FALMOUTH — Once his team got the lead, Cam Guarino proved unhittable Friday, leading Falmouth to a 5-2 victory against Greely in a Western Maine Conference baseball game.
Guarino, the ace of the staff, didn’t allow a hit after the Yachtsmen (7-0) scored twice in the fourth inning to go in front for the first time.
“It’s just adrenaline,” said Guarino. “I get so happy when my team scores, it just boosts me to throw hard and to throw smarter.”
Guarino improved to 3-0, as he struck out nine and surrendered three hits, no walks and no earned runs against the Rangers (4-1-1).
“He was throwing tons of strikes,” said Falmouth catcher Garrett Aube. “That’s an important thing in a game like this. Throwing a ton of strikes and making some plays behind him, Guarino will usually be on top.”
Falmouth Coach Kevin Winship said he knew all the Yachtsmen needed was to take the lead with Guarino on the mound.
“He just needs a couple (runs),” said Winship. “He settled in and really pitched a great game. He just keeps guys off-balance, he throws strikes, he doesn’t walk anybody, and we play pretty defense behind him. He knows that, so he pitches with a lot of confidence.”
Greely took the lead in the first inning when Caleb Normandeau singled, went to third on a throwing error and scored on a sacrifice fly by Cal Soule.
Ryan Twitchell scored the second run for Greely, also the result of throwing errors, in the seventh.
Falmouth tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first, relying largely on the speed of its leadoff man, Connor Aube. Aube led off with a walk, stole second and third, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Reece Armitage.
The Yachstmen, who got four of their five hits from the last three hitters in the lineup, added two runs in the fourth after Colin Coyne singled and advanced to third on a throwing error.
Another error on a ball hit by Chris Camelio scored Coyne. Back-to-back singles by Hogan Tracy (2 for 3) and Garrett Aube (RBI) put Falmouth ahead for good.
“The order is well rounded, and everybody can hit and everybody has power,” said Garrett Aube. “It doesn’t really matter who is up, we know we can all hit.”
Falmouth tacked on another pair of runs in the fifth, with both Robbie and Reece Armitage scoring in an inning that saw the Rangers commit three of their six errors.
“A strength of ours is really the defense,” said Greely Coach Derek Soule. “We asked a lot of our pitchers. We had two guys going on short rest and they pitched well, and deserved better defense.
“One thing I thought coming into this game was at least we would play solid defense. We didn’t have that and it really cost us.”