Spring regular season done, playoffs begin

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Local baseball, softball, lacrosse and tennis teams scrambled to get games and matches in last week and there was plenty of drama in the mix.

The tennis postseason is now upon us, albeit with some alterations, track’s championships have begun, while by press time, baseball, softball and lacrosse will be putting the finishing touches on their regular years.

Here’s a glimpse:

Track

Morse High School was the host for Saturday’s Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference outdoor track championship meet.

The top team was the Mt. Ararat girls, which posted 107 points to finish second to Edward Little (134). Brunswick (86) came in fourth, while Morse (19) placed eighth.

Local event winners included Brunswick’s Alexis Dickinson in the 100 (12.91 seconds), Kyia Jensen in the 400 (1 minute, 1.29 seconds) and the Dragons’ 4×100 (53.37) and 4×800 (10:13.05) relay teams, Mt. Ararat’s Randi London in the discus (115-2) and shot put (36-9.5), Colby Gail in the high jump (5 feet, 2 inches) and Nicole Ross in the long jump (15-10.5).

On the boys’ side, EL was tops with 189.5 points. Mt. Ararat placed third (80), Brunswick fourth (72.5) and Morse 11th (1).

The Dragons got wins from Mitchell Black in the 800 (2:00.20), Mike Slovenski in the pole vault (14-10) and their 3,200 relay team (8:26.73). Eagles’ first-place finishers included McKenzie Gary in the 100 (11.32), 200 (22.52) and the 400 (50.85) and Jamie Rosenberg in the javelin (173-10).

Brunswick, Morse and Mt. Ararat will compete in the Class A state final Saturday in Windham.

Tennis

Brunswick’s girls’ tennis team is the top seed in Eastern Class A. The Dragons (12-0 this spring) get a bye into the semifinal round Monday and will face either No. 4 Cony (10-2) or No. 5 Mt. Blue (7-5). Brunswick didn’t face the Rams this year. The Dragons blanked the visiting Cougars, 5-0, on May 19.

Mt. Ararat finished 5-7, good for seventh in the region, but unfortunately for the Eagles, only six teams qualify for the playoffs.

In Western B, Morse went 5-7 and earned the No. 7 seed, sending the Shipbuilders to No. 2 Oak Hill (10-2) for the quarterfinals Friday. Morse lost twice to Oak Hill this season.

On the boys’ side, Brunswick finished 9-3 and is the No. 4 seed in Eastern A. Mt. Ararat wound up fifth at 8-4. The teams square off in the quarterfinals Friday in Brunswick. The Dragons swept two regular season meetings from the Eagles.

In Western B, Morse got the eighth and final seed with a 6-6 record, but faces the daunting task of going to top-ranked Falmouth (12-0) for Friday’s quarterfinal match. The teams didn’t play this year.

Baseball

Brunswick will be the lone local baseball team to play in the postseason. The Dragons took a 9-6 mark and the No. 5 ranking in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings into Tuesday’s finale at Messalonskee.

Mt. Ararat finished 4-12 after a 7-6 loss at Brunswick Friday. The Eagles were 12th in the region, but only eight teams qualify.

Morse took a 3-12 mark (and the No. 14 ranking) into Tuesday’s home finale with Hampden Academy.

Softball

It looks as if local softball teams will be shutout of the playoffs this spring.

Mt. Ararat came the closest, but its 9-7 mark was only good for ninth in the Eastern A Heals at press time and just the top eight squads qualify.

Brunswick was 3-12 and 12th going into its finale Tuesday at Messalonskee.

Morse was 1-14 and 14th entering Tuesday’s home finale versus Hampden Academy.

Boys’ lacrosse

The three local boys’ lacrosse teams are gearing up for playoff runs.

In Eastern A, Brunswick finished the year 6-6 and appears locked into the No. 5 seed, meaning a road quarterfinal round game Wednesday.

Mt. Ararat also wound up 6-6 and will be sixth. The Eagles will also travel next week.

In Eastern B, Morse went 7-5 in the regular season and will likely finish fifth. The Shipbuilders could play a quarterfinal round game at North Yarmouth Academy.

Girls’ lacrosse

On the girls’ side, Brunswick appeared bound for the top seed in Eastern A, but the Dragons’ quest was derailed Friday with a 10-9 home loss to Messalonskee. Brunswick closed at home versus Mt. Ararat Tuesday and still had a chance to be No. 1. The Dragons hope to finish first or second to earn a bye into the semifinals.

The Eagles, defending regional champs, were 7-4 entering that finale and will be the No. 4 seed in the region. Mt. Ararat will host either Cheverus or Portland in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

In Eastern B, Morse finished the regular year 8-4 and was battling Gardiner for the No. 3 seed. The Shipbuilders will go to either No.1 Yarmouth or defending Class B champion NYA for the semifinals on June 11.

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Brunswick senior captain Derrick DaRosa lays out Mt. Ararat sophomore Ethan Masse during the Dragons’ 10-9 come-from-behind win Saturday.

Morse pitcher Cody Hardin throws a strike during the Shipbuilders’ 5-4 win over Brunswick last week.

Brunswick’s Tori Oliver slides into second as Morse’s Megan Hixon takes the throw. The Dragons beat the Shipbuilders, 12-6.

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