YARMOUTH — Cam Guarino scattered six hits to lead unbeaten Falmouth to a 5-1 win against Yarmouth in a Western Maine Conference baseball game Monday.
Guarino struck out four and walked two to help the Yachtsmen raise their record to 11-0 to keep pace with South Portland and Thornton Academy in the race for the top spot in the Class A South division.
“We’re just trying to get one of the first four seeds so we can get a first-round bye,” said Robbie Armitage, who had three of Falmouth’s nine hits and scored a run. “We just got to get on the train and see how far it goes.”
With a Guarino on the mound – a junior left-hander with a baffling assortment of pitches – the Yachtsmen could go a long way.
“He moves the ball up, down and changes speeds really well,” Falmouth Coach Kevin Winship said. “He’s just a really complete pitcher and keeps everybody off balance. Any time he’s on the mound we’ve got a good chance to win.”
Guarino, who struck out five and walked two to improve to 5-0, impressed St. Anselm Coach Barry Rosen, who was at the game. “He gets batters out,” Rosen said.
“I just try to fool batters all the time,” Guarino said. “That’s just my goal each day. I don’t try to overpower guys.”
The Yachtsmen took a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Connor Aube led off the game with a double, but he had to remain on second when Robbie Armitage blooped a single to shallow center that fell in among three players.
After Reese Armitage reached on an infield error to load the bases, Colin Coyne drove in two runs by grounding a single through the left side.
The Clippers (6-3-1) scored in the bottom of the first. They loaded the bases on singles by Conor O’Donnell and Gibby Harnett and an error. The run scored when Luke Klenda grounded out to first for the second out of the inning.
Falmouth scored three runs in the fourth, sending nine batters to the plate.
Jesse Melchiskey and Hogan Tracy hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. After they moved up on Guarino’s sacrifice bunt, Aube drew an intentional walk to load the bases. Two runs scored on an error on Tyler Gee’s ground ball to the right side. Robbie Armitage drove in a run with his third consecutive hit.
“We got guys on base and we were competing, but when you make a bunch of errors and don’t get to balls that you should get to, you’re going to give up five runs,” Yarmouth Coach Marc Halsted said.
“Yarmouth is a very good team,” Winship said. “We just happened to capitalize on a few mistakes and take advantage of some errors.”
It was the third consecutive loss for the Clippers, who remain in contention for a berth in the Class B South tournament.
“We’ve just got to get rid of the stupid physical mistakes and make sure we’re locked in from pitch one,” Halsted said.