The York baseball team experienced a full range of emotions in two games this week.
On Monday the Wildcats were home against Greely, which took advantage of a short fence – 310 feet to all fields – and the wind blowing out to hit five home runs, including three grand slams. Greely scored 15 runs in the first inning and won, 25-2.
“Take nothing away from Greely,” said York Coach Chuck Chadbourne. “They hit the (heck) out of the ball. They pounced on every opportunity.”
The next day was a different story; the Wildcats did the slugging at Gray-New Gloucester in a 21-0 victory.
The Wildcats, ranked seventh in Western Class B, scored seven runs in the second inning and nine in the fifth against a team that had gone 14 consecutive innings without allowing a run.
Still, Gray-New Gloucester is ranked sixth and well-positioned to make the tournament.
“I’ve never seen anything like that,” Chadbourne said of the two games. “Greely came up to the plate with a lot of energy. We’re extremely young and went into the Greely game with the knowledge it might not go well. I told them to go out, compete and learn.”
Apparently they got the learning part down.
“We had a good approach at the plate,” said Chadbourne of the Gray New-Gloucester game. “We got some fastballs and made some good swings.”
The Wildcats, who started two freshmen, four sophomores and three juniors against Gray-New Gloucester, surprisingly didn’t hit a home run in the road game.
York’s home field, however, is a home-run haven. Nine have been hit in the past two games.
On Wednesday, York got a big win at home by beating Kennebunk, 10-9. Kennebunk had won four straight.
There were two grand slams in the game, one by Danny Bock of York and another by Nick Emmons of the Rams. Also, Sam Johnson of York hit a two-run homer in the fifth that broke a tie.
Getting back to the Greely-York game Monday, there was a reason why Bailey Train, Greely’s best hitter, didn’t homer. That’s because he never got a chance; York intentionally walked him four times, three times to load the bases.
“I didn’t want Bailey to hit one onto Route 1,” said Chadbourne.
WATERVILLE’S 6-2 win over previously unbeaten Oceanside in baseball Wednesday tightened the Eastern Class B Heal point standings. Oceanside is still ranked No. 1 but Waterville moved from fourth to second.
Oceanside was bidding to win its second big game of the week after downing Winslow, the defending Eastern Maine champion, 4-1 on Monday. After the top two teams, the rest of the rankings are bunched. It looks to stay that way to the end.
Oceanside, which plays at third-ranked Camden Hills on Friday, is in the heart of its schedule. The stretch began with a win over Nokomis of Newport 5-1 last week. Nokomis eliminated Oceanside from the playoffs in the preliminary round last season.
“We have eight starters back from last year’s team,” Oceanside Coach Don Shields said. “We had to find a shortstop and two outfielders.”
Sophomore Nick Mazurek pitched a five-hitter with five strikeouts against Winslow. He was opposed by Dylan Hapworth, who had 12 strikeouts and allowed six hits. One of Hapworth’s strikeout victims was Mazurek, who struck out for the first time in 29 plate appearances.
On the mound, Mazurek has a 4-0 record. He has 38 strikeouts in just under 30 innings and hasn’t allowed an earned run. He’s batting .500 with three homers and 15 RBI.
Oceanside plays its home games on the former Georges Valley High field. The Mariners have two holdovers from their former schools: senior Nick Judge, the shortstop, played for Georges Valley as a freshman, and catcher J.T. Tobin played for Rockland as a freshman.
Shields said it’s way too early to start looking at the top teams in Western Class B.
“Eastern Class B is a tough league,” he said. “There are a lot of quality teams in the conference. We’re all fighting for a first-round bye.”
As for getting prepared for his Western Class B regular-season opponents, Shields said: “I may scout Morse, who we play in a couple of weeks.”
The Shipbuilders (6-3) are ranked sixth in Western Maine. The Mariners have another game against Lincoln Academy (6-3), which is ranked third in the West. The Mariners beat the Eagles 7-2 on May 5.
IN THE “you can watch baseball all your life and still see something new” department, the Falmouth-Kennebunk game began with something that isn’t seen a lot.
In the bottom of the first, two of the first three Kennebunk batters were beaned by Falmouth left-hander Addison Foltmer: leadoff man Robbie Burns and one batter later, Kip Richard, both hit in the helmet. It was unintentional by Foltmer and both batters, both left-handed, were fine as they trotted to first base.
Another oddity happened in the scorebook during the top of the sixth when Burns, the reliever, retired Falmouth in order on two tappers back to him before covering first for the putout on a grounder to first.
For scoring purposes it was 1-3, 1-3, 3-1.
Senior pitcher Sarah Harriman, a two-time Maine Sunday Telegram All-Star, is no longer on the Fryeburg Academy team, Athletic Director Sue Thurston confirmed Wednesday.
“It was her choice,” Thurston said. “She’s OK with her choice, the coach is OK with her choice and the team has moved on.”
“She was not suspended nor was it a discipline issue. It was a personal choice.”
Fryeburg is coached by Stephen Woodcock. He replaced Fred Apt, who retired following the 2013 season.
Noting that “change is difficult,” Thurston said she felt Harriman’s decision to stop playing softball had been building through the early portion of the season.
Harriman’s final game for Fryeburg was a 5-1 loss at Cape Elizabeth, at which point Fryeburg was 2-3. Earlier in the season she recorded her 500th career strikeout. As a junior she posted a 0.72 ERA with 150 strikeouts in 107 innings while hitting .471.
Sophomore Jeannette White has taken over the pitching duties.
The Raiders are now 5-4.
TRACK AND FIELD
Kate Hall of Lake Region set a Maine all-time outdoor best May 8 at Falmouth High with a leap of 19 feet, 6 3/4 inches in the long jump. She broke her own mark of 19-0 3/4 set last year at the New England championships. Hall also owns the indoor record of 19-11 1/2, set in March at the New Balance national championships in New York.
She’s ranked No. 1 in New England in both the long jump and the 100-meter dash (12.04 seconds).
– Staff Writers Steve Craig and Deirdre Fleming contributed to this report.
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