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It’s almost playoff time in the Forecaster Country.
While outdoor track is already primed to kick off its postseason, the tennis regular season is over and baseball, softball and lacrosse will be done by Wednesday.
Here’s a glimpse at what’s happened, where things stand and what’s left on the agenda:
Morse’s baseball team is closing in on playoff homefield advantage for at least one round this spring. The Shipbuilders enjoyed recent wins over Belfast (7-4), Oceanside (2-1) and Winslow (9-2) to improve to 10-2, second to Greely in the Western Class B Heal Points standings. After hosting Medomak Tuesday and Camden Hills Wednesday, Morse is at Oak Hill Friday and closes at Maranacook Tuesday of next week.
In Eastern A, Mt. Ararat was 3-10 and 11th in the Heals at press time, but only nine teams qualify for the playoffs. The Eagles lost at Lewiston (5-0) and Erskine (5-1) and beat Skowhegan (8-0) last week. After hosting Edward Little Wednesday, Mt. Ararat is at Oxford Hills Friday and closes at Lawrence Tuesday.
Brunswick fell to 2-12 and 13th after recent losses to Edward Little (4-1), Brewer (6-3) and Cony (5-1). The Dragons were home with Oxford Hills Wednesday and go to Mt. Blue to wrap up Tuesday.
On the softball side, Mt. Ararat was 4-9 and 10th in the Eastern A Heals at press time, but only nine teams make the playoffs. The Eagles won at Lewiston last Wednesday, 10-6, then lost to Skowhegan (13-6) and Erskine (8-4). After hosting Edward Little Wednesday, Mt. Ararat is at Oxford Hills Friday and closes at Lawrence Tuesday.
Brunswick was 1-13 and 12th in Eastern A after losses to Edward Little (12-0), Brewer (13-2) and Cony (12-0). The Dragons were home with Oxford Hills Wednesday and go to Mt. Blue to wrap up Tuesday.
Morse was 2-10 and 17th in Western B after losing to Belfast (5-3), Oceanside (13-0) and Winslow (6-2). After hosting Medomak Tuesday and Camden Hills Wednesday, Morse is at Oak Hill Friday and closes at Maranacook Tuesday of next week.
All three local boys’ lacrosse teams are playoff-bound.
Brunswick is in first place in the Eastern A Heals at 10-0 after recent victories over Mt. Ararat (8-6) and Oxford Hills (19-4). The Dragons went to Lewiston Wednesday and host Cony Friday.
Mt. Ararat bounced back from its loss to Brunswick with a 6-1 triumph at Lewiston and improved to 7-2 and third in Eastern A. After hosting Cony Tuesday, the Eagles are at Edward Little Friday and host Oxford Hills next Tuesday.
In Eastern B, Morse sits 5-5 and seventh in the standings after blanking Mt. Blue, 22-0, and losing to St. Dom’s, 15-5. The Shipbuilders went to Oak Hill Wednesday and close at Camden Hills Friday.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick also leads the way in Eastern A at 9-0 after wins last week over Morse (12-6), Camden Hills (19-3) and Messalonskee (14-10). The Dragons were home with Gardiner Tuesday and Mt. Ararat Thursday and close Tuesday of next week at home versus Cony.
Mt. Ararat was 6-3 and sixth after a 10-9 loss to Cony and an 8-2 victory over Gardiner. The Eagles went to Morse Tuesday and Brunswick Thursday and finish up Tuesday of next week at Messalonskee.
In Eastern B, Morse is second to defending Class B state champion Yarmouth at 3-6. The Shipbuilders lost to Mt. Ararat (16-13) and Brunswick (12-6) before upsetting Cony, 12-11. The Shipbuilders were home with Mt. Ararat Tuesday and visited Messalonskee Thursday before closing at Gardiner next Tuesday.
Mt. Ararat hosted the Coastal Route 1 Invitational Friday to close the regular season. The Eagles were second in both the boys’ and girls’ meets. Brunswick was first on the girls’ side, third on the boys’. Morse came in fourth in both genders.
The KVAC championship meet is Saturday in Bath. The state championships are the following Saturday.
The tennis singles tournament resumes Friday with the Round of 48 prelims and Round of 32. Saturday is the Round of 16 and quarterfinals. The semifinals and championship matches will be held Monday at Colby. Local boys’ players Jon Gross of Brunswick and Sam Leeman of Morse, along with females Maisie Silverman and Ali Stankiewicz of Brunswicka nd Anna Rohman of Mt. Ararat all remain in contention.
Brunswick’s girls will likely have the top seed for the Eastern Class A team playoffs. The Dragons (11-0) finished at Edward Little Tuesday. Mt. Ararat wound up 6-6 and was fifth in the latest Heals. In Western B, Morse was 2-9 and 13th in the latest Heals and will fall short of the postseason.
On the boys’ side, Brunswick (8-3 and fifth) is playoff-bound, while Mt. Ararat (2-10) hopes to hold on to the eighth and final spot. In Western B, Morse was 5-5 and fifth at press time and will take part in the postseason.
The postseason begins Tuesday with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are May 31 and semifinals June 2. All of those matches will be hosted by the higher seeded teams. The regional finals are June 6. The state finals are June 9 at Colby College in Waterville.
Brunswick freshman Matt Brooks collects a ground ball during the Dragons’ 19-4 home win over Oxford Hills Monday.
Brunswick sophomore Bailey Caparrato fires a shot against Oxford Hills. The Dragons extended their win streak to 10 games.