While no one expects a 14-inning softball game, that it happened when Wells met Falmouth last Thursday made a certain amount of sense.
Both teams were 9-7 last season but are improved this year and entered with 7-1 records. The pitchers – Lauren Bame of Wells and Julia Treadwell of Falmouth – threw strikes and spotted some key off-speed pitches. Both teams had shining defensive moments.
In other words, two very similar teams.
“Great defense on both sides. They played a fantastic game. My girls played a fantastic game,” Wells Coach Kevin Fox said after his team finally put away a 5-2 win.
The teams met again Monday at Wells. This time it finished in the regulation seven innings, with Wells winning 8-7.
Though both appear headed to the postseason, they won’t meet a third time. Falmouth plays a Class B schedule but will compete in the Class A playoffs. The Yachtsmen were ranked fourth in the Heal point standings before Monday’s games. Wells was No. 2 in Western Class B.
Wells had little time to celebrate its lengthy win. The Warriors played again the next day and outlasted Yarmouth, 15-10. Wells had a 10-3 lead before Yarmouth scored seven runs in the top of the sixth against Bame, who pitched another complete game.
“You could see a bit of fatigue set in,” Fox said. “Yarmouth came right after us and I knew they would. For them it was a big Heal point game. When you put yourself up there a little (in the standings), you put a little target on yourself, too.”
Wells responded with five in the bottom of the sixth.
Much like its girls’ basketball team that made a run to the Western Maine final, Wells is senior-laden. Seven of the nine seniors started the 14-inning game, including Bame, catcher Meaghan Young and power-hitting third baseman Jordan Agger.
Young deserves a good bit of credit for Bame’s performance against Falmouth, Fox said.
“I used to call a lot of the pitches and then I decided I’ve got a catcher who I’ve trained, and she has a much better feeling of (Bame) is hitting and not hitting for spots,” Fox said. “Meaghan calls an outstanding game and knows how to set hitters up for those strikeout pitches.”
Greely and Falmouth will play a tripleheader Saturday at The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach. After a junior varsity game at 2:30 p.m., the varsities will play a doubleheader at 5:30.
“It will be fun to have a doubleheader at The Ballpark,” said Greely Coach Derek Soule. “Just the setting will add to the feeling of being in a playoff-like game. The (junior varsity) teams will get the experience of playing at The Ballpark. It will be a treat for everyone.”
Greely (8-1) started the week ranked third in Western Class B and Falmouth was 10th in Western Class A despite a 6-2 record.
“We have a good rivalry and the kids get fired up,” Falmouth Coach Kevin Winship said of playing Greely.
It’s a big week for Falmouth, which has a makeup game Tuesday at home against Kennebunk, then will be home Wednesday against Yarmouth.
“We’re finally starting to hit consistently and score some runs,” said Winship.
Falmouth has three hitters batting over .400, led by Luke Velas at .480. Opponents have been careful pitching to Will D’Agostino, who has walked nine times. D’Agostino is batting .350 with one home run and three doubles, a .567 on-base percentage and a .650 slugging percentage.
“When he’s getting pitched to, he’s hitting,” said Winship. “He’s just not getting pitched to that much.
“We’re hoping to keep the bats going. With our defense and pitching, we should be all right the rest of the way.”
Preliminary rounds of the state singles tennis tournaments for the Greater Portland region will be held Wednesday after being postponed from Saturday because of rain. Action begins at 9 a.m. at Deering High (for girls) and Waynflete’s Fore River courts (for boys), and satellite sites.
Olivia Leavitt, the defending state champion, and Justin Brogan, a two-time finalist, both of Falmouth, are the top seeds in Region 5, which will be winnowed to 17 girls and 17 boys from initial fields of approximately 60 each.
Falmouth’s entire singles lineups are seeded among the top six. Julia Brogan and Caroline Ray are second and sixth among girls, and Brendan McCarthy and Aiden McGrory are second and fourth among boys.
Four other regions around the state will contribute enough players to construct draws of 48 that will get underway May 30 at Colby College in Waterville. The Round of 16 and quarterfinals are scheduled for May 31 at Colby, with the semifinals and finals June 2 at Bates College in Lewiston.
Former Greely High wrestler Nick Vogel, the 2013 Class A champion at 160 pounds, had a successful postgraduate year at Mercersburg (Pennsylvania) Academy and committed to wrestle at Ithaca College next year.
Vogel compiled a 21-6 mark while competing at 160 pounds for Mercersburg and was a co-captain. He was the school’s Coaches’ Leadership Award winner and was an Academic All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League selection.
Colin Sevigney of Wells, a two-time Class B state champion, was named Maine’s recipient of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum’s Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award. The award, named after the former Olympic and world champion, is based on excellence in wrestling, scholastics achievement, citizenship and community service.
– Staff Writers Tom Chard and Glenn Jordan contributed to this report.