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August 2, 2013

Fontaine's last dance

Former Newburyport star's baseball career coming to an end

Newburyport’s Brett Fontaine has spent the past few years becoming the stuff of local legend in the athletic community. When he wasn’t setting records on the gridiron, he was excelling on the Clippers basketball team, and most notably, closed out the Port baseball team’s 2011 state championship season.

But perhaps his biggest challenge came this summer as part of only four returning starters to American Legion Post 150’s ball club.

“It’s bittersweet knowing that I won’t be back next year,” said Fontaine. “It’s also the last year I will ever play with my brother. But it’s been a good three years, and hopefully we make a little run in this tournament and go out on top.”

At the start of the season, Fontaine, his younger brother, Colt, Pentucket’s Josh Creamer, Amesbury’s Mac Short and Triton’s Richard Fecteau were the only returners for the Nor’Easters. But Fecteau was sidelined by an injury before the season began, and it was up to the other four veterans to pull the team of youngsters together in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year.

Post 150 didn’t just rebuild, they reloaded, winning the North Sectional Championship for the second year in a row Wednesday night. The Nor’Easters are headed to the state tournament once again.

“It says a lot about the kids on this team and the character of these kids,” Fontaine said. “They are willing to play. The coaching has been there. The kids are developing as players. They all have natural talent and they are playing to the top of their ability, and that is what we needed to happen.”

Fontaine, 19, has been with the Nor’Easters for the past three seasons. He was brought on as a second baseman/pitcher. He made five starts, going 3-0 and batting .381 along the way for a team that included such talented pitchers as Ryan O’Connor, Tim Cashman and Charles Nutter. Post 150 eventually went 16-5 that year.

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