Spring season hits midway point

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(Ed. Note: For the complete Brunswick-Yarmouth boys’ lacrosse game story, please visit theforecaster.net)

With nicer weather (finally) as a backdrop, the short spring season neared its midway point in recent days and action has heated up on the diamonds, fields, tracks and courts.

Here’s a glimpse.

Baseball

Morse’s baseball team is in the midst of another strong season. The Shipbuilders were 6-2 and fourth in the Western Class B Heal Points standings at press time after a 3-1 home win over Camden Hills, a 14-3 victory at Gardiner and a 5-2 home triumph over Mt. View. After going to Belfast Wednesday, Morse hosts Nokomis Friday and Maranacook Monday, then goes to Leavitt Wednesday of next week.

In Eastern A, Brunswick took a 5-2 mark and the number four ranking into Wednesday’s game at Lewiston. Last week, the Dragons sandwiched wins over host Mt. Blue (3-1) and visiting Mt. Ararat (7-1) around a 3-2 home loss to Oxford Hills. Brunswick welcomes Edward Little Friday, goes to Cony Monday and hosts Skowhegan Wednesday of next week.

Mt. Ararat fell to 0-6 after a 7-1 loss at Brunswick Friday, but got in the win column Monday by downing visiting Lewiston, 11-5. The Eagles were at Edward Little Wednesday, host Cony Friday, visit Skowhegan Monday and play host to Messalonskee Wednesday of next week.

Softball

Mt. Ararat’s softball team dropped its first five games, but has won its last two and now sits 11th in Eastern A. Friday, the Eagles romped at Brunswick, 18-2, and Monday, they downed visiting Lewiston, 9-5. Mt. Ararat was at Edward Little Wednesday, hosts Cony Friday, visits Skowhegan Monday and plays host to Messalonskee Wednesday of next week.

Brunswick fell to 0-7 and 12th after recent losses at Mt. Blue (12-4), at home to Oxford Hills (9-0) and at home to Mt. Ararat (18-2). After welcoming Edward Little Friday, the Dragons go to Cony Monday and host Skowhegan Wednesday of next week.

Morse fell to 2-6 and 13th in Western B after losses to visiting Camden Hills (4-1), host Gardiner (18-0) and visiting Mt. View (7-5). After going to Belfast Wednesday, the Shipbuidlers host Nokomis Friday and Maranacook Monday, then go to Leavitt Wednesday of next week

Boys’ lacrosse

Brunswick’s boys’ lacrosse team is first in Eastern A, but suffered its first loss Monday night. The Dragons were coming off lopsided wins over visiting Oxford Hills (18-2) and host Cony (12-3), but they met their match in defending Eastern B champion Yarmouth.

Brunswick rallied from an early 3-1 deficit and tied the score, 3-3, late in the third period on a goal from T.J. Sullivan. The Clippers then went back ahead and were up, 7-4, in the final minute of the contest, but the Dragons rallied and got goals from Owen Ginty and Sullivan and even got a possession at the end, but couldn’t produce the equalizer and fell, 7-6.

“The stats at halftime were pretty even, so we knew it was going to come down to possession,” Brunswick coach Don Glover said. “For us, it was ground balls and winning those battles, but they came up with some good ground balls at times and that kind of deflated us. We had chances at the end. We had a flurry. We hit the post a few times. It was a good game. We were just a little jittery. Some of our turnovers, we were forcing. We got caught in situations where we threw floaters. We took chances at the end. Yarmouth made us pay.”

The Dragons hosted Lewiston Wednesday, then play their second crossover Friday, when they go to unbeaten Cape Elizabeth. Wednesday of next week brings a visit from Edward Little.

“I like our character as a team,” Don Glover said. “We have a busy week, that’s for sure. More good tests. Obviously, Cape’s playing well. They’re a quality program. We’re really excited for another crossover.”

Mt. Ararat was third in Eastern A at 5-2 after bouncing back from a 14-2 home loss to Messalonskee with wins at Oxford Hills (12-3) and at home over Westbrook (6-5). The Eagles go to Marshwood Friday, host Edward Little Monday and welcome Cony Wednesday of next week.

Morse began the week third in Eastern B at 5-0 after a 14-2 win at Mountain Valley last week. The Shipbuilders hosted Lincoln Wednesday, visit Westbrook Saturday and play at St. Dom’s Wednesday of next week.

Girls’ lacrosse

On the girls’ side, Brunswick improved to 3-0 with a 14-1 win at Edward Little last Thursday. The Dragons returned to action Thursday at home against Mt. Ararat. The rivals meet again Saturday in Topsham. Monday, Brunswick hosts Cony and Tuesday, it goes to Messalonskee.

Mt. Ararat was 1-4 and seventh in Eastern A after its skid hit four games with losses to visiting Messalonskee (13-12), at Cony (15-13) and home to North Yarmouth Academy (6-3). The Eagles were home with Oxford Hills and at Brunswick Thursday. After hosting Brunswick Saturday, Mt. Ararat welcomes Edward Little Tuesday of next week.

Morse was fourth in Eastern B with a 3-1 record entering the week after an 8-4 home win over Gardiner last week. The Shipbuilders went to Mountain Valley Tuesday and Oceanside Thursday, then host Lincoln Tuesday of next week.

Outdoor track

The track regular season continued last week with Morse joining Edward Little and Messalonskee at Waterville. The Shipbuilders were fourth in both genders.

Tennis

Defending Class A girls’ tennis champion Brunswick began the week atop the Eastern A Heals with a 6-0 record. Mt. Ararat was second at 6-2. In Western B, Morse was 10th at 1-4.

On the boys’ side, Brunswick was second to Bangor in the Eastern A standings with a 6-1 record. Mt. Ararat sat fourth at 4-4. In Western B, Morse was fourth at 3-2.

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