By Kevin Henkin
New England College Baseball Journal
After an outstanding 2017, Jake Dexter earned second team ABCA All-American honors and helped the Huskies to another successful season, advancing to the NCAA DIII Regional Championship. Dexter earned multiple honors after his standout sophomore season as the Huskies' starting second baseman and closer. At the plate, he hit .356 (64 for 180) with 36 runs scored, six doubles, one home run and 25 RBI. The slick-fielding Dexter made just nine errors in the field to finish with a .951 fielding percentage.
On the mound, Dexter made 26 appearances, all in relief, compiling a 4-2 record with a school single-season record 12 saves and a 2.66 ERA. The right-hander worked 40 2/3 innings allowing just 34 hits and eight walks while striking out 34 and holding opponents to a .227 batting average.
In addition to the ABCA All-America team, Dexter was previously named to the All-Little East Conference first team at second base and relief pitcher, the ABCA New England All-Region first team at the utility position, and the D3baseball.com All-Region first team as the relief pitcher.
By Kevin Henkin Jake Dexter's family legacy in Maine baseball is important enough, but he doesn't let it define him.
Jake is the son of Tom Dexter, who headed the baseball program at Colby College for 15 years and now serves as an assistant there. Jake also is the younger brother of Sam Dexter, who excelled as a shortstop at the University of Southern Maine and was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 23rd round of the 2016 MLB draft.
This summer, Jake Dexter — also a standout player at USM — will follow in the footsteps of his brother Sam by playing for the Sanford Mainers.
"We were very interested in Jake Dexter when his brother said he was better than he was," said Aaron Izaryk, head coach of the Sanford Mainers. "Jake's path to a roster spot in Sanford had a lot to do with his brother and the presence he had on this team. That said, I think Jake will carve his own legacy here."
One particular upside to Dexter's game is his versatility. This past season as a sophomore at USM, he played 40 games as a middle infielder and hit .356. He also made 26 appearances as a relief pitcher, earning 12 saves and finishing with a 2.66 ERA in 40⅔ innings pitched.
"He's obviously athletic," Izaryk said. "He can pitch, can play the infield and he can hit a little bit so he brings a lot of versatility. Our plans for him will generally be on the mound, but knowing that he has a good bat helps us, too." READ MORE AT THE NEW ENGLAND BASEBALL JOURNAL