Friday, March 7, 2014
From staff reports
Windham has been somewhat of a surprise team in SMAA baseball under first-year head coach Brody Artes. The Eagles (12-2) are ranked second in the Western Class A Heal point standings with two games remaining. They host Portland on Tuesday and have a makeup game at Noble.
Windham's two losses have been 2-1 to Marshwood in the opener and 4-2 to Scarborough on May 18. After losing to Marshwood, the Eagles won 10 straight. Since the Scarborough loss, Windham has beaten Westbrook and Gorham.
In right-hander Nate Boyle, the Eagles have one of the top two pitchers in the SMAA. The senior is 6-0 and ranks second in the conference with a 0.50 ERA. He's third in strikeouts with 35, and opponents are batting only .144 against him.
Boyle isn't the only reason for Windham's fine season. The Eagles play outstanding defense and have shown a knack for coming up with clutch hits.
AS EXPECTED, Scarborough (13-1) and South Portland (12-2) have proven to be a cut above the rest of the teams in Western Class A as the regular season enters its final week.
But one squad -- Sanford -- has beaten both teams. That has instilled the Spartans with extra belief in their own abilities and a heightened sense of purpose, said senior first baseman Kellie Tovey.
"It gives us that motivation to prove that we did deserve those wins," Tovey said. "We know that we can beat teams as long as we try as hard as we can."
Sanford (10-5) is ranked third in Western Class A with one game remaining.
TRACK AND FIELD
SATURDAY'S INCLEMENT weather forced postponement of the SMAA, Western Maine Conference and Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference meets until Monday. The SMAA meet begins at 10 a.m. at Thornton Academy in Saco, the WMC starts at 9 a.m. at Lake Region High in Naples, and the KVAC meet begins at 9 a.m. at Morse High in Bath.
CREWS FROM Waynflete and the Yarmouth Rowing Club will compete Saturday afternoon in the final regatta of the season -- the Maine Youth Rowing Association championship -- on the Fore River in Portland.
The four-man sweep shells will put in near Stroudwater following high tide around 3:30 p.m. and race down river along a 1,500-meter course.
Waynflete, which has sponsored a team for more than a decade, includes rowers from Cape Elizabeth, Cheverus, Deering, Falmouth and Portland high schools.
Waynflete competed Saturday on Thorndike Pond in Dublin, N.H., and finished first in both the boys' and girls' varsity divisions, as well as the girls' novice division.
The Yarmouth Rowing Club, which has sponsored a youth program for seven years, includes rowers from Falmouth, Freeport, Greely and Windham high schools.
The best viewing spot for the finish line Saturday is on Thompson's Point.
-- Staff Writers Tom Chard, Steve Craig and Paul Betit contributed to this report.