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Spring regular season in final days

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Spring regular season in final days

(Ed. Note: For the complete Falmouth-Cape Elizabeth, North Yarmouth-Thornton Academy and Yarmouth-Scarborough boys' lacrosse and Greely-Cape Elizabeth girls' lacrosse games, with additional photos and box scores, please visit theforecaster.net)

With tennis already bestowing some postseason hardware (please see story), other spring sports are closing in on the end of their regular seasons.

Here's a glimpse:

Baseball

Greely's baseball team remains undefeated. The Rangers edged visiting Yarmouth, 1-0 (Bailey Train threw a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and drove in the lone run), last Wednesday, came to life to handle visiting Western C contender Waynflete (13-3, in five innings) Friday, in a game played in Old Orchard Beach on Senior Night (Mike McDevitt earned his first varsity win and drove in a run, while Train and Pat Finnegan each had two RBI), and improved to 13-0 Monday with a 14-1 (six inning) victory at Wells (Train homered and drove in four runs, Alex McAdoo hit a three-run home run on the first pitch of his first varsity at-bat and Will Bryant got the victory). Greely (first in the Western Class B Heal Points standings) was at York Wednesday, looks to avenge last year's upset playoff loss at Cape Elizabeth Friday and closes the regular season Wednesday of next week at Fryeburg.

Falmouth was second to the Rangers at 10-1 after beating host Poland (11-7) and visiting Traip (7-0) to increase its win streak to six. Against the Knights, Drew Proctor had five RBI and Connor Murphy earned the win. Addison Foltmer struck out seven in a three-hitter against the Rangers, as Thomas Fortier had two hits and drove in two runs and Cal Inlow had three hits and scored twice. The Yachtsmen hosted Freeport Tuesday and Cape Elizabeth Wednesday (as Fortier looked for his fourth no-hitter of the season), play at Yarmouth Friday (see theforecaster.net for game story), host York Monday and close at Gray-New Gloucester Wednesday of next week.

Yarmouth was fifth at press time with an 8-5 mark. Last week, the Clippers lost 1-0 at Greely and eked out a 2-1 home win over Gray-New Gloucester. Nick Lainey allowed four hits and was the hard-luck loser against the Rangers. Cal Cooper and Tom Sullivan had RBI against the Patriots. Monday, Yarmouth handled host Cape Elizabeth, 11-1 (Lainey had two hits and drove in a run and Chester Jacobs earned the victory). The Clippers were at Freeport Wednesday, play host to Falmouth Friday and close at York next Wednesday.

Freeport took a 6-6 mark and the No. 13 ranking in Western B (the top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs) into Tuesday's game at Falmouth. Last week, the Falcons beat visiting Wells (4-2) and Lake Region (12-3). Dan Burke had two hits and threw a one-hitter, while getting relief help from James Purdy and Jack Davenport in the win over the Warriors. Against the Lakers, Cole Harrison drove in five runs, while Davenport and Nick Cartmell homered. Freeport was home with Yarmouth Wednesday, goes to Poland Friday and closes at Fryeburg Monday.

Softball

Yarmouth's softball team made a powerful statement Monday afternoon, becoming the first squad to beat Cape Elizabeth this spring. Pitcher Mckenzie Gray threw a two-hitter. In the second inninng, Melissa Levinson doubled in Cat Thompson, who had tripled leading off, scored on Carlene Shaw's RBI single and Shaw came in to make it 3-0 on an RBI sacrifice bunt from Julia Anastos. The Capers got single runs in the fourth and fifth, but the Clippers held on.

"It was a great team victory and we could not be more proud," said Yarmouth first-year coach Amy McMullin. "We have been in some close games with great teams this season and that is what gave us the confidence to hold on to the lead and keep our composure. It's a big win for our program. Mckenzie and Kallie (Hutchinson) did a great job on the mound and behind the plate repectively and Julia made some huge plays for us in the field. The bottom half of our lineup did the scoring and overall it was a great team effort. We could not be happier, but we also know we have some big games ahead of us and need to remain focused an energized."

The Clippers (now 11th in the Western B Heals, the top 12 teams make the playoffs) were coming off a 7-1 loss at Greely last Wednesday. They were home with the Rangers Tuesday, played at Freeport Wednesday, host Falmouth Thursday and close the regular season Wednesday of next week at York.

Greely is fourth in Western B at 10-2 after last week's 7-1 home win over Yarmouth (Danielle Cimino threw a two-hitter). The Rangers were at Yarmouth Tuesday and visited York Wednesday, play at Cape Elizabeth Friday and close the regular season at reigning regional champion Fryeburg Wednesday of next week.

Falmouth was eighth in Western B with a 6-5 mark at press time. The Yachtsmen lost, 2-0, at Poland last Wednesday, then pummeled visiting Traip, 23-6 (in five innings) Friday. Julia Treadwell was the hard-luck loser against the Knights, allowing just four hits. In the victory, Treadwell had five RBI, while Jessica Collins drove in four runs. Falmouth was home with York Tuesday and welcomed Cape Elizabeth Wednesday. It goes to Yarmouth Friday and Gray-New Gloucester Wednesday of next week. The Yachtsmen also have to make up Monday's rained out home contest versus Freeport.

Speaking of the Falcons, they began the week 14th at 5-7 after a 4-2 home loss to Wells and a 9-5 home win over Lake Region last week. Leigh Wyman had four hits, three RBI and earned the victory against the Lakers. Freeport, which was rained out at Falmouth Monday, was home with Yarmouth Wednesday, goes to Poland Friday and plays at Fryeburg Monday.

Boys' lacrosse

Local boys' lacrosse teams had their ups and downs last week.

In Western B, Falmouth, the two-time defending state champion, won at Greely last Monday, 12-3, then dropped a frustrating 9-6 decision at Cape Elizabeth Wednesday to fall to 6-3 (second to the Capers in the Heals). In the loss, the Yachstmen led 5-2 early in the second half and 6-4 midway through the third period, but were outscored, 5-0, the rest of the way. Charlie Fay (who didn't play the final quarter-plus) and Brad Gilbert both had two goals.

"We made some mistakes out there, letting up transition goals and stuff like that, but we did improve in areas they exploited last game, like 1-on-1s from their attack," Falmouth coach Mike LeBel said. "Our defense played very well on-ball. I didn't throw everything at (Cape) just to win tonight. We'll definitely see different things from each other if we play again. If we have our heads on straight, I have no doubt we can play with them."

The Yachtsmen were home versus York Tuesday, host Yarmouth Friday (see theforecaster.net for full details) and close the regular season at NYA Wednesday of next week.

Greely bounced back from its loss to Falmouth with home wins over Freeport (13-3) and Deering (10-2) to improve to 7-3 (third in the region). Tim Adams had four goals and Brendan Trelegan three against the Falcons. Adams scored three more against the Rams. The Rangers go to Waynflete Friday and close at York Wednesday.

In Eastern B, Yarmouth outlasted visiting rival NYA, 11-6, last Wednesday (Quinn Hathcock, Brady Neujahr and Nick Ronan all scored twice), sweeping the regular season series with its rival, but Saturday, the Clippers fell behind early and although they drew even three times, couldn't defeat visiting Scarborough, the three-time defending Class A champion, 10-7. Brendan Dioli paced the offense with three goals.

"Scarborough's a very good team and they put a lot of pressure on us," Yarmouth coach David Pearl said. "We had a lot of trouble clearing the ball. They have the same ride Cape Elizabeth does. We struggled against Cape Elizabeth and we struggled against this deep ride as well. We got the hang of it, but it was too late. It was a good lesson for us. We were very nicked up coming out of the NYA game, but that's not the story. The story is (Scarborough) came to play and win and make a statement. We've had close games against them, including last year. They got a nice win here. We fought to the end. That's who we are. That's what will carry forward. We've had see-saws of emotion. We had a great feeling of accomplishment of playing very well against NYA. I don't think we played as well as we could have today."

The Clippers (8-2 and third behind Gardiner and NYA in the Heals) go to Falmouth Friday and close at home against Cape Elizabeth Thursday of next week.

NYA got three goals from T.J. Daigler in the loss at Yarmouth.

"We were mentally underprepared," NYA coach Peter Gerrity said, of the loss to the Clippers. "The kids weren't 100 percent ready to go. (The first time we played Yarmouth) we were overexcited and Wednesday, we weren't excited enough."

Saturday, the Panthers hosted Western A contender Thornton Academy and led just 4-3 at halftime. NYA stopped turning the ball over and stayed out of the penalty box in the second half as it scored the game's final seven goals and blanked the Golden Trojans the final 30 minutes, 13 seconds to prevail, 11-3, behind three goals, an assist, 10 ground balls and wins in 13 of 18 faceoffs from Eliott Wellenbach.

"We needed to find our mojo and we clicked the second half," Wellenbach said. "We needed to play our game. We were hitting a lot (in the first half, but we) needed to move the ball."

"This was a good rebound game after Yarmouth," said senior defensive standout Wes Bright (10 ground balls).

"We woke up a little bit," added Gerrity. "(In the second quarter we) stopped playing our game and we were reacting. We got back to our game in the second half, as you can tell. It was a lot more fun. We cleaned up our penalties and played our game and everything fell into place."

NYA (6-3 and second in Eastern B) played host to Waynflete Tuesday. The Panthers visit Cape Elizabeth Friday before closing the year at home Wednesday versus Falmouth.

"We have to play our game every time we step on the field," Gerrity added. "This last stretch is tough. We have our work cut out for us."

Freeport was 1-8 and ninth in the standings (the top eight teams qualify for the playoffs) after going 1-2 in recent action. Last Wednesday, the Falcons lost at Greely, 13-3. Friday, they got in the win column with a 9-7 home victory over Windham (Clayton Morrison, Galen Simmons and Sam Wogan all had two goals). Monday, Freeport lost at home to Wells, 15-10 (despite five goals from Morrison). The Falcons went to Lake Region Wednesday, welcome York Friday and close at Waynflete Wednesday of next week.

Girls' lacrosse

On the girls' side, NYA got in the win column twice last week. The Panthers' first victory was surprising as they went to Freeport last Tuesday and beat the Falcons, who had bested them by five goals earlier in the season, by a score of 8-7. Jen Machin, Abby McKelvy and Alex Wahlstrom all had two goals. After a 17-6 home loss to Eastern A power Cheverus (despite three goals from Olivia Madore), NYA improved to 2-7 with a 17-5 home win over Fryeburg, as Madore had four goals and Wahlstrom and Mary Noyes three each. The Panthers (sixth in the Eastern B Heals at press time, just five teams make the playoffs) went to Wells Tuesday, visit York Thursday and close the regular season at home versus Falmouth May 31.

Yarmouth romped, 21-3, at Fryeburg last Tuesday, behind a half dozen goals from Julia Kameisha, then fell to 5-5 after a 12-9 home loss to York Thursday (despite three goals from Olivia Conrad). The Clippers (second to Gardiner in Eastern B at press time) were at defending Class B champion Waynflete Wednesday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and close at home versus Cape Elizabeth May 30.

Freeport dropped to 5-4 and third in Eastern B with the loss to NYA (Meredith Broderick had three goals). The Falcons were at York Tuesday, host Wells Thursday and play host to Greely a week from Thursday.

In Western B, Greely began the week third behind Waynflete and Cape Elizabeth with a 7-2 mark after a 16-6 win at Wells and a 14-9 loss at the Capers last week. In the win, Meg Finlay had five goals. The Rangers couldn't hold an early 5-2 lead at Cape Elizabeth. They did get as close as 10-9 in the second half before falling short, despite three goals each from Etta Copenhagen and Cameron Keefe.

"(Cape's) such a strong team," first-year Greely coach Becca Koelker said. "We knew that coming in here. I was really proud of the girls. They fought to the very end. This was our opportunity to show people what we're made of. Even though we lost, I think we showed we can play with any team. I'm competitive, so I'd like to be 9-0, but there's a lot we can take away from this game. We played some beautiful lacrosse."

The Rangers are home with Fryeburg Thursday, resume a delayed game with Waynflete (Greely was down, 3-1, 12 minutes in) next Wednesday and close at Freeport the following day.

"I know we're going to peak at the end of the season," Koelker said. "We have some challenges coming up. We're excited. I think the team's been surprised at what they're capable of. I came in and knew they were a talented group of girls. We know what we need to work on. We can't wait for the playoffs."

Falmouth was upset at York last Tuesday, 9-6 (despite two goals from Angie Mallis), but bounced back to dominate visiting Wells, 20-9 (Alex Bernier scored five goals, while Mallis and Sabrina Smithwick both had three), and win a tough interclass test at Kennebunk (14-9 as Bernier, Mallis and Molly Ryan had four goals apiece), to improve to 6-3 (fourth in Western B). The Yachtsmen were at Waynflete Tuesday (see theforecaster.net for game story), visit Cape Elizabeth Tuesday of next week and close at NYA May 31.

Track

Local outdoor track teams had their last regular season meet last weekend.

Yarmouth played host to Falmouth, Greely and Cape Elizabeth.

In the boys' meet, the Yachtsmen edged the Rangers for the top spot with the Clippers coming in third. Falmouth got wins from Jacob Buhelt in the 100 (11.7 seconds) and the 200 (23.2), Andy Clement in the 300 hurdles (43.08), Andy Roukey in the racewalk (8 minutes, 39.1 seconds), Tony St. Angelo in the high jump (6 feet, 1 inch), Shreyas Joshi in the discus (125-4.5), Alex Gowen in the pole vault (12-3) and its 400 (45.33), 1,600 (3:50.16) and 3,200 (9:02.7) relay teams. Greely winners included Liam Campbell in the 800 (2:04.58) and the mile (4:37.6), Ben Giffard in the 110 hurdles (16.59), James Ferrar in the shot put (43-4), Nick Sprague in the javelin (142-8) and Nick Maynard in the long (19-11.25) and triple (43-0) jumps. Yarmouth got wins from Wes Crawford in the 400 (53.43) and Ben Decker in the two-mile (9:41.12).

The teams finished in the same order on the girls' sideFalmouth got first-place finishes from Charlotte Cutshall in the 100 (13.52), Emma Van Wickler in the 200 (28.17), Vishva Nalamalapu in the two-mile (12:46.11), Nevada Horne in the pole vault (8-10), Kaileigh Wimert in the racewalk (8:41.69) and the 400 (53.48) and 3,200 (10:42.1) relays. Greely winners included Kirstin Sandreuter in the 800 (2:21.54) and mile (5:14.75), Hannah Keisman in the 100 hurdles (17.64) and 300 hurdles (51.93), Sarah Ingraham in the long jump (15-11.25), Kaley Sawyer in the triple jump (32-6.75), Gwen Sawyer in the shot put (37-1.75) and discus (104-10) and its 1,600 relay (4:27.03). Yarmouth was paced by Emma Egan, who won the 400 in 1:03.53 and the high jump (4-10), and Gina Robertson, first in the javelin (90-0).

NYA and Freeport joined Gray-New Gloucester at Poland. In the boys' meet, the Falcons were second to Gray-New Gloucester, while the Panthers placed fourth. Freeport got wins from Luke Spaulding in the racewalk (8:35.2), Harrison in the 200 (23.7), Chandler Vincent in the 800 (2:10.3), and Mark Donahue in the two-mile (10:50.8). NYA winners included Chase Gendron in the shot put (39-0), Michael McIntosh in the 100 (11.7), Jake Burns in the 110 hurdles (17.4) and 300 hurdles (41.1) and its 400 (46.2) and 1,600 (3:43.0) relays.

In the girls' meet, won by the hosts, Freeport placed second and NYA was fourth. The Falcons got victories from Kelsey Grant in the 100 hurdles (17.5), Maddie Squibb in the 400 (1;06.8), Elly Bengtsson in the mile (5:56.6), Sydney Ambrose in the two-mile (12:54.2), Lucy Zachau in the racewalk (9:39.2) and their 400 (54.3), 1,600 (4:31.0) and 3,200 (11:07.5) relays. Panthers' winners included Hannah Austin in the 800 (2:39.0), Sonia Lin in the long jump (13-8.5), Linnea Hull in the triple jump (25-10.5), Kayla Rose in the shot put (27-4), Muriel Adams in the discus (96-11).

Local teams will head to Lake Region for the Western Maine Conference championship meet Saturday.

The state meets are Saturday, June 1.

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