Freeport jumped to an early lead against OOB Friday afternoon, logging three runs in their very first ups. The Falcons needed only to build from there – and build they did, taking the W 13-1 in just five innings.

The win, which played out at home, moved the Falcons to 3-11. They added another W the next day at Traip, but still linger in 14th in B West, outside a postseason berth. The Gulls have struggled this season, and at 0-14, find themselves in C West’s last-place slot.

“Good pitching,” Freeport head coach Mike Perry said of his team’s keys to victory. “Brianna Bellefleur (had) five solid innings, five strikeouts, one walk, three hits.”

“Inconsistent pitching has been an issue for us,” Perry said. “But [Bellefleur] looks really good, and we’ve got another freshman coming along. We’ve got a senior, too, and she’s had a couple good games, we just haven’t scored enough runs to get her the wins.”

Offensively, Perry highlighted the contributions of Bailey Karnes (three-for-three with an RBI) Kaitlin Johnson (two-for-two with an RBI) and Morgan Karnes (two-for-three, two doubles and four RBIs).

Freeport kicked off the scoring in the bottom first, scoring those three quick, tone-setting runs. EB Weist and Jess Perry both scored on wild pitches, and Bailey Karnes reached home when Vanessa Lee grounded out.

The Gulls hashed their lone run in the top second, but the Falcons were ahead for good. They added two in the third – Jill Baker and Johnson both scoring on a Mackenzie Rogers grounder double to left-centerfield – and tallied eight more after that. By the fifth, they’d surged ahead 13-1, tripping the run rule and collected the W.

Old Orchard’s season is done, but Freeport has one final game – a big one, at Gray-New Gloucester on Monday, June 2, after the print deadline. While the Falcons may not make the playoffs, they have a chance to finish their year on a high note.

Freeport shortstop Vanessa Lee hurls a ball toward first during warmups.The Gulls’ Abby Dubois heads off the field after her flyball landed in a Falcon’s glove.Seagull Amanda Palkovic unfurls into a pitch at Freeport Friday afternoon.Freeport’s Nicole Perry skids back to first while OOB’s Jenni Palkovic waits on the throw.The Falcons’ Jill Backer gets a toe on second; Old Orchard Beach’s Tiffany Leclair keeps waits for the throw.


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