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Regular season winding down

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Regular season winding down

(Ed. Note: For the complete Cape Elizabeth-Falmouth and Scarborough-Yarmouth boys' lacrosse game stories, please visit theforecaster.net)

It's almost playoff time in the Forecaster Country.

While outdoor track is already primed to kick off its postseason (please see story),  the tennis regular season is over and baseball, softball and lacrosse will be done by next Wednesday.

Here's a glimpse at what's happened, where things stand and what's left on the agenda:

Tennis

The Western Maine Conference held its doubles championships last weekend.

Cape Elizabeth's Luke Gilman and Eli Breed defeated Falmouth's Tom Wilberg and Sam Holland in the boys' finals.

On the girls' side, Cape Elizabeth's Kisa Tabery and Emily Tall reached the semifinals before losing to Falmouth's Katie Ryan and Marlena Lantos, 2-6, 6-7 (4).

Cape Elizabeth's Sarah Bosworth and Deedee Curran reached the consolation final, but lost to Greely's Marina Goding and Sarah Gooch, 4-8.

Cape Elizabeth's boys' team will likely wind up third behind Lincoln Academy and Falmouth, meaning a semifinal round showdown with the defending Class B champion Yachtsmen could be in the offing. The Capers took a 9-2 mark into Wednesday's finale at Fryeburg. In Western A, defending regional champion Scarborough finished 10-2 and will wind up third, meaning the Red Storm will host a quarterfinal round match, likely versus Portland. South Portland entered its finale Wednesday at home against Bonny Eagle at 4-7 and 11th, but will likely fall short of the postseason (only 10 teams qualify).

On the girls' side, reigning Western A champion Scarborough finished the regular season 9-3 and will likely be the No. 4 seed for the playoffs. South Portland went 5-7 and will be the No. 11 seed. In Western B, Cape Elizabeth went 7-5 and was in the No. 6 spot at press time.

The postseason begins Tuesday with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are May 31 and semifinals June 2. All of those matches will be hosted by the higher seeded teams. The regional finals are June 6 at Bates College in Lewiston. The state finals are June 9 at Colby College in Waterville.

The singles tournament resumes Friday with the Round of 48 prelims and Round of 32. Saturday is the Round of 16 and quarterfinals. The semifinals and championship matches will be held Monday at Colby. Local boys' players Matt Gilman and Satchel McCarthy of Cape Elizabeth and Alex Henny of Scarborough remain in contention.

Baseball-Red Storm on top

Scarborough's baseball team extended its win streak to eight and now sits atop the Western Class A Heal Points standings with a 12-1 record. The Red Storm recent conquests included host Deering (11-0), visiting Gorham (11-1, in five innings) and visiting Westbrook (2-0). Against Deering, Scarborough didn't muster a hit until the sixth inning, but took advantage of 14 walks and stole 12 bases (five by Joe Cronin). Ben Wessel earned the win with a three-hitter and also drove in three runs. In the win over Gorham, Wessel doubled, tripled and drove in six and Cronin earned the win with a three-hit, eight-strikeout effort. Against the Blue Blazes, Wessel earned the win, but came out of the game with an apparent injury in the fifth. Brendan Hall had an RBI double and Cronin added an RBI single. The Red Storm went to Windham Thursday, plays at Massabesic Saturday and finishes the regular season at home Tuesday versus Portland.

South Portland is 4-9, but remains in playoff contention. The Red Riots lost at Cheverus, 9-4, last Thursday, beat host Noble, 4-1, Saturday, then fell at home against Portland, 6-1, Tuesday. Brendan Horton had a pair of hits and two RBI against the Stags. Horton tripled twice, singled, scored twice and drove in a run versus the Knights. Matt DiBiase threw a two-hitter to earn the win. South Portland (13th in Western A, where 11 teams qualify) was at Deering Thursday, hosts Marshwood Saturday and finishes at Westbrook Tuesday.

In Western B, Cape Elizabeth was 6-7 and 10th in the Heals (where the top 12 qualify) at press time. The Capers lost their last three, 3-1 at Lake Region, 2-1 at home to Wells and 9-8 (in eight innings) at Yarmouth. Will LeBlond had an RBI single against the Warriors. LeBlond doubled and Max Gore and Donald Clark both had multiple hits in the loss to the Clippers. In that one, Cape Elizabeth couldn't hold a 7-2 lead. The Capers were home with Falmouth Wednesday and Waynflete Thursday and close at Poland Tuesday.

Softball-Win streaks continue

While Scarborough's defending Class A state champion softball team has been unbeatable all season, South Portland's win streak hit 11 with recent mercy rule victories over visiting Deering (14-1, in five innings) and Westbrook (12-0, in five innings) and host Biddeford (18-1, in six innings). Against the Rams, Olivia Indorf threw a two-hitter with five strikeouts, Laurine German hit a grand slam and Michaela Willwerth went deep as well. In the win over the Blue Blazes, Erin Bogdanovich threw a one-hitter, had two hits and two RBI and German and Danica Gleason added two hits and two RBI. Against the Tigers, Gleason went off with five hits, five RBI and four runs scored. Sam DiBiase added three hits and scored three times. The Red Riots (second to Scarborough in the Western A Heals) were home with Portland Wednesday, go to Windham Friday and close the regular season Monday at Gorham.

The Red Storm is 14-0 and first after defeating host Kennebunk (12-2), visiting Marshwood (3-1) and host Cheverus (7-3) to extend its two-year win streak to 23. Against the Rams, Erin Giles had a sensational game, homering twice, adding three other hits and driving in six runs. Megan Murrell and Marisa O'Toole also homered. In the win over the Hawks, Scarborough's closest of the year, Giles and Mo Hannan combined to throw a four-hitter. O'Toole doubled twice, while Alyssa Williamson had an RBI double. Against the Stags, Hannan had four hits and two RBI and Giles and Williamson combined to earn the win with a six-hitter. The Red Storm hosted Windham Wednesday and closes the regular season at Westbrook Friday.

In Western B, Cape Elizabeth is seventh in the Heals with a 10-3 mark after extending its win streak to six with victories over visiting Yarmouth (8-1) and Wells (2-0) and host Yarmouth (9-2). In the first win over the Clippers, Katie Rabasca got the win, while Lexi Cantara and Ashley Tinsman homered. Anna Goldstein threw a one-hitter against the Warriors and Tinsman homered and Shannon Nicholson drove in a run. At Yarmouth, Tinsman had two hits and three RBI. Emma O'Rourke added two hits and two runs, while Ellen Best singled, doubled, scored twice and had an RBI. The Capers were home with Falmouth Wednesday, go to Traip Friday and close at Poland Tuesday.

Boys' lacrosse-First losses for Capers, Red Storm

In a 48-hour span last week, Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough's boys' lacrosse teams both lost for the first time this spring.

The Capers took a 7-0 mark into last Wednesday's showdown at Falmouth. They fell behind 9-1 in the second period, but embarked on a furious second half rally which fell just short, 14-12. Alex Bornick and Justin Cary both scored four times.

"We didn't play well at the beginning of the game and they played very well," said Cape Elizabeth coach Ben Raymond. "I'd say it was more of what they were doing and less of what we were doing poorly. We had some good offensive possessions that didn't lead to goals and we got down a couple goals and we tried to score the four-point goal that doesn't exist. Then, we gave the ball away and gave away some possessions instead of maintaining our offense."

The Capers bounced back Friday with a 12-3 win at Kennebunk, then blanked visiting Fryeburg, 19-0. Cape Elizabeth (second to Falmouth in the Western Class B Heals) goes to NYA Friday and closes at home versus Yarmouth Wednesday.

Scarborough's two-time defending Class A state champion boys' lacrosse team extended its two-year win streak to 19 last Wednesday with a 9-6 win at Kennebunk (Ryan Pallotta had four goals and John Wheeler added a pair). Friday, however, the run ended with a 7-6 home loss to Yarmouth. The Red Storm fell behind 3-0 quickly, but rallied to tie the game twice in the fourth period, 5-5, and 6-6, but the Clippers got a man-up goal with 44 seconds remaining and held on. Scarborough got three goals from Jon Blaisdell and a superb defensive effort from Andrew Jones.

"Yarmouth did something a little different (at the start)," said Hezlep. "Something we haven't seen. The top couple teams in Class B play a little bit better as a unit than anybody we really see. They made a simple adjustment and we didn't handle it well. Credit to our guys. They talked their way through it really quickly and got back on track. We held them without a goal for a long time after the first three. I felt really good about that.

"Our goal is never to win every game, but to get better every day, however that happens. The guys responded well after the game. They knew they left it out there. We had one more play we had to make and we almost made it. We've had a couple close games, but I feel this is the one we played our best in. It was two really good teams. It was a lot of fun."

Scarborough (9-1 and first in Western A) looked to start a new winning streak Wednesday when it hosted Marshwood. The Red Storm closes the regular season at home Wednesday of next week versus Thornton Academy.

Scarborough looks to wrap up homefield advantage for the playoffs.

"We do not like playing anywhere but on the turf," said Hezlep.

South Portland was 3-6 and clung to the seventh and final Western A playoff spot at the press time. The Red Riots ended a 10-day break with a 9-6 home loss to Waynflete Saturday. Chris Mitchell scored twice in the setback. South Portland was at Kennebunk Wednesday, hosts Biddeford Friday and closes at home against Massabesic Saturday.

Girls' lacrosse-Capers unbeaten

The finest season in a decade for the Cape Elizabeth girls' lacrosse team continued with recent wins over host Fryeburg (16-1) and visiting Wells (21-6). Talley Perkins and Lauren Steidl both had three goals against the Raiders. In the win over the Warriors, Perkins scored six times, Steidl had four goals and Abby McInerney three. The Capers have a slim lead over Falmouth and Waynflete in the hotly contested Western Class B Heal Points standings. Cape Elizabeth was home with York Thursday and closes at Falmouth Tuesday. The winner could very well end up with the top seed.

In Western A, Scarborough is in first place, bouncing back from its lone loss with recent victories over visiting Gorham (17-5) and host Marshwood (11-5).  Laura Przybylowicz, Mary Scott and Maggie Smith all had three goals against the Rams. In the win over the Hawks, Scott and Kelsey Howard both scored three times. The Red Storm had a big test at rival Kennebunk Thursday (please see theforecaster.net for full game story) and closes Tuesday at home versus Windham.

South Portland was 7-3 and fifth in Western A at press time after a 10-4 victory at Windham last Thursday and an 18-12 home triumph over Deering Monday. Against the Eagles, Lani Edwards scored four times. In the win over the Rams, Edwards went off for eight goals. The Red Riots were at Portland Thursday and close at home versus Bonny Eagle Tuesday.

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