By MICHAEL LETENDRE
Former Plainville High School standout D.J. Voisine is having another sensational season for the Maine Black Bears’ baseball team and the chucker has been one of the team leaders for this highly successful squad, whose team was 34-20 as of May 21.
Before the campaign began, the junior was named a team captain this season and saw duty in a reserve roll out of the bullpen.
To date, Voisine has pitched in 13 games for Maine and carries a ledger of 2-1 with an ERA of 4.18.
He has struck out 13 while giving up 11 earned runs.
Voisine scooped up his first win of the year in a contest against Chicago State from North Charlotte Park in Florida.
And the winning effort came out of the bullpen in a 9-5 triumph to propel the Black Bears to its fifth win of the year.
Voisine pitched 2.1 innings against Chicago and gave up just a single hit.
He struck out three and watched his team surge ahead in the contest before departing the game with the lead and eventual win.
And a week later, he was right back at it again in the win column.
Voisine moved his ledger to 2-0 on March 9 in a challenge against West Virginia from Port Charlotte, Florida, to pick up his second straight victory.
The contest ended up being a 12-inning challenge in which starter AJ Bazdanes pitched well in nine innings but was relived by Voisine.
From there, he threw three strong innings as Maine struck for a run in the 12th to seal the deal and deliver the former Plainville chucker a big win.
In three frames of work, he yielded just one run while facing the minimum nine batters.
He struck out one and did not give up a walk in the victorious effort.
Last season, Voisine made five starts in the 17 games he played in and went 4-0 with an ERA just under 4.00 on the season.
He earned a save against Albany on April 29, 2012 and struck out a career best four in a 4.2 inning stint just down the street at the University of Hartford back on May 13, 2012.
During his freshman season in 2011, Voisine pitched in 15 games and led the Black Bears in saves with three.
Voisine was a handful during his high school days for Plainville on the mound, going an impressive 25-7 and went a blazing 8-2 doing his senior season.
He was an all-conference performer as both a junior and senior and helped lead his team to the Class M championship in 2008.
In the perfect place for his studies, Voisine is a forestry major in the middle of Maine.