Morse pitcher Tait Nygaard delivers during last week’s 5-1 loss at Freeport in a Class B South preliminary round contest.
The drama was plentiful, but in the end, unless you’re the Brunswick boys’ or Morse girls’ lacrosse team, disappointment was the theme for Mid-Coast squads this spring.
Here’s a glimpse at what happened last week on the diamonds, fields, courts and for a select few, the track:
Brunswick’s boys’ lacrosse team, the defending Class A state champion, earned the top seed in Class A North and a bye into Saturday’s semifinals where the Dragons had to hold on for dear life to edge No. 4 Cheverus, 10-9, to advance. That win allowed Brunswick to host No. 6 Windham (10-4) in the regional final Wednesday.
If the Dragons made it to states for the third year in a row, they would either face Scarborough (10-3) or Gorham (12-2) Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
Morse’s girls’ lacrosse team, ranked first in Class B North, downed No. 8 Oceanside (15-2) in the quarterfinals, then eliminated fourth-ranked Gardiner (8-4) in the semifinal round to set up a showdown with third-seeded, two-time defending state champion Yarmouth in the regional final Wednesday. The teams didn’t play this season.
If the Shipbuilders sprung the upset and earned the biggest victory in program history, they would meet either Kennebunk (13-0) or Falmouth (12-1) 12:30 p.m. in Portland.
In Class A North, Mt. Ararat was the No. 5 seed and downed fourth-ranked Edward Little, 14-9, in the quarterfinal, then lost, 12-1, at top-ranked, defending regional champion Messalonskee in the semifinals to wind up 6-8.
Brunswick, the No. 7 seed, lost, 12-7, at No. 2 Windham in the quarterfinals to finish 2-11.
Morse and Mt. Ararat’s baseball teams both qualified for the playoffs.
The Eagles were the No. 6 seed in Class A North and upset No. 3 Oxford Hills, 4-2, in the quarterfinals. Mt. Ararat was then ousted, 5-4, at second-ranked Edward Little in the semifinals to finish 8-10.
In Class B South, Morse was the 12th and last team to qualify, but despite taking an early 1-0 lead at No. 5 Freeport in the preliminary round, the Shipbuilders went down to a 5-1 defeat to wind up 4-13.
Morse’s softball team, the No. 12 seed in Class B South, lost its first playoff game, 7-5, at No. 5 Cape Elizabeth in the preliminary round, to finish the season 7-10.
Mt. Ararat was the No. 9 seed in Class A North and upset No. 8 Brewer, 12-2, in the preliminary round before dropping a tough 1-0 decision at top-ranked Messalonskee, the defending Class A champion, in the quarterfinals to wind up 9-9.
Brunswick’s girls’ tennis team, the No. 2 seed in Class A North, got to the regional final by virtue of wins over No. 7 Bangor (4-2) and No. 3 Mt. Blue (3-2), but there, after rain delayed the match by a day, the Dragons lost to top-ranked Lewiston, 3-2, to finish the season 13-2.
Several local athletes traveled to New Britain, Connecticut Saturday for the New England championships.
Brunswick’s Keenan Welzel placed fifth in the boys’ 400 (49.86 seconds). The Dragons’ 4×400 relay team (Isak Carney, Jaznel Burns, Seth White and Welzel) was 23rd in 3 minutes, 33.48 seconds. Mt. Ararat’s Cameron Meier finished 19th in the mile (4:28.36).
On the girls’ side, Mt. Ararat’s Katherine Leckbee was 22nd in the mile (5:20.43). Brunswick’s Lexie Bernier failed to score in the shot put.