Teams close in on titles as spring postseason heats up-MidCoast edition

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Morse’s Austin Baltazar takes part in the Class B boys’ 100 at last weekend’s state meet. Baltazar finished fifth in the race.

Brunswick’s Nolan Lyne carries the ball as Mt. Ararat’s Ryan Mello gives chase during the Dragons’ 16-3 victory in the teams’ mutual regular season finale last week.

The tennis team playoffs are down to the regional finalists, track just crowned its champions and the baseball, softball and boys’ and girls’ lacrosse playoffs were underway at press time.

The mad dash to the finish line is underway and there promises to be plenty of excitement between now and June 16.

Here’s a glimpse:

Tennis

Brunswick’s girls’ tennis team, seeded second in Class A North, made it to the regional final after defeating No. 7 Bangor (4-1) and third-ranked Messalonskee (4-1). Wednesday, the Dragons battled No. 1 Lewiston (14-0) with a trip to the state match on the line. If victorious, Brunswick will meet Falmouth or Portland Saturday at Lewiston High School.

Brunswick’s boys’ team, ranked sixth, upset No. 3 Mt. Ararat, 3-2, in the quarterfinals, then finished 6-8 after a 4-1 loss to second-ranked Lewiston in the semifinals.

The Eagles boys wound up 9-4 after their upset loss to Brunswick in the quarterfinals.

Mt. Ararat’s girls and both Morse teams failed to qualify for the postseason.

Outdoor track

Mt. Ararat’s boys had the best showing at the outdoor track state meet. The Eagles had 30 points to come in ninth in Class A (Falmouth and Thornton Academy tied for top honors with 67 points). Mt. Ararat got wins from Lisandro Berry-Gaviria in the mile (4 minutes, 26.66 seconds) and two-mile (9:56.43). Max Spelke was third in the javelin (160 feet, 3 inches). Tyler Bernier finished fourth in the 400 (53.35 seconds).

Brunswick (20 points) came in 12th. Samuel Cenescar won the high jump (6-5.25). The Dragons’ 4×800 relay team (Daniel Lyons, Cameron Ashby, Tyler Patterson and William Shaughnessy) placed third (8:38.07). Shaughnessy placed seventh in the two-mile (10:12.27). Hunter Parker was seventh in the 300 hurdles (42.85). Zachary Boyle was seventh in the javelin (147-6). Caleb Rand finished seventh in the pole vault (12-0).

In the girls’ meet, won by repeat champion Cheverus with 84 points, Mt. Ararat (12 points) tied Portland for 19th place. The Eagles’ 4×800 relay team (Anna Harbo, Katherine Leckbee, Sara York and Camila Ciembroniewicz) placed fourth in 10:02.91. The 4×400 relay team (York, Sadie Skinner, Ciembroniewicz and Katie Lynch) finished fifth (4:17.72). Leckbee was sixth in the mile (5:37.00). Lynch finished sixth in the 200 (26.74). York came in seventh in the 400 (1:03.55).

Brunswick (6.5 points) was 23rd. Maddie Wayne finished third in the 800 (2:26.01). Tea Kepler tied for seventh in the pole vault (9-0).

In Class B, the Morse boys finished with 4 points to tie Oceanside for 23rd place (York and MDI were first with 86). Austin Baltazar finished fifth in the 100 (11.71). William Carrolton was seventh in the shot put (44-3).

The Morse girls didn’t score (Greely came in first).

Boys’ lacrosse

Brunswick’s boys’ lacrosse team, the defending Class A state champion, is the No. 2 seed in Class B this spring after a 9-3 regular season. The Dragons closed with a 16-3 win at Mt. Ararat and will host No. 7 Mt. Ararat (6-6) or No. 10 Cony (4-8) in Saturday’s state quarterfinal round.

The Eagles and Rams met in a preliminary round contest Wednesday.

Morse (7-5) finished eighth in Class B and hosted No. 9 Gardiner (5-7) in a prelim Wednesday. The winner goes to No. 1 Greely (9-3) Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Girls’ lacrosse

On the girls’ side, Brunswick finished 5-7 and ninth and went to No. 8 Cony (7-5) for a prelim Wednesday. If victorious, the Dragons visit top-ranked Yarmouth (10-2) in Saturday’s quarterfinal round.

Morse went 5-7, earned the 10th and final spot in Class B and went to No. 7 York (6-6) for the preliminary round. If victorious, the Shipbuilders play at No. 2 Cape Elizabeth (7-5) in Saturday’s quarterfinal round.

Mt. Ararat went 2-10 and missed the postseason.

Baseball

Mt. Ararat’s baseball team was the lone local squad to make the playoffs. The Eagles earned the No. 6 seed in Class A North after finishing 11-5 with an 8-3 home win over Brunswick in the regular season finale. Mt. Ararat was at No. 3 Edward Little (13-3) in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Brunswick finished 3-13 and 11th in Class A North, but only eight teams qualified.

In Class B South, Morse wound up 6-10 and 13th, but only 11 teams made the cut. The Shipbuilders closed with an 8-3 home loss to Lincoln Academy.

Softball

Morse’s softball team wound up 12-4 and fourth in Class B South following a 5-1 home win over Lincoln Academy in last Tuesday’s regular season finale. The Shipbuilders took an eight-game win streak into Thursday’s home quarterfinal against No. 5 Oak Hill (13-3).

Mt. Ararat made the playoffs as the No. 7 seed in Class A North at 7-9 after finishing with a 20-8 home victory over Brunswick. The Eagles went to No. 2 Oxford Hills (13-3) for the quarterfinals Thursday.

Brunswick finished 0-16 and 12th in the region.

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