Falmouth and Greely, the Nos. 1- and 2-ranked teams in Western Class B, finally will square off in their only regular-season meeting of the season at noon Saturday at Falmouth.

“The winner will be in a good position to capture the No. 1 seed,” said Greely Coach Derek Soule.

The teams were originally scheduled to play May 4 but were rained out, and because of scheduling conflicts haven’t been able to play since.

With good weather ahead, they’ll hook up this weekend in what could be a prelude to the regional final at St. Joseph’s College.

“You want to do everything you can to get either the No. 1 or 2 seed so that you’ll have home-field advantage in the first two rounds,” said Soule.

Saturday’s game will be the third straight for both.

“We’re both in the same boat,” said Soule.

The Rangers, in the middle of six straight road games, will close the regular season with four straight home games.

Falmouth took over the No. 1 ranking last weekend; Greely is second in the Heal point tourney index.

Morse and Maranacook, both of the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference, are ranked third and fourth. Freeport completes the top five. 

WITH ONLY one starter returning from last year’s team, first year Deering coach Tim Eisenhart figured it would take a few games for the new players to get accustomed to varsity baseball.

After a 1-4 start, the Rams won 3 of 4 before losing a tough one-run game Tuesday to top-ranked Marshwood at South Berwick. The Rams lost on a thowing error in the seventh inning.

Deering beat Sanford and Biddeford prior to the Marshwood game. The Rams lost to No. 3 Scarborough on Thursday at Hadlock Field.

The Rams was playing better, evidenced by victories against Sanford and Biddeford, their tight loss to Marshwood and another tight loss to No. 2 Windham on May 3. Deering dropped a 3-2 game to the Eagles in 10 inings.

Deering is ranked ninth in the Heal point standings. Eleven teams qualify for the postseason.

“The kids are starting to come together,” said Eisenhart. “We’ve been working hard on our hitting. The players have responded and are doing things with a little more purpose. If we keep playing the way we have been, we should be all right. The kids are hungry. We’re hoping for the best.”

CHEVERUS, THE defending Class A champion, was shut out in two straight games by strong pitching performances. Last Saturday, the Stags were blanked by Scarborough and the right arm of Ben Wessel. Wessel pitched a three-hitter, outdueling Cheverus left-hander Harry Ridge, who tossed a two-hitter, striking out nine. Ridge’s only mistake was giving up Wessel’s two-run homer in the fifth.

On Monday, Patrick Wilson of Biddeford held Cheverus to three hits in a 1-0 win. The victory elevated the Tigers to fifth in the Heal point standings.

WINDHAM IS one of the hottest teams in Western Class A. The Eagles opened the season with a 6-0 victory at Marshwood, then lost to Cheverus and Bonny Eagle.

Since then Windham has won eight straight games to rise to second in the rankings.

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