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While it’s felt like anything but summer around here, May is soon to give way to June, meaning the 2011 spring sports season is nearing its conclusion.
The track postseason begins Saturday and tennis’ playoffs commence next week. Baseball, softball and lacrosse teams only have a couple more chances to either get into the playoff picture or jockey for optimal positioning.
It ought to be a fun week.
Here’s a glimpse at where local teams stand:
Brunswick’s baseball team is playoff-bound and might even earn a home game, while Mt. Ararat and Morse appear as if they’ll fall short.
The Dragons were 7-5 and fifth in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings as of Tuesday after winning, 3-2, at Edward Little and falling, 8-5, at home to Cony Saturday. Brunswick was at Morse Wednesday and Oxford Hills Thursday, hosts Mt. Ararat Friday and closes the regular season Tuesday of next week at Messalonskee.
The Eagles were 3-10 and 11th (only eight teams qualify) after home losses to Lewiston (6-0) and Morse (6-1) last week and a 6-2 home setback to Edward Little Monday. After going to Cony Tuesday and Oxford Hills Wednesday, Mt. Ararat closes at Brunswick Friday.
The Shipbuilders took a 2-9 mark and the No. 15 seed into Tuesday’s home tilt with Erskine. Saturday, Morse won, 6-1, at Mt. Ararat. Monday, the Shipbuilders fell at Lewiston, 11-1. After hosting Brunswick Wednesday and Edward Little Thursday, Morse visits Cony Friday and closes at home against Hampden Academy Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat appears to be the lone postseason-bound local softball team. The Eagles have won four in a row and are 8-5 (seventh in the region) after recent wins over visiting Lewiston (8-2), Morse (12-0, in six innings) and Edward Little (8-5). After going to Cony Tuesday and Oxford Hills Wednesday, Mt. Ararat wraps up the regular season at Brunswick Friday.
The Dragons dropped recent decisions to host Edward Little (8-7) and visiting Cony (20-3) to fall to 2-10 (12th in the region). Brunswick was at Morse Wednesday and Oxford Hills Thursday. The Dragons host Mt. Ararat Friday and close at Messalonskee next Tuesday.
Morse was 1-10 and 14th after a 12-0 (six inning) setback at Mt. Ararat and a 13-11 loss at Lewiston. The Shipbuilders were home against Erskine Tuesday, Brunswick Wednesday and Edward Little Thursday. They went to Cony Friday and finish at home Tuesday of next week versus Hampden Academy.
Brunswick and Mt. Ararat’s boys’ lacrosse teams are looking to hold off Cheverus for the final Eastern Class A playoff spot, while Morse is in the thick of the Eastern B hunt.
The Dragons were a 14-4 winner at Oxford Hills, then lost, 6-1, at Lewiston last week, and are 5-5 on the season (fifth in the Eastern A Heals, where six teams qualify). After hosting Messalonskee Wednesday, Brunswick finishes the regular season Saturday at home against Mt. Ararat.
The Eagles were winners over visiting Cony (17-5) and host Mt. Blue (17-4) last week to improve to 6-4 (sixth in Eastern A). Against the Rams, Casey Becker had five goals and Nick Parsons three. Becker had three goals and six assists, while Josh Richards added three goals against the Cougars. Mt. Ararat hosted Lewiston Wednesday and finishes at Brunswick Saturday.
The Shipbuilders lost, 11-9, at Gardiner last Wednesday, then evened their mark at 5-5 with a 13-6 home win over Oak Hill Saturday. Morse (fifth in Eastern B, where six teams make the playoffs) was at Camden Hills Wednesday and finishes at Maranacook Saturday.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick is in first in Eastern A at 7-2 after Friday’s pivotal 11-6 win at Cony. The Dragons hosted Edward Little Tuesday, welcome Messalonskee Friday and close at home against Mt. Ararat Tuesday of next week.
The Eagles, the defending Eastern A champions, were 6-3 and fourth in the Eastern A Heals after recent wins over host Oxford Hills (10-7) and visiting Lincoln (14-2). Mt. Ararat was at Messalonskee Tuesday, welcomes Lewiston Friday and finishes at Brunswick next Tuesday.
In Eastern B, Morse appears locked into the third position at 8-2. The Shipbuilders outslugged host Mountain Valley, 21-14, last Tuesday, then downed host Edward Little, 17-10, Monday. They were home with Cony Tuesday and close Friday at Gardiner.
The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship outdoor track meet is Saturday. The Class A championship meet will be held Saturday, June 4 in Windham.
The tennis season is just about complete, but Tuesday, the Maine Principals’ Association announced that it was adjusting the playoff schedule due to backups caused by the recent spate of bad weather. As a result, the preliminary round is Wednesday, the quarterfinals will be held next Friday and the semifinals June 6. The regional finals will be June 8 and states June 11, as originally scheduled.
The singles tournament was also affected. The Round of 48 is now scheduled for Monday at Bates College in Lewiston. The Round of 16 is the following day and the semifinals and championships will be contested Saturday, June 4.
Brunswick and Mt. Ararat’s boys’ teams are playoff-bound. The Dragons were 7-2 and fourth in the Eastern A Heals at press time, while the Eagles were 8-3 and fifth. In Western B, was 5-5 and clung to the eighth and final playoff spot at press time.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick appears bound for the top seed with a 10-0 mark. Mt. Ararat (4-6 and eighth) will likely fall short of the playoffs this year. Morse was 4-6 and seventh in Western B and should make the postseason.
Morse senior Magnus Lilleas goes high over Oak Hill’s Tanner Lessard during the Shipbuilders’ 13-6 home win Saturday.
Morse attack Alexander Paulus controls the ball during Saturday’s win.