June 17, 2013

High School Notebook: After so many near-misses, Westbrook breaks through

From staff reports

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The celebration was on Saturday after Westbrook knocked off defending Class A champion Messalonskee to win the school’s first baseball state title since 1951.

Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

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Hope Correia, left, and Meredith Willard embrace after Cheverus edged Massabesic 8-7 Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium for the Stags’ first Class A girls’ lacrosse state title.

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CLASS A: Westbrook 2, Messalonskee 0

CLASS B: York 4, Winslow 1

CLASS C: Dirigo 8, Stearns 2

CLASS D: Bangor Christian 4, Buckfield 0


CLASS A: Scarborough 9, Skowhegan 3

CLASS B: Oceanside 8, Greely 1

CLASS C: Bucksport 7, Madison 0

CLASS D: Richmond 3, Penobscot Valley 0


CLASS A: Scarborough 15, Cheverus 4

CLASS B: Cape Elizabeth 7, Yarmouth 4


CLASS A: Cheverus 8, Massabesic 7

CLASS B: Waynflete 7, Yarmouth 4

Mercurio threw out two runners trying to steal second. And senior Adam Bailey put in a command performance on the mound, allowing just six hits and never letting Winslow get anything going.

He was aided by a three-run first inning.

"We've done that the last few games," he said of taking an early lead. "And it gives you a lot of confidence, helps get you going. Knowing your teammates have your back, no matter what, gives you a lot of confidence."

Mercurio said Bailey's performance wasn't out of the ordinary.

"He's got crazy, crazy stuff," said Mercurio. "He has solid pitches and that's what you need in this league."

Mercurio said every one of the Wildcats had something to prove in the state final.

"There was a lot of stuff to get back," he said. "We did it for the town."


FOR THE SECOND straight game, Scarborough senior second baseman Marisa O'Toole put on quite a show in the Class A softball final against Skowhegan, leading the Red Storm to a 9-3 victory.

O'Toole, whose fifth-inning, two-run homer Wednesday in the regional final started Scarborough's comeback in a 5-2 win over Sanford, wasted little time getting the Red Storm in the state final. She led off the game with a home run to left, then added a two-run triple to right in the second inning.

"I've been saying this right along, she's one of the top four, five players in the state," Scarborough Coach Tom Griffin said. "She didn't make first-team all-star in our own league, which scratches my head. I don't understand. I don't get it, but she just got an opportunity in the playoffs to prove herself. Everybody got the chance to see the type of ballplayer she is."

O'Toole and fellow senior captains Grace Farnkoff (shortstop) and Erin Giles (third base/pitcher) were everyday heart-of-the-order starters. All three are headed to NESCAC softball programs. O'Toole will go to Bowdoin, Farnkoff to Colby, and Giles to Middlebury.

Seniors Mary Redmond, Paige Moore-Haskell and Sydney Litrocapes had to find and accept less noticeable ways to contribute. Redmond and Moore-Haskell became pinch-running specialists. Both scored as courtesy runners in the championship game.

"That was their role. They're our two fastest players and that's how they could help us the most," Griffin said.

Litrocapes was the team's top pinch-hitter, but with such a strong starting lineup, she knew her opportunities would be few.

It could have been a hard role to accept, especially for someone who has played softball since a young age.

"I love playing with these girls," said Litrocapes. "They're so much fun to play with. Getting a lot of playing time really didn't matter that much to me because I like playing with the team."

The three senior reserves had consecutive at-bats in the seventh inning as pinch hitters. Griffin said he felt it was the right thing to do, and they produced. Litrocapes worked a lengthy at-bat before singling sharply up the middle. Redmond followed with a walk, and Moore-Haskell hit a sharp grounder to short that resulted in an error to load the bases. Litrocapes and Redmond scored on a pinch-hit single by sophomore Brittany Plowman.

SCARBOROUGH FRESHMAN outfielder Chloe Gorey barely stands 5 feet tall. Maybe that's one reason why she wasn't projected as a varsity player when the season began and was not among the 20 or so players who made the Red Storm's semi-annual preseason trip to Florida.

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Cam Wilson lets out a scream during Cape Elizabeth’s victory celebration following a 7-4 win over Yarmouth in the Class B lacrosse state championship game.

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Jurien Garrison, top, jumps onto the pile after Scarborough became the first lacrosse team to win four consecutive state championships since the Maine Principals’ Association started sponsoring the sport in 1998.

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Cat Johnson rejoices with her Waynflete teammates after the Flyers capped an unbeaten season with a 7-4 win over Yarmouth in the Class B lacrosse final.

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Scarborough pitcher Alyssa Williamson celebrates after recording the final out in a 9-3 win over Skowhegan for the Class A softball title.

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