Seacoast Law & Title, Windham Merchants meet today for Junior Legion state title

Keenan Lowe struck out seven and walked four while allowing just one earned run on six hits to lead second-ranked Seacoast Law & Title (19-3) to a 6-3 win over the top-seeded Windham Merchants (20-2) in the winner’s bracket of the Junior Legion baseball state tournament at USM in Gorham on Monday afternoon.

Zack Bean hit an RBI single that tied the game in the fifth, and Cody Champagne led off the top of the sixth with a single and scored the winning run on a groundout for Seacoast.

Windham rebounded to earn a spot in the championship round against Seacoast, beating OA-Yarmouth 5-0 behind a no-hitter from Joey Francoeur.

Francoeur’s final out came on a ground ball that got through the infield to right fielder Sam Manley, who threw the runner out at first.

Jack Herzig went 3 for 3 with two runs scored, one RBI and two stolen bases for Windham. Nate Boyle added two hits, including a triple, and scored a run.

In the opening game of the day, Nick Lainey scored on a two-out bunt single by Mike Smith in the bottom of the seventh to lift OA-Yarmouth to a 7-6 win over Lewiston.

Seacoast Law & Title and Windham will meet at 11 a.m. today. If Windham wins the first game, a second game will be played to determine the champion.


NAUTICA NYC TRIATHLON: Two competitors died after experiencing problems during the swim portion of the Nautica New York City Triathlon, leading race organizers to consider demanding more documentation of athletes’ training and experience.

Race director Bill Burke called the deaths “a very, very sad occurrence and tragedy,” but characterized the weather conditions during Sunday’s race as optimal. The temperature reached 89 degrees in Central Park on Sunday with high levels of humidity, according to the National Weather Service.

Michael Kudryk, of Freehold, N.J., died Sunday after he was pulled out of the Hudson River unconscious. Police say he was believed to have suffered a heart attack.

A 40-year-old woman from Elmhurst, Ill., who was not identified at the family’s request, died Monday. Burke said she was believed to have gone into cardiac arrest twice after Sunday’s swim.


MATCHES POSTPONED: Premier League club West Ham says its League Cup opener against Aldershot has been postponed because police are calling off “all major public events” as violence continued for a third day in London.

PRODIGY SIGNED: Spanish club Real Madrid signed a 7-year-old player from Argentina, Leonel Angel Coira. The boy will begin training Sept. 6, Madrid spokesman Juan Tapiador told The Associated Press.

Madrid reportedly made the push to sign Coira because rival Atletico Madrid was also pursuing the youngster.


ROGERS CUP: Stanislas Wawrinka defeated David Nalbandian 6-1, 6-4 in the first round in Montreal.