Spring sports season off to a slow start-Portland edition

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Deering’s Tre Fletcher slides into third base as the ball gets away during the Rams’ 20-4 season-opening loss to Marshwood last week.

(Ed. Note: For the complete Deering-Marshwood baseball game story, see theforecaster.net)

The spring sports season has gotten off to a slow start for local teams, due to questionable weather and field conditions, but many squads have kicked off their 2019 campaign and early results have been promising.

Here’s a recap:

Baseball

Cheverus’ baseball team, a regional finalist each of the past two years, started its season last Thursday with a 7-2 victory at Marshwood. Jack Mullen earned the win, John Welch had three hits and Nathaniel Lapoint had a two-run single. The Stags hosted Noble in their home opener Tuesday, go to Gorham for a regional final rematch Thursday and welcome Massabesic Tuesday of next week.

Deering started with a 20-4 (five-inning) home loss to Marshwood, then lost a 17-9 slugfest at Noble. Against the Hawks, Tre Fletcher had two hits and scored two runs, but Rams’ pitchers walked 15 batters and threw 13 wild pitches.

“We gave (Marshwood) multiple baserunners and extra outs and you won’t beat anyone doing that,” said Deering coach Josh Stowell. “It was just our second day on a field and the first was also a game, so we haven’t been able to practice. It way too many mistakes today. Those errors are correctable.”

The Rams were at Massabesic Tuesday, host Bonny Eagle Thursday, welcome Gorham Saturday and play host to Marshwood Tuesday of next week.

Portland opened its season at Kennebunk Tuesday. The Bulldogs host Falmouth Saturday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and welcome Thornton Academy Tuesday of next week.

The Waynflete/NYA co-op squad began with a 4-2 home win over defending Class D champion Richmond last Thursday. Owen Ardell’s two-run single helped the Flyers come from behind. Waynflete/NYA hosted Gray-New Gloucester Monday, welcomes Traip Academy Wednesday and hosts Old Orchard Beach Friday.

Softball

The Cheverus/NYA co-op softball team got off to an auspicious start last Thursday, defeating visiting Sanford, 9-2. Macknezie Turner earned the victory and struck out nine and Madisyn Durgin hit a solo home run. Alexandra Hammond, Caitlin Kennedy-Jensen and Elizabeth Kennedy each added a single and a double. The Stags’ home game versus South Portland Saturday was postponed due to rain. Cheverus/NYA was at two-time defending Class A champion Scarborough Monday, welcomes Westbrook Wednesday, goes to Thornton Academy Friday, then plays host to Biddeford Monday of next week.

Deering and Portland’s season opener, scheduled for last Thursday, was postponed.

The Rams played at Sanford Monday, host Thornton Academy Wednesday, go to South Portland Friday, then welcome Windham Monday of next week.

The Bulldogs hosted Falmouth Monday, go to Marshwood Wednesday, welcome Kennebunk Friday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and travel to Noble Monday of next week.

Boys’ lacrosse

Portland’s boys’ lacrosse team started its season with a decisive 19-0 win at Sanford. Grant Jacobson led the way with five goals and seven assists. The Bulldogs host Westbrook Wednesday and welcome Edward Little Saturday.

Deering started with a 17-1 loss to South Portland. The Rams host Thornton Academy Wednesday and travel to Lewiston Saturday.

Cheverus opened its season Monday at home versus Scarborough. The Stags go to South Portland Wednesday and host York Friday.

Defending Class C champion Waynflete began with a 17-6 loss at Cape Elizabeth. Miles Lipton and Sam Whipple each had two goals. The Flyers were at Greely Tuesday and visit Wells Monday of next week.

Girls’ lacrosse

On the girls’ side, Deering began with losses to South Portland (17-6) and at Noble (11-3). Kiaya Gatchell scored three goals against the Red Riots. The Rams welcome Camden Hills Saturday.

Cheverus opened its season Tuesday at home versus Waynflete. After going to Scarborough Thursday, the Stags visit Lewiston Saturday.

Portland welcomed Windham in its opener Monday. After going to Gorham Wednesday, the Bulldogs host Cony Friday and welcome South Portland Tuesday of next week. 

Waynflete opened at Cheverus Tuesday. After going to Wells Thursday, the Flyers’ home opener is Monday of next week versus York.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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Sports Editor of The Forecaster since 2001. Find detailed game stories at theforecaster.net. I tweet prodigiously at @foresports.