BUCKSPORT – Bucksport softball is one big happy family.
“Each practice is fun like we all come and have a good time like they’re laughing at me right now, so it’s chill,” shortstop Darian Jellison said.
The Golden Bucks have one four of the last six Class C state titles. Despite roster turnover, one constant remains.
“I love doing it and I tell people every year that they’re going to have to haul me off in a wheelchair before i’ll be done,” head coach Mike Carrier said.
Carrier has been the backbone of the Lady Bucks program for nearly four decades.
“Coach, he’s been here for as you know a long time. He makes the same impact on everybody, he’s a part of the family and will be for a long time,” catcher Makenzie Smith said.
But, Carrier isn’t the one taking the ball in the circle and stepping foot into the box. The Golden Bucks have consistently churned out talent thanks to the communities commitment to softball.
“We have great youth league programs, great coaches at the junior high, a great JV coach, you can’t do it alone,” Carrier said.
Most of if not all of the 2018 Lady Bucks have been a part of the Bucksport softball system. For smith, the memories, banners, and trophies. It’ll all come to an end this season.
“To look back on all three seasons that I’ve had here it’s amazing to look at the numbers and look at what’s really happened it’s just one game at a time,” Smith said.