Playoff push begins in the Mid-Coast

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The spring sports season is rapidly winding down and even with Mother Nature taking center stage and causing some disruptions this week, there will be plenty of pivotal action in the days to come.

The past week was highlighted by dramatic action in baseball, softball, lacrosse, track and tennis.

Here’s a glimpse:

Baseball

Brunswick’s baseball team appears to be the lone Mid-Coast squad that will qualify for the postseason, although Mt. Ararat still has time to make the jump into contention.

The Dragons were 6-4 and fifth in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings as of Tuesday afternoon after going 1-1 last week, holding off visiting Lawrence, 4-3, and falling at Lewiston, 6-1. Brunswick was home with Cony Tuesday, visited Edward Little Wednesday, plays at Oxford Hills Friday and goes to Morse Wednesday of next week.

The Eagles dropped a 9-8 decision at Hampden Academy last Thursday to fall to 3-7 (good for 12th in the region, where only eight teams qualify). Mt. Ararat was home against Morse Wednesday, visits Cony Friday, plays host to Edward Little Monday and goes to Oxford Hills next Wednesday.

Morse was 1-8 and 15th at the start of the week after a 6-5 setback at Oxford Hills Friday. The Shipbuilders were at Mt. Ararat Wednesday, host Edward Little Friday, visit Lewiston Monday and welcome Brunswick next Wednesday.

Softball

Mt. Ararat’s softball team began the week clinging to the No. 8 spot in the Eastern A Heals, which would put the Eagles in the postseason if they stay there. Mt. Ararat improved to 5-5 with a 9-0 win at Hampden Academy last Thursday. The Eagles hosted Morse Wednesday, play at Cony Friday, welcome Edward Little Monday and visit Oxford Hills Wednesday of next week.

Brunswick was 13th at the start of the week with a 2-8 mark. The Dragons suffered a 25-3 home loss to Lawrence, then bounced back to blast host Lewiston, 22-10, in recent action. Brunswick was home with Cony Tuesday, visited Edward Little Wednesday, plays at Oxford Hills Friday and goes to Morse Wednesday of next week.

Morse lost, 9-0, at Oxford Hills Friday to fall to 1-8 (14th in the standings). The Shipbuilders played at Mt. Ararat Wednesday, welcome Edward Little Friday, go to Lewiston Monday and host Brunswick next Wednesday.

Boys’ lacrosse

Brunswick and Mt. Ararat’s boys’ lacrosse teams are in the playoff hunt in Eastern A, while Morse is battling to get in over in Eastern B.

The Dragons are now 4-4 (and fifth in the Eastern A Heals) after sandwiching home wins over Mt. Blue (16-4) and Edward Little (15-2) over a loss at powerhouse Falmouth (13-1). The victory against the Red Eddies was the continuation of a contest postponed by lightning. At the Yachtsmen, Brunswick fell behind 6-0 after one period and 11-0 at halftime.

“We knew we were underdogs here,” said longtime Dragons coach Don Glover. “We’re playing a pretty stacked schedule. Everything comes in ebbs and flows. We have good kids and good players who are working hard.”

Brunswick played at Oxford Hills Wednesday and visits red-hot Lewiston Saturday before closing the regular year at home versus Messalonskee (May 25) and Mt. Ararat (May 28).

“Our goal is to focus on the next game and let the schedule take care of itself,” Glover said. “We’ve stumbled a little bit in the KVAC. To finish the season, it’s one game at a time and then it’s the second season.”

The Eagles were 4-4 and sixth in the region after a 10-7 home loss to Messalonskee (Josh Richards had three goals, Casey Becker two and Ed Maguire seven saves in a losing effort) and a 15-3 setback at Kennebunk. Mt. Ararat hosted Cony Wednesday, goes to Mt. Blue Saturday and plays host to Lewiston Wednesday of next week.

Morse began the week 4-4 and seventh in Eastern B (where only six teams qualify). Last week, the Shipbuilders dropped home games to St. Dom’s (9-8) and Deering (13-4). Morse was at Gardiner Wednesday, welcomes Oak Hill Saturday and plays at Camden Hills next Wednesday.

Girls’ lacrosse

On the girls’ side, don’t look now, but Brunswick is coming to life. After struggling to a 2-2 start, the Dragons have ripped off four successive wins, capped by a 20-4 home romp over Edward Little and an impressive 10-4 victory at Falmouth last week.

Against the Yachtsmen, Brunswick got the jump early and never let up, riding six goals from sophomore Dakota Foster, 10 saves from junior goalie Molly Herman and a superb defensive effort, which held the potent Yachtsmen scoreless the final 23 minutes, 38 seconds.

“I think we’ve definitely become more of a team,” said Foster, who’s blossomed into one of the best players around. “We’d played together before, but we hadn’t jelled. Now, we’ve jelled, especially in transition. We lost eight or nine seniors and have big shoes to fill, but we want to prove we learned under them and can continue the tradition.”

“Coming into the season, there was doubt as to how we’d do, but I think we’re doing well,” Herman said.

“We have more confidence,” Dragons coach Beth Caputi added. “Early in the season, we were getting used to each other. We had a great week of practice. They’re really buying into what we’re doing.  In general, it was a great effort. It was a great team win.”

Brunswick (6-2 and first in Eastern A) goes to Cony Friday and hosts Oxford Hills Tuesday.

Mt. Ararat, the defending regional champion, was 4-3 and fourth in the Heals at the start of the week after recent losses at Cony (11-7) and at home to Scarborough (12-5), in a rematch of last year’s state final. The Eagles were at Oxford Hills Tuesday, welcome Lincoln Friday and play at Messalonskee Tuesday of next week.

In Eastern B, Morse was 5-2 and third in the Heals as the week began. The Shipbuilders have captured three in a row, 21-6 at Lincoln, 18-6 at Camden and 17-11 over visiting Westbrook. After going to Mountain Valley Tuesday and Edward Little Thursday, Morse hosts Cony Tuesday of next week.

Track

On the track, Brunswick’s boys and girls hosted Boothbay, Leavitt, Medomak and Rockland last week and both Dragons teams placed first. Morse joined five other schools at Lawrence and both Shipbuilders’ squads came in fifth. Mt. Ararat was home against Erskine, Mt. Blue and Winslow. The Eagles girls finished third, while the boys placed fourth.

Tennis

Brunswick’s girls’ tennis team remains the top local story after beating powerhouse Lewiston for the second time this year, 3-2, Friday, to improve to 8-0 (first in the Eastern A Heals). Mt. Ararat was 3-5 and eighth as of Tuesday. In Western B, Morse began the week 3-5 and sixth.

On the boys’ side, in Eastern A, Brunswick is 5-2 and third in the Heals. Mt. Ararat is in the fifth spot at 6-2. In Western B, Morse began the week in the fourth spot at 8-8.

Brunswick junior Seth Holmblad finds his path to the goal impeded by Falmouth’s Caleb Bowden during Saturday’s 13-1 Dragons’ loss to the Yachtsmen

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Brunswick freshman Shannon Viola competes in the 100 at last week’s home meet. The Dragons defeated Boothbay, Leavitt, Medomak and Rockland.

Brunswick’s Teresa Murphy, with teammate Katie McMahon (slowed by injury this spring) close behind, leads the way in the mile at last week’s meet. Murphy came in first, while McMahon was runner-up.

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