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(Ed. Note: For the complete Scarborough-Deering and South Portland-Portland baseball game stories, with box scores and photos, see theforecaster.net)
With June on the horizon, it’s time to start crowning spring champions.
Outdoor track has its conference championship meets this weekend, with the state meets to follow June 6.
Tennis will crown individual champions Monday, while the team playoffs start next week.
Baseball, softball and boys’ and girls’ lacrosse are in their final days and teams are vying to make the postseason and are jockeying for optimal seeds.
Here’s a glimpse:
South Portland’s baseball team found itself first in the Western Class A Heal Points standings at press time, but for the first time all season, the Red Riots are in a slump. South Portland appeared unbeatable last Thursday when senior ace Henry Curran took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before settling for a one-hitter in a 4-0 home victory over Portland. Curran struck out 14, tripled home a run and scored a run.
“My shoulder was sore before the game, but my fastball was working and I was hitting my spots,” Curran said. “I was aware (of the perfect game and no-hitter), but the most important thing is we got the win.”
“I thought Henry was really good,” said Red Riots coach Mike Owens. “He established his fastball and hit his spots and got ahead in the count. He stayed down in the zone and elevated when he needed to. His command was so good. He definitely had his good stuff. I knew he’d be one of the best pitchers in the league this year, but I’m surprised how many strikeouts he’s getting. He never ceases to amaze me.”
South Portland then let a seventh inning lead slip away in a 3-1 home loss to Bonny Eagle Saturday and fell at Biddeford Tuesday, 4-3. Sam Troiano was the hard-luck loser versus the Scots. Nick Troiano had a pair of hits against the Tigers. The Red Riots (10-3) went to Scarborough Thursday (see theforecaster.net for game story), host Massabesic Saturday and close the regular season at Gorham Tuesday.
Scarborough was 6-7 and 14th in Western A at press time (only 12 teams make the playoffs) after scoring just one total run in three recent losses. After falling at Windham last Thursday, 2-0, the Red Storm got a first inning run then lost, 6-1, to visiting Deering Saturday and Tuesday, they were blanked at Bonny Eagle, 4-0.
“Our staff has pitched well all year,” said Scarborough coach Ryan Jones, following the Deering loss. “We have to play defense behind them and get more than one run. We’re average. We don’t do anything spectacular. We have to grind to win ballgames.”
The Red Storm hosted South Portland Thursday, welcome Biddeford Saturday and close at Thornton Academy Tuesday.
In Western B, Cape Elizabeth was third behind York and Greely at 8-5 after a 15-4 six inning win at Poland and a 9-4 setback at Wells last week. Matt Dennison homered twice and Dylan Roberts and Brendan Tinsman also went deep in the victory. Nate Ingalls added four hits. The Capers hosted Falmouth Wednesday, welcome Wells Friday and close the regular season at defending Class B champion Greely Monday.
Scarborough’s softball team remained unbeaten last week, but barely. After handling visiting Cheverus (13-0 in five innings, behind three hits apiece from Sophia Burnham, Ashley Gleason and Chloe Gorey) and host Windham (11-4, as Burnham earned the win and had three hits, as did Maggie Murphy), the Red Storm welcomed rival South Portland Saturday morning. Scarborough opened the season with a 26-0 victory at the Red Riots and jumped to a 5-0 lead in the rematch, but South Portland rallied within 5-4 and put the tying run on base before Scarborough closed it out. Lilly Volk went the distance to earn the win and Burnham drove in two runs. The Red Storm (13-0 and first in the Western A Heals) hosted Westbrook Thursday, have a pivotal showdown at second-ranked Biddeford Saturday (see theforecaster.net for game story), then close at home versus Portland Monday.
South Portland was 9-5 and fifth at the start of the week after sandwiching tough losses to visiting Biddeford (9-8 in nine innings) and at Scarborough (5-4) around a 9-6 victory at Portland. Sarah Micucci had three hits and Abby Young homered against the Tigers. In the win, Young had a tie-breaking two-run triple and Paige Carter, Laurine German and Miranda Gleason all had two hits. Micucci doubled, tripled and drove in four runs against the Red Storm. The Red Riots host Gorham Friday and close at Bonny Eagle Monday.
In Western B, Cape Elizabeth took a 7-6 record and the No. 9 ranking (only 10 teams qualify for the playoffs) into Wednesday’s home game versus Falmouth. Last week, the Capers lost at Poland, 11-1. Cape Elizabeth hosts defending Western B champion Wells in a regional final rematch Friday, then closes at Greely Monday.
Cape Elizabeth and South Portland’s boys’ lacrosse teams returned to form last week after suffering their first loss.
The Capers first rolled over visiting Greely (13-1), then improved to 8-1 Friday with a 20-2 home victory over York. Connor Thoreck led a balanced attack with four goals. Cape Elizabeth (ranked first in the Western B Heals) went to North Yarmouth Academy Wednesday, plays at Yarmouth in a state game rematch (and perhaps preview) Friday (see theforecaster.net for game story), then closes the regular season at home versus rival Falmouth Tuesday.
The Red Riots won at Portland Friday, 12-2, then romped at Bonny Eagle Monday, 23-2, to improve to 9-1. Kam Andrews and Lucas Michaud had three goals apiece versus the Bulldogs. Jack Fiorini scored five times and Andrews added four goals in the win over the Scots. In that game, standout senior goalie T-Moe Hellier, scored his first career goal. After hosting Massabesic Wednesday, South Portland (first in Western A) closes at home versus Scarborough Monday (see theforecaster.net for game story).
Speaking of Scarborough, the Red Storm extended their win streak to three with a 20-3 romp over Marshwood Friday. Braeden Kane had four goals and Marco Manfra and Sam Nygren added three apiece. Scarborough (6-3 and fifth in Western A) went to Gorham Wednesday, hosts Biddeford Saturday and closes at South Portland Monday.
On the girls’ side, South Portland extended its win streak to five Thursday with a 16-7 home victory over Sanford, marking the program’s first five-game streak since 2012. Mary Cronin and Maddie Hasson both scored five goals against the Spartans. The Red Riots (6-3 and seventh in the Western Class A Heal Points standings) seeks their first six-game win streak since 2011 when they host Windham Friday. Saturday brings a visit to defending Class A champion Massabesic and South Portland wraps up the regular season Tuesday at home versus Noble.
Scarborough saw its losing skid hit three before the Red Storm bounced back in a big way last Thursday, outlasting host Massabesic, 10-9, in overtime. Kaitlin Prince had four goals, while Abby Corbin added three, including the decisive tally in OT. Tuesday, Scarborough improved to 6-4 and third in Western A after an 11-7 home win over Cheverus. Bailey Adams scored three times. The Red Storm host Westbrook Saturday and close the regular season Monday at Biddeford.
In Western B, Cape Elizabeth snapped a two-game slide Friday with an 18-7 win at Fryeburg Academy. Hannah Bosworth and Lindsay Stewart both scored four times. The Capers improved to 6-3 and fourth in the Heals Tuesday with a 14-4 home win over Wells. Stewart and Mariah Deschino both scored three goals. Cape Elizabeth visits Yarmouth for a state final rematch Friday (see theforecaster.net for game story), plays at Western A contender Marshwood Saturday, then closes the regular season Wednesday of next week when Falmouth pays a visit.
Scarborough and South Portland’s outdoor track and field teams converged upon South Portland for Friday’s Cumberland County Championship meet.
Scarborough’s boys came in first, while South Portland finished third. The Red Storm got wins from Griffin Madden in the 110 hurdles (15.24 seconds), Jacob Bloom in the 800 (2 minutes, 5.5 seconds), Colin Tardiff in the two-mile (9:57.62), Edward James in the pole vault (12 feet, 6 inches) and their 4×100 (45.36) and 4×800 (8:18.03) relay teams. The Red Riots got first-place performances from Daniel Guiliani in the shot put (64-9.25), Michael Cuesta in the 100 (11.4), the long jump (20-7.5) and the high jump (45-0) and Jacob Maloney in the mile (4:41.93).
South Portland won the girls’ meet, with Scarborough second. The Red Riots got wins from Lauren Magnuson in the 100 (12.94) and 200 (26.52), Juliana Selser in the 400 (59.83), Casey Loring in the 800 (2:28.85) and the mile (5:28.77), Callie O’Brien in the 300 hurdles (49.31), Michelle Medici in the javelin (100-2) and their 4×100 (51.71) and 4×400 (4:20.51) relay teams. The Red Storm got victories from Ellen Shaw in the 100 hurdles (15.96), Sarah Rinaldi in the high jump (5-2), Kacey Foerster in the pole vault (8-6) and their 4×800 relay (10:18.52).
Cape Elizabeth joined Greely and Yarmouth at Falmouth for a regular season-ending Western Maine Conference meet.
The Capers boys were third behind Falmouth and Greely. Cape Elizabeth got wins from George Astor in the 110 hurdles (21.52) and Eddie Galvin in the long jump (20-6) and triple jump (42-3).
The girls finished fourth and got a win from Eva Brydson in the 800 (2:30.67).
The Southwestern Maine Activities Association and WMC championship meets are Saturday.
The Southwestern Maine Activities Association held its doubles championships last weekend. In the girls’ competition, South Portland’s Leah Barry-Sandelin and Mollie Fornwatt downed teammates Eden Martin and Victoria Holt, 8-5, to win the consolation round.
The state singles tournament resumes Friday at Colby College in Waterville.
Cape Elizabeth’s Liv Clifford is seeded seventh in the girls’ draw. Cape Elizabeth’s Katie Gilman and Scarborough’s Megan Nathanson will also take part.
On the boys’ side, Cape Elizabeth’s Michael Mills is seeded sixth and teammate Luke Gilman is ranked 10th. Cape Elizabeth’s Ethan Murphy also qualified.
The tournament continues Saturday in Waterville, then culminates Monday at Bates College in Lewiston.
The team tournament starts Tuesday of next week with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Thursday, June 4.
Entering play this week, defending Class B champion Cape Elizabeth finished the regular season 9-3 and was second to Morse in the latest Western B boys’ Heals. In Western A, Scarborough went 8-4 and was sixth, while South Portland was ninth at 6-5 heading into its finale at Windham.
On the girls’ side, Cape Elizabeth went 9-3 and was ranked third at press time behind Lincoln Academy and defending state champion Greely in Western B. In Western A, Scarborough went 11-1 and was ranked third, while South Portland was 11th (12 teams make the playoffs) at 4-7 heading into its finale against Windham.
South Portland senior ace Henry Curran was almost unhittable last week when he blanked rival Portland, 4-0. Curran took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and settled for a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts.
Cape Elizabeth’s Morgan Carpenter competes in the 300 hurdles at last week’s regular season-ending meet at Falmouth. Carpenter was second in the race.
South Portland’s Mollie Fornwatt (far right) and Leah Berry-Sandelin (second from right) won the consolation round of the SMAA doubles competition last weekend, defeating teammates Victoria Holt (far left) and Eden Martin (second from left), 8-5.