Staff Writer

Derek Soule of Greely and Tony DiBiase of Portland recently earned their 200th victories as baseball head coaches.

Soule reached his milestone when the Rangers beat York 2-1 last week.

DiBiase garnered his 200th win Monday when the Bulldogs edged Deering, 5-4.

Soule reached 200 wins in 14 seasons at Greely, his only head coaching stop.

DiBiase has accumulated his total at four schools — Machias, Gorham, South Portland and Portland — in 19 seasons. He is in his third year at Portland after spending 13 seasons at South Portland. He also coached two years at Gorham and one at Machias.

As a basketball coach, DiBiase has well over 400 wins over 34 seasons at seven schools with three state titles, in Class B at Gorham, and in Class A at Portland and South Portland.

Under Soule, Greely won state championships by beating Winslow in 2007 and Gardiner in 2009. The Rangers lost to Waterville in the 2011 state final.

Soule, who keeps detailed records of his program, remembers his first win (against Poland in 2000) and his 100th (against Cape Elizabeth in 2007).

His current Rangers will enter the regional tournament as the No. 1 seed in Western Class B.

“There’s so much that goes into a strong baseball program,” said Soule, who teaches social studies at Greely.

“I just look at 200 wins as a reflection of a lot of contributing factors.

“I’ve been privileged to work with the student-athletes I’ve had. I’ve had strong assistant coaches through the years and very supportive athletic directors. There’s the strong Little League program with very supportive parents.”

One of Soule’s assistants is Bob Anthoine, Soule’s predecessor as Greely’s head coach. Anthoine coached Soule from 1988-91 and held the school record for baseball wins until Soule broke it last year.

THE SMAA baseball playoffs will be taking place Saturday at The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach.

The top four seeded teams in the Heal point standings will square off in the semifinals and final. Scarborough is the No. 1 seed and will play fourth-ranked Westbrook in the semifinals. No. 2 Marshwood will face No. 3 Windham in the other semifinal.

The opening semifinal is at 10 a.m. The second semifinal will start 30 minutes after the first game, and the championship game will start 30 minutes after the second semifinal.

WITH SOME SMAA teams wrapping up their regular-season schedules Thursday, the league statistics were almost finalized. Heading into the final day, Max McCoomb of Marshwood led the conference in batting average (.467), RBI (23) and runs (21). He was second in triples (4) and total bases (34).

Ben Greenberg of Scarborough, recently named the state’s Gatorade player of the year, was the leader in triples with five and in total bases with 40. Greenberg also has dominated on the mound with a 6-0 record.

Jeff Gelinas of Thornton Academy was the home run leader with four.

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Twitter: TomChardPPHBrian Wardwell, Massabesic: Wardwell had three hits Monday, including two doubles, and scored three runs in a 14-0 victory against Bonny Eagle. On Tuesday, he pitched a one-hitter, striking out seven and walking two in a 2-1 win over Thornton Academy.


Ian MacFawn, Fryeburg Academy: MacFawn tossed a three-hitter with nine strikeouts and one walk in a 3-0 win over Freeport. He doubled and scored a run in the fourth inning.

Kyle Jordan, Sacopee Valley: Jordan was 3 for 3 with a two-run homer in a 13-2 win over Richmond. He also scored three runs,

Calvin Field, Windham: Field went 3 for 4 in a 3-0 shutout of Portland. Field scored and drove in a run as the Eagles finished the regular season at 13-3.


1. Scarborough

2. Greely

3. Marshwood

4. Windham

5. Westbrook

6. Falmouth

7. Cheverus

8. Gorham

9. Thornton Academy