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Spring action underway

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Spring action underway

(Ed. Note: For the complete Greely-Fryeburg softball and NYA-Waynflete and Yarmouth-Scarborough girls' lacrosse game stories, please visit theforecaster.net)

While outdoor track and tennis are just getting underway (please see accompanying previews), local baseball, softball and lacrosse teams have seen action and it looks like a dramatic season is in store.

Here's a glimpse at the limited action so far:

Baseball

Greely's baseball team is always on the short list of title favorites and it looks like 2014 will be par for the course. The Rangers shot to an 8-0 lead after two innings in their opener last week and went to down visiting Fryeburg, 12-3. Connor Russell threw four scoreless innings, allowing two hits while fanning seven. Will Bryant and Chas Reade both had two-run hits, while Sam Porter had two hits and scored twice.

Greely improved to 2-0 Friday with a 12-5 home win over Kennebunk in the first meeting between the schools since 2003. Bailey Train had three hits, including a home run, drove in four runs and scored twice. Miles Shields had four hits, stole two bases, drove in a run and scored three times. Mike McDevitt doubled and singled and Bryant got the win with 3.2 innings of scoreless relief. He struck out six in his stint.

The Rangers were home with Lake Region Wednesday, go to Poland Friday and welcome Wells Monday and Yarmouth Wednesday of next week.

Yarmouth won at Cape Elizabeth in its opener April 18, 5-1, as Connor Lainey had a pair of hits and Jordan Brown threw a four-hitter. Monday, the teams met again, this time in Yarmouth, and the Clippers prevailed once more, 4-1, behind a strong start from Luke Klenda. Yarmouth hosted Freeport Wednesday, welcomes Fryeburg Friday, plays host to Gray-New Gloucester Monday and visits Greely Wednesday of next week.

North Yarmouth Academy returned to varsity play Friday with a 22-1 (five inning) loss to visiting Sacopee Valley. The Panthers will seek a victory Friday when they play at Traip. Monday brings a visit to Old Orchard Beach.

Falmouth opened Monday with a regional final rematch against defending state champion York. The host Yachtsmen avenged that loss with a 9-2 victory, as Addison Foltmer earned the win and Patrick Lydick doubled twice. Falmouth was at Cape Elizabeth Wednesday, plays host to Freeport Friday and Fryeburg Monday and visits Gray-New Gloucester Wednesday of next week.

Freeport hosted Wells in its opener Monday and fell, 3-0, despite a strong pitching effort from Peter LaMagna and a pair of hits from Bennett Hight. The Falcons visited Yarmouth Wednesday, go to Falmouth Friday, play at York Monday, then host Cape Elizabeth Wednesday of next week.

Softball

Greely's softball team, a state finalist in 2013, has seen its share of drama in the early going.

The Rangers opened with a home tilt against powerhouse Fryeburg and trailed, 2-1, in the bottom of the seventh before rallying a dramatic victory. Emily Buchanan singled in Elyse Dinan to tie the score and with two outs, freshman Kayley Cimino bunted home pinch-runner Lexi Faietta to win it, 3-2.

"I just ran," said Cimino, who also got the win in relief. "I was just hoping I did what I was supposed to. I turned around and saw everyone celebrating. It's a good win for us."

"(This win) shows us that even if we're down, we can come back," said Dinan.

"It didn't look good for us, but these girls, their ability, is unbelievable," added Greely coach Jessica Brady. "The stars were aligned. It's amazing. I can tell the girls all day how great they are, but something like this is why I tell them they're good. It's exciting."

Friday, Greely handled visiting Kennebunk, 11-5. The Rangers again came from behind, this time with an eight-run sixth inning, which was sparked by a Cimino home run. Miranda Moore struck out seven in a complete game victory.

The Rangers were home with Lake Region Wednesday, go to Poland Friday and welcome Wells Monday and Yarmouth Wednesday of next week.

Falmouth opened Monday by outslugging visiting York, 12-4. Amanda Carver earned the win for the Yachtsmen and had three extra base hits (two doubles and a triple). Maddie Rouhana crushed a grand slam. Falmouth was at Cape Elizabeth Wednesday, plays host to Freeport Friday and Fryeburg Monday and visits Gray-New Gloucester Wednesday of next week.

Yarmouth lost at Cape Elizabeth in its opener April 17, 6-3, despite a home run from Abby Nielsen.

"Losing 6-3 is OK," said Clippers coach Amy McMullin. "I'm happy to see we stayed in it the whole time. That's the nice thing about these girls. They never give up. I'm happy we started like that."

Monday, the teams met again, this time in Yarmouth and the Capers beat the Clippers again, 13-4. Kallie Hutchinson doubled and tripled and Eleanor O'Gorman also had a pair of hits. Yarmouth hosted Freeport Wednesday, welcomes Fryeburg Friday, plays host to Gray-New Gloucester Monday and visits Greely Wednesday of next week.

Freeport hosted Wells in its opener Monday and lost, 16-4. Vanessa Lee did hit a home run. The Falcons visited Yarmouth Wednesday, go to Falmouth Friday, play at York Monday, then host Cape Elizabeth Wednesday of next week.

Boys' lacrosse

Greely's boys' lacrosse team believes it has what it takes to be a serious contender and the Rangers are off to a good start, dominating host Lake Region, 22-3, behind eight goals from Mitch Mullin and six more from Tim Adams. The Rangers played NYA Wednesday (Greely was the home team, but the game was played on NYA's turf), host Yarmouth Friday and go to York Tuesday.

Falmouth began its title quest Tuesday night with a home tilt versus Kennebunk. The Yachtsmen go to NYA Friday and welcome Fryeburg Tuesday of next week.

Defending Eastern B champion Yarmouth opened with a 16-6 win at York. Brendan Dioli had six goals and three assists. After playing host to Cape Elizabeth in a state final rematch Tuesday (see theforecaster.net for game story), the Clippers are at Greely Friday and play host to Lake Region Wednesday of next week.

NYA began with a 6-1 home loss to Maranacook. Trevor Lachance had the lone goal. The Panthers met Greely Wednesday, welcome Falmouth Friday and play at Waynflete Tuesday of next week.

Freeport opened at Fryeburg Tuesday. The Falcons host Wells Thursday and play at Kennebunk Tuesday of next week.

Girls' lacrosse

On the girls' side, North Yarmouth Academy, after missing the playoffs the past two years, hinted at a return to contention in its opener Saturday morning when it took two-time defending Class B champion Waynflete to the wire before falling on a goal with 8.6 seconds to go, 6-5. Abby McKelvy scored twice and goalie Scout Fischman made 10 saves, but it wasn't quite enough.

"I'm very encouraged, but it was a tough loss," first-year Panthers coach Lucy Gerrity said. "It was anyone's game at the end. The girls felt a combination of excitement over playing so well and disappointment over losing. They had a win in their sights. It's exciting how far we've come."

NYA went to York Wednesday, plays host to Freeport Thursday, visits Fryeburg Friday and goes to Kennebunk Tuesday of next week.

Yarmouth, the reigning Eastern B champion and one of this year's favorites, also had a tough loss in its opener. The Clippers fell behind host Scarborough, 5-0, and despite pulling within two goals on three different occasions in the second half, lost, 9-7, thanks in large part to 16 saves from Red Storm goalie Jenna Block. Molly Maguire had three goals for Yarmouth, which Grace O'Donnell added a pair.

"Scarborough's a good team and we had way too many turnovers in the first half," said Holt. "Their goalie came up with some key saves in the second half. We could have won, but they played really well."

The Clippers hosted Waynflete in a state final rematch Wednesday (see theforecaster.net for game story), welcome Greely Friday and go to Freeport Monday.

Speaking of the Falcons, they opened at home Tuesday versus Fryeburg. Freeport is at NYA Thursday and welcomes Yarmouth Monday.

Greely prevailed in its opener, 21-8, at Gould, behind five goals from Cameron Keefe and four apiece from Jill Booth and Teal Otley. The Rangers hosted Kennebunk Wednesday, visit Yarmouth Friday and play host to York Wednesday of next week.

Falmouth began its season Wednesday night at Cape Elizabeth (see theforecaster.net for game story). The Yachtsmen visit Waynflete Friday and open the home portion of their schedule Wednesday of next week against Freeport.

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