The 2012 spring sports season has started and virtually every local club will have participated in at least one game or meet by the end of the week.
Here’s a glimpse at what you might have missed.
Morse’s baseball team is off to the hottest start. The Shipbuilders opened with an 11-1 home win over Oak Hill, then improved to 2-0 with an 8-1 victory at Leavitt. Liam McDonough threw a two-hitter.
“I just came in and felt good I guess,” McDonough said. “Threw strikes and the defense took care of the rest.”
“With the rain yesterday we had to switch some things around. I’m pretty proud of him,” Morse coach Rick Davis said. “He played varsity for us last year, but he wasn’t a starting pitcher. He said he could start today and I didn’t argue with him.”
Morse was home with Gardiner Wednesday, hosts Messalonskee Friday, travels to Lincoln Academy Monday and visits defending Class B state champion Waterville Tuesday.
Mt. Ararat held off rival Brunswick, 3-1, in the opener, then dropped a 7-5 home decision to Mt. Blue. The Eagles were at Cony Wednesday, host Lewiston Friday , welcome Erskine Monday and play at Edward Little Tuesday.
Brunswick followed up its loss to Mt. Ararat with a 5-0 setback at Bangor and an 11-2 home loss to Lewiston. The Dragons sought their initial victory Wednesday at Erskine. After hosting Edward Little Friday, Brunswick welcomes Cony Monday and visits Oxford Hills Tuesday.
On the softball side, Mt. Ararat opened with a 16-4 home victory over Brunswick, then lost to visiting Mt. Blue in a slugfest, 12-8. The Eagles were at Cony Wednesday, host Lewiston Friday, welcome Erskine Monday and play at Edward Little Tuesday.
Brunswick followed its loss to Mt. Ararat with a 13-0 loss at Bangor, then got in the win column, 10-9, over visiting Lewiston. Erica French’s two-run single capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Dragons were at Erskine Wednesday, host Edward Little Friday and Cony Monday, then go to Oxford Hills Tuesday.
Morse lost its first two contests, 15-3 to Oak Hill and 8-1 to Leavitt. The Shipbuilders were home with Gardiner Wednesday, host Messalonskee Friday, play at Lincoln Monday and visit Waterville Tuesday.
Mt. Ararat’s boys’ lacrosse team opened with a 9-6 win at Messalonskee, racing to a 5-1 first period advantage and holding on behind three goals and one assist from Jonathan Brown and two goals each from Jeremy Hart and Nick Oram (who also had three assists).
After a 13-6 home loss to Brunswick, the Eagles downed visiting Lewiston, the defending Eastern A champion, 6-4 (Oram led the way with three goals). Mt. Ararat goes to Cony Saturday and hosts Edward Little Tuesday.
Brunswick is off to a solid start. Prior to their win over Mt. Ararat, the Dragons handled host Oxford Hills (14-0) and Messalonskee (13-3). Brunswick is home with Lewiston Friday and plays at Cony Tuesday.
Morse lost to visiting Gardiner, 11-4, in its first game, but bounced back to defeat host Lincoln Academy, 14-7. The Shipbuilders visited St. Dom’s Wednesday, play host to Maranacook Friday and welcome Camden Hills Tuesday.
On the girls’ side, reigning Eastern A champion Brunswick is up to its usual tricks. The Dragons began with a decisive 16-6 home win over Messalonskee. After hosting Gardiner Thursday, Brunswick is at rival Mt. Ararat Monday.
The Eagles dropped their first outing, 11-4, to visiting Cony. Mt. Ararat was home against Morse Thursday, then hosts Brunswick Monday.
Morse was at Cony Tuessday in its opener. The Shipbuilders visited Mt. Ararat Thursday and welcome Messalonskee Monday.
Mt. Ararat’s boys’ tennis team opened the 2012 season Tuesday with a 3-2 win over Mt. Blue, as the Eagles’ singles players all won. Mt. Ararat was at Erskine Wednesday, hosts Edward Little Friday and travels to defending Class A state champion Lewiston Monday.
Brunswick dropped its opener, 4-1, to visiting Lewiston. After playing host to Edward Little Wednesday, the Dragons go to Mt. Blue Friday and Erskine Monday.
Morse opened with a 5-0 loss to Lincoln. After playing at Medomak Valley Wednesday, the Shipbuilders host Lincoln Friday and visit Maranacook Monday.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick opened with an encouraging 4-1 victory over defending champion Lewiston, as Maisie Silverman, Ali Stankiewicz and Laura Pavitt all won their singles matches. Leah Soloway and Hannah Bobker at second doubles also triumphed.
The Dragons were at Edward Little Wednesday and travel to Mt. Blue Friday. Monday, they host Erskine.
Mt. Ararat was a 4-1 winner over Mt. Blue in its opener. The Eagles hosted Erskine Wednesday, travel to Edward Little Friday and visit Lewiston Monday.
Morse lost, 5-0, to Lincoln in its first match. The Shipbuilders hosted Medomak Valley Wednesday, travel to Lincoln Friday and welcome Maranacook Monday.
Brunswick’s outdoor track team hosted Erskine, Lewiston and Oceanside Thursday.
Mt. Ararat joins Lincoln and MCI at Belfast Friday.
Morse (along with Messalonskee and Winslow) competes at Maranacook Friday.
Information from the Sun Journal was used in compiling this report.
Mt. Ararat longstick middie Robert Cornelison contends with a Lewiston defender while teammate Thomas Gross tries to get his attention during the Eagles’ 6-4 win over the Blue Devils Tuesday.
Mt. Ararat’s Josh Richards slips past a Lewiston defender who lost his balance.