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August 2, 2013

Fontaine's last dance

Former Newburyport star's baseball career coming to an end

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The next thing they knew, the Nor’Easters were on their way to the playoffs again as Fontaine racked up a 5-2 record on the mound with 35 strikeouts and only seven earned runs.

“It just seemed like we were playing better over all,” said Fontaine. “And, along the way, we didn’t even realize that we kept winning. The (mood) was better than before.”

Having completed a 12-1 stretch in their last 13 games, the North Sectional champs are indeed in great spirits as they start their state tournament campaign against Leominster on Saturday. But for Southall, a sense of melancholy comes with it as well.

“Brett and I have a special relationship,” said Southall. “It’s kind of big brother, little brother. We have a special bond. I love the kid. I love what he brings to the baseball field, and he’s worked really hard for me. He’s done everything I’ve asked him to do. He’s unselfish, and it’s going to be a tough moment when we have our last game and he turns his uniform in.”

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