SMCC baseball, softball earn victories

The Southern Maine Community College baseball and softball teams battled the elements as well as the opposition last weekend and earned their share of triumph. Softball lost 12-4 to Johnson State College in a rain and hailstorm Friday, but bounced back with a doubleheader sweep of Vermont Tech (8-1, 9-8) Saturday and a sweep of Dean College (14-10, 14-2) Sunday to improve to 18-8 (13-1 in Yankee Small College Conference play). The Seawolves (ranked seventh in the USCAA coaches’ poll) were paced by freshman Nicole Tuttle, who went 6-for-7 against Vermont Tech and 8-for-10 with four doubles and seven RBI against Dean, performances which earned her the YSCC Player of the Week honor. The SMCC baseball team swept Vermont Tech 13-0 and 3-1 Saturday, then got swept by Dean College (14-3, 8-2) Sunday. The Seawolves are now 17-4 (14-2 in YSCC) and are ranked fifth nationally. Coleman Findlay won both games last week with 13 scoreless innings and was named YSCC Player of the Week.

D-League team named
The new Maine entry in the NBA Developmental League will be known as the “Red Claws,” the team announced last week. The name was selected by the fans. The Red Claws begin play in November at the Portland Expo.

New soccer organization debuting
A new soccer organization, Maine Premier Soccer, will launch at the Portland Sports Complex this month. Kicking off during April vacation week, all details are available at

South Portland coaching vacancies
South Portland’s athletic department is seeking to fill three coaching positions. At the high school, a junior varsity boys’ soccer and a freshman football coach are needed. An assistant track and field coach at Memorial Middle School is also sought.
FMI, 767-7705.

Cape Elizabeth baseball bottle drive
The defending Western Class B champion Cape Elizabeth baseball team is holding a bottle drive Saturday. Bags can be left at the end of the driveway by those wishing to donate who won’t be at home. Players will also be selling subscriptions to ESPN The Magazine.

Greater Portland men’s Over-50 softball league open for registrations
The Greater Portland Men’s Over-50 softball league located in Portland and South Portland and now in its 11th season, is seeking players for the 2009 season. Players who turn 50 prior to Dec. 31 are eligible.
FMI, [email protected]

Casco Bay Sports offering co-ed spring leagues
Casco Bay Sports is offering several co-ed spring leagues. In April and May, a 6-on-6 soccer league, a Sunday flag football and a Sunday softball league will commence.