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Spring season already at midway point

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Spring season already at midway point

(Ed. Note: For the complete Greely-Falmouth baseball, Falmouth-Greely softball, Falmouth-NYA and Yarmouth-Cape Elizabeth boys' lacrosse and Falmouth-Waynflete girls' lacrosse game stories, with box scores and photos, please visit theforecaster.net)

It seems like just yesterday that we were presenting our spring preview and now, in the snap of a finger, the season is half over.

That's indeed the case for most local squads, who continued to turn heads in recent days.

Here's a glimpse:

Baseball

Greely's baseball team remains undefeated after recent wins over visiting Wells (9-1) and reigning state champion Falmouth (5-1) and a victory at Freeport (12-4). Against the Warriors, Bailey Train earned the win and hit a home run, while Nick Dunnett had two doubles and drove in three runs. In the win over the Yachtsmen, Jonah Normandeau scattered five hits to earn the win and also wielded a big bat with three hits and two RBI.

"I didn't feel 100 percent with my stuff today, but I felt like I was good enough to get through the game," said Normandeau.

"It's a nice win," said Greely coach Derek Soule. "I have to be honest that, yes, we got up for this a little extra. There was talk about last year. We only play them once. We knew this was the only time we were guaranteed to play them. We wanted to go all out."

Monday, the Rangers got three hits from Normandeau and a 13-strikeout performance from pitcher Connor Russell to beat the Falcons. Greely (7-0) was home with York Wednesday, plays at Yarmouth Friday and visits Lake Region Monday.

Prior to the Greely loss, Falmouth defeated visiting Gray-New Gloucester, 10-0 in five innings, behind the second no-hitter of the year from senior ace Thomas Fortier. Against the Rangers, Connor Murphy was the hard-luck loser after surrendering just two earned runs.

"I thought Murph matched Normandeau pitch for pitch, I really did," Yachtsmen coach Kevin Winship said. "He stepped up. We had the one inning that got away from us. I don't think the final score was an indication of how the game went."

The Yachtsmen improved to 5-1 Monday with an 8-1 victory at Lake Region. Fortier got the win, but proved mortal at last, surrendering two hits while fanning 13. He has yet to allow an earned run this season, however. Fortier (who stole four bases), Andrew Emple and Will D'Agostino all had a pair of hits, while Connor MacDowell added a two hits and drove in three runs. Falmouth was home with Poland Wednesday, plays at Wells Friday, welcomes York Saturday and plays host to Yarmouth Monday.

Speaking of the Clippers, they suffered a tough 1-0 (eight inning) loss at Poland last Wednesday, then improved to 5-2 Monday with a 4-2 home win over Fryeburg. Chester Jacobs didn't allow an earned run and Connor Lainey drove in the go-ahead run, as Yarmouth erased a 2-1 deficit in the sixth. The Clippers were home with Cape Elizabeth in a playoff rematch Wednesday, welcome Greely Friday and go to Falmouth Monday.

Freeport won, 7-4, at Old Orchard Beach and 4-2 over visiting Gray-New Gloucester last week, but fell to 3-5 with a 12-4 home loss to Greely Monday. Against the Seagulls, Brian Rhea, down to his last strike, came up with a clutch go-ahead single in the seventh. In the win over the Patriots, Dan Burke threw a three-hitter with nine Ks and Jack Davenport had a pair of RBI. Connor Dietrich had three hits, including a triple, in the loss to the Rangers. The Falcons were at Traip Wednesday, go to Poland Friday and visit Cape Elizabeth in a playoff rematch Monday.

Softball

Don't look now, but Falmouth's softball team is coming on strong.

The Yachtsmen got things going with a 4-2 home win over Gray-New Gloucester last Wednesday (Amanda Carver drove in the go-ahead run and Julia Treadwell earned the victory). After falling, 11-7, at Greely Friday (despite a Liz Walker home run), Falmouth hosted the Rangers Saturday in a slugfest. The Yachtsmen overcame a 2-0 first inning deficit and went up, 7-3, heading for the sixth, but Greely rallied to tie. Then in the bottom of the inning, Walker tripled in the go-ahead run and Carver closed it out on the mound as Falmouth prevailed, 8-7.

"We'll take it," said Falmouth's first-year coach Ray Fox. "We needed it. It gives us confidence and energy. The program's going in the right direction."

Monday, the Yachtsmen improved to 4-3 with a 14-1 (five inning) triumph at Lake Region. Treadwell and Walker both pounded home runs. Falmouth is at Wells Friday, hosts York Saturday and Yarmouth Monday.

Greely had been on a roll prior to Saturday's loss. The Rangers extended their win streak to six with a 4-2 home win over Wells (Dani Cimino scattered five hits and struck out six) and an 11-7 home win over Falmouth (Elyse Dinan cracked a key three-run homer and Cimino had four hits). The fun ended with the loss at the Yachtsmen, but freshman Sarah Felkel had four hits and Dinan drove in three runs. Monday, Greely improved to 7-2 with a 19-3 (six inning) triumph at Freeport. Cimino homered twice and struck out 11, while Dinan and Miranda Moore also hit home runs. The Rangers were home with York Wednesday, play at Yarmouth Friday and visit Lake Region Monday.

Yarmouth fell, 5-1, at Poland last Wednesday, won, 11-1, at Old Orchard Beach Friday, then lost, 5-3, to visiting regional champion Fryeburg Monday to fall to 4-4. Kallie Hutchinson homered against the Raiders. It should have tied the game, but a runner was called out for missing a base, dooming the comeback. The Clippers were home with Cape Elizabeth Wednesday (see theforecaster.net for game story), host Greely Friday and welcome Falmouth Monday.

Freeport romped at Old Orchard Beach, 18-1 in five innings (ace pitcher Leigh Wyman threw a one-hitter and struck out 10 and also homered, while Amanda Miles added three hits with two RBI and Helen Humphrey and Vanessa Lee both had two RBI), last Wednesday to even its record, but then lost, 5-0, to visiting Gray-New Gloucester and 19-3 (in five innings) at home to Greely to fall to 3-5. Against the Patriots, Wyman picked up the 400th strikeout of her high school career. Necole Harrison had three hits, including a home run, and drove in a run against the Rangers. The Falcons were were at Traip Wednesday, play at Poland Friday and Cape Elizabeth Monday.

Boys' lacrosse

The roller-coaster ride known as the Class B boys' lacrosse season continued in recent days. As soon as one school appears to be the team to beat, it loses, a fate which befell both North Yarmouth Academy and Yarmouth in a three-day span.

The Clippers took a 3-0 record (which included one-goal wins over NYA and two-time defending Class B champion Falmouth) into Saturday night's game at Cape Elizabeth. Yarmouth hadn't played for a week, however, and it showed as the Clippers fell behind 4-0 and never could catch up in a 7-5 setback. Joe Oliva did score three times and goalie Sam Landry made 16 saves, many of them of the dazzling variety, but Yarmouth turned the ball over 31 times and only put eight shots on cage.

"I'm proud of the way we finally responded, but it was just too little, too late," Clippers coach David Pearl said. I think it was a combination of having the week off and them coming out aggressively. Cape's defense is very good and very aggressive. Our guys didn't respond."

The Clippers hoped to bounce back Tuesday, when they went to Freeport. Yarmouth hosts Lake Region Thursday and visits Portland Saturday before hosting Fryeburg, NYA and three-time defending Class A champion Scarborough next week.

"We need to get better every day," Pearl said. "You can see we have a lot of potential. We're leaving here knowing we have things we need to work on and I know we'll work hard."

As for NYA, it took its four-game win streak to Falmouth for a state final rematch Monday. As they did last June, the Panthers hung tough, but the Yachtsmen, eager for a key win after overtime losses to Yarmouth and Cape Elizabeth, got four goals from Charlie Fay to prevail, 8-5.

"This was huge," Fay said. "We're kind of making a name for ourselves, finally. With two overtime losses, people were forgetting about us. They were tough losses, but they motivated us and showed us we have to play all four quarters. We have to finish it off early because we're not an overtime team, apparently."

"It's a huge win," said Yachtsmen coach Mike LeBel. "I knew what we were facing. We had a pretty good game plan and the kids executed well. They're just learning. You can see the progression every day in practice and every game. It's fun to watch."

Falmouth hopes to stay hot when it hosts Wells Wednesday. After playing at Deering Friday, the Yachtsmen go to Greely Monday and have their next showdown at Cape Elizabeth Wednesday of next week.

The Panthers got three goals from Oliver Silverson and a pair from T.J. Daigler against Falmouth, but it wasn't enough.

"If we stayed out of the penalty box, it would have been different," said NYA coach Peter Gerrity. "We were in the box all game. It was fun though. They're a really good team. They have some good players. Any mistake you make, can turn into a goal."

The Panthers host Gorham Saturday, then prep for a visit to Yarmouth Wednesday of next week.

Freeport fell to 0-5 last week after losing at Fryeburg (7-5) and at home to Waynflete (19-14). Sam Wogan had seven goals against the Flyers. The Falcons welcomed Yarmouth Tuesday, play host to Windham Saturday and go to Greely Wednesday of next week.

The Rangers took a 5-0 mark into Tuesday's home showdown against Cape Elizabeth (see theforecaster.net for full game story). Greely eked out a 13-12 overtime win at Wells last Wednesday, then handled visiting York, 11-3, Friday. Mitch Mullin scored the winner against the Warriors and had four goals against the Wildcats. The Rangers are at Kennebunk Saturday, host Falmouth Monday and welcome Freeport Wednesday.

Girls' lacrosse

There's been plenty of excitement on the girls' side as well.

Falmouth went 1-1 last week, holding off host Yarmouth, 11-8, before giving defending Class B champion Waynflete a scare in a 10-8 home loss. Angela Mallis had four goals, Alex Bernier three and Sabrina Smithwick a pair versus the Clippers. The Yachtsmen trailed 5-1 early against the Flyers, but roared back to tie it in the second half on a Mallis goal. Falmouth never could take the lead and despite five assists from Bernier and three goals apiece from Mallis and Smithwick, fell to 3-2.

"I'm proud of how we played tonight," Yachtsmen coach Robin Haley said. "Waynflete's a great team. It was a great game. I'm certainly disappointed in losing, but the effort and the way we executed, I'm really pleased. We've had some struggles, but this shows we're still in it."

Falmouth is at Fryeburg Thursday and plays at Kennebunk Saturday. Tuesday brings a trip to York.

Greely improved to 4-0 last Wednesday with a 14-3 home win over NYA (Julia Mitiguy had three goals), but suffered its first loss Friday, 10-9, in overtime, to visiting York. The Rangers were at NYA Tuesday, welcome Waynflete Thursday, visit Windham Saturday and go to Wells Tuesday of next week.

In Eastern B, reigning champion Freeport improved to 4-2 with wins last week over visiting York (4-3, in a four-overtime marathon) and Fryeburg (15-6). Jocelyn Davee had the winner against the Wildcats, while Meredith Broderick scored twice. Against the Raiders, Broderick had four goals and three assists, while Courtney Broderick and Lizzy Martin both scored three times. The Falcons had a state game rematch at undefeated Waynflete Tuesday, go to South Portland for a crossover game Saturday and play host to NYA Tuesday of next week.

Yarmouth got four goals from Grace O'Donnell in an 11-8 home loss to Falmouth last Wednesday, then handled visiting NYA, 16-4, Friday, behind five goals from Emma Torres and three apiece from Julie Kameisha and Alex Lucas. The Clippers (2-3) were at Wells Tuesday, have a showdown at Cape Elizabeth Thursday, welcome Gorham Saturday and play at Fryeburg Tuesday of next week.

NYA began the week 0-4 after falling at Greely (14-3) and Yarmouth (16-4) last week. Olivia Madore had three goals against the Clippers. The Panthers were home with Greely Tuesday, play at Massabesic Saturday and go to Freeport Tuesday of next week.

Track

Falmouth's outdoor track teams easily defeated Poland, Orchard Beach and Waynflete in a home meet last week.

The boys won every event, getting victories from Jon Walker in the javelin (150 feet, 1 inch) and the shot put (38-9.5), Joshi Shreyas in the discus (116-4), Andrew Thornton in the triple jump (37-6.5) and the pole vault (11-6), Grant Burfeind in the triple jump (19-00.25), Tony St. Angelo in the high jump (5-10) Andy Clement in the 110 hurdles (18.84 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (44.82), Bryce Murdick in the mile (4 minutes, 56.75 seconds) and the two-mile (10:27.71), Josh Simensky in the 800 (2:16.62), Jacob Buhelt in the 200 (24 seconds) and the 400 (53.07), Victor Marskanskis in the 100 (12.07) and from the 400 (46.04), 1,600 (3:56.5) and 3,200 (10:19.56) relay teams.

Girls' winners included Sarah Sparks in the 400 (1:04.66), Cassie Darrow in the 800 (2:35.63), Madeline Roberts in the mile (5:37.03), Vishva Nalamalapu in the two-mile (12:54.4), Olivia Baranowski in the 100 hurdles (18.05), Kaileigh Wimert in the racewalk (8:54.46), Nevada Horne in the pole vault (8-6), Maggie Seitz in the long jump (14-10.5), Lydia Farmer in the triple jump (30-11) and the discus (85-2), Kiersten Dhyrberg in the shot put (28-11), Gabby St. Angelo in the javelin (81-11) and the 400 (54.85), 1,600 (4:27.66) and 3,200 (11:52.08) relays.

Freeport and Yarmouth joined Traip at Fryeburg. The boys' meet saw the Falcons come in second to the hosts, while the Clippers were fourth. On the girls' side, Traip won, while Freeport came in third and Yarmouth fourth.

Falcons boys' winners included David Schaedler in the long jump (17-3) and Harrison Stivers in the 100 (12.08) and the 800 (2:07.94). The Clippers got wins from Tom Robichaud in the pole vault (9-0) and the 400 (55.56) and Travis Hamre in the 200 (24.31).

In the girls' meet, Freeport first-place finishers included Lexi Dietrich in the 200 (28.05), Hayley Stecker in the 400 (1:05.38), Elly Bengtsson in the 800 (2:42.71), Kelsey Grant in the javelin (99-3) and the 3,200 relay team (11:19.87). Yarmouth's Abby Vogel took the shot put (31-5).

Greely hosted Gray-New Gloucester, Sacopee and Wells last week and both Rangers teams placed first.

The boys got wins from Nick Sprague in the javelin (141-1), Nick Maynard in the triple jump (40-5), James Ferrar in the shot put (43-6), Liam Campbell in the 800 (2:06.8) and the mile (4:38.7), Nate Madeira in the two-mile (10:59.6) and the 1,600 relay team (3:47.3).

Girls' winners included Sophie McMonagle in the pole vault (8-0), Hannah Keisman in the 300 hurdles (54.2), Kaley Sawyer in the triple jump (30-6.5), Gwen Sawyer in the shot put (37-9) and the discus (102-10), Jess Wilson in the mile (5:38.3), Siana Emery in the racewalk (10:10.5), Kathleen McKersie in the long jump (14-4), Kirstin Sandreuter in the 800 (2:23.2), Lila Hall in the two-mile (13:51.7) and the 400 (57.0) and 1,600 (4:35.5) relays.

NYA joined Cape Elizabeth, Lake Region and Seacoast Christian at York. The boys were second to the hosts, while the girls came in fifth.

The boys got wins from Michael McIntosh in the 100 (11.8) and the 400 relay team (47.8).

Muriel Adams took the discus (94-9) to become the girls' lone first-place finisher.

Tennis

Falmouth's girls' tennis team increased its match win streak to 82 with recent 5-0 victories over Lake Region and NYA. Greely took a 5-1 mark into a match Wednesday at two-time defending Class C champion Waynflete. The Rangers are at Falmouth Friday. Freeport evened its record at 3-3 Monday with a 5-0 win over Fryeburg. Last Wednesday, the Falcons beat Yarmouth, 4-1, their first win over the Clippers since 2004. The Clippers got their first win Friday, 3-2, at Fryeburg to improve to 1-6. In Western C, NYA fell to 4-3 with a 5-0 loss to Falmouth Monday.

On the boys' side, Falmouth rebounded from its first loss since 2010 with 5-0 victories over Lake Region and NYA to improve to 4-1. Freeport is 3-2 after wins last week over Yarmouth (4-1) and York (3-2). Greely took a 1-4 mark into Wednesday's home match versus five-time defending Class C champion Waynflete. Yarmouth began the week 0-7. NYA took a 5-3 mark into Wednesday's home match versus Yarmouth.

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