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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SATURDAY'S STATE FINALS

BASEBALL

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

SOFTBALL

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

BOYS' LACROSSE

CLASS A: Scarborough 15, Cheverus 4

CLASS B: Cape Elizabeth 7, Yarmouth 4

GIRLS' LACROSSE

CLASS A: Cheverus 8, Massabesic 7

CLASS B: Waynflete 7, Yarmouth 4

"Then tryouts came and we were like, this kid has prepared herself all winter and she's far more advanced than we thought she was, and we really, really regretted we didn't take her to Florida," Griffin said.

Batting eighth and starting in right field throughout the playoffs, Gorey shored up the outfield defense and produced at the plate. She had an RBI hit in three of the four playoff games, and scored twice against Skowhegan.

"It just goes to show, it's not where you start that matters, it's where you finish," Griffin said.

TUCKED UP in the corner of the Oceanside softball dugout was a 10-pound bag of Aroostook County potatoes. One of the team's biggest boosters had given the bag to Coach Rusty Worcester in the Eastern Class B tournament as sort of a good-luck charm and, Worcester said, "This bag was going to go everywhere we went."

Some of the Oceanside players remembered the last time they played at St. Joseph's College. Before Oceanside was formed two years ago by the merger of Georges Valley and Rockland, Georges Valley was a regular participant in Western Class C championship games.

The last time they played, the Buccaneers lost to Telstar on a walk-off hit that landed on the right-field foul line -- a lot of chalk came up.

"This is much better," said senior first baseman Kennadi Grover, who was on that team.

Worcester agreed: "This is great. The kids got it done."

GREELY FELL short of its dream of winning a state championship, but the Rangers have a bright future.

Of the 10 players in the starting lineup (including second baseman Lexi Faietta, the "flex" player who does not bat), seven were sophomores or freshmen.

Dani Cimino, the starting pitcher and only senior, said, "Now they have this experience, they know what it's like to play on the big field, they've seen big hitters the program will go up from here."

Jessica Gomez, the Rangers' first-year coach, knows she'll have to replace Cimino -- who's heading to Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., a Division III softball power -- but likes everything she has in place.

"It's been absolutely amazing," she said. "The kids have been absolutely amazing. Anything I ask them to do, they do it, whether in practice or game, and they do it to the best of their ability. You can't ask anything more as a coach."

She said this championship game experience will be vital. "Think of the level they came from -- the eighth grade," she said. "They've come a long way."

LACROSSE

SCARBOROUGH'S 15-4 victory over Cheverus marked the fourth straight Class A title in boys' lacrosse for the Red Storm, the longest such stretch for any school since the Maine Principals' Association first sanctioned the sport in 1998.

Coach Joe Hezlep gave credit to his nine seniors, who learned from the example set by their predecessors and a best-practice approach.

"Our best competition usually is our day-to-day practice," Hezlep said. "We get out and we play hard, and it really does a good job of setting the stage for the next year. These kids are used to playing at a really high level in practice."

Senior attack John Wheeler, who led the team in scoring for a fourth straight season, said the Red Storm defense often frustrated the offense in practice.

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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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