Let the fun begin; Spring playoffs set to begin for Mid-Coast teams

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The spring sports regular season is nearing its conclusion. Track will begin its postseason Saturday with tennis soon to follow suit. By this time next week, baseball, softball and lacrosse will also be looking ahead to the playoffs.

Here’s a glimpse at where area teams stand as we near the end of May:

Baseball

Brunswick’s baseball team is playoff bound, but Mt. Ararat still has some work to do with the season winding down.

The Dragons beat host Morse, 8-3, last Friday, but lost, 2-1, at home to Lewiston and 7-6 at Mt. Ararat to fall to 6-7 on the year (good for the No. 6 spot in the Eastern A Heal Points standings as of Tuesday morning, the top eight teams qualify for the playoffs). Brunswick was home with Oxford Hills, visits Erskine Friday and closes the regular season at home Tuesday of next week versus Mt. Blue.

The Eagles improved to 8-5 with the win over Brunswick Monday, but were ninth in the Heals. They hosted Lewiston Wednesday, go to Oxford Hills Friday and close at home against Brewer Tuesday.

Morse finally got in the win column last week, romping, 11-0, at Erskine. The Shipbuilders lost, 8-3, at home to Brunswick Friday, then fell to 1-12 Monday after a 17-7 loss at Oxford Hills. Morse (15th in Eastern A) was home against Edward Little Wednesday, plays at Lewiston Friday and closes at home versus Skowhegan Tuesday.

Softball

If the softball season ended after Monday’s action, no local teams would be in the playoff field, but luckily for Mt. Ararat, it still has a little time to make up ground.

The Eagles were in the ninth spot in the Eastern A Heals with a 5-8 mark after Monday’s 9-0 win over visiting Brunswick. Mt. Ararat was home with Lewiston Wednesday, travels to Oxford Hills Friday and finishes up with a home game against Brewer Tuesday of next week. Oxford Hills and Brewer are both ahead of the Eagles in the standings, so wins in those games could push Mt. Ararat into the top eight.

Brunswick fell to 3-10 with Monday’s loss, which snapped a two-game winning streak. Last week, the Dragons defeated Morse (5-2) and Lewiston (4-3). Brunswick (14th in Eastern A) was home with Oxford Hills Wednesday, travels to Erskine Friday and closes at home versus Mt. Blue on Tuesday.

Morse is 3-10 and 12th in the region after a 5-0 loss at Oxford Hills Friday. The Shipbuilders were home against Edward Little Wednesday, go to Lewiston Friday and finish up at home against Skowhegan Tuesday of next week.

Boys’ lacrosse

Brunswick’s boys’ lacrosse team is trying to lock up a bye into the semifinals. The Dragons have won three straight, 12-3 over Oxford Hills, 10-0 against Lewiston and 10-5 over Messalonskee to improve to 8-2, second to Portland in the Eastern A Heals. Brunswick had a rematch with Messalonskee at home Wednesday and finishes up at Mt. Ararat Friday.

The Eagles were eighth in the latest standings (the top six qualify) with a 6-4 mark after wins last week over Cony (9-3) and Mt. Blue (4-3). Mt. Ararat was at Lewiston Tuesday, then finishes with a must-win at home against Brunswick Friday.

In Eastern B, Morse is also on the outside looking in. The Shipbuilders have dropped four straight, including decisions to St. Dom’s (16-4) and Massabesic (13-12, in OT) last week. Morse (4-5 and seventh in the region, only the top five qualify) went to Oak Hill Tuesday, host Mountain Valley Friday and welcome Gardiner in the finale Tuesday.

Girls’ lacrosse

Brunswick’s girls’ team has proven mortal in recent weeks. After the Dragons’ 36-game win streak was snapped by Falmouth May 14, Brunswick bounced back with wins over Cony and Messalonskee (11-7), but Monday night, the Dragons were upset, 10-9, at home to rival Mt. Ararat to fall to 8-2 on the year. Brunswick is first in the Eastern A Heals and has the inside track to homefield advantage. The Dragons went to Lewiston Thursday and close at Oxford Hills Tuesday.

The Eagles moved up to third in Eastern A with the win, their second in a row after edging visiting Cony, 9-8, last Thursday. Mt. Ararat was home with Oxford Hills Thursday and closes at Morse Tuesday.

The Shipbuilders have the fourth and final Eastern B playoff spot well in hand. They eked out a 10-9 win at Mountain Valley last week, behind four goals from leading scorer Tori Field, but lost, 13-5, at home to Gardiner Monday to fall to 6-3. Morse had a makeup home game against Thornton Academy Wednesday, played at Camden Thursday and closes at home against Mt. Ararat next Tuesday.

Track

The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference outdoor track championship meet will be held at Morse Saturday. The Class A state championship meet is Saturday, June 5 at Cony High School in Augusta.

The regular season ended with a meet last weekend at Mt. Ararat. The three local schools, along with Oxford Hills took part. The Eagles won on both the boys’ and girls’ sides. Brunswick was second in each gender, while Morse came in third.

Tennis

The team tennis playoffs begin next Thursday.

On the boys’ side, Brunswick was third in Eastern A with a 9-2 mark after Monday’s 4-1 win over Mt. Ararat essentially sent the Eagles home with a 7-5 record (their seventh in the standings, but only six teams qualify). Morse is 12th in Western B with a 5-6 mark. The Shipbuilders had only a makeup match with Belfast remaining.

The Brunswick girls also improved to 9-2 (and third in Eastern A) with a 4-1 win over Mt. Ararat Monday. The Eagles finished 7-5, but will likely earn the sixth and final playoff position. In Western B, Morse is sixth with a 5-6 record and will be in the postseason.

Mt. Ararat junior Middie Nick Parsons and a Mt. Blue defender chase a bouncing ground ball during Saturday’s contest.

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Mt. Ararat’s Robert Herrick lays a check on a Mt. Blue player during Saturday’s 4-3 Eagles’ victory.

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