Last week, Messalonskee High School graduate Sam Dexter completed an impressive junior season with the University of Southern Maine baseball team. On Wednesday, Dexter was recognized nationally for his efforts after beings named d3baseball.com’s Player of the Year.

“It’s a great honor and it’s a tribute to all the great players and coaches that I’ve been surrounded with over the years,” Dexter said.

Along with the Player of the Year honor, Dexter was named the first team shortstop of d3baseball.com’s All-America team. Dexter was joined on the first team by his USM teammate Andrew Richards, a relief pitcher.

Dexter was also named Little East Conference, ABCA New England, and New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Player of the Year. Dexter finished the season with a .441 batting average, eight home runs, 44 runs batted in, 57 runs, and 11 stolen bases.

With his senior season yet to play, Dexter’s 240 career hits are 10th all-time in USM history. Dexter sits 33 hits behind Tyler Delorme, who has the Huskies’ career hits record with 273. With 58 career doubles, Dexter is tied for third all time in Huskies history, just five behind Bob Prince for the record.

The winningest pitcher in USM history, Richards went 11-5 this season, with nine saves and a 1.73 earned run average. Richards also was the conference Pitcher of the Year and d3baseball.com’s New England Pitcher of the Year.

Dexter and Richards led the Huskies to a 32-15 record and the conference title for the third time in four season. The Huskies reached the New England regional of the NCAA Division III tournament, where they were the top seed.

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