Thursday, April 24, 2014
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Adam Gould, pitcher, Portland: Gould tossed a four-hitter in an eight-inning 4-3 win over Westbrook on Saturday in the Bulldogs' Telegram League opener. Gould, a left-hander, had nine strikeouts and threw 110 pitches.
Matt MacDowell, catcher, Falmouth: MacDowell hit for the cycle and drove in five runs as the Yachtsmen downed Wells 17-7 on Monday.
Conor Moloney, pitcher, Cape Elizabeth: Moloney, a lefty, struck out 10 and allowed two hits in a five-inning, 10-0 win over Fryeburg Academy.
Keegan Sullivan, pitcher, Thornton Academy: Sullivan pitched a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts as the Golden Trojans beat Massabesic 2-0 in their Telegram League opener.
The Rams bounced back on Wednesday with a 5-0 win over Noble in a game shortened to five innings because of rain. Jake Nichols pitched a no-hitter.
DEFENDING CLASS B state champion Greely graduated its first six hitters in the lineup and starting pitcher Sam Stauber, who won a school record 10 games last season. This is Coach Derek Soule's most inexperienced team in his 11 seasons.
Still, the Rangers are off to a 3-0 start heading into today's home game against York.
The next three games will be a strong indicator if Greely will be a contender. After York, Greely plays at Cape Elizabeth and at Falmouth.
Soule likes what he has seen from his pitchers. Ben Russell got the win in relief in the opener against Lake Region. Sam Thompson, playing baseball for the first time since his freshman year after being on the lacrosse team the last two years, was the winning pitcher against Gray-New Gloucester, and Dan O'Brion got the win against Poland. Sophomore Mike Leeman also is expected to see plenty of mound duty after coming off injury.
O'Brion, Matt Labbe and sophomores Peter Stauber and Brad McKenney are swinging strong bats.
Soule is eager to see how his hitters perform against the good pitching they should see over the next three games.
"That's the big question, whether we can produce runs against the top pitchers in our league," said Soule.
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