Championship month of June is upon us-Southern edition

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Scarborough catcher Hunter Greenleaf catches a foul ball against the fence during last week’s 6-0 home win over Windham.

Cape Elizabeth’s Val Murphy forces a Greely runner at second base during the Capers’ 7-2 loss last Friday.

South Portland goalie Quinn Watson prepares to face a shot during last week’s 14-4 home loss to Thornton Academy.

(Ed. Note: For the complete Cape Elizabeth-Greely baseball, Scarborough-Windham softball and South Portland-Thornton Academy boys’ lacrosse game stories, with box scores and additional photos, see theforecaster.net)

Buckle up.

The fast and furious end of the spring sports season is upon us.

Tennis has crowned its singles champions, the team tennis tournament is underway, as is the outdoor track postseason, and the baseball, softball and lacrosse regular seasons are coming to a close.

There will be no shortage of excitement to come, as evidenced by some high drama in the days just past.

Here’s a glimpse at what you might have missed and a look ahead:

Tennis

Cape Elizabeth’s Katie Gilman and Blair Hollyday advanced to the Round of 16 of the girls’ state singles tournament.

Gilman was a 6-1, 6-1 victor over Lewiston’s Roslynn Wailus in the second round, then lost, 3-6, 4-6, to No. 4 Gabrielle Marquis.

Hollyday, seeded seventh, downed Lincoln Academy’s Emily Harris, 6-1, 6-3, in the second round, then dropped a 6-0, 2-6, 6-7 (4) heartbreaker to No. 10 Anastasia Kapothanasis of Cheverus.

Cape Elizabeth’s Alex Hanson beat Portland’s John Kovarik, 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (8), in the boys’ first round, then lost, 3-6, 0-6, to No. 11 Cooper Russell of Camden Hills in the second round.

The team tennis playoffs are underway.

Cape Elizabeth earned the No. 3 seed in Class B South following a 10-2 regular season and hosted No. 6 Yarmouth (8-4) in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

In Class A South, Scarborough wound up fifth after a 9-3 campaign and Tuesday, ousted 12th-ranked Deering, 5-0, in the preliminary round. The Red Storm went to No. 4 Kennebunk/Wells (9-3) for the quarterfinals Thursday.

South Portland, ranked 11th, finished 5-8 after falling, 5-0, to No. 6 Portland in Tuesday’s preliminary round.

On the boys’ side, Cape Elizabeth wound up 7-5 and fifth in Class B South and went to No. 4 Mountain Valley (4-6) in the quarterfinals Thursday.

In Class A South, South Portland earned the No. 10 seed and finished 4-9 after a 4-1 loss at No. 7 Deering in Tuesday’s preliminary round.

Scarborough went 1-11 and placed 15th in Class A South, but only 11 teams from the region made the playoffs.

The postseason continues with the semifinals Saturday, on the courts of the higher seeds. The regional finals are Thursday, June 7 in Lewiston and the state matches are Saturday, June 9, also in Lewiston.

Outdoor track

The Southwestern Maine Activities Association and Western Maine Conference outdoor track championship meets were held Saturday.

Scarborough and South Portland took part in the SMAA meet at Thornton Academy. The Red Storm boys were third behind Thornton Academy and Falmouth and got wins from Jarett Flaker in the 100 (10.83 seconds), Anthony Clavette in the high jump (6 feet) and their 4×800 relay team (8 minutes, 27.62 seconds). The Red Riots placed 13th. Jacob Costin was runner-up in the racewalk (7:52.32).

Thornton Academy won the girls’ meet as well. Scarborough placed fourth and South Portland was seventh. The Red Storm got wins from Emily Labbe in the 100 hurdles (15.11) and Anna Gardner in the pole vault (10-6). The Red Riots got a first-place showing from Rebekah Hunnewell-Dunphe in the shot put (34-11.75) .

In the WMC meet in Naples, Cape Elizabeth’s girls were third in Division I, while the boys came in fifth (York was first in both genders).

The Capers girls were led by Darcy Cochran, who won the 100 hurdles (15.27), 300 hurdles (45-12) and the 200 (26.64).

The boys got wins from Matthew Concannon in the 200 (22.92) and Matthew Conley in the high jump (5-10). 

Next up are the state meets Saturday. Class A is at Morse High School in Bath, Class B at Foxcroft Academy.

Baseball

South Portland’s baseball team will be the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Class A South playoffs. The Red Riots finished 14-2, closing on an 11-game win streak after downing visiting Sanford, 3-1, last Thursday and host Westbrook, 15-2, in five-innings, Tuesday afternoon. Against the Spartans, Hunter Owen pitched six scoreless innings, striking out 15, and Riley Hasson came on to get the save. Hasson, Caden Horton and Zach Johnson all had two hits. In the win over the Blue Blazes, Hasson hit three doubles, Horton and Noah McHugh had two hits apiece and Johnson earned the victory. South Portland will have a bye into next Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Scarborough finished 6-10 following losses to host Windham (2-1), visiting Cheverus (9-7) and host Biddeford (4-3) to close the regular season. Nick Thompson was the hard-luck loser against the Eagles. In the loss to the Stags, Morgan Pratt had two hits and four RBI, but the Red Storm let a four-run seventh inning lead slip away. Nicholas Martin drove in a pair of runs against the Tigers. Scarborough will be the No. 11 seed for the playoffs and will have a preliminary round game at No. 6 Windham (10-6) Monday afternoon. The Red Storm lost, 2-1, at the Eagles on May 22.

In Class B South, Cape Elizabeth ended 11-5 after a 3-1 win at St. Dom’s, a 7-2 home loss to Greely and a 12-0, six-inning victory at Gray-New Gloucester. Carson Sullivan threw a three-hitter against the Saints and Brendan Tinsman had a pair of hits. The Capers gave up nine walks to the Rangers and despite doubles from Tinsman and Ryan Weare, fell short on their Senior Day.

“In the overall scheme of things, I think we have the No. 2 seed locked in, so this game didn’t really mean much,” Cape Elizabeth coach Andy Wood said. “It was Senior Night and it stinks to lose to Greely, but it really didn’t matter. It’s a great win for them and it’s always tough to beat Greely.”

Against the Patriots, Alec Riggle had three hits, scored three runs and had four RBI. Sean Agrodnia earned the victory The Capers will be the No. 2 seed in the region and will host a quarterfinal round game next Thursday.

Softball

Scarborough’s defending Class A state champion softball team extended its mindboggling regular season win streak to 89 games as it finished 16-0 for the fifth straight year after downing visiting Windham (6-0) and Bonny Eagle (13-1, in five-innings). Against the Eagles, Chloe Griffin threw a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts and Bella Dickinson scored twice and stole two bases.

“Us seniors don’t plan to be the ones to lose,” Griffin said. “There’s a lot of history and we don’t want to be the team that doesn’t win. It’s a weird goal to have. I don’t think we put pressure on ourselves. We know if we go out and perform, we’ll be fine.”

“Chloe was great,” said Tom Griffin, of his niece. “She really dominated. This was her best game all year. She’s had some games where she was behind in the count, but there may have been one time today when she had to throw a strike. That was pure Chloe right there.” 

In the win over the Scots, Griffin earned the victory, doubled twice, Lindsey Kelley doubled twice and Ivy DiBiase and Hunter Greenleaf had two hits apiece. 

Scarborough is the top seed in Class A South for the seventh year in a row and will host a quarterfinal round playoff game Thursday of next week.

South Portland finished 8-8 and ninth in the region following a 6-2 home win over Westbrook and a 5-2 home victory over Biddeford. Against the Blue Blazes, Hattie Tetzlaff earned the win, Ashlee Aceto hit a two-run double and Maeve Kelly and Grace Rende both had two hits. In the win over the Tigers, Rende singled and tripled in the go-ahead run, Chloe Grant had two hits and Tetzlaff earned the victory. The Red Riots will play at No. 8 Portland (9-7) in the preliminary round Tuesday. South Portland edged the visiting Bulldogs, 4-3, in eight-innings, May 7.

In Class B South, Cape Elizabeth wound up 8-8 and ninth after sandwiching wins at St. Dom’s (13-1) and Gray-New Gloucester (11-3) around a 15-6 home loss to Greely. In the loss, the Capers fell behind, 15-1, after an inning-and-a-half and couldn’t catch up despite three hits from Katie Bozek. Jessie Robicheaw hit a home run and Anna Cornell earned the victory against the Patriots. Cape Elizabeth will go to No. 8 Yarmouth (8-8) for a preliminary round playoff game Tuesday. The teams split this year, with the Capers winning, 8-3, May 9 in Yarmouth and the Clippers prevailing, 9-0, May 21 in Cape Elizabeth. 

Boys’ lacrosse

Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ lacrosse team is, to no one’s surprise, surging as the regular season comes to a close. The Capers made it five wins in a row last Wednesday, winning, 8-2, at Yarmouth to avenge an earlier loss. Sam Dresser scored three times and Phil Tarling added two goals. Cape Elizabeth (7-3 and second in the Class A South Heals) hosted Fryeburg Academy Thursday and closes the regular season at Greely Friday.

In Class A South, South Portland was 6-4 and third in the Heals at press time following a 14-4 home loss to Thornton Academy and a 14-7 home win over Gorham. In the setback, the Red Riots got 14 saves from goalie Quinn Watson, but didn’t score the final 27 minutes, 25 seconds. 

“We had a game plan going in to attack the zone more from behind than up front and we just didn’t execute,” South Portland coach Tom Fiorini lamented. “Because we didn’t, that’s why we didn’t put points on the board. And we didn’t shoot well. We keep talking about turnovers and how it kills our team and we had 32 tonight. That’ll do it every time.”

In the win, David Fiorini had five goals and Cooper Mehlhorn added four. After going to Scarborough Wednesday, the Red Riots close at home versus Cheverus Friday (see theforecaster.net for game story). 

Scarborough snapped a seven-game skid last Wednesday, winning at Kennebunk, 18-7, then fell to 2-8 Friday with an 8-6 home loss to Deering. In the win, Josh DeRosa had six goals and Justyn Sears added four. Nathan Taggart had two goals and Ben Hughes made 11 saves against Deering. The Red Storm (eighth in Class A South, where just six teams make the playoffs) were home with South Portland Wednesday and close at Falmouth Saturday.

The lacrosse playoffs begin Wednesday of next week with the quarterfinal round, on the fields of the higher seeds.

Girls’ lacrosse

On the girls’ side, Cape Elizabeth was 7-4 and second behind Yarmouth in the Class B Heals at press time following a dramatic 12-11 double-overtime home win over Lake Region Tuesday evening. Emily Healy had five goals, including the winner, and Susie Graham added three. The Capers close at Greely Saturday afternoon (see theforecaster.net for game story).

In Class A South, South Portland was 5-6 and fourth in the region following a 9-4 loss at Thornton Academy and a 8-6 home setback to Windham. Jena Leckie had two goals against the Golden Trojans. The Red Riots closed at Cheverus Thursday.

Scarborough was 2-9 and eighth in Class A South at press time, where only seven teams qualify for the playoffs, following losses to host Windham (9-6) and visiting Kennebunk (16-3). Ellie Smith had three goals against the Eagles. The Red Storm hosted Biddeford in the finale Thursday, needing a win to reach the playoffs for the 18th straight season.

The lacrosse playoffs begin Wednesday of next week with the quarterfinal round, on the fields of the higher seeds.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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Sports Editor of The Forecaster since 2001. Find detailed game stories at theforecaster.net. I tweet prodigiously at @foresports.