Title dreams still alive as spring sports season enters final days-MidCoast edition

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Morse’s softball team celebrates its 3-2 upset win at top-ranked Wells Saturday in the Class B South semifinals. The Shipbuilders faced Greely in the regional final Wednesday.

Mt. Ararat’s Connor Brown is hounded by Brunswick’s Jared Hummer as Dragons goalie Connor Pendergast looks on during the Dragons’ 20-4 victory in Saturday’s Class B state quarterfinal.

Tennis has crowned its champions, the outdoor track season culminated Saturday with the New England meet and baseball, softball and lacrosse will bring the curtain down on the spring sports campaign with their state games Saturday.

The end is in sight, but there is still plenty of drama to come.

Here’s a glimpse:

Softball

Morse’s softball team has stolen the local thunder with a stirring run to the Class B South Final. The Shipbuilders, ranked fourth in the region, first eliminated No. 5 Oak Hill, 7-0 in the quarterfinal round, then upset top-ranked Wells, 3-2, in Saturday’s semifinals to advance to meet No. 6 Greely (12-7) in the regional final Wednesday. If Morse (14-4) was able to win one more time, it would battle either Brewer (18-0) or Oceanside (17-2) in the state game Saturday in Brewer.

Mt. Ararat, seeded seventh in Class A North, wasn’t as fortunate, losing, 12-0, in five-innings, at No. 2 Oxford Hills in the quarterfinals to finish 7-10.

Baseball

Mt. Ararat’s baseball team, ranked sixth in Class A North, upset No. 3 Edward Little, 9-0, in the quarterfinals, then fell, 5-3, to second-seeded Oxford Hills in the semifinals to finish 12-6.

Boys’ lacrosse

Brunswick’s boys’ lacrosse team, the defending Class A state champion, which is in Class B this spring, found itself two wins from another title at press time. The Dragons, ranked second behind Greely in Class B, had no trouble with No. 7 Mt. Ararat, 20-4, in Saturday’s state quarterfinals. Wednesday, Brunswick (10-3) figured to get a stern test from No. 3 Yarmouth (9-4) in the state semifinals. If the Dragons make it back to Fitzpatrick Stadium for the state final Saturday at a time to be announced, they’ll either play Greely (10-3) or Messalonskee (8-5).

Mt. Ararat had knocked off No. 10 Cony, 9-3, in the preliminary round before losing at Brunswick to wind up 7-7.

Morse, the No. 8 seed in Class B, lost, 7-6, to ninth-ranked Gardiner in the preliminary round to finish 7-6. 

Girls’ lacrosse

On the girls’ side, Brunswick, the No. 9 seed in Class B, upset No. 8 Cony, 9-7, in the preliminary round, then lost, 14-1, at top-ranked Yarmouth in the quarterfinals to wind up 6-8.

Morse, the No. 10 seed in Class B, fell, 18-5, to seventh-seeded York in the preliminary round to finish 5-8.

Tennis

Brunswick’s girls’ tennis team was the last local squad standing, reaching the Class A North Final before losing a close 3-2 decision to top-ranked Lewiston last week, ending the second-seeded Dragons’ season at 13-2.

Outdoor track

The outdoor track season ended last weekend in Durham, New Hampshire with the New England championship meet.

Brunswick’s Samuel Cenescar was seventh in the boys’ high jump (6 feet, 5 inches). William Shaughnessy placed 22nd in the two-mile (9 minutes, 53.68 seconds). The Dragons’ 4×800 relay team (Daniel Lyons, Tyler Patterson, Cameron Ashby and Shaughnessy) was 27th (8:43.49).

Mt. Ararat’s Lisandro Berry-Gaviria was ninth in the mile (4:23.48). Max Spelke finished 23rd in the javelin (149-4).

On the girls’ side, Brunswick’s Maddie Wayne was 27th in the 800 (2:28.43). Mt. Ararat’s Katie Lynch placed 21st in the 200 (27.23 seconds). The Eagles’ 4×800 relay team (Sara York, Katherine Leckbee, Anna Harbo and Camila Ciembroniewicz was 30th (10:25.98).

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