FALMOUTH – Yarmouth High sotball coach Jim Senecal walked away from the softball diamond Wednesday after watching visiting Wells defeat Falmouth 5-3, the Warriors’ fifth consecutive victory to end the regular season.

“They’re the hot team,” Senecal said of the Warriors. “They’re the team that no one wants to play.”

Well, Senecal just might see the Warriors soon.

While the final Western Class B Heal point standings aren’t official, the win moved Wells (11-5) into seventh place, which would dictate a quarterfinal game at Yarmouth.

Falmouth (8-8) is likely to finish eighth and play a prelim game.

Whatever the final standings end up, the Warriors are making people notice. They beat the Yachtsmen with nearly flawless defense and a five-run fifth inning.

“They’re just starting to believe in themselves,” said Wells Coach Kevin Fox. “We’ve got some very good players on this team that just needed some self-confidence and mental toughness. And they’ve grown up over the season.”

Wells trailed 3-0 entering the top of the fifth, Falmouth scoring twice in the fourth on a two-out RBI single by Ashley Collins, who later scored on an error.

But the Warriors, who also beat Falmouth in the season opener, weren’t worried.

“Well,” said catcher Sabrina Link, “there’s always that little worry. But it’s what you do with it that matters.”

Monica Link, the No. 7 hitter, led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second. Katherine Quint followed with another bunt, which was thrown away, allowing Monica Link to score. Meaghan Lewia followed with a long triple to left, scoring on an errant throw to tie the game.

After an out, winning pitcher Kelsey Bragdon walked and Sabrina Link singled. Brianna Smith then blooped a single to right, scoring Bragdon and moving Sabrina Link to third.

Sabrina Link then scored on a double steal with Smith and it was stunningly 5-3.

“We started slowly,” said Fox, “but we were getting runners on base. All we needed was that timely hit.”

And they all seemed to come in the fifth.

“And we also talked about the fact that we need (the offense) to come from all nine in the lineup,” said Fox. “And putting the ball in play and making them make the plays.”

Other than that top of the fifth, when Falmouth made three errors, both teams made a lot of plays.

The Yachtsmen turned two double plays — including a highlight play when catcher Allie Carver fielded a bunt with a runner on third, threw to first for the out, then took the return throw from Collins for the second out — and the Warriors turned one.

“We try not to beat ourselves,” said Lewia, Wells’ shortstop. “We try not to make unforced errors.”

Carver picked one runner off first and Wells catcher Sabrina Link threw two runners out trying to steal third, including the game’s final out.

“It came down to the fifth,” said Falmouth Coach John Keyes. “They had a couple of hits, we made a couple of errors, some mental errors, and we just gave them the game. And we couldn’t do anything to come back.”

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