on two teams, American and National. A few years ago, organizers found it hard to get 20 players from Eastern Maine, while turning away players from the West.

“The West was kind of a little more dominant,” Caiazzo said. “Because it’s a showcase game, we try to break the teams up evenly.”

The rosters for the underclassmen game are not final, Caiazzo said. For instance, Messalonskee teammates Frazee and Dexter are currently on the American team, while fellow Eagle Mathieu is on the National. Caiazzo said he may move some players around so high school teammates can stick together.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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