The climate is simply beginning to cooperate, and the spring sports activities season is chugging alongside.
The season is brief and candy, nevertheless, and a few groups have already performed half or extra of the video games on their common season schedule.
The upcoming motion will solely develop in significance, and we’re just some weeks away from the beginning of the playoffs.
With all of that in thoughts, right here’s a glimpse the place native groups stand:
Greely’s baseball group bounced again from its solely loss with decisive wins at Cape Elizabeth and Lake Area to enhance to 8-1. Final Friday, on the Capers, the Rangers scored three first-inning runs and constructed a 10-0 lead earlier than settling for a 10-3 victory, as Zach Johnston earned the win, permitting 4 hits; Ryan Kolben had 4 hits, together with a house run, scored thrice and drove in 5 runs; and Marky Axelsen and Brooks Williams every added three hits.
“We put (the loss) behind us,” Kolben stated. “We had an excellent begin to the season and that sport instructed us if we don’t come to play, we will lose to any group. We got here out right here right now and received again to what we do.”
“I don’t actually care what number of hits I surrender,” Johnston stated. “So long as there’s a zero (runs) once I’m throwing, then it’s tremendous with me. My fastball was positively my greatest pitch right now. My change-up was OK. My slider wanted some work.”
“It was a pleasant bounce again,” added Greely coach Derek Soule. “I believed the pregame focus and the vitality typically was higher. The blokes had been able to play from begin to end. We had three good days of observe. We don’t wish to take something as a right. Only a couple years in the past we misplaced a whole season. Each one in every of these 16 common season video games is valuable.”
On the Lakers, a 12-2 (five-inning) victory, Kolben homered, as did Axelsen, who additionally earned the win. The Rangers have a giant stretch upcoming, as they host York Wednesday, welcome Cape Elizabeth Friday, go to Yarmouth trying to avenge their lone loss subsequent Monday, then play host to reigning Class B South champion Freeport Wednesday of subsequent week.
“We’ve got nice group chemistry,” Kolben stated. “Everybody loves popping out to play. We couldn’t ask for a greater begin to the season.”
Freeport can also be 8-1 after downing visiting Grey-New Gloucester (6-0), visiting Lake Area (8-1) and visiting Fryeburg Academy (5-2). Towards the Patriots, Blaine Cockburn threw 5 shutout innings and struck out 10 whereas Aaron Converse had three hits and two RBI. Within the win over the Lakers, Cockburn, Converse and Keigan Shea had a number of hits. Towards the Raiders, Nate Abbott had a pair hits and earned the victory. The Falcons host Poland Wednesday, then are idle till subsequent Wednesday, once they go to Greely.
Yarmouth was 5-3 after a 5-4 loss at York and a 3-1 residence win over Poland. Gibby Sullivan homered within the loss to the Wildcats, in a sport the place York scored the successful run within the backside of the seventh inning. Towards the Knights, Sullivan drove in a pair and Liam Hickey earned the victory. The Clippers go to Grey-New Gloucester for a playoff rematch Wednesday, go to Wells Friday, welcome Greely Monday and play host to Grey-New Gloucester Wednesday of subsequent week.
Falmouth capped a five-game surge to start out the season with wins final week over visiting Deering (8-1) and at Biddeford (2-0). Towards the Rams, Eli Cowperthwaite earned the win, Brennan Rumpf had a three-run double and Brady Coyne added a pair of hits. Within the win over the Tigers, Dom Tracy was the successful pitcher and Ethan Hendry drove in each runs. Saturday, the Navigators fell to 5-1 after an 8-1 residence loss to Thornton Academy. Hendry homered for the lone run. Falmouth was residence versus Noble Tuesday, goes to Cheverus Thursday, welcomes Scarborough (see theforecaster.internet/sports activities for sport story) Saturday and performs at Marshwood Tuesday of subsequent week.
The Waynflete/North Yarmouth Academy co-op group was 5-2 after successful at Traip Academy (4-0) and dropping at St. Dom’s (5-2) final week, then downing visiting Outdated Orchard Seashore (7-1) Monday. Within the victory over the Rangers, Cole Lambert threw a shutout. Waynflete/NYA welcomes Maranacook Wednesday, visits Sacopee Valley Friday, then performs host Traip Academy Monday of subsequent week.
Freeport’s softball group continues to get pleasure from its greatest season in a long time. The Falcons, who final posted a successful file in 2001, improved to 6-3 after sandwiching residence wins over Grey-New Gloucester (8-3) and Fryeburg Academy (13-8) round a 9-5 setback at Lake Area. Freeport, which hasn’t received seven video games in a daily season in 20 years, has an opportunity to try this Wednesday when it hosts undefeated Poland (see theforecaster.internet/sports activities for sport story). The Falcons are at Greely subsequent Wednesday.
Greely fell to 3-6 after latest losses at reigning Class B state champion Cape Elizabeth (15-0, in 5 innings) and at Lake Area (9-7). Mia Stewart homered towards the Lakers. The Rangers host York Wednesday, welcome Cape Elizabeth Friday, go to Yarmouth subsequent Monday, then play host to Freeport Wednesday of subsequent week.
Yarmouth fell to 0-8 after losses at York (11-1) and at residence to Poland (16-4, in 5 innings). Emma Butsch had two hits and two RBI versus the Knights. The Clippers go to Grey-New Gloucester Wednesday, go to Wells Friday, welcome Greely Monday and play host to Grey-New Gloucester Wednesday of subsequent week.
Falmouth dropped to 0-5 after an 8-1 loss at Westbrook final week. The Navigators welcomed Scarborough in a playoff rematch Tuesday, go to undefeated, reigning Class A South champion Biddeford Wednesday, host Windham Friday and go to Cheverus Monday.
Falmouth’s boys’ lacrosse group improved to 3-2 after holding off visiting Windham, 7-6, in extra time, final week. Rory Skillin-Lanou had three targets and Cyrus Boothby scored the winner in OT. The Navigators go to Portland Wednesday, host South Portland Saturday and journey to Marshwood subsequent Tuesday.
Yarmouth, the two-time reigning Class B state champion, dropped a 15-12 resolution at York, then improved to 4-2 after a 15-9 residence win over Messalonskee final week. The Clippers go to Cape Elizabeth Wednesday and go to Freeport Wednesday of subsequent week.
Greely fell to 0-6 after dropping at defending Class A champion Cape Elizabeth (17-4) and at residence to Thornton Academy (11-2). The Rangers search for their first win Wednesday at Grey-New Gloucester. They host NYA Saturday.
In Class C, NYA received its fifth sport in a row to start out the season, 5-3, at Wells final week, then fell to 5-1 with a 14-6 residence loss to York. The Panthers hosted Freeport Tuesday and go to Greely Saturday.
Freeport fell to 1-4 after an 8-7 residence loss to Cony final week. The Falcons had been at NYA Tuesday and go to Morse Saturday.
On the ladies’ facet, Greely completed one thing final week that was 17 years within the making. The Rangers, who misplaced to Yarmouth final yr within the Class B state ultimate, beat the host Clippers, 13-7, final Tuesday for his or her first win over their nemesis in 19 tries and their first since April 23, 2005. Charlotte Taylor led the way in which with 5 targets and Eva Williams added three.
“It’s such a testomony to Yarmouth and this system Coach (Dorothy) Holt runs that it took us this lengthy to get the win towards them,” stated Greely coach Becca Koelker. “Getting the victory towards a perennial championship program like them did instill in our group a stronger sense of self-belief and confidence. But, whereas we loved the win, finally our definition of success isn’t beating one group however in getting higher every day, individually and as a group, in order that ideally we will compete constantly with all the highest groups. Dealing with Yarmouth once more (Could 18) will likely be a real take a look at of the place we stand in reaching that objective.”
The Rangers then received their fifth straight sport and improved to 5-1 Saturday with an 11-1 victory at Messalsonkee, as Carley Ferentz scored 5 targets and Taylor added 4. Greely is residence versus reigning Class C champion Waynflete Wednesday and goes to Fryeburg Academy Friday.
Falmouth took a 3-1 file into Tuesday’s residence sport versus Gorham. Final week, the Navigators beat host Cheverus, 14-7. Sloan Ginevan had 4 targets and Whitney Adams added three. Falmouth is at Scarborough Thursday (see theforecaster.internet/sports activities for sport story) and performs at Oxford Hills Monday.
Yarmouth misplaced at residence to Greely (13-7) final week, then received again on monitor with a 16-8 win at Scarborough earlier than bettering to 4-3 Monday with a 15-5 residence victory over Oxford Hills. Within the setback, Katelyn D’Appolonia scored 4 targets. On the Purple Storm, D’Appolonia scored a profession excessive seven targets and Aine Powers added 5 whereas dominating within the draw circle, successful 19 of 26.
“I believe we simply practiced onerous the previous few days after a pair losses,” D’Appolonia stated. “We simply got here out sturdy tonight and we didn’t surrender the entire sport.”
“We actually wanted a win,” Powers stated. “We got here out tonight and performed Yarmouth lacrosse. We had been in a rut for a pair video games, however we now have a superb connection and we’ve received the vitality we want.”
“We wanted this one,” added longtime Yarmouth coach Dorothy Holt. “It’s onerous when you’ve got a extremely younger group, however they’ve labored so onerous in observe and that confirmed tonight. We’re not there but, nevertheless it’s coming collectively and tonight was a lot wanted to see the ladies’ onerous work repay within the win column.”
D’Appolonia then scored six targets and assisted on 4 others, whereas Neena Panozzo added three targets within the win over the Vikings. The Clippers welcome York Thursday.
“I haven’t had a group this younger with such a troublesome schedule in a very long time,” Holt stated. “I like the schedule. For this reason we moved as much as Class A. We simply wish to play with the most effective.”
Freeport, which misplaced within the Class C state ultimate a yr in the past, improved to 4-1 after latest victories at Grey-New Gloucester/Poland (15-3) and at residence over Lake Area (9-8). Within the first win, Maddie Knight, Kate Tracy and Savannah Tracy all scored three targets. Towards the Lakers, Kate Tracy led the way in which with three targets and three assists. The Falcons host Traip Academy Wednesday, go to Waynflete for a state sport rematch Friday (see theforecaster.internet/sports activities for sport story) and play host to Brunswick Monday.
NYA fell to 2-3 after a 20-14 residence loss to York final week. After taking part in at Lake Area Wednesday, the Panthers are at Grey-New Gloucester/Poland Saturday and go to Gardiner Tuesday of subsequent week.
Out of doors monitor
On the monitor, Freeport hosted Yarmouth, together with Lake Area and Wells in a latest meet. The Falcons girls and boys each got here in first whereas the Clippers girls and boys had been runners-up.
Greely hosted NYA, Fryeburg Academy, Kents Hill, Sacopee Valley and York. The Rangers girls and boys had been second to York. The Panthers girls and boys each got here in sixth.
Falmouth joined Thornton Academy at Marshwood. The Navigators boys completed second and the ladies positioned third.
Yarmouth’s reigning Class B champion boys’ tennis group improved to 6-0 after latest wins over Freeport (4-1), Greely (3-2) and Cape Elizabeth (5-0). The Clippers had been at 13-time reigning Class C champion Waynflete Tuesday.
Yarmouth’s ladies fell to 3-3 after latest losses to Greely (5-0) and Cape Elizabeth (4-1).
Greely’s boys had been knocked from the unbeaten ranks with a 3-2 loss to Yarmouth, however improved to 5-1 Monday with a 5-0 win over Lake Area. The Rangers face Waynflete Wednesday, then will meet Yarmouth once more Monday of subsequent week.
Greely’s ladies improved to 6-1 after latest 5-0 wins over NYA, Yarmouth and Lake Area.
Freeport’s boys had been additionally handed their first loss by Yarmouth, 4-1, then beat Cape Elizabeth (4-1) earlier than falling to 5-2 Monday after a 3-2 loss to NYA. The Falcons welcome Waynflete Tuesday of subsequent week.
Freeport’s ladies snapped a four-match skid and improved to 2-4 Monday with a 4-1 win over NYA.
Falmouth’s ladies dropped a 3-2 resolution at Scarborough final week, then improved to 5-2 with wins over Portland (5-0) and Thornton Academy (3-2).
Falmouth’s boys sandwiched 3-2 losses to South Portland and Thornton Academy round a 3-2 victory over Scarborough and was 2-4 at press time.
NYA’s boys improved to 3-2 after beating York (4-1) and Freeport (3-2). The Panthers welcome Yarmouth Thursday.
NYA’s ladies fell to 0-4 after dropping to Greely (5-0) and Freeport (4-1).
Greely’s Emma Lindsey superior within the Area 5 ladies’ singles event and would be the No. 7 seed. Additionally advancing had been Falmouth’s Charlotte Williamson (eighth) and Greely’s Isobel Wright (ninth), Luna Smith-Mejia (tenth) and Mia Netland (eleventh).
Greely’s Leif Boddie, Peter Rinehart and Charles Segal; Falmouth’s Sam Yoon; Yarmouth’s Will Greatest and Quinn Federle; and NYA’s Bryce Poulin superior within the Area 5 boys’ singles event.
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