“It’s a good feeling knowing that in every game, you’re the favorite to win,” said Fontaine. “You get to play with so many great players, and you know that you’re going to be in every game. It makes you play better, honestly, being around so many other good athletes challenges you. It makes you a better player over all.”
With another year under their belts, most of that collegiate, last year’s Nor’Easters were a behemoth, going 22-2 and taking the North Sectionals before making their exit in the state semifinals. The crafty righty got six starts, going 4-0 with 21 strikeouts. He allowed only two earned runs, all the while batting .378.
“It was a great experience to be on a team that could win it all,” said Fontaine. “We had great team chemistry. We always had fun joking around with each other, and we were always winning. So we were always happy. It was a lot of fun playing with all those guys.”
Fontaine spent the offseason playing ball and studying psychology in his first year at Wheaton College, then came home and was presented with a young summer ball team where he would be the only collegiate player.
“I had to be a leader,” said Fontaine. “I had to be a guy that they could look up to in any given situation.”
The Nor’Easters came out flat to start the season, going 0-3, the third of which was a heartbreaker to Methuen.
“After the Methuen game, everybody was a bit down,” said Nor’Easters coach Tim Southall. “Then Brett kind of talked to the team a little about what the expectations for playing for Post 150 are. You are in everybody’s cross hairs. Teams always want to beat you. You are always seeing their best. Post 150 is the benchmark, at least recently. It’s always been the top team in District 8. And the guys started to rally around that.”