YARMOUTH — Buoyed by Campbell Belisle Haley’s outstanding relief pitching, Yarmouth rallied from an early five-run deficit to pull out a 6-5 victory against Greely in a Western Maine Conference baseball game Friday.

Haley, a senior left-hander, pitched five scoreless innings to help the Clippers to their biggest win.

“I give (Haley) all the credit in the world,” Greely Coach Derek Soule said. “For a guy who hadn’t had a lot of innings this year because of arm problems, he went out there and just competed and battled. He was the player of the game, in my mind.”

Haley, who scattered five hits with four strikeouts and four walks, pitched out of two bases-loaded jams.

He entered the game after the Rangers, the top-ranked team in Western Class B, scored their runs in the first two innings off Bryce Snyder, who was making his second varsity start.

“I hadn’t pitched against anybody of Greely’s caliber yet, so I knew I had to mix it up and I had to let my teammates get into the play and not try to strike everybody out,” Haley said. “Greely is too good a team to do that, so I just tried to throw strikes and trust my teammates to make the plays behind me.”

It was only the third pitching appearance of the season for Haley.

“He’s coming back from a little bit of arm issues,” Yarmouth Coach Marc Halsted said. “He was on a pitch count today, and he stayed within that.”

The Rangers (13-2) opened the scoring in the first when Ben Shain walked with two outs, stole second and scored on the first of Matt Labbe’s three hits.

Greely scored four unearned runs in the second to open a 5-0 lead. After two outs, the Rangers loaded the bases on an error, a walk and Pete Stauber’s single.

Liam Maker drove in a run with a single and Shain cleared the bases with an opposite-field double into the gap in left.

The Clippers (12-3) scored their first two runs in the third. They loaded the bases on Ryan Cody’s two-out single, an error and a walk. The first run scored when Aiden Sullivan walked and another scored when Dustin McCrossin bounced into a double play.

In the fourth, Yarmouth made it 5-4 when Cody drove in two runs with a single following a walk, a hit batsman and Eamon Costello’s sacrifice.

The Clippers scored two runs in the sixth to take the lead. They loaded the bases on two-out singles by Haley and Luke Pierce, and the third walk of the game to Sullivan. McCrossin lined a single to center to drive in the runs.

“We talked about it when we were down 5-0, we needed to turn (the game) into a little bit of a street fight,” Halsted said.

“Greely’s a good team. They’re the class of our league every year, and every win against those guys you have to earn it, and it was fun to do that.”

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