Senior pitcher Mary Zambello has had an outstanding season, going 11-1 for Greely, which is 13-2.

After Greely beat Yarmouth 8-1 on Friday, when Zambello allowed only four hits (two bunts and two doubles) and struck out four, Yarmouth Coach Jim Senecal had high praise.

“She doesn’t look unhittable,” he said, “but she hits her spots and makes good pitches. She keeps you off-balance. She has a nice overall game. And that’s a good pitcher.”

Greely Coach Mike Robb said the game showed how far the Rangers have come as a team.

“We preach all the time about showing our identity, who we are,” said Robb.

“Some games we just haven’t been there, mentally. Today these girls showed their identity.”

Zambello added, “Some games we haven’t been focused. Today we brought our A game.”

 

THE SMAA softball championships will be held next Saturday at Scarborough High. The semifinals will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the championship game scheduled to start at 11.

 

AFTER HOLDING OFF Kennebunk for a 12-9 victory Thursday night to end the regular season, the unbeaten Scarborough girls’ lacrosse team began a 16-day wait until its next game.

On June 12, the top-seeded Red Storm (12-0) will be home against fourth-ranked Kennebunk (8-4) in a Western Class A semifinal.

“We’ve got a lot of scrimmages set up,” Scarborough Coach Marcia Wood said. “We’ll scrimmage Waynflete and some other teams in Class B. We’ll try to just keep (the players) focused. That’s going to be my big job with graduation and everything. Just keeping everybody focused and in condition.”

 

IT LOOKS AS if the playoff seeding for Western Class A baseball will come down to Tuesday, the final day of the regular season and the Maine Principals’ Association’s last countable date for games.

“I think it’s great for all the schools, and I think it’s exciting,” Cheverus Coach Mac McKew said. “You’re going to get more people showing up to the games because they mean more. The parity’s great, and the fact that 12 out of the 16 teams are still alive going into the last game, that’s good for baseball. It keeps people interested. When you’re playing games that don’t mean anything, they’re very flat. But these are really exciting games and it should be a great run to the wire.

Cheverus is one of a handful of teams aiming for the eight playoff berths in Western Class A. The Stags will close the regular season at 4 p.m. Tuesday against Deering at Hadlock Field.

 

SCARBOROUGH MIGHT have gained some momentum for the baseball playoffs with a come-from-behind 9-5 victory against Thornton Academy on Friday. The Red Storm trailed 5-0 after one inning, but scored all of their runs in the last three innings.

Scarborough showed a lot of determination in rallying. The Red Storm’s confidence had to be low after losing to Deering 13-3 in 41/2 innings the night before.

But in the wide-open Telegram League, tomorrow is always another day.

Westbrook and Deering looked liked the hottest teams entering last week’s action. After having its best hitting game of the season against Scarborough on Thursday, Deering lost to a capable Bonny Eagle team the next day. The Scots lost to Massabesic before their victory against the Rams.

And Westbrook, after looking strong in beating Deering the previous week, dropped games to South Portland and Marshwood.

 

CHEVERUS HONORED its senior baseball players after Saturday’s 4-1 win over Biddeford, presenting the players and their parents with purple carnations at home plate at MacDonald Memorial Field. After the presentation, Cheverus Athletic Administrator Patsy Fowler gave Biddeford’s seniors orange carnations and commended them on their four years.

 

— Staff Writers Rachel Lenzi, Mike Lowe, Tom Chard and Paul Betit contributed to this report.