Rookies of Westbrook’s Senior Babe Ruth team has kept it light through a competitive season. Now that Mike Cook’s players have finished the regular schedule with a 10-2 division record, they plan to get down to business in the post season.

The team plays in the state tournament in Topsham (Mt. Ararat High School) starting Thursday, the team scheduled to battle Messalonskee. Four divisional winners made the bracket for the state tournament.

Friday, Westbrook lost its final regular season game to an inspired Windham team, 8-6, but the players say they can put that loss behind them as they gear for the states.

“I think we have a solid team,” said shortstop Steve Sands after the Friday loss. “But it’s relaxed. We win games just by having fun. We’ll joke around with each other. We’ll pick on each other, but nobody takes it to heart.”

Sands’ two-run single in the sixth inning gave his team a 5-4 lead, but Windham, behind consecutive singles by Andrew Shute, Steve Dunphie, Scott Bonjour and Dan Williams struck for four runs in the sixth. In the first inning Windham jumped out in front on Dunphie’s two-run double. He had three hits in the game. Dunphie and Bonjour singled and scored for a pair of runs in the fourth.

Tyler Crosby had a pair of hits for Westbrook in the loss, as did Thomas Anthony, whose two-run single tied the game in the third inning.

Westbrook locked down first place in their division with a 10-6 win over Messalonskee earlier in the week.

Against Messalonskee, Shawn McCurdy earned the win on the mound and six Westbrook players had multiple-hit games, the team knocking 17 hits in six innings. The big frame was a seven-run third inning.

“This season has been a lot of fun,” said manager Cook, who added that defense has been the team’s strong suit. “And Rookies has been a great sponsor.”

Windham, which finished 7-5, played with only nine players, but manager Mike Shute said the small core of the team has been dedicated.

“The group that came to this game made every game all season,” he said. “And they played with a lot of heart today. They played good, basic baseball with very few errors. I’m very proud of them.”

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