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Mid-Coast recap: Local teams still in playoff hunt

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Mid-Coast recap: Local teams still in playoff hunt

The end of the regular season in baseball, softball, lacrosse and tennis is rapidly approaching and there are several local teams jockeying for positioning.

Here's a look at where things stand as the month of May nears its end:

Boys' lacrosse

Brunswick's boys' lacrosse team stayed perfect Tuesday night with an 11-2 home win over Mt. Ararat. The Dragons, ranked first in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings and fourth in the latest coaches' poll, go to Messalonskee Friday, then wrap up the regular year Tuesday at Oxford Hills.

Tuesday's loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Eagles and left them 8-3. Mt. Ararat (third in Eastern A) is at Messalonskee Tuesday.

Morse continues to roll along in Eastern B. Tuesday, the Shipbuilders went to Oak Hill and won 11-6, their fourth straight win, to improve to 8-2. Morse (fifth in the Heals) is at Lincoln Friday and visits Mt. Blue Tuesday.

Girls' lacrosse

On the girls' side, Brunswick is also still unblemished. The defending Class A state champions (who are first in Eastern A and second in the coaches' poll) improved to 9-0 last Thursday with an 18-6 home win over Camden. The Dragons (who have outscored the opposition, 154-42 to date) were home with Morse Thursday (too late for print), play at Lewiston Saturday and close the regular season at Mt. Ararat Monday.

The Eagles improved to 8-2 Tuesday after winning 8-2 at Morse. Mt. Ararat, which has won six straight, is third in Eastern A. The Eagles visited Oxford Hills Thursday (too late for print), then close the regular season at home with Brunswick Monday.

In Eastern B, Morse saw its five-game winning streak come to an end with its loss to Mt. Ararat. The Shipbuilders (6-4 and third in the Heals) visited Brunswick Thursday (too late for print) and wrap up the regular season Monday at home versus Messalonskee.

Baseball

Mt. Ararat's baseball team continued its hot play Tuesday with an 11-3 home win over Morse, the Eagles' fifth in a row. Mt. Ararat has tallied 69 total runs in its last four games. The Eagles (8-6 and sixth in Eastern A) go to Edward Little Friday and host Brewer in the regular season finale Tuesday.

Tuesday's loss left Morse 0-13 on the year. The Shipbuilders (tied for 15th in the standings) hosted Lewiston Wednesday (too late for print), play at Leavitt Friday and host Bangor Tuesday.

Brunswick has dropped three of four. Saturday, the Dragons lost 6-5 at home to Lawrence. Tuesday, they fell 8-5 at Edward Little to drop to 9-5 on the year. Brunswick (seventh in Eastern A) was home with Cony Wednesday (too late for print) and goes to Lewiston Friday.

Softball

On the girls' side of the diamond, Mt. Ararat and Brunswick appear playoff-bound.

The Eagles evened their record at 7-7 Tuesday with their fourth successive win, 3-1 over visiting Morse. Mt. Ararat (eighth in the Eastern A Heals) visits Edward Little Friday and closes its regular season at home Tuesday against Brewer.

The Dragons have lost three of four and are 6-8 on the year after Tuesday's 12-4 loss at Edward Little. Brunswick (ninth in Eastern A) hosted Cony Wednesday (too late for print) and visits Lewiston in the finale Friday.

Morse is 2-11 and has lost six straight, the latest 3-1 to Mt. Ararat Tuesday. The Shipbuilders (14th in the Heals) played host to Lewiston Wednesday (too late for print), visit Leavitt Friday and play host to Bangor Tuesday.

Tennis

On the hardcourts, as the regular season comes to a close, it appears all three girls' and two of three boys' teams will make the postseason.

Leading the charge is the Mt. Ararat boys squad, which entered the week 10-1 (tied for third in the Eastern A Heals). Brunswick was 6-5 and fifth. Morse finished 0-12 and will fall short of the playoffs.

On the girls' side, Brunswick and Mt. Ararat were tied for fifth in the standings with 8-3 records. Morse (6-5) was eighth.

Track

The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship meet is Saturday at Morse. The Class A state championship is the following Saturday, June 6, at Thornton Academy in Saco.

Photo: mhoffer
Mt Ararat's  Meghan Dano shoots through the outstretched defense of Morse's Emily Powers late in Tuesday afternoon's game. The Eagles won, 13-8. (Roger S. Duncan photo)

Photo:
Morse's Beth Suggs drove through Rowley Jones' check during Tuesday's contest. (Roger S. Duncan photo)