PORTLAND – Louie DiStasio struck out the side in the seventh inning to complete a one-hit shutout as Cheverus increased its winning streak to seven with a 1-0 victory against Windham in a Telegram League finale Wednesday.

Windham (12-4) lost a chance to enter the Western Class A tournament as the No. 1 seed. That spot will go to Marshwood, which beat Sanford 3-2 on Tuesday to finish 14-2. Windham could drop to third with Scarborough second.

Cheverus (12-4) will be the fourth seed in the tournament that starts June 5 with the preliminaries.

The Stags scored when Mitchell Powers doubled home Harry Ridge in the first. Ridge reached on a fielder’s choice and scored from first on Powers’ drive over the center fielder’s head.

DiStasio had a perfect game through five innings before Joe Francoeur singled up the middle to lead off the sixth. Spencer Hodge ran for Francoeur and reached second on a fielder’s choice. He was the Eagles’ only base runner.

“That was vintage Louie,” said Cheverus Coach Mac McKew. “That might have been his best game as a high school pitcher. There was only one runner. He had 10 strikeouts. He was simply outstanding and we made the plays we had to make.”

DiStasio also tossed a one-hitter against Thornton Academy earlier in the season.

Considering the opponent, DiStasio agreed this game topped that performance.

“This was definitely a great game for me,” he said.

DiStasio said the pitch Francoeur hit was a change-up.

“I left it up a little and he took advantage of it,” he said. “It was a good hit.”

Cody Dube of Windham allowed six hits and struck out nine.

“It was a classic pitcher’s duel,” said McKew. “Dube was outstanding.”

DiStasio, improving his record to 4-2, took advantage of the warm, sunny afternoon. He used an overpowering fastball.

“The weather was nicer. My arm felt good,” said DiStasio.

Powers, who drove in the only run, was inserted into the lineup six games ago. A talented pitcher, he has pitched sparingly because of an elbow injury last fall. His bat has been welcomed.

“Powers has been getting the job done at the plate,” said McKew. “Since the weather has warmed up, so has he.”

“Powers has been on a hot streak,” said DiStasio. “We hope he can bring it to the playoffs.”

Cheverus has turned it around after dropping three straight earlier this month.

“We’re a different team now,” said DiStasio. “Our energy level is back. The playoffs are wide open. It will depend on which team hits the best because you’re going to get the other team’s No. 1 (pitcher).”

Windham enters the playoffs having lost two straight.

“We have some time to fix things before the playoffs start,” said Coach Mike Fullerton. “Louie really threw a great game.

“Cody also pitched a great game. It’s too bad we couldn’t get him some runs.”

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