YARMOUTH — Left-hander Conor Moloney struck out 10 and dominated at times in leading unbeaten Cape Elizabeth to a 7-0 victory against previously unbeaten Yarmouth in a Western Maine Conference Class B baseball game Wednesday.

The game matched the top-ranked Capers (8-0) and No. 2 Yarmouth (8-1) in the Heal point standings.

Moloney, who allowed five hits, kept his fastball low while mixing in his curve. And the offense jumped early on left-hander Campbell Haley.

Cam Brown, the Cape leadoff hitter, went 4 for 4.

“That’s the first time we ever hit Haley,” said Cape Coach Chris Hayward. “He’s a good pitcher.”

Cape has beaten Falmouth, Greely and Yarmouth. It will be home Friday against York.

“It puts us in first place for the moment, that’s all,” said Hayward. “We’re a good team but there are a lot of other good teams. We play them all again. We just like collecting wins so we can get into the tournament.”

Yarmouth put a runner on third with no outs in the first inning and loaded the bases with one out in the fourth. Both times Moloney pitched out of it.

“Conor pitched a fantastic game,” said Hayward. “I thought the key to the game was when Yarmouth didn’t answer our two runs in the first. Conor struck out two batters and got the third out on a groundout to short.”

Moloney struck out the side in the second and got the first two batters on strikeouts in the third. Against Yarmouth last year, Moloney said he got rocked when his pitches got up. This time he made sure to keep his pitches below the hittter’s waist.

“Yarmouth is a good hitting team,” said Moloney. “Anything below the waist was a good pitch for me. I made a couple of mistakes in the fourth inning when they got three straight hits. I threw too many fastballs and they caught on.”

With one out in the fourth, Luke Pierce got Yarmouth’s first hit, Nick Whittaker followed with a single and Aidan Sullivan reached on a bad-hop single. Moloney got out of it with a pop-up and a bouncer to the mound.

“We couldn’t do anything off Moloney for three innings,” said Yarmouth Coach Marc Halsted.

“We had to stay away from his curve. We also have to play seven innings and be emotional for all seven innings. We didn’t like getting beat. We hope to turn this into a positive.”

Cape led 2-0 after one, then sent nine batters to the plate to score four more in the second.

Halsted said Haley, who had allowed only one earned run entering the game, got ahead of the hitters but found trouble when he got his pitches up later in the count.

“Campbell threw 14 of 19 first- pitch strikes. We just didn’t put Cape away. They were the better team today,” he said.

Yarmouth will get another crack at the Capers when they meet next Wednesday.

Staff Writer Tom Chard can be reached at 791-6419 or at:

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